LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Behind the strong pay of junior outside hitter Hillary Williamson
, the 11th-ranked UC San Diego women's volleyball team defeated visiting Humboldt State 3-0 in both team's California Collegiate Athletic Association opener Friday night at RIMAC Arena.
Williamson finished with a match-high 10 kills and racked up 11 digs to lead the Tritons to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 triumph over the Lumberjacks in their first home match of 2010. Katie Condon added nine kills, eight digs and four assists, while Kaitlin Potter finished with a season-best eight kills on .583 hitting and Thalia McCann had 34 assists.
UCSD, which has now won four of it's past five conference openers, improves to 4-1 on the season with the victory, while Humboldt State falls to 0-5. The Tritons are 12-0 all-time against the Lumberjacks.
"It certainly wasn't our cleanest match, but we came up with big plays at the end of each game and we were able to come out on top," head coach Ricci Luyties said. "Our kids did what they had to do and they found a way to win."
The Tritons outhit the Lumberjacks .252 to .243 for the match and held a 6-2 advantage in service aces, but HSU tallied six blocks to UCSD's three.
Five different players finished with seven kills for the Lumberjacks. Joliann Arzadon picked up 31 assists and Brooke Ferguson had a match-high 13 digs.
HSU held an early 10-8 lead in the first set before UCSD came back to take a 13-12 advantage on a kill by McCann. Three consecutive Triton errors resulted in an 18-15 margin in favor of the visitors, but UCSD rallied back to lead 21-19 following a kill from Williamson and two from Potter. Another Potter kill made it 23-21 and Julia Freidenberg sent down the final kill as the Tritons took game one, 25-22.
UCSD jumped out to 15-10 cushion in set two, but the pesky Lumberjacks came back to tie it at 18 on consecutive attack errors by Audrey Green and Williamson. The Tritons answered with kills from Roxanne Brunsting and Williamson, before Caitlin Dugan's error made it 21-18 in favor of UCSD. HSU closed to within 21-20 on another Triton miscue, but back-to-back kills from Williamson and Brunsting and consecutive Lumberjack attack errors delivered the 25-20 set two victory for UCSD.
The third set was close early on until a McCann kill and two straight service aces from Brunsting gave UCSD a 17-14 advantage. A big kill from Condon made it 20-17 and back-to-back Lumberjack errors gave the Tritons a commanding 23-18 lead. After HSU closed to within 24-22, Brunsting delivered the final blow moments later and UCSD completed the sweep.
Brunsting, who was named the Molten/CCAA Player of the Week on Monday, finished with eight kills, 10 digs and a pair of aces.
The Tritons are back in action on Saturday night when Sonoma State pays a visit to RIMAC Arena at 7:00 p.m.