Tritons Grind Out 3-1 Victory Against Sonoma State
LA JOLLA, Calif. - A season-high 18 blocks and four players with at least 14 kills led the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team to a hard-fought victory against conference foe Sonoma State Saturday night. Scores from RIMAC Arena were 23-25, 25-17, 27-25, and 25-21.
UC San Diego upped its records to 9-11 overall and 5-9 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), while Sonoma State, which has lost its last six matches, fell to 8-15 and 4-10.
With three regular season contests remaining, UC San Diego is currently in fifth place in the CCAA South Division. Cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos, which swept Humboldt State Saturday, sits in fourth at 7-7 (the two teams meet in La Jolla on Oct. 27). The top four teams from the South Division and the top four teams from the North Division qualify for the CCAA Tournament.
With their 18 blocks, the Tritons held the Seawolves to a .107 (44-25-178) hitting percentage. It was their highest stuff total since they had 19 against Cal State Dominguez Hills in September of 2016.
Middle blocker Jessica Rieble finished just two digs shy of a triple-double. She totaled a match-best 21.5 points on 16 kills and 10 blocks (one solo) while adding eight digs. The junior hit .393 with five errors in 28 attacks. In addition, Rieble collected her 500th career kill at UC San Diego as she entered the match with 499.
Right side hitter Cindy Tran (15 kills, 16 digs) and outside hitter Gina Cortesi (14 kills, 18 digs) both notched double-doubles, while outside Sydney Tekstra finished with a career-high 14 kills. Tekstra and Tran each hit north of .300 and Cortesi had four blocks.
Freshmen Maria Mayhew and Brie Severino (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) split setting duties. Mayhew racked up 24 assists, eight digs, and three blocks, while Severino had three kills, 22 assists, seven digs, and six blocks (one solo).
Freshman libero Susanna Limb led all players defensively with 21 digs.
UC San Diego hit .205 (65-29-176) and held a sizable 95-71 advantage in digs.
For Sonoma State, Tate Battistini collected a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs. Caiti Wiesner had 20 digs and Morgan Annala had seven blocks (one solo).
There were 25 tie scores and 13 lead changes in the match. In the fourth set, the score was even 13 times.
Former Triton volleyball star Teresa Ohta was recognized between sets two and three in front of a season-high crowd of 956. The two-time All-American and 2004 CCAA Player of the Year will be inducted into UC San Diego's Athletics Hall of Fame Sunday during a ceremony on campus.
UC San Diego faces a crucial match next week as it hosts Cal State San Marcos on Saturday, Oct. 27. It will be Senior Night and Molly Dalziel, Kayla Evans, Micah Hammond, Morgan Kissick, and Allison Tiegs will be celebrated prior to first serve.
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