vs. Humboldt State (10-13, 5-11 CCAA)
Friday, Nov. 8 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
vs. Cal Poly Pomona (10-14, 8-8 CCAA)
Saturday, Nov. 9 • 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.
For the second straight week, UCSD won both of its CCAA matches, defeating Chico State in four sets before sweeping Cal State Stanislaus, both at RIMAC Arena. Against the Wildcats, five Tritons had 10 or more kills, including Sara McCutchan (16), Caitlin Brenton (15), Danielle Dahle (11), Sophie Rowe (11) and Kameron Cooper (10). McCutchan totaled 18.0 points and hit .577 while adding four block assists. Brenton equaled McCutchan with a match-high 18.0 points and Heidi Sierks finished with 49 assists and 19 digs. UCSD out-hit CSUC .240 to .159. The attack advantage was even greater against the Warriors, as the Tritons swung at .305 compared to .126 for their opponent. Brenton had a team-high 14 kills and hit .480. The Tritons led from start to finish in sets one and three. The victory gave UCSD its third consecutive 20-win season.
WHERE DO WE STAND?
At 12-3, UCSD currently sits in third place in the CCAA, behind Cal State San Bernardino (14-1) and Sonoma State (13-3), which defeated San Francisco State Wednesday night. Cal State L.A. (9-6) is fourth, Cal State Monterey Bay (8-7) is fifth, Chico State (8-8) and Cal Poly Pomona (8-8) are tied for sixth, San Francisco State (6-10) is eighth, Cal State East Bay (5-10) is ninth, Humboldt State (5-11) is 10th, Cal State Stanislaus (4-12) is 11th and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-14) is 12th.
There was little movement in this week's AVCA national poll as the top 19 teams remained unchanged. UCSD stayed at No. 12, Cal State San Bernardino retained its No. 13 ranking and Sonoma State is again listed at No. 14. The nation's top three are Concordia-St. Paul, Tampa and Minnesota Duluth. UC San Diego has been ranked as high as eighth and as low as 22nd this season.
TRITONS TOPS IN THE WEST
The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the season Wednesday and UCSD sits atop the West. BYU-Hawaii is second and is followed in order by Cal State San Bernardino, Sonoma State, Alaska Anchorage, Western Washington, Central Washington, Northwest Nazarene, Cal State L.A. and California Baptist. Two more regional ranking lists will be published - Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 - with NCAA Tournament selections being announced on Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific. The top eight squads from each of the eight regions will comprise the 64-team field.
Brittany Lombardi needs 16 digs for 1,000 in her career ... She would be the ninth Triton to hit that mark in program history ... Her 438 digs in 2013 rank sixth on UCSD's single season list, just above the 431 she totaled in 2012 ... Lombardi has had at least 20 digs in 10 of her last 12 matches ... Heidi Sierks has totaled at least 45 assists in eight of her last nine matches, which included a career-high 55 at Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 3 ... She also had a career-best five blocks in that match ... Caitlin Brenton matched a career-high with 15 kills against Chico State on Nov. 1 ...Sophie Rowe is four digs and 15 kills shy of 500 for her career ... Danielle Dahle has totaled at least 10 kills in 18 of 23 matches ... Her four kills vs. Cal State Stanislaus on Nov. 2 were a career-low ... 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 ... UCSD's 3-0 win against Cal State Stanislaus on Nov. 2 was its first sweep of a league opponent at home this season ... It was also the team's first sweep since Sept. 27 at Stanislaus ... Four Tritons have totaled a combined 38 double-doubles this season, including Sierks (13), Dahle (12), Rowe (11) and Amber Hawthorne (2) ... Rowe has a double-double in eight of her last 10 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 64-22 in sets played this season ... UCSD is out-hitting opponents .230 to .152 and holds a 105-66 advantage in service aces ... The Tritons are 10-1 at home, 6-2 on the road and 4-0 at neutral sites this season.
As a team, UCSD ranks 12th in kills/set (14.09) and assists/set (13.15), 15th in won-loss percentage (.870), 21st in blocks/set (2.36), 25th in digs/set (17.84) and 33rd in hitting percentage (.230). Sara McCutchan ranks 29th in hitting percentage (.349), Kameron Cooper is 30th in blocks/set (1.15) and Brittany Lombardi is 38th in digs/set (5.09). (only players ranked in the top 50 are listed)
In the league, UCSD ranks second in kills/set (14.09), assists/set (13.15), digs/set (17.84) and points/set (17.7), third in hitting percentage (.230) and blocks/set (2.36) and ninth in aces/set (1.22). Kameron Cooper is second in blocks/set (1.15), Brittany Lombardi is third in digs/set (5.09), Sara McCutchan is fourth in hitting percentage (.349) and seventh in blocks/set (0.88), Caitlin Brenton is fourth in blocks/set (1.01), Heidi Sierks is sixth in assists/set (9.57) and Danielle Dahle is tied for ninth in points/set (3.8) and 10th in kills/set (3.41). (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 LUMBERJACKS
Losers of five of their last six matches, Humboldt State enters Friday's contest at 10-13 overall and in 10th place in the CCAA at 5-11. Last week, the Jacks dropped a pair of home matches, falling in four to Cal State East Bay and dropping a five-set decision against Cal State Monterey Bay. Ashley Owen leads the team in kills, averaging 3.72/set. Kaitlyn Dunaway isn't far behind at 3.15/set and she also owns a team-best 3.95 digs/set average. HSU is getting out-blocked - 2.12/set to 1.41/set - by opponents. Following their visit to La Jolla, the Lumberjacks play at Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD has dominated the series against Humboldt State, winning all 18 matches dating back to the 1982 season. On Oct. 5 in Arcata, the Tritons won in four sets by scores of 25-15, 22-25, 26-24 and 25-18. Sara McCutchan and Sophie Rowe each posted 15 kills, while Brittany Lombardi had a match-high 25 digs. Ashley Owen led all players with 17 kills for HSU. Kaitlyn Dunaway had a double-double with 14 kills and 17 digs. The Tritons out-blocked the Jacks, 12.5 to 4.0. The contest closed out a seven-match road trip for UCSD.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Cal Poly Pomona enters the week with a 10-14 overall record and an even 8-8 mark in the CCAA, good for a tie for sixth place. The Broncos play at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night. Last week, CPP split a pair of CCAA matches at home, downing Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-1, before being swept by Cal State East Bay. The Broncos are 7-3 over their last 10 outings after losing five straight before that. Jessica Doerner averages a team-high 2.99 kills/set, while Zoe Herrera is digging 3.71 balls/set. Alexa Hasen is the team's top blocker with a 1.13 blocks/set average. CPP is out-blocking opponents 2.39 to 1.97, but opponents hold a 1.52 to 1.14 service aces/set advantage.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD leads the all-time series against Cal Poly Pomona, 29-12. The Tritons have won the last 11 match-ups and haven't lost since Oct. 26, 2007. On Oct. 3 in Pomona, UCSD eked out a five-set victory by scores of 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 28-30 and 15-7. Danielle Dahle and Sophie Rowe each recorded 18 kills and finished with double-doubles, while Brittany Lombardi had a match-high 25 digs. For Cal Poly Pomona, Jessica Doerner totaled a match-high 20 kills. UCSD held a 90-74 edge in digs, while the Broncos out-blocked the Tritons, 17.0 to 11.0.
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Looking ahead to next week, the Tritons are back on the road for the first time in almost a month, playing at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 15 and Cal State East Bay on Nov. 16. The team's last away match was at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Oct. 18.