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Tritons Host Six-Team West Region Showcase this Week

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UC SAN DIEGO SCHEDULE
Match 5 - West Region Showcase
UC San Diego (2-2) vs. Saint Martin's (0-5)
Thursday, Sept. 12 • 12:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
ESPN3Live StatsTickets

Match 6 - West Region Showcase
UC San Diego (2-2) vs. Montana State Billings (1-3)
Thursday, Sept. 12 • 8 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
ESPN3Live StatsTickets

Match 7 - West Region Showcase
UC San Diego (2-2) vs. Concordia Irvine (3-1)
Friday, Sept. 13 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
ESPN3Live StatsTickets

Match 8 - West Region Showcase
UC San Diego (2-2) vs. Academy of Art (0-3)
Saturday, Sept. 14 • 5 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
ESPN3Live StatsTickets

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TOURNEY SCHEDULE
Thursday, Sept. 12
10 a.m. - MSU Billings vs. Chico State
12:30 p.m. - Saint Martin's vs. UC San Diego
5:30 p.m. - Chico State vs. Saint Martin's
8 p.m. - MSU Billings vs. UC San Diego

Friday, Sept. 13
12 p.m. - Academy of Art vs. Chico State
2:30 p.m. - MSU Billings vs. Concordia Irvine
5 p.m. - Academy of Art vs. Saint Martin's
7:30 p.m. - Concordia Irvine vs. UC San Diego

Saturday, Sept. 14
12 p.m. - MSU Billings vs. Academy of Art
2:30 p.m. - Concordia Irvine vs. Saint Martin's
5 p.m. - Academy of Art vs. UC San Diego
7:30 p.m. - Concordia Irvine vs. Chico State

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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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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
UC San Diego Stats
Academy of Art Stats
Chico State Stats
Concordia Irvine Stats
Montana State Billings Stats
Saint Martin's Stats

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ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
• Saint Martin's: 3-0
• Montana State Billings: have never met
• Concordia Irvine: 3-2
• Academy of Art: have never met

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FOR OPENERS
With a 3-0 sweep of Concord on Sept. 6 in Alaska, UC San Diego improved to 18-2 (.900) in season-opening matches during the team's NCAA Division II era (since 2000). The Tritons' 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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CHASE THE ACE
UC San Diego put down 14 service aces against Concord on Sept. 6. That was the team's most in 10 years since accumulating the same number against Saginaw Valley State back in 2009.

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TEKSTRA NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Sydney Tekstra was named to the Seawolf Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 2.5 kills and 2.7 points while hitting .284 over four matches in Alaska. She matched career highs with 14 kills against Regis and 12 digs against Alaska Anchorage. Her best attack of the tourney came against Regis when she hit .406 with only one error in 32 swings.

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THE FIRST TIME OUT
Here's a list of Triton freshmen that have made their collegiate debuts this season.
• Josie Coller: 9/6 vs. Concord
• Sarah Rieble: 9/6 vs. Concord
• Marin Willick: 9/6 vs. Concord 

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DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Four Tritons have accounted for five double-doubles this season.

Susanna Limb (2)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (23a, 16d)
• 9/6 vs. Regis (32a, 14d)

Gina Cortesi (1)
• 9/6 vs. Regis (12k, 13d)

Brie Severino (1)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (21a, 10d)

Sydney Tekstra (1)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (13k, 12d)

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

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
9/9: Not ranked
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
Following the West Region Showcase, UC San Diego jumps right into CCAA play with a pair of road matches - Sept. 20 at Cal State East Bay and Sept. 21 at San Francisco State. The Tritons then host their first conference tilt on Sept. 27 when Cal Poly Pomona visits RIMAC Arena (7 p.m.).

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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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