Match No. 9
UCSD (2-6) vs. Princeton (0-1)
Wednesday, February 1 • 5 p.m. (PT)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Match No. 10
UCSD at Hope International (2-2)
Friday, February 3 • 7 p.m. (PT)
Darling Pavilion • Fullerton, Calif.
All-time series vs. Princeton: UCSD leads 13-4
First Meeting: 1/24/89 (UCSD 3-1)
Last Meeting: 1/26/11 (UCSD 3-0)
2011 Series: UCSD 1-0
Last Princeton Win: 1/28/97 (3-2)
Current Streak: UCSD win 11
All-time series vs. Hope International: UCSD leads 6-0
First Meeting: 1/23/07 (UCSD 3-0)
Last Meeting: 2/1/11 (USC 3-0)
2011 Series: UCSD 1-0
Last HIU Win: n/a
Current Streak: UCSD win 6
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Losing Streak at Four After Setbacks vs. Pepperdine and USC
UCSD lost a pair of home matches last week, 3-2 vs. No. 6 Pepperdine and 3-0 against No. 5 USC. The Waves used a 70-47 advantage in kills, a .310 (70-26-142) attack percentage and 12.5 blocks to squeak past the Tritons, who hit just .186 (47-23-149) but had 10 blocks of their own. Both teams struggled from the service line as Pepperdine committed 19 errors and UCSD had 13. Carl Eberts led the Tritons with 16 kills and added four block assists while Troy Tomasello had 11 kills, six digs and two blocks.
Against USC, the Tritons hit just .122 as a team with 32 kills and 21 errors in 90 attacks. It was their second-lowest attack percentage of the season and the worst since hitting .000 in the season opener at Hawaii. The Trojans swung at .309 with 39 kills and 14 errors in 81 attacks. Sebastian Brady put in a solid effort for UCSD, finishing with a team-high eight kills and leading all players with a .545 (8-2-11) attack percentage. Mike Brunsting had a team-best seven digs to go along with 21 assists and three aces.
UCSD Earns Votes Again in AVCA National Poll
For the fifth straight week, the Tritons received votes and points in the AVCA national poll (Jan. 30), but did not jump into the top 15. MPSF schools own 11 of the 15 spots again this week. BYU is No. 1 in the nation while UC Irvine is second. UCLA, USC and Penn State round out the top five. UCSD finished the 2011 season ranked 14th and climbed as high as 11th.
Just Gettin' Started
Princeton played its first match of the season Monday at Cal Baptist and suffered a 3-1 loss. Cody Kessel led the Tigers with 16 kills and hit .303 while adding seven digs and five blocks. Princeton was out-hit .359 to .262. The Tigers are on a three- match West Coast swing as they play at Long Beach State Tuesday night. Princeton struggled last season, going 3-19 overall and 1-9 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association's Tait Division.
The Last Time
UCSD and Princeton last met on Jan. 26, 2011 in La Jolla. Carl Eberts had a match-high 14 kills to lead the Tritons to a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-16 victory. UCSD posted a .333 attack percentage while Princeton hit just .149. The Tritons also out-dug the Tigers 32-20. Eberts recorded a double-double as he added a match-best 12 digs. Vincent Tuminelli led Princeton with seven kills. It was the first match of the season for the Tigers and the eighth for UCSD.
Hope International enters Friday's match with a 2-2 record. The NAIA team started its season with a pair of losses, 3-2 vs. Juniata and 3-0 vs. Grand Canyon, at home. Most recently, the Royals swept Johnson & Wales in two matches on the road. HIU is averaging 11.8 kills per set and holding oppo- nents to a 9.7 per set average. Opponents are out-blocking HIU, 2.5 per set to 1.3 per set. Thomas Cervetti leads the team with his 3.5 kills per set average.
The Last Time
UCSD and Hope International played on Feb. 1, 2011 at RIMAC Arena with the Tritons running away with a 25-22, 25-14 and 25-22 win. The Royals man- aged to hit just .112 and the Tritons dished out eight aces from the service line. HIU's Torand Cheltenham was the lone player to hit double digit kill totals with 10. Carl Eberts had eight kills and six digs for UCSD, both team-highs.
Setter Mike Brunsting has totaled seven aces over his last two matches. Against Pepperdine, he had four of UCSD's five aces and against USC he put down three of his team's six aces. He now leads the Tritons with 11 aces this seson.
The Tritons had zero service aces on Jan. 15 at Grand Canyon University. The last time that happened was on Jan. 7, 2011 against Cal State Northridge at UC Santa Barbara, the team's second match of the season.
Stahl Makes Season Debut
Middle blocker Fred Stahl, out since the beginning of the season with an ankle injury, returned last week and started against Pepperdine and USC. He hit .368 over the two matches with eight kills and one error in 19 attacks. Against the Waves, he swung at .417 with five kills and zero errors and his five blocks and 7.5 points were both career-bests. In the USC match, he had three kills, two aces and a block assist for 5.5 points.
On Jan. 6, UCSD upset No. 11 Hawaii in straight sets for its first ever victory over the Warriors in Honolulu. It was also the first time in program history that the Tritons swept the Warriors. Scores were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22 at the Stan Sheriff Center as Carl Eberts led UCSD with 14 kills, three aces, three digs and five blocks. He hit .478 and totaled a match-high 19.5 points. Greg Smith had a career-high seven blocks.
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