A newly-refurbished RIMAC Arena makes its debut Tuesday evening as UC San Diego hosts 16th-ranked Cal State LA at 7 p.m. It will be the first athletic event in the fresh-look venue, which now features a 50-foot video board, new seating, state-of-the-art LED scorer's tables, and a video production room.
In their second contest of the week, the Tritons travel to Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday, Sept. 29.
UC San Diego (5-6, 1-4) vs. No. 16 Cal State LA (12-0, 4-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 • 7:00 p.m. PT
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 34-20 (.630)
Live Stats (free) • Live Video ($) • Tickets
UC San Diego (5-6, 1-4) at Cal State Monterey Bay (7-6, 2-4)
Saturday, Sept. 29 • 7:00 p.m. PT
The Kelp Bed • Seaside, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 24-2 (.923)
Live Stats (free) • Live Video (free)
LET ME IN
Tickets for regular season home matches may be purchased from the RIMAC Arena Box Office starting one hour prior to the start of the contest. Prices are as follows:
• General admission (13-64): $8
• Senior citizen (65+): $5
• Children (3-12): $5
• Under 3: FREE
• UC San Diego student with valid ID: FREE
• Visiting student with valid ID: $5
• UC San Diego faculty/staff with valid ID: $5
• UC San Diego Alumni Association member: $5
• Military with valid ID: $5
HOME OPENER PART DEUX
Technically, the Tritons played their first home match on Sept. 14. However, it was held at Main Gym on campus, which is not the team's regular venue. That debut will happen Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.) as UC San Diego hosts Cal State LA inside a revamped RIMAC Arena. The first renovation in RIMAC Arena's nearly 24-year existence (opened in January of 1995) is now complete. The project modernizes the arena, improves training and competition facilities for student-athletes, and provides fans with a first-class live event experience. The renovation includes new retractable seating, modern glass railings, and a VIP skybox. The arena’s most noticeable new features will be the addition of a 50-foot wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard that will span the facility’s south end as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables. A new video production facility is also part of the project.
Welcome back students!!! The Tuesday, Sept. 25 home match (7 p.m.) will be the first athletic event of the year with all students back on campus, the first-ever athletic event inside of a renovated RIMAC Arena, and the first outing in the Triton Trifecta, which is open to all UC San Diego students. Get to all three of the following events and you'll win a gameday t-shirt and be entered in a drawing for a new big screen television!
1. Attend the volleyball match on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.) at RIMAC Arena
2. Attend the men's water polo game on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (6 p.m.) at Canyonview Aquatic Center
3. Attend the men's soccer game on Friday, Sept. 28 (7 p.m.) at Triton Soccer Stadium
STAY CLASSY UC SAN DIEGO
You wear the red suit, we'll provide the mustache! Tuesday is Anchorman Theme Night at RIMAC Arena! Help us celebrate beloved San Diego newsman Ron Burgundy as well as Veronica Corningstone, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland, Champ Kind, and the rest of the gang. Everyone in attendance gets a free mustache, but feel free to come dressed as your favorite character!
"I'm Kayla Evans?"
TRITON VOLLEYBALL ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
If you can't make it out to RIMAC Arena, all remaining home matches will be covered by a live pay-per-view video stream at UCSDtritons.tv. The cost is $5.99 for a 24-hour window and $34.99 for the entire 2018-19 academic year, which includes all broadcasts from other Triton athletics teams. The high definition broadcasts can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.
All home and away matches will have live stats and many away contests will also have a live video stream. Fans can access all live coverage from the volleyball team's Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links in the above "The Schedule" section. Live updates for home and away matches are available by following the UC San Diego Athletics Twitter (@UCSDtritons). You can also check out in-match Instagram stories on both the UC San Diego Athletics account (@UCSDtritons) as well as the volleyball team's account (@ucsd_wvb).
The Tritons are currently in a stretch of competition against opponents with outstanding records. This past week, Cal Poly Pomona was 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the CCAA and Cal State San Bernardino was 12-1 and 5-0 going into matches against UC San Diego. Cal State LA, Tuesday night's opponent, is currently 12-0 and 4-0. That means that over the past week, the Tritons' opponents had a combined 35-2 overall record with a 13-0 mark in conference.
THE TRITONS AT A GLANCE
• Overall: 5-6
• CCAA: 1-4
• Home: 1-1
• Away: 2-3
• Neutral: 2-2
• Against West Region Teams: 5-6
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• Current Streak: Lost 2
Primary Liberos Returning (1)
• Alyson Penrose (Jr.)
