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Tritons Open Season Across Town at Point Loma Seaside Invitational
Release: Thursday 08/31/2017 

Point Loma Seaside Invitational
Golden Gymnasium • San Diego
Friday, September 1
• 8:30 a.m. vs. No. 4 Alaska Anchorage (0-0, 0-0 GNAC)
• 1:00 p.m. vs. Azusa Pacific (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)
Live Stats | Live Video

Saturday, September 2
• 10:45 a.m. vs. Simon Fraser (0-0, 0-0 GNAC)
• 8:00 p.m. at Point Loma (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)
Live Stats | Live Video

• Alaska Anchorage: 4-0 (1.000)
• Azusa Pacific: 12-8 (.600)
• Point Loma: 25-15 (.625)
• Simon Fraser: 1-1 (.500)

During its NCAA Division II era (since 2000), the UC San Diego women's volleyball program is 15-2 (.882) in season-opening matches. The Tritons lost in five sets to Simon Fraser in their first contest of 2016, which came on Sept. 2 at Concordia Irvine's Labor Day Classic. UCSD's only other loss occurred in 2008 against Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the country at the time. That one went four sets.

Starters Returning (5)
Jessyca Beksa (So., OH): 3.2 p/s, 2.7 k/s, 1.2 d/s, 0.5 b/s, 25 aces
Amanda Colla (Sr., OH): 1.9 p/s, 1.6 k/s, 3.0 d/s
Kayla Evans (Jr., DS): 5.7 a/s, 2.4 d/s, 27 aces
Jessica Rieble (So., MB): 2.2 p/s, 1.5 k/s, .231 attack %, 1.2 b/s,
Rebecca Seaberry (Sr., MB): 2.3 p/s, 1.7 k/s, .242 attack %, 1.0 b/s

Starters Lost (1)
Meagan Wright (OH/MB): First Team All-CCAA, 4.2 p/s, 3.8 k/s, .220 attack %, 3.6 d/s, 0.5 b/s

Primary Liberos Returning (1)
Lindsey Chun (So.): 4.2 d/s, 18 aces

Other Letterwinners Returning (7)
Molly Dalziel (Jr., OH)
Emily Kimball (So., OPP)
Morgan Kissick (Jr., OH/OPP)
Rachel Linden (Sr., S)
Marie Paris (So., S)
Alyson Penrose (So., L)
Allison Tiegs (Jr., MB)

Newcomers (3)
Mary Bagshaw (Fr., S)
Micah Hammond (Jr., MB)
Julia Jackson (Fr., MB)

• Overall: 13-13
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/2nd in South Division
• Home: 6-6
• Away: 5-5
• Neutral: 2-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Meagan Wright, 4.2
• Kills Leader: Meagan Wright, 3.8
• Attack Percentage Leader: Rebecca Seaberry, .242
• Assists Leader: Kayla Evans, 5.7
• Service Aces Leader: Kayla Evans, 0.3
• Digs Leader: Lindsey Chun, 4.2
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.2

North Division
1. Sonoma State
2. Chico State
3. Cal State East Bay
4. Stanislaus State
5. Cal State Monterey Bay
6. Humboldt State
7. San Francisco State

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State LA
4. Cal State San Marcos
5. Cal Poly Pomona
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills

Now in his eighth season leading the Tritons, Ricci Luyties holds a 134-69 (.660) overall record and a 100-47 (.680) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UCSD 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.

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UC San Diego remains on the road for another tournament as the Tritons take part in the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase, Sept. 7-9 at Central Washington in Ellensburg, Wash. UCSD goes up against Concordia Portland, Azusa Pacific (again), Dixie State, and host CWU. The home and CCAA opener is the following week when UC San Diego entertains Cal State San Marcos at RIMAC Arena on Sept. 16. That match kicks off a three-match conference homestand.