LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego women's volleyball team got things turned around on Friday, downing 23rd-ranked Cal State L.A. 3-1 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup at RIMAC Arena.
Katie Condon and Kaitlin Potter had 12 kills apiece to lead the way for the Tritons, who defeated the Golden Eagles 22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 for their first victory since September 11. UCSD improves to 6-6 overall in 2010 and 3-5 in the CCAA with the win.
Cal State L.A., which has now dropped four of its last five, falls to 6-5 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
Condon recorded her fourth double-double of the season for UCSD, adding a match-high 19 digs to go with her kill total. She also led all players with four service aces.
Potter hit at a blistering .550 clip, while Julia Freidenberg added 11 kills on .231 hitting. Thalia McCann finished with 44 assists and Janessa Werhane tallied 19 digs, as the Tritons snapped a five-match skid.
Kassie Faulkner sent down 12 kills to lead the Golden Eagles, while Natalia Gonzalez finished with 11. Amrita Tuladhar had 17 digs and 32 assists.
CSULA took an early 11-8 lead in the first set, but the Tritons would storm back after a timeout, using kills from Freidenberg, Audrey Green and Sally Yingst to take a 12-11 lead. The Golden Eagles rallied to take a 16-12 advantage, but UCSD eventually caught them at 19-19. The teams traded points before kills from Condon and Green made it 22 all. The Tritons then committed hitting errors on consecutive plays before Faulkner and Mora teamed for a block to win the first set for CSULA, 25-22.
UCSD jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the second set, but the Golden Eagles responded with four straight points to tie the match at 5-5. Neither team was able to grab more than a two-point advantage until a pair of kills from Alana Rutan and a CSULA hitting error made it 24-21 in favor of UCSD. A kill from Gonzalez gave the Golden Eagles life, but a big swing from Freidenberg eliminated any chance of a comeback and the Tritons took set two, 25-22.
UCSD out-hit CSULA .357 to .271 in the frame, connecting on 17 of 42 total attempts, with just a pair of errors.
The Tritons led 12-11 in the third set when two errors by the Golden Eagles and another slam by Condon gave UCSD a four-point cushion -- a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. CSULA narrowed it back to 16-13 on a kill by Faulkner, but the Tritons eventually stretched their advantage to 22-16. Werhane followed with consecutive aces before an attack error by Gonzalez awarded the set to UCSD, 25-16.
The Golden Eagles controlled the early goings of the fourth stanza with a kill by Faulkner giving them a 14-10 advantage. Three errors by CSULA would help UCSD steal five of the next six points, as the Tritons came back to tie the score at 15. UCSD would take a three-point advantage, but a kill from Chelsea Hamilton and an ace from Mary Laupepa brought CSULA back to within one, 21-20.
Freidenberg then answered the threat with her 11th kill of the match and followed that swing with a serve that forced another hitting error by the Golden Eagles for a 23-20 Triton advantage. A Hamilton kill gave CSULA a lifeline, but consecutive kills by Potter and Rutan sealed the victory for UCSD with a 25-21 tally in the final frame.
The Tritons out-hit the Golden Eagles .214 to .162 for the match and totaled eight aces to just four for CSULA.
UCSD's victory marked Roxanne Brunsting's return to the lineup after she missed the team's previous three matches with an ankle injury. The junior All-American finished with 12 digs in limited action in the back.
The Tritons return to the court on Saturday when Cal State Dominguez Hills pays a visit to RIMAC Arena. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.