LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Behind dominating efforts from Katie Condon
and Roxanne Brunsting
, the UC San Diego women's volleyball team recorded a 3-1 victory over visiting San Francisco State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup Friday night at RIMAC Arena.
After a sluggish opening set, the Tritons rallied to knock off the Gators and pick up their fourth consecutive win. Set scores were 19-25, 25-22, 25-9 and 25-19.
UCSD, which has now won six of its last seven overall, improves to 11-7 on the season and 8-6 in the CCAA, while SFSU falls to 10-9 overall and 7-7 in conference play.
"We're definitely a team that's on the rise," head coach Ricci Luyties said. "Coming back from the injuries that we've had, we knew we'd get better and I think (the team) is starting to believe it now too, so I think we're a team to be reckoned with now."
Condon finished with a match-high 16 kills on .275 hitting and scooped 15 digs, while Brunsting racked up 10 kills, 26 assists and 14 digs for her third consecutive triple-double. Julia Freidenberg also sent down 10 kills on 20 swings, with no attack errors for a .500 hitting percentage. She also had three blocks.
The Tritons finished with a hitting percentage of .298 for the match, which was their second-highest mark of the season. UCSD hit above .400 in both the second and third games to put things out of reach for the visitors.
Lauren Walsh and Halimah Oswald had 10 kills apiece for San Francisco State, while Iris Tolenada finished with 41 assists and 13 digs.
UCSD struggled in the first set, hitting just .093, while SFSU was much sharper offensively and finished at a .333 clip. The scored was tied at 13 when a Kelsie Brennan kill and a Brunsting attack error gave the Gators a two-point cushion. After Condon's kill brought the Tritons to within 19-18, SFSU closed on a 6-1 run for the 25-19 set one victory.
UCSD would bounce back in set two, taking a 9-5 advantage following another Condon kill and an error by Oswald. The visitors scored four straight points to grab the lead at 18-16, but the Tritons answered with a 5-0 spurt of their own to take control, 21-18. Freidenberg and Condon had consecutive kills during the run, while UCSD also took advantage of three Gator errors. A pair of kills by Alanna Rutan and Condon made it 23-20 and Brunsting sent down the final point, as UCSD evened the match at one game apiece.
The Tritons were absolutely dominant in the third set, hitting at an impressive .423 clip, while limiting the Gators to a woeful mark of -.081. UCSD scored five of the first six points to open the set and then scored five in a row once more for a commanding 10-2 advantage. The Tritons led 17-4 following consecutive kills by Cara Simonsen and Hillary Williamson and went on to close out the easy 25-9 set win.
UCSD led 6-1 early in the fourth set, but SFSU rallied to within one at 10-9 on a Williamson attack error. The Tritons answered with back-to-back kills by Condon and Friedenberg, however, and Brennan's error moments later made it 16-11 in favor of UCSD. Williamson's kill gave UCSD a 22-15 lead and Simonsen sent down the final point at 24-19 to wrap up the match for the Tritons.
The Tritons will look to keep rolling on Saturday night when Cal State Monterey Bay comes to town. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.