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Gina Cortesi

Tritons Battle but Titans Win Exhibition, 3-1

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FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team won the opening set but ultimately fell, 3-1, to Cal State Fullerton in exhibition play Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.

Scores of the tune-up match were 18-25, 25-19, 25-19, and 26-24 in favor of the NCAA Division I Titans.

Leading the way for UC San Diego was junior outside hitter Gina Cortesi, who finished with 16.5 points on 15 kills and three block assists. Senior middle blocker Jessica Rieble had five kills and three service aces, sophomore setter Brie Severino (Del Mar/Torrey Pines HS) tallied 29 assists, and sophomore libero Susanna Limb had 18 digs,  

Several first-year Tritons saw action in the contest including Trinity Castaneda, Josie Collier, Emily Hubbard (San Diego/Santa Fe Christian HS), Dani Mason, Sarah Rieble (younger sister of Jessica), and Marin Willick. Castaneda, a sophomore outside that transferred from Hawai'i, logged six kills. Hubbard, a junior outside that transferred from Tulsa, had 11 digs.

The Tritons struggled offensively, hitting .102 with 44 kills and 29 errors in 147 attack attempts. They led in digs, 67-62, but trailed in blocks, 9-6.

"We did some good things but lacked consistency and I guess that can be expected after just a week of practice," said 10th-year head coach Ricci Luyties. "It was good to see everyone play in a match situation." 

Cal State Fullerton, which hit .189 (47-20-143), was led by Julia Crawford's 21 points and 19 kills, both match-highs. Savahna Costello led all players defensively with 25 digs. 

There were just five total lead changes in the match with one in the first set and two in each of the third and fourth sets.

The two schools will face one another as Big West Conference rivals next season when UC San Diego begins a four-year transition to NCAA Division I status.

Next up, UC San Diego kicks off its regular season in Alaska at the UAA Invitational, which runs Sept. 6-7 in Anchorage. The Tritons will take on Concord, Regis, Biola, and the host Seawolves. UC San Diego returns to La Jolla to host the West Region Showcase, Sept. 12-14 inside RIMAC Arena. Joining the Tritons in the six-team tourney will be Academy of Art, Chico State, Concordia Irvine, Montana State Billings, and Saint Martin's.

All of UC San Diego's home matches this season will be broadcast by ESPN3.

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