vs. Cal State East Bay (6-9, 2-5 CCAA)
Friday, Oct. 11 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (11-4, 5-2 CCAA)
Saturday, Oct. 12 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
I WANT IN
UCSD students are admitted free to all home, regular season volleyball matches. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for visiting students, seniors and UCSD Alumni Association members. Tickets are available at the main entrance to RIMAC Arena on the night of the match.
T-shirts are free-shirts this week! The first 500 UCSD students in attendance at Friday night's match get a free "This is My Gameday Shirt" courtesy of Toyota! No doubt you've seen people wearing these around campus, so come grab your own Friday.
THE REIS CUP
The UCSD volleyball program will introduce the Reis Cup Friday. In remembrance of former Triton Karen Reis, who was tragically killed in Coronado in 2012, the Reis Cup will be contested each year at the first home match after school is back in session. A trophy and a MVP award will be bestowed upon the winning team each year.
UCSD picked up two league wins to wrap up a seven-match road trip last week. At Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons went up 2-0, but had to battle for a five-set victory. Both teams hit below .200. Danielle Dahle (La Mesa/Grossmont HS) and Sophie Rowe each had 18 kills, while Heidi Sierks established career-highs with 55 assists, 19 digs, five blocks and 4.0 points. The next night, UCSD won its fourth straight, 3-1 at Humboldt State. The Tritons were strong at the net, out-blocking their opponent, 12.5 to 4.0. Kameron Cooper had a career-high nine stuffs and Rowe recorded a team-best 17.5 points.
PUT THE BAGS AWAY
Following an unprecedented string of seven CCAA road matches, UCSD will play nine of its next 10 contests at RIMAC Arena. It's been almost a month since the Tritons saw action in La Jolla with their last match coming on Sept. 14 against Alaska Anchorage. With the exception of an Oct. 18 match at Cal State Dominguez Hills, UCSD will be at RIMAC through Nov. 9 when Cal Poly Pomona is in town. The Tritons are 4-0 at home, 5-2 on the road and 4-0 at neutral sites this season.
THE GREAT EIGHT
Don't miss your chance to meet the eight members of UCSD's inaugural Hall of Fame class. Christine Behrens (tennis), Doug Dannevik (volleyball coach), Ele Johnson (soccer), Bill Kazmierowicz (swimming & diving/water polo), Diana Klintworth (volleyball), Travis Miller (swimming & diving), Julie Swail (water polo) and Judy Sweet (Athletics Director) will be introduced prior to the Cal State L.A. match on Saturday, Oct. 19. The group will officially be inducted during a ceremony the next day.
DIG FOR A CURE
Once again throughout October, all California Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball teams will join together in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each team will designate one of its home contests as a Dig for a Cure match in which the squads will wear special warm-up shirts and use pink volleyballs. The UCSD Tritons will host their Dig For a Cure event on Saturday, Oct. 26 against San Francisco State.
WHERE DO WE STAND?
At 5-2, the Tritons sit in a tie for third place with Cal State Monterey Bay (through Wednesday). Cal State San Bernardino (7-0) is in first with Sonoma State (6-1) in second. Cal State L.A. (4-3) and Chico State are tied for fifth and San Francisco State (3-4) is seventh. Humboldt State (2-5), Cal State East Bay and Cal Poly Pomona are all tied for eighth, while Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-6) and Cal State Stanislaus are tied for 11th.
For the first time in three weeks, UCSD moved up a spot in the AVCA national poll, improving from No. 12 to No. 11. Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota Duluth and Tampa remained the top three. Two other CCAA teams are in the AVCA's top 25, including Sonoma State at 12 (up from 13) and Cal State San Bernardino, which stayed at 16. UCSD has been ranked as high as eighth this season.
UCSD's win at San Francisco State on Sept. 20 moved the team to 9-0, equaling the best start in program history ... UCSD holds a 73-35 advantage in aces over its opponents ... Last Thursday's match at Cal Poly Pomona was the first five-setter for the Tritons this season ... Brittany Lombardi needs 193 digs to hit 1,000 for her career ... Danielle Dahle eclipsed 500 career kills and 500 career digs this season ... Sara McCutchan recorded her 500th career kill in 2013 ... UCSD has won 41 of 53 sets played this year ... Four Tritons have recorded a combined 23 double-doubles, including Danielle Dahle (8), Heidi Sierks (8), Sophie Rowe (5) and Amber Hawthorne (2) ... Sierks has posted a double-double in six of her last seven outings.
As a team, UCSD ranks 13th in assists/set (13.2), 14th in kills/set (14.0) and 16th in blocks/set (2.4). Kameron Cooper ranks 10th in blocks/set (1.3), Sara McCutchan is 22nd in hitting percentage (.369) and Brittany Lombardi is 50th in digs/set (4.9).
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
UCSD head coach Ricci Luyties is in his fourth season leading the Tritons. Over his first three campaigns in La Jolla, he registered a 61-26 overall record, good for a .701 win percentage. Entering 2013, Luyties has paced UCSD to a 47-19 (.712) mark in CCAA play. Prior to coming to UCSD, Luyties spent six seasons as the head coach at Southern Mississippi. A two-time All-American setter and Hall of Fame member at UCLA, he helped the Bruins win four consecutive national titles between 1981 and 1984. UCLA posted an amazing 126-7 record, which included a pair of undefeated seasons, during Luyties' career. A two-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, his No. 11 UCLA jersey was retired in 1996. A member of the U.S. National Team from 1981-88, Luyties won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. On the beach, Luyties competed regularly on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour for 12 years, partnering with the likes of Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
UCSD was picked to finish second in the 2013 CCAA standings by the league's coaches. Topping the poll was seven-time defending champion Cal State San Bernardino. Following the Tritons, in order, were Sonoma State, Cal State L.A., Chico State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Stanislaus and Humboldt State.
ABOUT THE PIONEERS
Cal State East Bay enters Friday's match at 6-9 overall and tied for eighth in the CCAA at 2-5. The Pioneers have lost four straight, three of those coming last week against Cal State Monterey Bay (2-3), Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-3) and Cal State L.A. (0-3). Suzy Ni Xu is averaging a team-high 3.37 points/set, while Veronica Sanchez averages 5.42 digs/set.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD leads the all-time series against Cal State East Bay by a 12-3 count. The teams split the series last season, with the Tritons winning 3-1 in La Jolla and the Pioneers taking a 3-1 victory in Hayward.
ABOUT THE OTTERS
Winners of five straight, Cal State Monterey Bay entered the week at 11-4 overall and tied with UCSD for third in the CCAA at 5-2. The Otters play at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night. Last week, CSUMB won three road matches against Cal State East Bay (3-2), Cal State L.A. (3-2) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-0). Julia Ashen, the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, leads the team with her 5.66 points/set average. Rachel Cookus is averaging 4.11 digs/set and DJ Gresham-Ryder is blocking .81 balls/set.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a commanding 16-2 all-time record against Cal State Monterey Bay. The Tritons have won the last three match-ups, including 3-0 and 3-2 victories in 2012.
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Looking ahead to next week, the Tritons play one on the road and one at home. On Friday, Oct. 18, they're at Cal State Dominguez Hills and on Saturday, Oct. 19, they host Cal State L.A. Those two matches will wrap up the first half of the CCAA season.