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Cindy Tran and Micah Hammond

Tritons Face Tough Road Matches Against Teams Unbeaten in League Play

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UC San Diego will be tested this week in a pair of road matches against teams that are unbeaten in CCAA play. Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino are 4-0 in conference matches and both squads hold an 11-1 overall record. The Coyotes are fifth in the most recent national poll, moving up from eighth last week. The Broncos, who have won 10 straight, are receiving votes in the poll.

Following the Friday/Saturday matches, the Tritons return to La Jolla to play their first match in a newly-renovated RIMAC Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Their opponent will be Cal State LA, currently unbeaten at 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA. The Golden Eagles are ranked 17th, up from No. 22 last week.  

THE SCHEDULE
Match 10
UC San Diego (5-4, 1-2) at RV Cal Poly Pomona (11-1, 4-0)
Friday, Sept. 21 • 7:00 p.m. PT
Kellogg Arena • Pomona, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 37-14
Live Stats (free) • Live Video (free) • Tickets

Match 11
UC San Diego (5-4, 1-2) at No. 5 Cal State San Bernardino (11-1, 4-0)
Saturday, Sept. 22 • 7:00 p.m. PT
Coussoulis Arena • San Bernardino, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 35-32
Live Video ($) • Tickets

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HOME OPENER PART DEUX
Technically, the Tritons played their first home match on Sept. 14. However, it was held at Main Gym on campus, which is not the team's regular home venue. That debut will happen this coming Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.) as UC San Diego hosts Cal State LA inside a revamped RIMAC Arena. The first renovation in RIMAC Arena's nearly 24-year existence (opened in January of 1995) is almost complete. The project modernizes the arena, improves training and competition facilities for student-athletes, and provides fans with a first-class live event experience. The renovation includes new retractable seating, modern glass railings, and a VIP skybox. The arena’s most noticeable new features will be the addition of a 50’ wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard that will span the facility’s south end as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables. A new video production facility is also part of the project. It was started this summer and you can read more about it here.

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TRITON TRIFECTA
The Tuesday, Sept. 25 home match (7 p.m.) will be the first athletic event of the year with all students back on campus, the first-ever athletic event inside of a renovated RIMAC Arena, and the first outing in the Triton Trifecta, which is open to all UC San Diego students. Get to all three of these events and you'll win a gameday t-shirt and be entered in a drawing for a new big screen television!
1. Attend the volleyball match on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.) at RIMAC Arena
2. Attend the men's water polo game on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (6 p.m.) at Canyonview Aquatic Center
3. Attend the men's soccer game on Friday, Sept. 28 (7 p.m.) at Triton Soccer Stadium

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THE TRITONS AT A GLANCE
• Overall: 5-4
• CCAA: 1-2
• Home: 1-1
• Away: 2-1
• Neutral: 2-2
• Against West Region Teams: 5-4
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-0
• Current Streak: Won 1

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ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Starters Returning (3)
Molly Dalziel (Sr., OH)
Micah Hammond (Sr., MB)
Jessica Rieble (Jr., MB)

Starters Lost (3)
Amanda Colla (OH)
Marie Paris (S)
Rebecca Seaberry (MB)

Primary Liberos Returning (1)
Alyson Penrose (Jr.)

Other Letterwinners Returning (6)
Mary Bagshaw (So., S)
Kayla Evans (Sr., L)
Julia Jackson (So., MB)
Emily Kimball (Jr., OPP)
Morgan Kissick (Sr., OH)
Allison Tiegs (Sr., MB)

Other Letterwinners Lost (3)
Jessyca Beksa (OH)
Lindsey Chun (L)
Rachel Linden (S)

Newcomers (8)
Gina Cortesi (So., OH)
Susanna Limb (Fr., L)
Maria Mayhew (Fr., S)
Claudia Mathews (Jr., MB)
Brie Severino (Fr., S)
Sydney Tekstra (Jr., OH)
Cindy Tran (Jr., OH)
Rebecca Whitney (Fr., OH)

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JUST THE STATS
UC San Diego Statistics
CCAA Statistics
NCAA Statistics

Triton Leaders
Points/Set Jessica Rieble 3.3
Kills/Set Jessica Rieble 2.6
Attack % Jessica Rieble .409
Assists/Set Brie Severino 5.4
Aces/Set Susanna Limb 0.4
Digs/Set Alyson Penrose 3.9
Blocks/Set Jessica Rieble 1.2
Against Opponents
Stat UC San Diego Cal Poly Pomona Cal State San Bernardino All Opponents
Points/Set 16.0 24.2 18.6 16.2
Kills/Set 12.3 14.6 14.8 12.9
Attack % .192 .274 .290 .186
Assists/Set 11.2 13.3 13.6 12.0
Aces/Set 1.3 1.8 1.8 1.5
Digs/Set 15.8 17.3 16.5 15.5
Blocks/Set 2.4 1.8 2.1 1.8

