LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 10 UC San Diego women's volleyball team equaled its best-ever start to a season Friday as it defeated Cal State Stanislaus in straight sets at RIMAC Arena. Scores were 25-22, 25-23 and 25-20 in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) match.
The win kept the Tritons' perfect record intact at 9-0 (5-0 CCAA), a feat accomplished just three other times in the program's history. UCSD also went 9-0 to start the 2009 and 2004 seasons as a Division II member as well as the 1990 season when it played at the Division III level.
The versatile Roxanne Brunsting had a solid all-around match for the Tritons, recording seven kills, a .400 attack percentage, 21 assists, two service aces, 12 digs, three blocks and 10.5 points. For the eighth time this season, Hillary Williamson led all players in kills, collecting 18. She added three aces, eight digs and 21 points and was perfect on 17 receptions.
Cal State Stanislaus (6-3, 2-3) got a strong performance out of Lianne Vicchio, who had 16 kills on .382 (16-3-34) hitting. She also had 13 digs to complete the double-double.
Defensively, Triton Janessa Werhane and Warriors Kayla Giles and Madison Moss all had a match-best 14 digs.
Offensively, it wasn't a great night overall for either squad. UC San Diego had 45 kills and 17 errors in 123 attacks for a .228 hitting percentage. Cal State Stanislaus finished with 39 kills and 15 errors in 118 swings, good for a .203, the highest attack percentage any opponent has put up against the Tritons this season.
UCSD dropped in a season-high 10 aces and out-blocked Stanislaus six to two.
All three sets were tight throughout as the match featured 37 tie scores and 17 total lead changes. The second set was the most competitive clash of the night as there were 14 ties and 10 lead changes.
UCSD will have a chance to make history Saturday as it goes for its 10th straight win to start a season. The Tritons host Chico State, which was walloped in three sets at third-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Friday, at 7 p.m. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID.
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