MONMOUTH, Ore. -
After hard-fought victory
over No. 24 Alaska Anchorage earlier in the day, No. 8 UC San Diego cruised to
a sweep of Central Washington at the Phoenix Inn GNAC Conference Challenge
Friday evening on the campus of Western Oregon University.
finished with a match-high 13 kills, while Roxanne Brunsting
tallied 11 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the day, leading
the Tritons to a comfortable 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 triumph over the Wildcats.
After hitting just .184 in the win over Alaska Anchorage, UCSD (2-0) was much
better against Central Washington (0-2), finishing at a .303 clip, while
limiting the Wildcats to just .079 for the match. Williamson hit a .417 clip
individually, while Brunsting finished at .308.
finished with a match-high 15 digs, while Katie Condon
seven kills and added 12 digs.
It was a much better performance for the Tritons, who nearly saw their 2-0 lead
over UAA slip away in their season opener earlier Friday.
"That was a better all-around effort for us," head coach Ricci Luyties
played with a lot more poise and I thought we did a really good job of
controlling the game. We've still got a long way to go, but that was definitely
a step in the right direction."
UCSD was in control from the outset, jumping out to an 11-5 lead in the first
set following a service ace from Werhane and a Williamson kill. Central
Washington closed to within 12-8, but Condon answered with a kill and a Wildcat
service error made it 14-8. The Tritons would lead by at least four points the
rest of the way until a kill by Thalia McCann
sealed the opening set win.
Set two was close early on until another McCann kill and consecutive CWU errors
resulted in a 17-12 Triton advantage. After a kill by the Wildcats' Molly Mayer
made it 18-14, UCSD took over from there, scoring the final seven points to
close out the set. CWU had three errors during the stretch, while Brunsting and
came up with big kills.
UCSD led 19-17 in set three when back-to-back Triton blocks at the net and a
kill from Brunsting forced a Central Washington timeout with the scoreboard
reading 22-17 in favor of UCSD. Brunsting followed with consecutive aces to
bring the Tritons to match point and, after a Wildcat kill, Cara Simonsen
delivered the final blow to wrap up the victory.
Try finished with 10 kills and 11 digs for Central Washington, while Brandie
Vea also added 11 kills.
The Tritons will wrap up the Phoenix Inn GNAC Challenge on Saturday with a
matchup against Western Washington at 10:00 a.m., followed by a bout with host Western
Oregon at 8:00 p.m.