LA JOLLA, Calif. - Three Tritons recorded double-digit kill totals as the UC San Diego women's volleyball team came back to take down Cal Poly Pomona 3-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play Saturday night at RIMAC Arena. Set scores were 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, and 25-15 in favor of UCSD.
With the win, the Tritons improve to 8-7 overall and 5-6 in the CCAA, while Pomona falls to 6-10, 4-6 CCAA. The win puts UCSD in eighth place in the CCAA with 11 conference matches remaining.
Junior outside hitter Katie Condon led the way for UCSD with 19 kills, 20 digs, and three aces, hitting .354 (19-2-48), while recording her third double-double in the last four matches. Hillary Williamson also had a double-double for the Tritons, tallying 12 kills to go along with 13 digs. Julia Freidenberg matched Williamson's kill-total of 12, hitting a match-high .571 on 21 attempts with no errors.
"We did a good job of bouncing back after last night's performance," head coach Ricci Luyties said. "I thought our effort and focus were much better tonight and Katie had one of her better performances of the season. You always want to close out a homestand with a victory."
A pair of kills by Condon and a slam from Freidenberg helped UCSD grab a 5-2 lead early in the first set. However, a Triton hitting error, a kill from Pomona's Diana Lake and an ace from Kristin McNeese evened the score at 5-5. UCSD would then win four of the next five points, three coming on Williamson kills. With the Tritons leading 11-7, CPP rattled off eight consecutive points, four coming from McNeese. Condon eventually stopped the run with a tear-drop kill, but the Bronco lead would stretch to five at 20-15.
After CPP's Lindsey Poulos exchanged a pair of hitting errors with two solo blocks, Brunsting connected on an attempt, making it 21-18 in Pomona's favor. The Broncos would secure three of the next four points and McNeese's seventh kill of the set gave Pamona the 25-19 win.
Neither squad gained more than a two-point advantage in the second set until a pair of kills from Condon and a Bronco service error forced CPP into a timeout with UCSD leading, 12-9. The Broncos would use a pair of two-point runs to bring it back to 16-16, but a three straight points on a kill by Cara Simonsen, a block by Audrey Green and a McNeese error made it 20-17, UCSD. Out of a Pomona timeout, Freidenberg sent a wayward Bronco pass straight-down, but was answered by a kill from Palmer and another solo block by Poulos.
The Tritons called timeout leading 21-19 and then scored the next three points, but gave the next two back on a serving error and a double hit. Luyties called for another pause, but Jessica Dorner's kill for CPP made it 24-22. The Tritons would take the set on the next play, as Friedenberg ended the Broncos' hopes on a quick-hit down the center of the court.
Through two frames, Freidenberg hit .636 (7-0-11) while Condon and McNeese both had 9 kills.
UCSD controlled play in the third set, extending its lead to four after a serving error and kills by Green and Simonsen made it a 19-15 Triton advantage. CPP would win three of the next four points, but Freidenberg answered with a kill and Condon replied with an ace. At 22-18, Pomona would be called for an error on a back row attack and then a rotation error on the ensuing serve, making it set point for the Tritons, 24-18. Williamson erred on her next attack, but Freidenberg slammed home her next attempt, giving UCSD a 25-19 set-three victory.
The Tritons would take the first five points of set four and never look back, extending its lead to nine at 11-2. Pomona would get within seven, 21-14, but successive points by Freidenberg, Williamson, and Brunsting gave the Tritons a 25-15 set four victory. UCSD hit .303 in the final frame, compared with CPP’s .133 clip.
The Tritons will now head to Rohnert Park next Friday to take on third-place Sonoma State and then travel to Arcata for a matchup with Humboldt State the following night. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m.