LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego women's volleyball team made the most of its weekend home stand, taking home its second consecutive victory with a 3-0 win against Cal State Dominguez Hills in California Collegiate Athletic Association play Saturday night at RIMAC Arena. Set scores were 26-24, 25-20 and 25-20 in favor of the Tritons.
The victory moves UCSD to 7-6 overall and 3-5 in CCAA competition. CSUDH drops to 1-11, 1-6 CCAA. Katie Condon
led UCSD with a double-double on the night, tallying 12 kills to go along with 10 digs. Setter Thalia McCann
also secured a double-double, dishing out 30 assists while scooping 11 digs. She also hit .500 and added seven kills. Libero Janessa Werhane
accounted for 20 digs with Roxanne Brunsting
adding 16 more. Alanna Rutan
had the second-most kills for the Tritons with eight, connecting on five of her swing attempts in the final set.
"We finally got things going in the right direction with the win (over Cal State LA) last night and I think we were able to carry that into tonight's match," UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties said.
Denise Devine completed most of the work for the Toros, leading her team in kills (11) and hitting percentage (.276) on the night, while setter Olivia White passed out a game-high 39 assists. Elaine Hicks finished with 10 kills while Hilary Hougardy led her team with 18 digs.
UCSD would trail by as much as five in the first set, but consecutive kills from McCann, Potter and Brunsting gave the Tritons their first lead of the set, 19-18. Tied at 22, the teams would exchange hitting errors over the next five points until Kaitlin Potter wrapped thing sup with a straight-down kill, giving the Tritons a 26-24 set-one victory. McCann, usually a passing specialist, notched three kills in the set to go along with her 10 assists.
McCann picked up where she left off in the second set, following a stuff on the opening point with another kill on a quick-set. Potter connected with a kill on the next point, giving the Tritons a three-point cushion that the Toros could not overcome the rest of the set. UCSD would extend its lead to as much as seven multiple times in the set, but CSUDH nearly caught up at 21-19. From that juncture, the Tritons rattled off four of the next five points, finishing off the set with another punisher from Potter.
Through the first two sets, Potter hit .500, connecting on six of 12 attempts with no errors. UCSD hit .343 (14-2-25) in the second set, compared to the Toros' .184 (13-6-28).
The Tritons led 18-12 in the final stanza, but three consecutive kills, one by CSUDH's Abbey Prusa and two from Hicks, forced UCSD into a timeout at 18-15. UCSD would immediately take two of the next three points on kills by Rutan, eventually gaining a 23-18 advantage. Devine gave the Toros a lifeline by following a kill of her own with an ace, but a fault on her next attempt gave Condon the chance to serve for the match. Condon made the most of the opportunity, planting an ace squarely in the middle of the Toros' side.
Coming off a 2-0 weekend, Luyties sees room for improvement heading into next weekend's matchup with CCAA leader Cal State San Bernardino.
"Well it certainly wasn't our best match, but we'll take it," he said, "We will take any win we can get right now and I don't care if its pretty or ugly."
UCSD will welcome the Coyotes and Cal Poly Pomona to RIMAC Arena next weekend on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches begin at 7:00 p.m.