Tritons Suffer Five-Set Loss at Chico State
CHICO, Calif. - Five-set matches haven't been a favorite of the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team this season.
The Tritons suffered another 3-2 loss Saturday, falling in a conference road match at Chico State. Scores were 25-16, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, and 15-12 at Acker Gym.
UC San Diego dropped to 7-11 on the season and 3-9 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Chico State, which snapped a four-match losing slide, improved to 12-9 and 5-8.
It was the fifth five-setter for the Tritons this season. The team is 1-4 in those matches.
UC San Diego hit .166 (58-30-169) and Chico attacked at .197 (59-25-173). The Tritons held an 80-72 advantage in digs, while the Wildcats led 11-10 in blocks. It was just the third time this season that UC San Diego had been out-blocked by an opponent.
Outside hitter Gina Cortesi led the Tritons in points with 16.5. She had 13 kills, three aces, and a block assist and completed her 10th double-double of the year by adding 14 digs. She has recorded a double-double in each of her last four matches.
Middle blocker Jessica Rieble totaled 16 points on 12 kills, a service ace, and five blocks (one solo). Outside Cindy Tran finished with 11 kills, eight digs, and five blocks (one solo), while middle Allison Tiegs had eight kills and four blocks. Setter Brie Severino (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) equaled a career-high with 46 assists.
Chico State's Bekah Boyle had a match-best 15 kills. Kim Wright logged 11 kills and 13 digs, while Makaela Keeve had 11 kills and seven blocks (one solo).
UC San Diego went 1-1 in a pair of CCAA contests this week as it defeated Stanislaus State, 3-1, Friday night. With five matches remaining in their conference schedule, the Tritons sit in fifth place in the CCAA's South Division, behind fourth-place Cal State San Marcos (5-7) in fourth. The top four teams from both the North and South Divisions at the end of the regular season qualify for the conference tournament.
For the second time this season, UC San Diego will host three consecutive home matches, starting with Humboldt State on Oct. 19. Sonoma State visits RIMAC Arena on Oct. 20 and the Tritons close out their home slate with Cal State San Marcos on Oct. 27.
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