vs. No. 14 Sonoma State (16-3, 9-2 CCAA)
Friday, Oct. 25 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
vs. San Francisco State (9-10, 4-7 CCAA)
Saturday, Oct. 26 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Dig for a Cure Match
I WANT IN
UCSD students are admitted free to all home, regular season volleyball matches. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for visiting students, seniors and UCSD Alumni Association members. Tickets are available at the main entrance to RIMAC Arena on the night of the match.
DIG FOR A CURE
Once again throughout October, all California Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball teams will join together in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each team will designate one of its home contests as a Dig for a Cure match in which the squads will wear special warm-up shirts and use pink volleyballs. The UCSD Tritons will host their Dig For a Cure event on Saturday, Oct. 26, against San Francisco State. Cancer survivors will be admitted to the match FREE of charge, while family and friends of survivors can purchase tickets for just $2. Don't forget to wear PINK to help support the cause!
HALLOWEEN SPIRIT AT RIMAC
The Triton Athletes' Council will be putting on its annual Halloween costume contest during this Saturday's volleyball match. Last year's entries included Tetris (men's cross country), garden gnomes (softball), 101 Dalmations (track & field) and pirates (women's crew), among others. Men's cross country won the title with their Star Wars theme. Check out last year's photo gallery.
TRITONS ROCK HUNGER
The Triton Athletes' Council is joining with other campus organizations to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items this week. Items collected will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Red barrels will be located at Triton Soccer Stadium, Canyonview Pool and RIMAC Arena during this week's home events, as well as the main RIMAC lobby, and all fans are invited to join in the Tritons Rock Hunger effort.
UCSD won its seventh straight match last Friday only to have its streak snapped the next night. At Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Tritons out-hit their opponent .268 to .165 to win in four sets. Caitlin Brenton had a balanced night, finishing with 14 kills, six digs, seven blocks and a match-high 18.5 points. Her kill and point totals were season-bests. The Tritons' second-longest win streak of the season ended at home with a five-set loss against Cal State L.A. Saturday. UCSD led by as many as five points in the fifth set and got to match point six times, but couldn't put it away. Sophie Rowe had 20 kills and 15 digs, while Danielle Dahle (La Mesa/Grossmont HS) totaled 19 kills and 14 digs. For the Golden Eagles, Kymberly Silveyra amassed a career-high 31 kills. It was the first home loss for the Tritons this year.
WHERE DO WE STAND?
At 8-3, UCSD is currently in third place in the CCAA, behind Cal State San Bernardino (11-0) and Sonoma State (9-2). Cal State L.A. (7-4) is fourth, while Cal State Monterey Bay (6-5) and Chico State (6-5) are tied for fifth. Cal Poly Pomona (6-6) seventh, followed by San Francisco State (4-7), Humboldt State (4-8), Cal State East Bay (3-8), Cal State Stanislaus (2-9) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-10).
Following two straight weeks of upward movement in the AVCA national poll, UCSD dropped three spots from No. 10 to No. 13 this week. Concordia-St. Paul remained in the top spot, with Tampa at No. 2 and Central Missouri third. Two other CCAA schools can be found in the top 25, including Cal State San Bernardino at No. 12 (up from No. 14) and Sonoma State at No. 14 (down from No. 11). UCSD has been ranked as high as eighth in 2013.
Brittany Lombardi needs 95 digs for 1,000 in her career ... She would be the ninth Triton to hit that mark in program history ... Lombardi has had at least 20 digs in her last eight matches ... Danielle Dahle eclipsed 500 career kills and 500 career digs this season ... Dahle's 21 digs vs. Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 12 were a career-high ... Sara McCutchan recorded her 500th career kill this season ... UCSD's win at San Francisco State on Sept. 20 moved the team to 9-0, equaling the best start in program history ... Four Tritons have recorded a combined 31 double-doubles this season, including Dahle (11), Heidi Sierks (10), Sophie Rowe (8) and Amber Hawthorne (2) ... Dahle has had a double-double in five of her last six matches and at least 10 kills in her last seven ... Sierks has totaled at least 50 assists in five of her last seven contests, including a career-high 55 at Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 3 ... who ranks second in the CCAA and 16th nationally in blocks/set, registered a career-high nine stuffs at Humboldt State on Oct. 5 and has twice totaled eight this year ... Rowe has totaled at least 10 digs in her last six matches ... Setter Alyssa Lin has been added to the Tritons' roster ... UCSD is out-hitting opponents .224 to .150 ... Fans at both matches this week can pick up a free volleyball poster.