• Gina Cortesi (So., OH)
• Susanna Limb (Fr., L)
• Maria Mayhew (Fr., S)
• Claudia Mathews (Jr., MB)
• Brie Severino (Fr., S)
• Sydney Tekstra (Jr., OH)
• Cindy Tran (Jr., OH)
• Rebecca Whitney (Fr., OH)
|Attack %||Jessica Rieble||.382|
|Stat||UC San Diego||Cal State LA||Cal State Monterey Bay||All Opponents|
Sonoma State: 3-2 (7-7)
Chico State: 3-3 (10-4)
Stanislaus State: 3-3 (10-4)
Cal State Monterey Bay: 2-4 (7-6)
San Francisco State: 2-4 (7-6)
Cal State East Bay: 2-4 (6-8)
Humboldt State: 0-5 (3-10)
Cal Poly Pomona: 6-0 (13-1)
Cal State San Bernardino: 6-0 (13-1)
Cal State LA: 4-0 (12-0)
Cal State San Marcos: 3-2 (7-6)
UC San Diego: 1-4 (5-6)
Cal State Dominguez Hills: 0-4 (5-7)
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA
(league matches through 9/24)
3. Digs/Set: 16.5
3. Blocks/Set: 2.3
6. Aces/Set: 1.3
9. Kills/Set: 11.7
10. Assists/Set: 10.8
11. Hitting Percentage: .159
TRITONS IN THE CCAA
(league matches through 9/24)
2. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set: 1.3
5. Susanna Limb, Digs/Set: 3.9
6. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage: .362
10. Maria Mayhew, Assists/Set: 6.1
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 9/23)
13. Blocks/Set, 2.4
87. Total Blocks, 101
TRITONS IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 9/19)
14. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set: 1.3
22. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage: 382
86. Jessica Rieble, Total Blocks: 52
Junior middle Jessica Rieble was outstanding during the West Region Showcase in Fresno, leading the Tritons in points, kills, attack percentage, and blocks over four matches. She recorded match-highs with 14.5 points, 11 kills, five blocks, and a .714 attack percentage vs. Fresno Pacific. Against Simon Fraser, Rieble had a team-high 10 points with eight kills and two blocks while hitting a match-best .571. She wrapped up the tourney with a match-high five blocks and a .500 attack percentage against Seattle Pacific. Overall, Rieble hit .463 and averaged 3.3 points, 2.5 kills, and 1.3 blocks per set.
A PENNY FOR YOUR DIGS
Junior libero Alyson "Penny" Penrose collected her 500th career dig this season. Entering the year, she had 392 and went over 500 with 13 scoops at Fresno Pacific on August 31.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
The Tritons came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Hawai'i Hilo in five on Aug. 24. It was the first time that UC San Diego had stormed back from two down to win since Oct. 2, 2014, when it did so at Humboldt State.
START ME UP
After defeating Hawai'i Pacific on Aug. 24, the UC San Diego women's volleyball program moved to 17-2 (.895) in season-opening matches during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000). The Tritons lost to Simon Fraser in 2016 and fell against Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the country at the time, in 2008.
Seven of the eight first-year Tritons made their blue and gold debuts during the tournament in Hawai'i including Gina Cortesi, Susanna Limb, Claudia Mathews, Maria Mayhew, Brie Severino, Sydney Tekstra, and Cindy Tran. Rebecca Whitney debuted on Aug. 31 at Fresno Pacific.
ON THE DOUBLE
Through 11 matches, four Tritons have produced a total of 11 double-doubles.
• Gina Cortesi (6)
9/22 at Cal State San Bernardino (14k, 11d)
9/21/18 at Cal Poly Pomona (15k, 20d)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (13k, 11d)
9/14 vs. San Francisco State (11k, 12d)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (12k, 11d)
8/24 vs. Hawai'i Pacific (10k, 10d)
• Brie Severino (2)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (46a, 12d)
9/1 vs. Seattle Pacific (11a, 13d)
Cindy Tran (2)
9/21 at Cal Poly Pomona (14k, 14d)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (12k, 12d)
• Maria Mayhew (1)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (46a, 10d)
DIG FOR A CURE
The annual Dig for a Cure match in support of breast cancer awareness will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, as the Tritons host Cal State San Bernardino.
