TURLOCK, Calif. -
The 21st-ranked UC San Diego women's volleyball team suffered another defeat on Saturday, falling 3-1 to Cal State Stanislaus in a California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup at Warrior Arena.
The host Warriors got 12 kills and 11 digs from junior outside hitter Lianne Vicchio and held the Tritons to a mere .179 hitting percentage en route to a 25-19, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22 victory.
Cal State Stanislaus improves to 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the CCAA with the win. The Warriors have now won four straight to move into third place in the conference standings.
Saturday's loss was the fifth in a row for UCSD, which fell below .500 after starting the season 5-1. The Tritons will now come home with an overall record of 5-6 and a CCAA tally of just 2-5.
Stanislaus hit at a .229 clip for the match and out-blocked UCSD 13-9. While Vicchio was the only Warrior to finish with double-digit kills, four other players tallied at least eight led by Melissa Bishop's nine. Megan Britton had 18 digs, while Sarah Blume finished with 12.
Julia Freidenberg and Sally Yingst had 10 kills apiece to lead the Tritons, while Janessa Werhane totaled 25 digs and Thalia McCann finished with a match-high 31 assists.
Stanislaus used a 6-1 run capped off with a kill by Andrea Fett to take a commanding 11-5 lead in the opening set. UCSD climbed back to within two at 19-17 following a Freidenberg kill and an attack error by Eva Chafeh, but CSUS scored the next two points to push the lead back to four. The Tritons closed the gap to two once again at 21-19, but the Warriors would score the final four points to take the first set, 25-19.
CSUS held a 9-4 advantage in set two, but UCSD rallied back to take a 14-13 lead on a kill by Audrey Green. With the score tied at 22, the Tritons' recorded two straight on a Yingst kill and another Chafeh error, but the Warriors would answer with consecutive points to tie it at 24. Yingst then followed with back-to-back kills to deliver the set for UCSD.
It was back and forth in the early stages of set three, with the Tritons answering a 5-0 run by the Warriors with five straight points of their own to take a 12-10 advantage. Stanislaus pulled back in front at 15-13 on consecutive kills by Chafeh and Bishop and Yingst's attack error moments later made it 18-16 in favor of the home team. UCSD closed to within 22-20 on a bad serve by Britton, but CSUS scored the next three points to wrap up the set and take a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, the score was tied at 13 all when the Warriors scored four straight points to take control. Britton followed back-to-back Triton errors with an ace and Fett added a kill, giving Stanislaus a 17-13 cushion. CSUS would extend its lead to 20-15 on a Freidenberg attack error, but UCSD answered with a 7-3 run to pull within a point at 23-22. A Triton error on the ensuing possession brought the Warriors to match point however, and Britton added her fifth ace of the evening to seal the victory.
UCSD will now look to turn things around with four straight at home beginning with a matchup against Cal State L.A. next Friday. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. in RIMAC Arena.