LA JOLLA, Calif. - A late comeback in the fourth set led the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team to its first conference win of the season Saturday, a 3-1 defeat of Cal State East Bay at Main Gym.
Scores went 25-18, 25-15, 22-25, and 27-25 in favor of UC San Diego, which improved to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Up 2-1 in sets but down 24-20 in the fourth frame, the Tritons staged an exciting five-point rally to take a 25-24 advantage. A big block at the net by senior middle blocker Micah Hammond and sophomore outside hitter Gina Cortesi got things started. Junior outside Cindy Tran had three kills and freshman setter Brie Severino (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) totaled four assists during the run. The Pioneers drew even with a kill, but senior outside Molly Dalziel moved UC San Diego back on top with a kill and junior middle Jessica Rieble put down the final kill to secure the victory.
Rieble had an incredible night offensively, finishing with 17.5 points on 16 kills and three block assists while hitting .600 (16-1-25). Cortesi (13 kills, 11 digs), Severino (46 assists, 12 digs), and Tran (12 kills, 12 digs) all had double-doubles, while Hammond finished with 10 kills and four blocks (two solos).
The Tritons attacked at .290 (62-17-155), their second-highest hitting percentage of the season. They hit well over .300 in sets two and four.
The Pioneers hit .225 (56-22-151) and were led by Lindsey Ray, who amassed a match-high 18 kills to go along with 12 digs. Katie Ireland had a match-best 18 digs.
Cal State East Bay, which has lost four of its last five matches, dropped to 5-7 on the year and 1-3 in the league.
UC San Diego scored the first three points of the match, two coming on aces by Evans, and never trailed in the opening set. An early four-point run in the second set put the Tritons up 8-5 and they led the rest of the way, closing it out with a bang by scoring the final four points of the set. In the third, it was close the whole way with 11 tie scores and four lead changes. The fourth topped that with 12 ties and six lead changes.
UC San Diego plays a pair of tough road matches next week at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino. Both teams hold 11-1 overall records and perfect 4-0 marks in the CCAA. The Coyotes are ranked eighth in the latest national poll.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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