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Junior setter Amber Hawthorne registered 21 assists and 14 digs in the win over Harding.
Tritons Go Undefeated at Coyote Classic
Release: Saturday 09/07/2013 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The No. 22 UC San Diego women's volleyball team completed a perfect showing at the Coyote Classic Saturday, sweeping Harding and Seattle Pacific to finish the tourney 4-0 while not losing a single set.

Scores against Harding were 26-24, 25-22 and 25-15 at host Cal State San Bernardino's Coussoulis Arena.

Amber Hawthorne and Sophie Rowe each recorded double-doubles. Rowe finished with 11 points, 10 kills and 15 digs - all match-highs. Hawthorne booked her first double-double of the season with 21 assists and 14 digs. She also added three service aces and a pair of blocks.

Danielle Dahle (La Mesa/Grossmont HS) totaled nine kills, seven digs, an ace and a block, while Kameron Cooper had a match-best six blocks.

Harding had no players hit double-figures in kills as Mollie Arnold and Molly Howard each posted seven. Lisa Copeland led the Lady Bisons defensively with 15 digs and Taryn Eubank had 12.

UCSD had its worst offensive showing of the tourney, hitting just .094 with 38 kills and 26 errors in 128 attacks. Harding had an even tougher time getting anything going and finished with 25 kills and 25 miscues, a .000 hitting percentage.

The Tritons had eight aces while the Lady Bisons had none. HU out-blocked UCSD, 10-7.

Late in the first set, the Lady Bisons ran off four straight points to take a 23-22 advantage. The Tritons called a timeout and returned to the floor to win four of the next five points and the set. Cooper had a block and a kill during the final run.

In the second frame, UCSD gave up several runs to allow Harding to stay in it. Down 21-17, the Lady Bisons strung together five consecutive points to go up 22-21, their first lead since early in the set. However, the Tritons picked up the final four points, backed by a pair of kills from Cooper.

UCSD kept the momentum on its side into the third set, scoring six of the first seven points and leading the whole way. Back-to-back kills by Dahle and Lizzy Andrews and an ace from Dahle closed out the match.

It was the first ever meeting between the Tritons and Lady Bisons.

In the evening match against Seattle Pacific at The Den, scores were 25-11, 25-15 and 25-21.

Hitting was key in the tilt. UCSD finished with 33 kills and 17 errors in 93 attacks for a .172 percengage. Conversely, SPU posted a horrid -.019 attack percentage with 25 kills, 27 errors and 107 attempts.

Dahle went for a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs, both match-highs. Heidi Sierks had 19 assists and libero Brittany Lombardi totaled 11 digs.

Madi Cavell had 10 kills and Kendall Langdon had 10 digs for the Falcons.

UCSD went up 6-0 in the first set and a later 10-point run gave the Tritons a 21-7 lead. Two early runs - one for four points and another for five - led UCSD to a 15-5 advantage and SPU never got back into it. The final frame went back and forth and the Falcons had a 20-18 lead. However, the Tritons won seven of the next eight points to take the match.

UCSD swept No. 24 Central Washington and No. 13 Regis Friday in San Bernardino. The Tritons were the only team in the 10-squad tourney field to go undefeated.

Triton middle blocker Sara McCutchan was named to the all-tournament team.

UCSD (4-0) commences its home slate next week as it hosts the UCSD Invitational Sept. 13-14 at RIMAC Arena. Also in the field will be Alaska Anchorage, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, California Baptist, Fresno Pacific and Point Loma Nazarene.

Coyote Classic All-Tournament Team
Catie Fry, Central Washington
Katie Klein, Regis
Iona Lofrano, Cal State L.A.
Nikki Lowell, Seattle Pacific
Arielle McCullough, Cal State San Bernardino
Sara McCutchan, UC San Diego
Caylie Seitz, Sonoma State


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