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Tritons Battle on the Road this Weekend for Final CCAA Tourney Spot

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After winning last week's sole match to keep its postseason chances intact, UC San Diego needs to maintain the momentum from its current three-match win streak as it heads into its final two regular season tilts this week, both on the road. The Tritons are battling with cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos for the fourth and final California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament spot from the league's South Division and the two squads face the same opponents in the final week of the regular season.

THE SCHEDULE
Match 22
UC San Diego (10-11, 6-9) at Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-14, 4-11)
Friday, Nov. 2 • 7:00 p.m. PT
Torodome • Carson, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 53-4 (.930)
Live Stats • Live Video • Tickets

Match 23
UC San Diego (10-11, 6-9) at No. 12 Cal State LA (20-3, 12-3)
Saturday, Nov. 3 • 7:00 p.m. PT
University Gym • Los Angeles
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 34-21 (.618)
Live Stats • Live Video • Tickets

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POSTSEASON SCENARIOS
With two regular season matches remaining, UC San Diego (6-9) and Cal State San Marcos (7-8) are the only CCAA South Division teams in contention for the division's fourth and final spot in the eight-team conference tournament. Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State LA have already clinched berths from the South.

If the Tritons and Cougars were to finish with identical records, UC San Diego wins the tiebreaker because:
#1: Head-to-head is even at 1-1, move to #2
#2: Percentage of head-to-head sets won: UC San Diego .571 (4), Cal State San Marcos .429 (3)

Here are all of the scenarios that can play out between the Tritons and Cougars this week:

UCSD 2-0 CSUSM 2-0 CSUSM in
UCSD 2-0 CSUSM 1-1 UCSD in
UCSD 2-0 CSUSM 0-2 UCSD in
UCSD 1-1 CSUSM 2-0 CSUSM in
UCSD 1-1 CSUSM 1-1 CSUSM in
UCSD 1-1 CSUSM 0-2 UCSD in
UCSD 0-2 CSUSM 2-0 CSUSM in
UCSD 0-2 CSUSM 1-1 CSUSM in
UCSD 0-2 CSUSM 0-2 CSUSM in

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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 10/31)
North Division
1. Cal State Monterey Bay: 10-6 (15-8)
2. Cal State East Bay: 9-7 (13-11)
3. Stanislaus State: 8-9 (15-10)
3. San Francisco State: 7-9 (12-11)
5. Chico State: 7-10 (14-11)
6. Sonoma State: 4-12 (8-17)
7. Humboldt State: 0-16 (3-21)

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino: 15-1 (22-2)
2. Cal Poly Pomona: 14-2 (21-3)
3. Cal State LA: 12-3 (20-3)
4. Cal State San Marcos: 7-8 (11-12)
5. UC San Diego: 6-9 (10-11)
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4-11 (9-14)

top four in each division qualify for CCAA Tournament

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NCAA WEST REGION POLL
(10/29)
The second NCAA regional rankings of the season were released on Oct. 29.
1. Western Washington
2. Cal State San Bernardino
3. Cal State LA
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Azusa Pacific
6. Central Washington
7. Alaska Anchorage
8. Chaminade
9. Point Loma
10. Cal State East Bay

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THE TRITONS AT A GLANCE
• Overall: 10-11
• CCAA: 6-9
• Home: 5-4
• Away: 3-5
• Neutral: 2-2
• Against West Region Teams: 10-11
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-4
• Current Streak: Won 3  

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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 3.5
Kills/Set Gina Cortesi 2.9
Attack % Jessica Rieble .388
Assists/Set Maria Mayhew 6.3
Aces/Set Cindy Tran 0.3
Digs/Set Susanna Limb 3.9
Blocks/Set Jessica Rieble 1.3
Against Opponents
Stat UC San Diego CSU Dominguez Hills Cal State LA All Opponents
Points/Set 16.3 15.3 17.4 16.5
Kills/Set 12.5 11.9 13.9 13.1
Attack % .202 .187 .229 .190
Assists/Set 11.5 11.0 13.1 12.3
Aces/Set 1.3 1.7 1.7 1.5
Digs/Set 16.6 15.1 15.1 16.2
Blocks/Set 2.4 1.7 1.8 1.9

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA
(league matches through 10/31)
1. Blocks/Set, 2.43
2. Digs/Set, 16.97
6. Kills/Set, 12.53
8. Hitting Percentage, .200
8. Assists/Set, 11.53
8. Aces/Set, 1.28

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TRITONS IN THE CCAA
(league matches through 10/31)
2. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set: 1.27
3. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage: .382
6. Susanna Limb, Digs/Set: 4.00
7. Cindy Tran, Aces/Set: 0.38

