LA JOLLA, Calif. -
After a picking up a pair of key road victories at Sonoma State and Humboldt State over the weekend, the UC San Diego women's volleyball team will return to RIMAC Arena this week, looking to gain more ground in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings.
The Tritons will host San Francisco State on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and then welcome Cal State Monterey Bay to town on Saturday at the same time.
UCSD enters Friday's matchup with SFSU with an overall record of 10-7 and a 7-6 mark in CCAA play, having won three straight and five of its last six. With wins over the Seawolves (3-2) and Lumberjacks (3-1) last week, the Tritons moved into a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings with four weeks remaining in the regular season.
Head coach Ricci Luyties' squad will have an opportunity to continue its recent climb, as San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey are both currently tied or above UCSD in the standings. The Gators are one of the four squads tied with the Tritons at 7-6 in CCAA action, while the Otters are currently hold a share of third place at 9-4.
SFSU begins play this week with a 10-8 overall record, while CSUMB is 12-4.
Katie Condon enters this week's contest averaging a team-high 2.90 kills per set, while also averaging 2.90 digs on the season. She currently leads the squad with 21 service aces, as well. The junior outside hitter was great last week, averaging 3.33 kills and 2.22 digs in nine sets against Sonoma and Humboldt.
Roxanne Brunsting has also put together a fantastic season thus far, averaging 2.55 kills, 2.02 assists and 3.64 digs per set. She was named the Molten/CCAA Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 3.11 kills, 5.89 assists and 3.67 digs in the Tritons' two victories last week. Brunsting, who recently added setting to her vast array of talents on the court, posted the first two triple-doubles of her career against SSU and HSU, tallying 16 kills, 33 assists and 17 digs against the Seawolves, before finishing with 12 kills, 20 assists and 16 digs in the matchup with the Lumberjacks.
Hillary Williamson also put together a great weekend for UCSD, averaging 2.78 kills and 3.11 digs per set, while Julia Freidenberg averaged 2.33 kills on a team-best .359 hitting and led the Tritons with six blocks. Freidenberg now has a team-high 49 blocks on the season.
UCSD will be looking to get even with both San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend, as the Tritons lost to both squads during their five-match losing streak in September. UCSD dropped a 3-2 decision to the Otters in Seaside on September 17, coming back to erase an early 0-2 hole, but ultimately falling in the deciding fifth set. Rheann Fall set a school record with 29 kills and racked up 21 digs to lead CSUMB to the victory, while Brunsting finished with a team-high 14 kills and tallied 16 digs before suffering an injury in the third set.
The Tritons lost another 3-2 decision at San Francisco State the following night, winning the first two sets before the Gators rallied to take the final three. Lauren Walsh finished with 24 kills and 24 digs for SFSU, while Robyn Hall also had 24 kills for the Gators. Condon, Freidenberg and Kaitlin Potter finished with 13 kills apiece for UCSD.
UCSD is 16-2 all-time against San Francisco State and holds a 12-1 series edge against Cal State Monterey Bay.