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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 9/20)
North Division
Chico State: 2-2 (9-3)
San Francisco State: 2-2 (7-4)
Sonoma State: 2-2 (6-7)
Stanislaus State: 1-3 (8-4)
Cal State Monterey Bay: 1-3 (6-5)
Cal State East Bay: 1-3 (5-7)
Humboldt State: 0-4 (3-9)

South Division
Cal Poly Pomona: 4-0 (11-1)
Cal State San Bernardino: 4-0 (11-1)
Cal State LA: 3-0 (11-0)
Cal State San Marcos: 3-0 (7-4)
UC San Diego: 1-2 (5-4)
Cal State Dominguez Hills: 0-3 (5-6)

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA
(league matches through 9/20)
3. Blocks/Set, 2.2
6. Digs/Set, 15.9
9. Aces/Set, 1.3
10. Kills/Set, 11.9
11. Hitting Percentage, .165
11. Assists/Set, 10.6

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TRITONS IN THE CCAA
(league matches through 9/20)
3. Kayla Evans, Aces/Set, 0.6
5. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set, 1.0
6. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage, .410
9. Digs/Set, Susanna Limb, 3.7
10. Brie Severino, Assists/Set, 6.8
10. Micah Hammond, Blocks/Set, 0.8

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 9/19)
19. Blocks/Set, 2.4

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TRITONS IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 9/19)
15. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage, .409
24. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set, 1.2

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ABOUT CAL POLY POMONA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 11-1
• CCAA: 4-0
• Home: 2-0
• Road: 4-0
• Neutral: 5-1
• Current Streak: Won 10

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ABOUT CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 11-1
• CCAA: 4-0
• Home: 2-0
• Road: 5-0
• Neutral: 4-1
• Current Streak: Won 7

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WEEKLY REWIND
UC San Diego played its first home matches of the season last week at Main Gym on campus. The Tritons split, losing against San Francisco State before defeating Cal State East Bay.
• 9/15/18 at La Jolla: UC San Diego 3, Cal State East Bay 1
• 9/14/18 at La Jolla: San Francisco State 3, UC San Diego 1

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FRESNO HEAT
Junior middle Jessica Rieble was outstanding during the West Region Showcase in Fresno, leading the Tritons in points, kills, attack percentage, and blocks over four matches. She recorded match-highs with 14.5 points, 11 kills, five blocks, and a .714 attack percentage vs. Fresno Pacific. Against Simon Fraser, Rieble had a team-high 10 points with eight kills and two blocks while hitting a match-best .571. She wrapped up the tourney with a match-high five blocks and a .500 attack percentage against Seattle Pacific. Overall, Rieble hit .463 and averaged 3.3 points, 2.5 kills, and 1.3 blocks per set.

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A PENNY FOR YOUR DIGS
Junior libero Alyson "Penny" Penrose collected her 500th career dig this season. Entering the year, she had 392 and went over 500 with 13 scoops at Fresno Pacific on August 31.

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT
The Tritons came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Hawai'i Hilo in five on Aug. 24. It was the first time that UC San Diego had stormed back from two down to win since Oct. 2, 2014, when it did so at Humboldt State.

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START ME UP
After defeating Hawai'i Pacific on Aug. 24, the UC San Diego women's volleyball program moved to 17-2 (.895) in season-opening matches during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000). The Tritons lost to Simon Fraser in 2016 and fell against Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the country at the time, in 2008.

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TRITON DEBUTS
Seven of the eight first-year Tritons made their blue and gold debuts during the tournament in Hawai'i including Gina Cortesi, Susanna Limb, Claudia Mathews, Maria Mayhew, Brie Severino, Sydney Tekstra, and Cindy Tran. Rebecca Whitney debuted on Aug. 31 at Fresno Pacific.

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ON THE DOUBLE
Through nine matches, four Tritons have produced a total of eight double-doubles.
• Gina Cortesi (4)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (13k, 11d)
9/14 vs. San Francisco State (11k, 12d)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (12k, 11d)
8/24 vs. Hawai'i Pacific (10k, 10d)

• Brie Severino (2)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (46a, 12d)
9/1 vs. Seattle Pacific (11a, 13d)

• Maria Mayhew (1)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (46a, 10d)

Cindy Tran (1)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (12k, 12d)

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DIG FOR A CURE
The annual Dig for a Cure match in support of breast cancer awareness will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, as the Tritons host Cal State San Bernardino.

