CHICO, Calif. - Four players posted double-doubles to help lead the 18th-ranked UC San Diego women's volleyball team to a crucial 3-1 league victory at Chico State Friday night.
Scores were 22-25, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-17 in favor of UCSD, which won its sixth straight match to improve to 16-4 overall and 12-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Chico State, which received votes in this week's national poll, fell to 15-7 and 10-6.
UCSD entered the night in third place in the CCAA, one match ahead of Chico State.
The Tritons got double-double performances from Katie Condon (match-high 14 kills, 10 digs), Hillary Williamson (12 kills, 16 digs), Roxanne Brunsting (25 assists, 10 digs) and freshman Amber Hawthorne (15 assists, 10 digs).
After being out-hit .270 to .136 in the first set, UCSD took Chico out of its game in the second set and ran away with the victory. Overall, the Tritons hit .231 with 55 kills and 18 errors in 160 attacks. The Wildcats finished at .117 with 42 kills, 24 errors and 154 swings. UCSD hit over .300 in the last two sets.
The Tritons aced the Wildcats eight times, three of those coming from Hawhthorne. Janessa Werhane had a team-best 18 digs.
Jacqueline Johnson led CSUC with 10 kills while Lauren Orozco led all players with 28 digs.
The first set was tight the whole way. Down by a point at 21-20, UCSD tied it for the final time on a Williamson kill. However, the Wildcats scored the next two points on a Triton hitting error and a Leek kill to go up 23-21. UCSD got one back due to an attack error by CSUC, but the Wildcats finished it out by winning the final two points.
The Tritons were down early, 7-6, in the second frame but rallied to score seven of the next eight points to essentially seal the win in the set. With a 16-11 lead, Williamson had a kill that was followed by three straight Wildcat attack errors to give UCSD a comfortable 20-11 pad. The Tritons won five consecutive points to close out the set, with Freidenberg contributing a block and two kills to the run. Chico State hit -.056, its worst of the match.
Set number three was all UCSD as the Tritons rolled to a 15-7 lead and never looked back. They hit .317 to CSUC's .119.
The momentum stayed with the Tritons in the final set as several multi-point runs led to a huge 18-9 lead. Williamson ended the match with her 12th kill. UCSD hit .324, its best attack percentage of the night.
"It was nice to see us fight back after that first game," said UCSD head coach Ricci Luyties. "We really did a good job adjusting to their hitters, changing what we were doing blocking and slowing them down a little after the first set."
The teams split the regular season series as the Wildcats took down the Tritons in five sets on Sept. 24 at RIMAC Arena, breaking UCSD's perfect 9-0 start to the season.
UCSD plays at Cal State Stanislaus Saturday at 7 p.m. The Warriors are 9-11 overall and 5-11 in the CCAA after being swept by undefeated and third-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Friday night in Turlock. The Tritons blanked the Warriors on Sept. 23 at RIMAC Arena. Follow the match with live stats.
Saturday's match in Turlock completes UCSD's final weekend of road play this season. The Tritons host four of their final five regular season matches with a mid-week road tilt at Cal State San Bernardino thrown in the middle.
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