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All-conference middle blocker Micah Hammond returns for her senior season in 2018.
Nine Home Matches in a Renovated RIMAC Arena Highlight 2018 Schedule
Release: Thursday 07/19/2018 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Nine home matches in a renovated RIMAC Arena highlight the 2018 season schedule for the University of California San Diego women's volleyball program.

UC San Diego's campaign starts with nine straight contests away from La Jolla, including two consecutive tournaments.

The Tritons get things going Aug. 23-25 at the First Hawaiian Bank Volleyball Challenge, hosted by Hawai'i Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i. They will face UHH (first-ever meeting), Hawai'i Pacific, and Chaminade out of the PacWest Conference as well as Saint Martin's from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). It will be the team's first trip to Hawai'i since the 2012 NCAA Division II West Regional on Oahu.

UC San Diego will then conclude its regular season non-conference slate Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Fresno Pacific's West Region Showcase with matches against FPU (PacWest), Chaminade, Simon Fraser (GNAC), and Seattle Pacific (GNAC).

The team's first of 17 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tilts comes on Sept. 8 at cross-county foe Cal State San Marcos. Following that, UC San Diego will serve as host for the first time in back-to-back fashion on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 against league rivals San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay, respectively. The Pioneers of Cal State East Bay knocked the Tritons out of the 2017 conference tournament.

On Sept. 22, UC San Diego travels to the Inland Empire to take on Cal State San Bernardino, the reigning CCAA and NCAA West Region champion. CSUSB won 13 of its final 14 matches last season, falling to eventual national runner-up Florida Southern in an NCAA Elite Eight match-up. The Tritons will entertain the Coyotes at RIMAC Arena on Oct. 5.

Other home matches include Sept. 25 (Cal State LA), Oct. 2 (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Oct. 6 (Cal Poly Pomona), Oct. 19 (Humboldt State), Oct. 20 (Sonoma State), and Oct. 27 (Cal State San Marcos).

The Oct. 6 match against Cal Poly Pomona will be the annual Dig for a Cure event in support of breast cancer awareness.

The regular season closes on the road with conference contests at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Nov. 2 and Cal State LA on Nov. 3.

The CCAA Championship will run Nov. 8-10 at Stanislaus State in Turlock, followed by the NCAA West Regional Nov. 15-17. The NCAA Championship, hosted by Slippery Rock University, is slated for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ninth-year head coach Ricci Luyties (150-79, .655) returns three starters and a primary libero from a 2017 squad that recorded a 16-10 overall record and went 10-7 in CCAA play, good for a third-place finish in the South Division and a berth in the conference tournament. All-CCAA middle blockers Micah Hammond (senior) and Jessica Rieble (junior), outside hitter Molly Dalziel (senior), and libero Alyson Penrose (junior) return to the floor to lead the Tritons, who ranked 39th in attacks per set and 41st in blocks per set nationally in 2017.

All home matches begin at 7 p.m. with tickets available for purchase at the RIMAC Arena box office. As always, UC San Diego students are admitted free of charge to all regular season contests.

You can see the entire 2018 women's volleyball schedule here.

Detailed information of the RIMAC Arena renovation will be released in the near future.

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Thursday, August 23
W Volleyball at Hawai'i Hilo
10:00 PM
Hilo, HI (Hawai'i Hilo)
Friday, August 24
W Volleyball at Hawai'i Pacific
3:30 PM
Hilo, HI (Hawai'i Hilo)
Saturday, August 25
W Volleyball at Chaminade
5:30 PM
Hilo, HI (Hawai'i Hilo)
W Volleyball at Saint Martin's
10:00 PM
Hilo, HI (Hawai'i Hilo)
Friday, August 31
W Volleyball at Chaminade
10:45 AM
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
W Volleyball at Fresno Pacific
3:15 PM
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
Saturday, September 01
W Volleyball at Simon Fraser
8:30 AM
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
W Volleyball at Seattle Pacific
5:30 PM
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
Saturday, September 08
W Volleyball at Cal State San Marcos
7:00 PM
San Marcos
Friday, September 14
W Volleyball vs. San Francisco State
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, September 15
W Volleyball vs. Cal State East Bay
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, September 21
W Volleyball at Cal Poly Pomona
7:00 PM
Pomona
Saturday, September 22
W Volleyball at Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
San Bernardino
Tuesday, September 25
W Volleyball vs. Cal State LA
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, September 29
W Volleyball at Cal State Monterey Bay
7:00 PM
Seaside
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