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Trinity Castaneda

Tritons Blank Pioneers to Kick Off Conference Season

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HAYWARD, Calif. - The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team posted a strong start to its 20th and final California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) campaign Friday night, sweeping league rival Cal State East Bay on the road at Pioneer Gymnasium. Scores were 25-23, 25-12, and 25-20.

The victory moved UC San Diego to 7-2 on the year, while East Bay dropped to 1-8. It was the first conference match of the season for both squads.

Three Tritons finished with a match high nine kills including Trinity Castaneda, Gina Cortesi, and Jessica Rieble. Cortesi also contributed eight digs and two aces, while Rieble, the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, added three blocks and hit .538. Junior transfer Isabela Dobra amassed 34 assists, eight digs, and a pair of aces in her first match with the team. Emily Hubbard had a match high 16 digs.

UC San Diego hit .284 (39-12-95) for match. The Tritons attacked at over .300 in the first two sets, including a .393 clip in the second.

The Pioneers, who were held to a .067 (30-23-104) hitting percentage, got nine kills from Jasmyne Love. They out-blocked the Tritons, 9-4.

UC San Diego is now 15-5 in CCAA openers.

In July of 2020, the entire UC San Diego athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. 

Riding a six match win streak, the Tritons play at San Francisco State Saturday at 7 p.m. The match can be followed with live video and live stats.

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