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Outside hitter Katie Condon leads the Tritons in kills and points.
Women's Volleyball Opens NCAA Tourney Against Sonoma State Thursday
Release: Friday 11/17/2010 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's volleyball squad opens the 2010 NCAA Division II Tournament against a familiar opponent in a familiar venue. The fourth-seeded Tritons will take on CCAA rival Sonoma State, the fifth seed, on Thursday, Nov. 18 (5 p.m. PT) at Cal State San Bernardino's Coussoulis Arena in the first round of the West Regional. The champion of the regional will advance to the NCAA Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 2-4.

2010 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball West Regional
November 18-20
Coussoulis Arena, San Bernardino, Calif.

Thursday, Nov. 18 - First Round
12 p.m. - No. 3 Western Washington (19-3) vs. No. 6 Alaska Anchorage (18-8)
2:30 p.m. - No. 2 Seattle Pacific (24-2) vs. No. 7 Cal State L.A. (16-10)
5 p.m. - No. 4 UC San Diego (18-8) vs. No. 5 Sonoma State (17-9)
7:30 p.m. - No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino (25-2) vs. No. 8 BYU Hawaii (16-7)

Friday, Nov. 19 - Semifinals
5 p.m. - Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner
7:30 p.m. - Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner

Saturday, Nov. 20 - Final
7 p.m. - Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner

UC San Diego Heading to Fifth Straight NCAA Tournament
The Tritons are making their fifth consecutive (10th overall) trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Here's a quick look at how UCSD has fared in its previous NCAA appearances:

2000: Regional quarterfinalist (L vs. CSUB)
2001: National semifinalist (W vs. WWU, W vs. CSUSB, W vs. Lock Haven, L vs. Barry) 
2002: Regional semifinalist (W vs. Chaminade, L vs. CSUSB)
2003: Regional quarterfinalist (L vs. Hawaii Pacific)
2004: Regional finalist (W vs. CSUB, W vs. Hawaii Pacific, L vs. CSUSB)
2006: National quarterfinalist: (W vs. WWU, W vs. CSULA, W vs. CSUSB, L vs. Minnesota Duluth)
2007: Regional semifinalist (W vs. Northwest Nazarene, L vs. WWU)
2008: Regional quarterfinalist (L vs. CSULA)
2009: Regional semifinalist: (W vs. SFSU, L vs. CSULA)

All-Time Against Sonoma State
UC San Diego holds a commanding 22-5 lead in the all-time series vs. CCAA opponent Sonoma State. The series dates back to 1983, but the two squads have never met in the postseason. This year, the Tritons swept the Seawolves at home in Sept. and completed the regular season series with a 3-2 victory on the road in Oct. UCSD has won the past four meetings with Sonoma State's last win coming in 2008. Following is a list of all-time matches between the two teams.

10/15/10, W 3-2
9/11/10, W 3-0
11/13/09, W 3-0
10/10/09, W 3-2
11/15/08, L 2-3
10/10/08, W 3-0
11/9/07, W 3-2
10/6/07, L 1-3
11/4/06, W 3-0
9/29/06, W 3-0
10/21/05, L 2-3
9/17/05, W 3-0
11/13/04, W 3-0
10/8/04, W 3-0
11/14/03, W 3-0
10/11/03, W 3-0
11/15/02, W 3-1
10/12/02, W 3-1
10/13/01, W 3-0
9/7/01, W 3-1
10/20/00, W 3-2
9/16/00, W 3-0
9/12/97, L 0-3
9/16/88, W 2-0
9/18/87, L 0-2
9/20/85, W 2-0
9/24/83, W 2-0

All-Time Against the Regional Field
Alaska Anchorage: 3-0
BYU Hawaii: 2-1
CSU L.A.: 25-14
CSU San Bernardino: 33-18
Seattle Pacific: 5-1
Sonoma State: 22-5
Western Washington: 6-3

How Can I Follow the Regional Action?
All matches at the West Regional will be covered by live video streaming and Live Stats. For more information, click here.

Tickets! Get Your Tickets Here!
Tickets to the West Regional are $10 for a reserved seat, $8 for general admission and $5 for students (with a valid ID), youth under 12 and seniors. Tickets will be available for purchase at Coussoulis Arena. The CSUSB box office phone number is 909.537.7360.

Streaking
UCSD enters the regional having won 11 of its last 12 matches. The streak began on Oct. 9 with a 3-1 win over Cal Poly Pomona at home and ended on Nov. 13 when the Tritons were swept at Cal State San Bernardino.

Triple Your Pleasure
UCSD junior outside hitter Roxanne Brunsting has posted six triple-doubles this season. She started setting for the first time in her career on Oct. 8 against Cal State San Bernardino.

10/15 at Sonoma State (16k, 33a, 17d)
10/16 at Humboldt State (12k, 20a, 16d)
10/22 vs. San Francisco State (10k, 26a, 14d)
10/23 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (11k, 18a, 10d)
10/27 at Cal State East Bay (11k, 24a, 12d)
11/12 at Cal Poly Pomona (14k, 36a, 16d)

Sonoma State in the NCAA Tournament
Sonoma State is making its fourth appearance (third straight) in the NCAA Tournament and will be looking for its first ever postseason win. The Seawolves first dabbled in postseason play in 1993. Known as the Cossacks back then, SSU fell to Portland State, 3-1, in the opening round. Sonoma State didn't appear in the tournament again until 2008 when it was swept by Chico State in the first round at San Bernardino. In 2009, again at San Bernardino, Cal State L.A. overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the Seawolves 3-2 in the first round.

SSSS: Scouting the Sonoma State Seawolves
Sonoma State enters the regional with a 17-9 overall record and finished fourth in the CCAA standings at 14-8. The Seawolves are ranked fifth in the West Region, just behind UC San Diego. Taylor Krenwinkel is second in the CCAA with 4.85 digs per set. Allyson Sather is third in kills with 3.52 per set and Hayley Ross ranks third in service aces with .41 per set. As a team, the Seawolves are second in the league in blocks (2.00/set) and third in both hitting (.224) and digs (15.28/set).

 

Friday, September 26
W Volleyball at Sonoma State
7:00 PM
Rohnert Park
Saturday, September 27
W Volleyball at San Francisco State
7:00 PM
San Francisco
Thursday, October 02
W Volleyball at Humboldt State
7:00 PM
Arcata
Saturday, October 04
W Volleyball at Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
San Bernardino
Friday, October 10
W Volleyball vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (Reis Cup)
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, October 11
W Volleyball vs. Cal State East Bay
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, October 17
W Volleyball at Chico State
7:00 PM
Chico
Saturday, October 18
W Volleyball at Cal State Stanislaus
7:00 PM
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