vs. Chico State (10-10, 7-6 CCAA)
Friday, Nov. 1 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
vs. Cal State Stanislaus (7-14, 4-9 CCAA)
Saturday, Nov. 2 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
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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.
UCSD won both of its conference match-ups at home last week, taking down No. 14 Sonoma State and San Francisco State in four sets. The win against SSU moved the Tritons into a tie for second place in the CCAA with the Seawolves. UCSD out-blocked Sonoma State, 10.0 to 5.0, and made just one service error compared to eight for the Seawolves. Caitlin Brenton led UC San Diego with 19.0 points on 15 kills, a service ace and five blocks. She hit a stellar .515 (15-1-27) and also added nine digs. Danielle Dahle had a team-high 16 kills, while Sophie Rowe tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs. Setter Heidi Sierks also hit a double-double, amassing 48 assists and 13 digs. The next night, the Tritons totaled 58 kills to SFSU's 40 and held a huge 79-59 advantage in digs. The Gators out-blocked UCSD, 13-6. Dahle had a match-best 17.5 points with a pair of blocks (one solo) to go along with her 16 kills. She hit .343 and added nine digs. Rowe put up a double-double performance with 16 kills and 16 digs.
WHERE DO WE STAND?
At 10-3, UCSD is currently tied with Sonoma State for second place in the CCAA. Cal State San Bernardino (12-1) suffered its first league loss this past week, but remains at the top of the standings. Cal State L.A. (9-4) is fourth, Cal State Monterey Bay (7-6) and Chico State (7-6) are tied for fifth, Cal Poly Pomona (7-7) is seventh, Humboldt State (5-9) is eighth, San Francisco State (4-9) and Cal State Stanislaus (4-9) are tied for ninth, Cal State East Bay (3-10) is 11th and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-12) is 12th.
UCSD jumped up a slot to No. 12 in this week's AVCA national poll. The top three are Concordia-St. Paul, Tampa and Minnesota Duluth. Two other CCAA teams are among the country's top 25, including Cal State San Bernardino at No. 13 (down from No. 12) and Sonoma State at No. 14 (same as last week). Cal State L.A. is receiving votes. UC San Diego has been ranked as high as eighth and as low as 22nd this season.
Brittany Lombardi needs 51 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 nine of her last 10 matches ... Her 403 digs this year rank ninth on UCSD's single season list ... Heidi Sierks has totaled at least 45 assists in her last nine matches, which included a career-high 55 at Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 3 ... Freshman setter Alyssa Lin made her Triton debut against San Francisco State on Oct. 26, finishing with a kill and an assist ... Caitlin Brenton set career-highs with 15 kills and 19.0 points vs. Sonoma State on Oct. 25 ... Danielle Dahle has totaled at least 10 kills in 17 of 21 matches ... She 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 ... Four Tritons have recorded a combined 35 double-doubles this season, including Sierks (12), Dahle (11), Rowe (10) and Amber Hawthorne (2) ...Rowe has a double-double in seven of her last eight matches ... UCSD's win at San Francisco State on Sept. 20 moved the team to 9-0, equaling the best start in program history ... The Tritons are 58-21 in sets played this season ... UCSD is out-hitting opponents .226 to .152 and holds a 96-60 advantage in service aces ... UCSD is 8-1 at home this season.
As a team, UCSD ranks 14th in kills/set (13.97), 15th in assists/set (13.11), 17th in won-loss percentage (.857), 19th in blocks/set (2.38), 30th in digs/set (17.66) and 37th in hitting percentage (.226). Individually, Kameron Cooper ranks 27th in blocks/set (1.18), Brittany Lombardi is 37th in digs/set (5.10), Caitlin Brenton is 51st in blocks/set (1.06) and Sara McCutchan is 54th in hitting percentage (.332). (only players ranked in the top 50 are listed)
In the league, UCSD ranks second in kills/set (13.97), assists/set (13.11), blocks/set (2.38) and points/set (17.6), third in hitting (.226) and digs/set (17.66) and ninth in aces/set (1.22). Sara McCutchan is third in hitting (.332) and seventh in blocks/set (.86), Brittany Lombardi is third in digs/set (5.10), Kameron Cooper is third in blocks/set (1.18), Caitlin Brenton is fourth in blocks/set (1.06), Danielle Dahle is eighth in kills/set (3.52) and points/set (3.9) and Heidi Sierks is eighth in assists/set (9.43). (only players ranked in the top 10 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 WILDCATS
Chico State comes into Friday's match with a 10-10 overall record and is tied for fifth in the CCAA at 7-6. The Wildcats split home matches last week, sweeping Cal State East Bay before falling in five set against Cal State Monterey Bay. Torey Thompson leads the CCAA and is 11th in the nation in assists per set (11.44). Alex Shurtz ranks second in the CCAA in points per set (4.63), third in kills per set (4.08) and third in solo blocks (19), while Lindsay Quigley is second in the conference and 16th nationally in hitting percentage (.365).
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD leads Chico State, 25-6, in the all-time series. The Tritons won this season's first match-up in four sets at Chico on Sept. 28. Sara McCutchan had 14 kills and Danielle Dahle added 13, while Brittany Lombardi had a match-high 25 digs. For Chico, Lindsay Quigley led all players with 17 kills. The Wildcats' last win against the Tritons came on Nov. 3, 2012 in Chico.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus comes into the week at 7-14 overall and 4-9 in the CCAA, tied for ninth place. The Warriors, who play at league-leading Cal State San Bernardino Friday night, won both of their matches last week, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay in four sets at home. Blair Ehrlich, the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, leads the team with 3.48 kills/set. Sarah Crowl is averaging a team-best 5.75 digs/set, which leads the conference.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD has dominated the all-time series against Cal State Stanislaus, holding a commanding 30-3 advantage. The Tritons have won the last six match-ups and have not lost to the Warriors since September of 2010 in Turlock. On Sept. 27 of this season, the Tritons swept the Warriors in Turlock. Lizzy Andrews had 10 kills and Brittany Lombardi totaled a match-high 24 digs to lead UCSD. Stanislaus got a double-double from Paige Walker, who finished with 12 kills and 13 digs.
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Looking ahead to next week, the Tritons wrap up their current seven-match home stand by hosting Humboldt State on Nov. 8, and Cal Poly Pomona on Nov. 9. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts at RIMAC Arena.