Photo by: Scott Flanders
Sophomore libero Susanna Limb

Tritons Open Final DII Season Friday in Alaska

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THE SCHEDULE
Match 1 - Seawolf Invitational
UC San Diego (0-0) vs. Concord (0-0)
Friday, Sept. 6 • 10 am PT
Alaska Airlines Center • Anchorage, Alaska
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Match 2 - Seawolf Invitational
UC San Diego (0-0) vs. Regis (0-0)
Friday, Sept. 6 • 5:30 pm PT
Alaska Airlines Center • Anchorage, Alaska
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Match 3 - Seawolf Invitational
UC San Diego (0-0) vs. Biola (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 7 • 12:30 pm PT
Alaska Airlines Center • Anchorage, Alaska
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Match 4 - Seawolf Invitational
UC San Diego (0-0) at Alaska Anchorage (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 7 • 8:30 pm PT
Alaska Airlines Center • Anchorage, Alaska
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THE TRITONS
Starters Returning (5)
Gina Cortesi (Jr., OH)
Jessica Rieble (Sr., MB)
Brie Severino (So., S)
Sydney Tekstra (Sr., OH)
Cindy Tran (Sr., OH)

Starters Lost (1)
Micah Hammond (MB)

Primary Liberos Returning (2)
Susanna Limb (So.)
Alyson Penrose (Jr.)

Other Letterwinners Returning (2)
Claudia Mathews (Jr., MB)
Rebecca Whitney (So., OH)

Other Letterwinners Lost (8)
Mary Bagshaw (S)
Molly Dalziel (OH)
Kayla Evans (L)
Julia Jackson (MB)
Emily Kimball (OPP)
Morgan Kissick (OH/OPP)
Maria Mayhew (S)
Allison Tiegs (MB)

Newcomers (7)
Trinity Castaneda (So., OH)
Josie Collier (Fr., OPP)
Isabela Dobra (Jr., S)
Emily Hubbard (Jr., OH)
Dani Mason (Fr., MB/OPP)
Sarah Rieble (Fr., OH/OPP)
Marin Willick (Fr., OH)

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STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
2018 UC San Diego Stats
2018 Concord Stats
2018 Regis Stats
2018 Biola Stats
2018 Alaska Anchorage Stats

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FOR OPENERS
During its NCAA Division II era (since 2000), the UC San Diego women's volleyball program is 17-2 (.895) in season-opening matches. Last year, the Tritons defeated Hawai'i Pacific, 3-1, on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The team's only losses came against Simon Fraser in 2016 and Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the country at the time, in 2008.

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ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
Concord: Have never met
Regis: 3-1
Biola: 10-10
Alaska Anchorage: 5-0

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WATCH US ON THE WORLDWIDE LEADER
Every one of UC San Diego's home matches this season will be broadcast live on ESPN3. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually, at no additional cost to fans who access it using their “TV Everywhere” credentials from an affiliated high-speed internet or video subscription provider. Subscription service ESPN+ and ESPN3 are accessible through the ESPN app on computers, smartphones, tablets and most major streaming devices, as well as through ESPN.com.

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TRITONS V. TITANS
UC San Diego won the first set but ended up falling, 3-1, at future Big West Conference foe Cal State Fullerton in exhibition play on Aug. 24. Set scores were 18-25, 25-19, 25-19, and 26-24 in favor of the Division I Titans. Leading the way for the Tritons was junior outside hitter Gina Cortesi, who finished with 16.5 points on 15 kills and three block assists. Senior middle blocker Jessica Rieble had five kills and three service aces, sophomore setter Brie Severino tallied 29 assists, and sophomore libero Susanna Limb had 18 digs. Several first-year Tritons saw action in the contest including Trinity Castaneda, Josie Collier, Emily Hubbard, Dani Mason, Sarah Rieble, and Marin Willick. Castaneda, a sophomore outside that transferred from Hawai'i, logged six kills. Hubbard, a junior outside that transferred from Tulsa, had 11 digs. The Tritons struggled offensively, hitting .102 with 44 kills and 29 errors in 147 attack attempts. They led in digs, 67-62, but trailed in blocks, 9-6.

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MOVIN' ON UP
UC San Diego is in its 20th and final year playing as an NCAA Division II team and as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play. During the transition, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing remain eligible for postseason as those teams currently compete against Division I programs for a combined-division national championship.

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NEW LOOKS FOR THE CCAA
New this season in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), volleyball will crown a regular season champion as well as a tournament victor. The top four teams in each of the two divisions earn a spot in the tourney bracket, with seeding determined by CCAA winning percentage rather than by regional demarcations, also new for 2019. The winner of the tourney, which will be hosted by Cal State San Bernardino Nov. 21-23, earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship field.

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2019 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
North Division
1. San Francisco State, 65 points (6 divisional title votes)
2. Stanislaus State, 62 (3)
3. Cal State Monterey Bay, 46 (1)
4. Cal State East Bay, 44 (2)
T-5. Chico State, 43
T-5. Sonoma State, 43 (1)
7. Humboldt State, 12

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 67 (12)
2. Cal State LA, 55 (1)
T-3. Cal State San Marcos, 35
T-3. UC San Diego, 35
5. Cal Poly Pomona, 33
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 12

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

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
8/19: Not ranked

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UC SAN DIEGO IN 2018
Overall: 11-12
CCAA: 7-10 (5th in South Division)
Home: 5-4
Away: 4-6
Neutral: 2-2
Postseason: none
Points Leader: Jessica Rieble (3.47)
Kills Leader: Gina Cortesi (2.85)
Hitting Percentage Leader: Jessica Rieble (.377)
Assists Leader: Maria Mayhew (6.48)
Service Aces Leader: Susanna Limb/Cindy Tran (0.31)
Digs Leader: Susanna Limb (3.89)
Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble (1.28)

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2018 HONORS
• Gina Cortesi: CCAA Honorable Mention, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Molly Dalziel: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Kayla Evans: CCAA All-Academic
• Micah Hammond: All-CCAA Second Team
• Julia Jackson: CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Morgan Kissick: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Susanna Limb: CCAA All-Academic
• Alyson Penrose: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Jessica Rieble: All-CCAA Second Team, CCAA Fall All-Academic, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for August
• Allison Tiegs: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic, National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree, UC San Diego Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award winner
• Cindy Tran: CCAA Honorable Mention, CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic

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FINAL 2018 CCAA STANDINGS
North Division
Cal State East Bay, 11-7 (16-13)
Cal State Monterey Bay, 11-7 (16-10)
Stanislaus State, 9-9 (16-11)
San Francisco State, 9-9 (14-12)
Chico State, 7-11 (14-12)
Sonoma State, 4-14 (8-19)
Humboldt State, 0-18 (3-23)

South Division
Cal State San Bernardino, 16-1 (28-3)
Cal Poly Pomona, 14-3 (24-6)
Cal State LA, 13-4 (22-6)
Cal State San Marcos, 9-8 (13-13)
UC San Diego, 7-10 (11-12)
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-13 (9-16)

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HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
Entering his 10th season leading the Tritons in 2019, Ricci Luyties holds a 161-91 (.639) overall record and a 117-64 (.646) 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. 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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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
UC San Diego opens its home slate by hosting a pod of the DII West Region Volleyball Showcase, Sept. 12-14, at RIMAC Arena. Joining the Tritons in the three-conference (CCAA, GNAC, PacWest) tourney will be Academy of Art, Chico State, Concordia Irvine, Montana State Billings, and Saint Martin's.

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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, begin a four-year transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego scholar-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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, almost 1,400 UC San Diego scholar-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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