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Claudia Mathews

Tritons Begin 20th and Final CCAA Season on the Road this Week

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UC SAN DIEGO SCHEDULE
Match 9
UC San Diego (6-2, 0-0) at Cal State East Bay (1-7, 0-0)
Friday, Sept. 20 • 7 p.m.
Pioneer Gymnasium • Hayward, Calif.
Live StatsWatch Live • Tickets

Match 10
UC San Diego (6-2, 0-0) at San Francisco State (6-2, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 21 • 7 p.m.
Main Gym • San Francisco
Live StatsWatch Live • Tickets

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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
Cal State East Bay Stats
San Francisco State Stats

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ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
• Cal State East Bay: 18-6
• San Francisco State: 24-7

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CCAA OPENERS
Since becoming a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for the 2000 season, UC San Diego is 14-5 in conference openers.

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RIEBLE EARNS FIRST WEEKLY CCAA HONOR OF CAREER
Senior Jessica Rieble was named the CCAA Women's Volleyball Player of the Week Tuesday for the first time in her career. Rieble helped lead UC San Diego to a tournament best 4-0 record at the six team West Region Showcase in La Jolla. Over the four matches at RIMAC Arena, Rieble hit .440 while averaging 3.7 points, 2.7 kills, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 digs per set. Her hitting percentage and blocking average ranked second among all tourney players. Rieble totaled 16 points against Concordia University Irvine and 10.5 points vs. Saint Martin's, both match highs. Nine of her 20 blocks came against Concordia with that total just one short of her career high. The Pleasanton, Calif., native was named to the all-tournament team for her outstanding performances. UC San Diego posted victories over Saint Martin's, Montana State Billings, Concordia, and Academy of Art.

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TEKSTRA NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Senior Sydney Tekstra has been named to two all-tournament teams already this season, garnering the honor at UC San Diego's West Region Showcase as well as the Seawolf Invitational at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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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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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
Five Tritons have accounted for 11 double-doubles this season.

Susanna Limb (5)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (48a, 14d)
• 9/13 vs. Concordia Irvine (26a, 14d)
• 9/12 vs. Saint Martin's (17a, 10d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (23a, 16d)
• 9/6 vs. Regis (32a, 14d)

Brie Severino (2)
• 9/13 vs. Concordia Irvine (19a, 10d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (21a, 10d)

Sydney Tekstra (2)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (22k, 21d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (13k, 12d)

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

Emily Hubbard (1)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (15k, 16d)

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

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
9/16:Not ranked
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
UC San Diego hosts its first conference match of the year on Sept. 27 as Cal Poly Pomona comes to RIMAC Arena for a 7 p.m. CCAA showdown.

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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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