UCSD Retains Reis Cup with Sweep Over Cal State Monterey Bay
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Solid hitting and late runs led the UC San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of league opponent Cal State Monterey Bay Friday in the second annual Reis Cup match at RIMAC Arena.
Scores of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contest were 25-21, 25-20 and 25-23 in favor of UCSD, which improved to 9-5 overall and 7-3 in conference play. CSUMB dipped to 4-10 and 4-6 with the loss.
Outside hitter Danielle Dahle (La Mesa/Grossmont HS) was named MVP of the Reis Cup for the second straight year. The junior finished with a match co-high 12 points, collecting 11 kills, a team-best 15 digs, a service ace and two assists. Dahle attacked at .323 with one error in 31 attempts. It was her fifth double-double of the season.
Caitlin Brenton had 11 kills and seven digs, while Amanda Colla (Carlsbad/San Dieguito Academy) tallied 10 kills and nine scoops. Kameron Cooper hit .400 with eight kills and two errors in 15 swings. Heidi Sierks posted her team-leading 10th double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs.
For the Otters, Julia Ashen led all players with 12 kills and Rachel Cookus amassed a match-high 24 digs. Leana Moleta had 29 assists and 11 digs.
As a team, the Tritons hit .254 (46-15-122) compared to the Otters' .209 (44-17-129) clip. Both squads finished with four blocks each.
It was just the second three-set match for UC San Diego this season. The Tritons defeated Saint Martin's in straight sets back on Sept. 5 at the Wildcat Invitational in Washington state.
UCSD won the inaugural Reis Cup in 2013 as well, topping Cal State East Bay in four sets.
The Reis Cup is named in honor of former Triton standout Karen Reis, who died tragically in 2012.
UCSD hosts Cal State East Bay (5-10, 2-8) Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pioneers were swept at Cal Poly Pomona Friday. Prior to the start of Saturday's match, the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be introduced and banners will be unveiled on the walls of RIMAC Arena.