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Big Nights by Cortesi, Rieble, and Tran Lead to Big Win

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TURLOCK, Calif. - Several Tritons produced big numbers Friday night as the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team earned a four-set league victory at Stanislaus State.

Scores from Fitzpatrick Arena went 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, and 27-5 in favor of UC San Diego, which snapped a two-match losing slide and improved to 7-10 overall and 3-8 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

"It was great to finally win one of these close matches," said UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties. "We've been on the wrong end of a lot of these lately, so I'm proud of how this team is still fighting and playing hard every point."

Outside hitter Cindy Tran paced the Tritons with a career-high 20.5 points on 15 kills (one short of matching her career-best), three service aces, and four blocks (one solo). She hit .400 (15-3-30) and added 11 digs to collect her fourth double-double of the season. Tran has recorded a double-digit dig total in four straight matches and eight of her last 10.

Middle blocker Jessica Rieble followed in point production with 17 on 13 kills and seven blocks (one solo). Rieble entered the contest ranked second among all CCAA players and 41st nationally in blocks per set (1.2).

Outside hitter Gina Cortesi logged her team-leading ninth double-double by finishing with 14 kills and a match-high 19 digs (one short of equaling her career-high).

Maria Mayhew and Brie Severino (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) split the setting duties with Severino amassing 30 assists and Mayhew 21, while libero Alyson Penrose had 16 digs.

As a team, the Tritons had 11 blocks and eight aces. They hit .216 with 58 kills and 22 errors in 167 attack attempts.

UC San Diego used several early runs to get out to a 13-7 lead in the opening set. The Warriors climbed back in it and trailed by just a single point, 22-21, before the Tritons won three of the final four points, two of those on Tran kills, to take a 1-0 lead.

With the score tied 18-18 in the second frame, UC San Diego scored four unanswered point to go up 22-18 and it remained ahead the rest of the way to take a 2-0 lead in sets.

The third set saw Stanislaus State come out swinging to gain an 8-2 advantage. However, the Tritons then took over, tying it up with six straight points. At 15-13 in favor of the Warriors, Stan State went on a 5-1 lead to open it up.

In the fourth set there were 11 tie scores, all coming after the Warriors started strong once again, leading 5-0. At 25-25, back-to-back kills by Severino and Cortesi lifted the Tritons to the victory.

For Stanislaus State (12-7, 5-6), Sierra Adams had a match-high 20 kills, while Jordon Wilson and Alana Wilson-Reid each had 10. Wilson-Reid had six blocks and hit .556 with the 10 kills and no errors in 18 swings. The Warriors totaled nine blocks and hit .199 (57-24-166).

UC San Diego plays another important league match Saturday at Chico State (11-9, 4-8). The Wildcats suffered a five-set loss against Cal State San Marcos Friday.

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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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