Tritons Drop CCAA Match at Sonoma State, 3-1
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - A pair of first year players combined for 22 kills but it wasn't enough as the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision in a conference road match at Sonoma State Thursday night. Scores at the Wolves' Den were 25-19, 14-25, 25-16, and 25-19.
UC San Diego dropped to 13-7 overall and 7-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The win snapped a four match slide for Sonoma State, which improved to 13-7 and 5-5.
Emily Hubbard led the Tritons with 12 kills while Trinity Castaneda had 10. Both are transfers from NCAA Division I programs - Hubbard from Tulsa and Castaneda from Hawai'i. Sydney Tekstra finished with nine kills and a .389 hitting percentage, while Jessica Rieble contributed eight kills. Alyson Penrose logged 15 digs.
UC San Diego hit just .167 with 44 kills and 21 errors in 138 attack attempts. Sonoma State countered at .241 (58-23-145). The Seawolves held a 61-52 advantage in digs.
After hitting .094 in the opening set, the Tritons came back strong in the second to hit .280 while holding the Seawolves to an .034 attack. However, SSU hit .368 in set three and .310 in the fourth, while UC San Diego was under .200 in both frames.
Tate Battistini and Kiana Richardson each had 14 kills for the Seawolves. Ashleigh Phelps led all players with 19 digs.
UC San Diego heads further north to take on Humboldt State (5-12, 1-9) on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Lumberjacks were defeated by Cal State San Marcos in five sets Thursday.
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