THE REIS CUP
The sixth annual Reis Cup is slated for Saturday, Oct. 6, when UC San Diego hosts Cal Poly Pomona. The event honors former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who passed away tragically in 2012. UC San Diego is 4-1 in Reis Cup matches and has won the last two.
This year's roster features five players from San Diego County:
• Kayla Evans, San Diego/Del Norte High School
• Emily Kimball, Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy
• Claudia Mathews, Encinitas/La Costa Canyon High School
• Brie Severino, San Diego/Torrey Pines High School
• Rebecca Whitney, Vista/Vista High School
AVCA NATIONAL POLL
1. Concordia-St. Paul
2. Cal State San Bernardino
3. Northern State
5. Minnesota Duluth
6. Ferris State
7. Western Washington
9. Palm Beach Atlantic
12. Southwest Minnesota State
15. West Florida
16. Cal State LA
17. Central Missouri
18. Central Oklahoma
19. Tarleton State
20. Wheeling Jesuit
T-21. Texas A&M-Commerce
23. Colorado School of Mines
25. Cal Poly Pomona
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
• 9/24: n/a
• 9/17: n/a
• 9/10: n/a
• 9/3: n/a
• 8/27: RV
• Preseason: RV
2018 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Sonoma State, 68 points (5 first-place votes)
2. Cal State East Bay, 66 (5)
3. Chico State, 63 (3)
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 45
5. San Francisco State, 36
6. Stanislaus State, 21
7. Humboldt State, 16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 67 (12)
2. Cal State LA, 47
3. UC San Diego, 46 (1)
4. Cal State San Marcos, 42
5. Cal Poly Pomona, 18
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 17
Cal State San Bernardino (10 votes)
THE TRITONS IN 2017
• Overall: 16-10
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/tie for 3rd in South Division
• Home: 7-2
• Away: 4-6
• Neutral: 5-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Amanda Colla, 4.29/set
• Kills Leader: Amanda Colla, 3.71/set
• Attack Percentage Leader: Micah Hammond, .326 (218-53-506)
• Assists Leader: Marie Paris, 8.64/set
• Service Aces Leader: Amanda Colla, 0.29/set
• Digs Leader: Alyson Penrose, 4.36/set
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.14/set
FINAL 2017 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Sonoma State, 14-4
2. Cal State East Bay, 10-8
3. Chico State, 9-9
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 8-10
5. San Francisco State, 4-14
6. Stanislaus State, 3-15
7. Humboldt State, 2-16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 14-3
2. Cal State San Marcos, 11-6
3. UC San Diego, 10-7
3. Cal State LA, 10-7
3. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-7
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 9-8
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
Now in his ninth season leading the Tritons in 2018, Ricci Luyties currently holds a 155-85 (.646) overall record and a 111-58 (.657) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UC San Diego to at least 20 victories, which includes an impressive 26-6 (.813) campaign in 2013. He recorded his 150th victory as a Triton on Oct. 27, 2017. The Tritons have qualified for NCAA postseason play five times under Luyties, reaching the regional semifinals in four of those years. In 2010 and again in 2013, UC San Diego climbed as high as No. 8 in the national rankings. Prior to coming to La Jolla, Luyties was head coach at Southern Mississippi for six seasons. As a setter at UCLA, Luyties helped lead the Bruins to four consecutive national championships. He was named the NCAA's Most Valuable Player twice and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. At the international level, Luyties, alongside Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons, won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. He also played on the beach for 12 years, competing on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour with partners such as Kiraly and Adam Johnson. For Luyties' full bio, click here.
OHTA TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Former Triton volleyball standout Teresa Ohta will be inducted into the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018. A setter from 2001-04, Ohta is the school's all-time assists leader with 4,749, almost 1,000 more than the No. 2 player on the list. She is a two-time All-America First Team honoree and the 2004 CCAA Player of the Year. In 2001, she was tabbed the West Region and CCAA Freshman of the Year. Ohta was an all-region and all-conference selection all four years. The Tritons went 106-19 during her time and qualified for the NCAA postseason in each of her four seasons, reaching the national semifinals in 2001. Ohta will officially be inducted during a ceremony in October.
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UC San Diego will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. UC San Diego will remain an NCAA Division II institution for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and the volleyball team will continue competing as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Read the full press release here.
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UC San Diego has a busy week in La Jolla next week. The Tritons host three matches, including Cal State Dominguez Hills on Oct. 2, Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 5, and Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 6.
About UC San Diego Athletics
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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