LA JOLLA, Calif. - Backed by a strong night from middle blocker Julia Freidenberg, the No. 18 UC San Diego women's volleyball team picked up an important win via sweep against No. 23 Sonoma State Friday night at RIMAC Arena.
UCSD had to come from behind in the first two sets, but pulled out the win by scores of 25-22, 26-24 and 25-15. With the victory, the Tritons closed the margin between the two squads in the CCAA standings to one and a half matches. UCSD, now 18-4 overall and 14-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), sits in third place behind undefeated Cal State San Bernardino and Sonoma State, which dropped to 19-5 and 16-3.
It was UCSD's eighth straight win, one short of its longest streak of the season.
Freidenberg led the Tritons with 10 kills and hit .409, committing just one error in 22 attacks. The junior from Seattle also figured in UCSD's solid presence at the net, blocking the Seawolves four times. Freidenberg is just the third Triton to lead the team in kills in a single match this season.
Roxanne Brunsting was also a force at the net with a career-high six blocks. She added eight kills, 17 assists, two aces, seven digs and a match-best 14 points. Brunsting entered the match needing just 11 assists to put her over 1,000 for her career. The senior has amassed 1,511 digs and 1,006 assists since 2008, just the second Triton in program history to hit the mark in those two categories.
Freshman setter Amber Hawthorne recorded 14 assists and 10 digs for her fourth consecutive double-double.
With a 10-5 advantage in blocks, UC San Diego held Sonoma to a .104 (40-26-134) attack percentage. The Tritons hit .178 (36-13-129) for the match.
Kelsey Hull had a match-high 11 kills for the Seawolves, who out-dug the Tritons 73-62. Four Sonoma players hit double-digit dig totals, including Taylor Krenwinkel, who matched UCSD's Janessa Werhane with a match-high 20 scoops.
The teams split the regular season series as the Seawolves took a four-set victory in Rohnert Park to start off the month of October.
With four regular season matches remaining, UCSD hosts Humboldt State Saturday at 7 p.m. The Lumberjacks dropped to 8-15 overall and 5-14 in the CCAA after falling in straight sets against second-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Friday.
UCSD students are admitted free to all home matches with a valid ID.
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