As a team, UCSD ranks 11th in assists/set (13.04), 13th in kills/set (13.89), 16th in blocks/set (2.42), 18th in win-loss percentage (.842), 32nd in digs/set (17.61) and 42nd in hitting percentage (.224). Kameron Cooper ranks 16th in blocks/set (1.22), Caitlin Brenton is 40th in blocks/set (1.11), Brittany Lombardi is 41st in digs/set (5.06) and Sara McCutchan is 49th in hitting percentage (.337).
In the league, UCSD ranks second in kills/set (13.89), assists/set (13.04), blocks (172) and blocks/set (2.42); third in kills (986) and assists (926); fourth in digs (1,250); fifth in hitting percentage (.224) and digs/set (17.61); eighth in aces (90) and aces/set (1.27). Kameron Cooper is second in blocks/set (1.22) and third in blocks (84); Brittany Lombardi is second in digs (359) and third in digs/set (5.06). (only individuals ranking in the top five are listed)
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
UCSD head coach Ricci Luyties is in his fourth season leading the Tritons. Over his first three campaigns in La Jolla, he registered a 61-26 overall record, good for a .701 win percentage. Entering 2013, Luyties has paced UCSD to a 47-19 (.712) mark in CCAA play. Prior to coming to UCSD, Luyties spent six seasons as the head coach at Southern Mississippi. A two-time All-American setter and Hall of Fame member at UCLA, he helped the Bruins win four consecutive national titles between 1981 and 1984. UCLA posted an amazing 126-7 record, which included a pair of undefeated seasons, during Luyties' career. A two-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, his No. 11 UCLA jersey was retired in 1996. A member of the U.S. National Team from 1981-88, Luyties won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. On the beach, Luyties competed regularly on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour for 12 years, partnering with the likes of Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
UCSD was picked to finish second in the 2013 CCAA standings by the league's coaches. Topping the poll was seven-time defending champion Cal State San Bernardino. Following the Tritons, in order, were Sonoma State, Cal State L.A., Chico State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Stanislaus and Humboldt State.
ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State enters Friday's match at 16-3 overall and second in the CCAA with a 9-2 mark. The Seawolves have won eight of their last nine matches. Last week, they split a pair of road contests, suffering a disappointing five-set loss at Cal State East Bay before sweeping Cal State Monterey Bay the next night. The team's only other league loss came against Cal State San Bernardino at home. Caylie Seitz is averaging a team-best 4.18 points and 3.91 kills/set. Nicole Gragnola is digging 4.59 balls/set, while Rachel Andrews averages 0.98 blocks/set.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 25-9 advantage in the all-time series against Sonoma State. The Tritons have dropped the last two match-ups, including a 3-1 loss in Rohnert Park on Sept. 21. It was the first loss of the season for UCSD, which entered at 9-0 (tied for the best-ever start to a season). The Seawolves out-hit the Tritons, .345 to .203, and held a 68-53 lead in digs. Kameron Cooper and Danielle Dahle each had 15.5 points for UCSD, while Caylie Seitz had a career-high 29 kills and hit a blistering .565 for SSU.
ABOUT THE GATORS
San Francisco State, which plays at league-leading Cal State San Bernardino Friday night, enters the week at 9-10 overall and 4-7 in the CCAA, good for eighth place. The Gators split their league matches last week, losing in three at Cal State Monterey Bay before sweeping Cal State East Bay on the road. Meagan Wright currently leads the Gators with her 2.81 kills/set average and 55 total blocks. Jacquie Brice has a team-high 749 assists and Jessica Nicerio leads the team with her 24 service aces and 297 digs.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD is 20-4 all-time against San Francisco State. On Sept. 20 of this season, the Tritons swept the Gators at The Swamp to improve to 9-0, equaling the team's best-ever start to a season. UC San Diego hit .309, while SFSU swung at just .070. The Tritons held a big lead in the blocking department as well, 10-2. Danielle Dahle led all players with 13 kills, while Sophie Rowe had 12 kills, six digs and four blocks for UCSD. For the Gators, Melissa Horton had nine kills to lead the team offensively. Jaclyn Clark and Jessica Nicerio each had 10 digs.
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THE BIG PICTURE
We want to reward you for posting your creative photos showing Triton spirit. Tweet, Facebook or Instagram your pics and include our #TritonsRising hashtag. At the end of every month, we'll pick our favorite photos and dole out some swag to the winners!
Looking ahead to next week, the Tritons remain in La Jolla to host Chico State on Friday, Nov. 1, and Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday, Nov. 2. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. first serve.