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Tritons Heading to Washington for D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase
Release: Wednesday 09/06/2017 

D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase
Nicholson Pavilion • Ellensburg, Wash.
Thursday, September 7
• 5:30 p.m. vs. Concordia Portland (3-0, 0-0 GNAC)
Live Stats | Live Video

Friday, September 8
• 10:00 a.m. vs. RV Azusa Pacific (4-0, 0-0 PacWest)
• 8:00 p.m. vs. Dixie State (0-4, 0-0 PacWest)
Live Stats | Live Video

Saturday, September 9
• 8:00 p.m. at RV Central Washington (3-1, 0-0 GNAC)
Live Stats | Live Video

• Azusa Pacific: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics
• Central Washington: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics
• Concordia Portland: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics
• Dixie State: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics

• Azusa Pacific: 12-9 (.571)
• Central Washington: 4-3 (.571)
• Concordia Portland: 0-0
• Dixie State: 1-0 (1.000)

UC San Diego kicked off its 2017 campaign by going 3-1 at Point Loma's Seaside Invitational. With a 3-2 victory against fourth-ranked Alaska Anchorage in its first match, the Tritons moved to 16-2 (.889) in season openers since becoming a Division II team in 2000.
UCSD 3, No. 4 Alaska Anchorage 2
Azusa Pacific 3, UCSD 0
UCSD 3, Simon Fraser 1
UCSD 3, Point Loma 0

Amanda Colla was named to the Seaside Invitational All-Tournament Team last week at Point Loma for playing a key role in leading UCSD to a 3-1 record to start the season. The senior outside hitter averaged 3.9 points/set, 3.3 kills/set, and 3.5 digs/set while totaling five service aces and seven blocks over four matches. Colla recorded a career-high 20.5 points in a five-set win over No. 4 Alaska Anchorage. She put away 18 kills - one short of her career-high - against the Seawolves and again in a win vs. Simon Fraser, both match-bests. In addition, Colla's 13 digs against Azusa Pacific and 15 scoops against Point Loma led all players.

Almost the entire UCSD roster has seen action already as 15 of 16 Tritons played during the Seaside Invitational, with Mary Bagshaw, Micah Hammond, and Julia Jackson making their debuts ...The Tritons hit .272 (55-15-147) against Simon Fraser, their best attack percentage since swinging .299 (50-12-127) at Cal State East Bay on Sept. 30, 2016 ... UCSD has out-dug its opponent in three of four matches ... Freshman Mary Bagshaw had 30+ assists in two of four matches ... Jessica Rieble's 23 points, 18 kills, and six digs against Point Loma were all career-highs ... Molly Dalziel set several career-bests last week including six kills, four assists, and three blocks vs. Simon Fraser as well as 13 digs against Alaska Anchorage.

Through four matches, two Tritons have produced a total of three double-doubles.
• Amanda Colla (2)
9/2 vs. Simon Fraser (18k, 14d)
9/1 vs. Alaska Anchorage (18k, 11d)

• Mary Bagshaw (1)
9/2 vs. Point Loma (38a, 12d)

(Sept. 4)
1. Concordia St. Paul
2. Southwest Minnesota State
3. Lewis
4. Palm Beach Atlantic
5. Nebraska-Kearney
6. Angelo State
7. Minnesota Duluth
8. Ferris State
9. Augustana
10. Western Washington
11. Cal State San Bernardino
12. Wayne State
13. Winona State
14. Alaska Anchorage
15. Concordia (Calif.)
16. Central Missouri
17. Tarleton State
18. Washburn
19. Central Oklahoma
20. Tampa
21. Saint Leo
22. Colorado School of Mines
23. Northern State
24. California Baptist
25. Rockhurst

• Preseason: Not Ranked
• Sept. 4: Receiving Votes

Starters Returning (5)
Jessyca Beksa (So., OH): 3.2 p/s, 2.7 k/s, 1.2 d/s, 0.5 b/s, 25 aces
Amanda Colla (Sr., OH): 1.9 p/s, 1.6 k/s, 3.0 d/s
Kayla Evans (Jr., DS): 5.7 a/s, 2.4 d/s, 27 aces
Jessica Rieble (So., MB): 2.2 p/s, 1.5 k/s, .231 attack %, 1.2 b/s,
Rebecca Seaberry (Sr., MB): 2.3 p/s, 1.7 k/s, .242 attack %, 1.0 b/s

Starters Lost (1)
Meagan Wright (OH/MB): First Team All-CCAA, 4.2 p/s, 3.8 k/s, .220 attack %, 3.6 d/s, 0.5 b/s

Primary Liberos Returning (1)
Lindsey Chun (So.): 4.2 d/s, 18 aces

Other Letterwinners Returning (7)
Molly Dalziel (Jr., OH)
Emily Kimball (So., OPP)
Morgan Kissick (Jr., OH/OPP)
Rachel Linden (Sr., S)
Marie Paris (So., S)
Alyson Penrose (So., L)
Allison Tiegs (Jr., MB)

Newcomers (3)
Mary Bagshaw (Fr., S)
Micah Hammond (Jr., MB)
Julia Jackson (Fr., MB)

• Overall: 13-13
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/2nd in South Division
• Home: 6-6
• Away: 5-5
• Neutral: 2-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Meagan Wright, 4.2
• Kills Leader: Meagan Wright, 3.8
• Attack Percentage Leader: Rebecca Seaberry, .242
• Assists Leader: Kayla Evans, 5.7
• Service Aces Leader: Kayla Evans, 0.3
• Digs Leader: Lindsey Chun, 4.2
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.2

North Division
1. Sonoma State
2. Chico State
3. Cal State East Bay
4. Stanislaus State
5. Cal State Monterey Bay
6. Humboldt State
7. San Francisco State

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State LA
4. Cal State San Marcos
5. Cal Poly Pomona
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills

Now in his eighth season leading the Tritons, Ricci Luyties holds a 137-70 (.662) overall record and a 100-47 (.680) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UCSD to at least 20 victories, which includes an impressive 26-6 (.813) campaign in 2013. The Tritons have qualified for NCAA postseason play five times under Luyties, reaching the regional semifinals in four of those years. In 2010 and again in 2013, UC San Diego climbed as high as No. 8 in the national rankings. Prior to coming to La Jolla, Luyties was head coach at Southern Mississippi for six seasons. As a setter at UCLA, Luyties helped lead the Bruins to four consecutive national championships. He was named the NCAA's Most Valuable Player twice and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. At the international level, Luyties, alongside Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons, won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. He also played on the beach for 12 years, competing on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour with partners such as Kiraly and Adam Johnson.

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Following its trip to the Pacific Northwest, UC San Diego opens its home and California Collegiate Athletic Association season by hosting Cal State San Marcos on Saturday, Sept. 16 inside RIMAC Arena. The contest begins a three-match homestand for the Tritons as they entertain Stanislaus State on Sept. 22 and Chico State on Sept. 23. All three league tilts are slated for 7:00 p.m. starts.


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