Tritons Sweep Past UC Santa Cruz Again
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - For the second time this season the University of California San Diego men's volleyball team swept UC Santa Cruz, winning a non-conference contest Friday at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Scores were 25-18, 25-20, and 25-23.
UC San Diego, which snapped a three-match losing slide, improved to 6-9, while UC Santa Cruz fell to 8-13.
"It was great to get the road win tonight," said UC San Diego head coach Kevin Ring.
Wyatt Harrison and Collin Shannon provided most of the offensive output for the Tritons. Harrison finished with a match-high 13 kills and tacked on two service aces and four digs. Shannon continued his string of strong matches by recording 11 kills with a .588 hitting percentage, committing just one error in 17 attack attempts. He also had eight digs and three block assists.
Shannon has produced a double-digit kill total in his last four matches and five of his last six, including a career-high 21 at No. 3 UC Irvine last week.
The Tritons out-blocked the Banana Slugs 7-2. Vlad Pesic was a force at the net with five stuffs, including one solo.
UC San Diego put down six service aces on the night, the team's most since it had eight against UCLA back on Jan. 25.
The Tritons owned a .264 (38-15-87) to .132 (32-20-91) advantage in hitting percentage.
"We played a solid match, particularly in sets one and two," said Ring. "UC Santa Cruz fought back and even took a lead late in the third set, but service runs by Shane Benetz and Collin Shannon ended the match. We made the timely plays necessary to win."
Raymond Cascio led UC Santa Cruz with 11 kills.
The Tritons downed the Slugs in three sets on February 2 in La Jolla.
UC San Diego plays at eighth-ranked Stanford Saturday in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Cardinal are 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and come into Saturday's contest riding a three-match win streak.
"Our focus now shifts to a strong Stanford squad," said Ring. "We have quite a few players from Northern California, so we are looking forward to playing in front of a strong fan base."
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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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