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THE REIS CUP
The sixth annual Reis Cup is slated for Saturday, Oct. 6, when UC San Diego hosts Cal Poly Pomona. The event honors former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who passed away tragically in 2012. UC San Diego is 4-1 in Reis Cup matches and has won the last two.

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LOCALS ONLY
This year's roster features five players from San Diego County:
• Kayla Evans, San Diego/Del Norte High School
• Emily Kimball, Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy
• Claudia Mathews, Encinitas/La Costa Canyon High School
• Brie Severino, San Diego/Torrey Pines High School
• Rebecca Whitney, Vista/Vista High School

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AVCA NATIONAL POLL
(9/17)
1. Northern State
2. Concordia-St. Paul
3. Palm Beach Atlantic
4. Lewis
5. Cal State San Bernardino
6. Nebraska-Kearney
7. Ferris State
8. Western Washington
9. Minnesota Duluth
10. Southwest Minnesota State
11. Rockhurst
12. Tampa
13. Central Missouri
14. Drury
15. West Florida
16. Central Oklahoma
17. Cal State LA
18. Wayne State
19. Wheeling Jesuit
20. Tarleton State
21. Washburng
22. Gannon
23. Regis
24. Colorado School of Mines
25. Texas A&M-Commerce

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
• 9/17: n/a
• 9/10: n/a
• 9/3: n/a
• 8/27: RV
• Preseason: RV

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2018 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
North Division
1. Sonoma State, 68 points (5 first-place votes)
2. Cal State East Bay, 66 (5)
3. Chico State, 63 (3)
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 45
5. San Francisco State, 36
6. Stanislaus State, 21
7. Humboldt State, 16

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 67 (12)
2. Cal State LA, 47
3. UC San Diego, 46 (1)
4. Cal State San Marcos, 42
5. Cal Poly Pomona, 18
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 17

League Champion
Cal State San Bernardino (10 votes)

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THE TRITONS IN 2017
• Overall: 16-10
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/tie for 3rd in South Division
• Home: 7-2
• Away: 4-6
• Neutral: 5-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Amanda Colla, 4.29/set
• Kills Leader: Amanda Colla, 3.71/set
• Attack Percentage Leader: Micah Hammond, .326 (218-53-506)
• Assists Leader: Marie Paris, 8.64/set
• Service Aces Leader: Amanda Colla, 0.29/set
• Digs Leader: Alyson Penrose, 4.36/set
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.14/set

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FINAL 2017 CCAA STANDINGS
North Division
1. Sonoma State, 14-4
2. Cal State East Bay, 10-8
3. Chico State, 9-9
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 8-10
5. San Francisco State, 4-14
6. Stanislaus State, 3-15
7. Humboldt State, 2-16

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 14-3
2. Cal State San Marcos, 11-6
3. UC San Diego, 10-7
3. Cal State LA, 10-7
3. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-7
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 9-8

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HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
Now in his ninth season leading the Tritons in 2018, Ricci Luyties currently holds a 155-83 (.651) overall record and a 111-56 (.665) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UC San Diego to at least 20 victories, which includes an impressive 26-6 (.813) campaign in 2013. He recorded his 150th victory as a Triton on Oct. 27, 2017. 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. For Luyties' full bio, click here.

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OHTA TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Former Triton volleyball standout Teresa Ohta will be inducted into the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018. A setter from 2001-04, Ohta is the school's all-time assists leader with 4,749, almost 1,000 more than the No. 2 player on the list. She is a two-time All-America First Team honoree and the 2004 CCAA Player of the Year. In 2001, she was tabbed the West Region and CCAA Freshman of the Year. Ohta was an all-region and all-conference selection all four years. The Tritons went 106-19 during her time and qualified for the NCAA postseason in each of her four seasons, reaching the national semifinals in 2001. Ohta will officially be inducted during a ceremony in October.

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BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UC San Diego will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. UC San Diego will remain an NCAA Division II institution for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and the volleyball team will continue competing as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Read the full press release here.

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GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UC San Diego Athletics' online partner Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
Following this week's road matches against two teams that are a combined 22-2, things remain uber challenging for UC San Diego as it hosts unbeaten and 17th-ranked Cal State LA (11-0, 3-0) on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.). It will be the first match in a renovated RIMAC Arena.

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About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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