LA JOLLA, Calif. - Katie Condon had 13 kills and hit .429 to lead the 18th-ranked UC San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over league opponent Cal State L.A. Friday night at RIMAC Arena. Scores were 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21.
With its fourth straight victory, UCSD improved to 14-4 overall and 10-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). CSULA's modest two-match win streak was snapped to drop the team to 9-10 overall and 6-8 in the league.
Condon put away the match-high 13 kills with just one hitting error in 28 attacks. She had five digs and totaled 14 points. Fellow outside hitter Hillary Williamson had 12 kills, seven digs and 13 points. Condon and Williamson are the only two Tritons that have led UCSD in kills and points this season.
Cal State L.A. was paced by Marquis Mora and Natalia Gonzalez, who each had 10 kills. Mora, the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, hit .412 and added two digs and two blocks. April Reyes had a match-best 16 digs.
As a team, UCSD led in almost every statistical category. The Tritons aced the Eagles six times and out-blocked them 8-3. On the attack, UCSD finished at .271 (44-12-118) and CSULA swung at .198 (38-19-96). The Tritons sided-out at an impressive 71%, picking up the serve 42 times in 59 chances. CSULA was at 55% (41-74) for the match. Defensively, the Golden Eagles led in digs, 52-36.
The Tritons led all the way in the first set, but had to come from behind in the next two.
Down for most of the first half of the second set, UCSD rallied. With the Eagles holding a one-point advantage at 15-14, the Tritons spun off four straight points to take an 18-15 lead. Freshman Amber Hawthorne dropped in a pair of service aces during the run. CSULA trailed the rest of the way.
Set three saw the Tritons start off sluggishly again, allowing Cal State L.A. to lead for the first half by as many as five points at 11-6. Again, UCSD turned it on and scored nine of the next 12 points to take its first lead of the frame at 15-14. The Eagles regained the lead until a service error tied the score at 19-19 and a Natasha Wilroy kill gave the lead back to UCSD. The Tritons scored four of the next five points to put the set and the match out of reach. Sara McCutchan ended it with her seventh kill of the night.
It was UCSD's fifth straight win over CSULA. The last time the Eagles topped the Tritons was in November of 2009.
The match was designated as a Dig For A Cure event. October is breast cancer awareness month and each CCAA women's volleyball team will host a Dig For A Cure event to help spread awareness.
In addition, one lucky fan won a pair of airline tickets, courtesy of JetBlue, by beating out 11 others in two contests between the second and third sets.
The Tritons host CCAA cellar dwellar Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday at 7 p.m. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID.
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