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 10/31)
14. Blocks/Set: 2.44
69. Total Blocks: 198
93. Hitting Percentage: 202

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TRITONS IN THE NCAA
(all matches through 10/31)
16. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage, .388
19. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set: 1.28
64. Jessica Rieble, Total Blocks: 101

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ABOUT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 9-14
• CCAA: 4-11
• Home: 3-4
• Road: 2-7
• Neutral: 4-3
• Current Streak: Lost 2

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ABOUT CAL STATE LA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 20-3
• CCAA: 12-3
• Home: 5-1
• Road: 9-2
• Neutral: 6-0
• Current Streak: Lost 2

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WEEKLY REWIND
• 10/27 at La Jolla: UC San Diego 3, Cal State San Marcos 0

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SENIOR SALUTE
The five senior members of this year's roster were honored prior to last week's final home match at RIMAC Arena - Molly Dalziel, Kayla Evans, Micah Hammond, Morgan Kissick, and Allison Tiegs. 

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KILLING THE GAME
With 16 kills against Sonoma State on Oct. 20, Jessica Rieble went over 500 for her career. She entered this season with 314 kills after totaling 107 in 2016 and 207 in 2017. 

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ROCK AROUND THE BLOCK
Jessica Rieble ranks 19th nationally with her 1.28 blocks/set average. She's getting 1.27 blocks/set in CCAA matches, which puts her second among all conference players. Rieble has finished with multiple stuffs in 20 of 21 matches and has had at least five 12 times. She has 101 blocks so far this season, giving her 282 for her career. That number ranks ninth on the program's career list.

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THE REIS CUP
The sixth annual Reis Cup was played in La Jolla on Saturday, Oct. 6, with Cal Poly Pomona taking a 3-1 win against UC San Diego. The event is in remembrance of former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who passed away tragically in 2012. UC San Diego is 4-2 in Reis Cup matches.
• 10/6/18: Cal Poly Pomona 3, UC San Diego 1
• 10/13/17: UC San Diego 3, Cal Poly Pomona 1
• 9/24/16: UC San Diego 3, Cal State San Marcos 1
• 9/22/15: Cal State San Bernardino 3, UC San Diego 1
• 10/10/14: UC San Diego 3, Cal State Monterey Bay 0
• 10/11/13: UC San Diego 3, Cal State East Bay 1

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AGAINST NUMERO UNO
UC San Diego hosted national No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 5 (3-2 loss). The last time the Tritons played a top-ranked team was on Sept. 11, 2015, when they went up against the University of Tampa in Denver (3-1 loss).

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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 21 matches, five Tritons have produced a total of 22 double-doubles.
• Gina Cortesi (11)
10/20 vs. Sonoma State (14k, 18d)
10/13 at Chico State (13k, 14d)
10/12 at Stanislaus State (14k, 19d)
10/6 vs. Cal Poly Pomona (10k, 10d)
10/5 vs. Cal State San Bernardino (20k, 16d)
9/22 at Cal State San Bernardino (14k, 11d)
9/21 at Cal Poly Pomona (15k, 20d)
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)

• Cindy Tran (5)
10/20 vs. Sonoma State (15k, 16d)
10/12 at Stanislaus State (15k, 11d)
10/2 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (12k, 13d)
9/21 at Cal Poly Pomona (14k, 14d)
9/15 vs. Cal State East Bay (12k, 12d)

• Brie Severino (4)
10/13 at Chico State (46a, 12d)
9/25 vs. Cal State LA (28a, 10d)
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)

• Jessica Rieble (1)
10/20 vs. Sonoma State (16k, 10b)

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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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OHTA INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Former Triton volleyball standout Teresa Ohta was officially inducted into the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 21. 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.

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AVCA NATIONAL POLL
(10/29)
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. Western Washington
3. Nebraska-Kearney
4. Minnesota Duluth
5. Northern State
6. Concordia-St. Paul
7. Tampa
8. Ferris State
9. Southwest Minnesota State
10. Tarleton State
11. Washburn
12. Cal State LA
13. Drury
14. Cal Poly Pomona
15. Central Missouri
16. Palm Beach Atlantic
17. Central Oklahoma
18. Wheeling Jesuit
19. West Florida
20. Gannon
21. Texas A&M-Commerce
22. Lewis
23. Barry
24. Michigan Tech
25. Wingate

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
• 10/29: n/a
• 10/22: n/a
• 10/15: n/a
• 10/8: n/a
• 10/1: n/a
• 9/24: n/a
• 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 160-90 (.640) overall record and a 116-63 (.648) 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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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
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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
The California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament will be held Nov. 8-10 at Stanislaus State in Turlock.

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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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