LOS ANGELES - Hillary Williamson matched a career-high for the second time this season with 20 kills to help the No. 12 UCSD women's volleyball team to a hard-fought 3-1 win at Cal State L.A. Saturday. Scores were 22-25, 25-21, 29-27 and 25-20 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association match.
UC San Diego improved on its perfect season, moving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the CCAA. Cal State L.A. lost its fourth consecutive match and dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the league.
For the second time this season, outside hitter Hillary Williamson equaled a career-high by putting away 20 kills. She picked up her fourth double-double by adding 19 digs. Also for the second time this year, outside/setter Roxanne Brunsting finished one kill short of a triple-double with nine kills, 28 assists and 11 digs.
It was not a great hitting night for either squad as UCSD finished at .165 (58-29-176), just edging out CSULA which swung at .153 (48-24-157). For the first time in their last six matches, the Tritons were outblocked with the Eagles holding a 9.5-7 advantage.
Both teams hit under .100 in the third set, but UCSD held on for the 29-27 extra point victory and rode the momentum to put away the match in set four.
"It wasn't our best game, we made a lot of errors," said UCSD head coach Ricci Luyties. "That being said, we battled well in a good team's home gym. It showed another side of our team. We can be down when things aren't going our way and we can still can battle through it and win matches."
The Tritons also got a solid performance from freshman middle blocker Lauren Demos as she recorded 10 kills and four blocks. Outside Katie Condon and middle Julia Freidenberg each had seven kills while libero Janessa Werhane finished with a match-high 21 digs.
UCSD returns to RIMAC Arena to host Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, Sept. 23 and Chico State on Saturday, Sept. 24. Both CCAA matches start at 7 p.m. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID.
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