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Battles With Fellow League Leaders On Tap for Volleyball
Release: Tuesday 10/02/2012 
Match 15
at No. 22 Sonoma State
Friday, Oct. 5 • 7 p.m.
The Wolves' Den • Rohnert Park 
Live Video
Live Stats

Match 16
at San Francisco State
Saturday, Oct. 6 • 7 p.m.
The Swamp • San Francisco
Live Stats

Friday's match at Sonoma State will be covered by both live video and live stats at Saturday's tilt at San Francisco State can be followed with live stats at

This week features several key match-ups between the four squads (Sonoma State, San Francisco State, UC San Diego, Cal State San Bernardino) that are currently tied for first place in the CCAA with 5-1 records. Wednesday, SSU and SFSU mix it up in the Bay Area. While UCSD and SSU are going at it Friday night, SFSU will be hosting CSUSB. Saturday, UCSD is at SFSU and CSUSB plays at SSU.

Freshman outside hitter Danielle Dahle was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Monday. Dahle was instrumental in leading UCSD to a pair of CCAA victories last week. Over the two matches, she posted a .397 attack percentage and averaged 4.0 kills, 3.4 digs and 4.6 points per set. In a huge 3-1 upset over No. 18 Chico State, Dahle registered a team-high 14 kills and completed her fifth double-double of the year by adding a match-best 15 digs. She hit .440, had four blocks and led all players with 17.5 points. The next night, Dahle produced a match-high 14 kills while hitting .364 in a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus. She also had nine digs in the victory. This season, the La Mesa native leads UCSD in kills, aces, digs and points and is third in blocks.

UCSD's current five-match win streak is its longest of the season. In 2011, the Tritons won nine straight twice.

UCSD's four-set victory over Chico State on Sept. 28 was the 50th win for head coach Ricci Luyties with the Tritons. Since taking over the program prior to the 2010 season, Luyties owns a 51-19 record, good for a .729 win percentage.

Sonoma State enters the week with an 11-3 overall mark and is part of the four-team logjam in first place in the CCAA, holding a 5-1 record. Currently riding a three-match win streak, the Seawolves play at San Francisco State, also tied for the CCAA lead, Wednesday night. The team is 5-1 when playing at The Wolves' Den. Allyson Sather leads the team in kills (3.49/set) and points (4.02/set), while Nicole Gragnola is averaging a team-best 4.45 digs/set and .37 aces/set. Hayley Ross and Devin Shaver have split the setting duties, averaging 7.24 and 5.60 assists/set, respectively. Regan Richert leads the team in blocks (.69/set). Sonoma leads the league in kills (752), hitting percentage (.255), assists (700) and points (937.0).

San Francisco State currently holds a 10-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the CCAA, one of four teams tied for first in the conference. The Gators host fellow league-leader Sonoma State Wednesday night to kick off a five-match homestand. To date, the Gators have hosted just three home matches and won all of them. This past week, SFSU posted a pair of road wins at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Stat-wise, Kelly Ostello leads the team in kills (3.61/set) and points (3.93/set). Jessica Nicerio is averaging a league-leading 4.95 digs/set and Meagan Wright leads with 34 total blocks. Iris Tolenada is collecting 10.10 assists/set.

UCSD family and friends are coming together this season to remember former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who was tragically killed in Coronado in January of 2012. A recognition was held prior to the Cal State L.A. match on Sept. 15, at which the Reis family was presented with a "No. 1" jersey and a moment of silence was observed. The Tritons will wear a special insignia (pictured at right) on their uniform jerseys all season. In addition, you may notice the "Reis Ripple" graphics on the pole pads at RIMAC Arena. These signify the positive impact that Karen had on everyone she met and how that impact trickled down from one person to another.

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