UC SAN DIEGO RECORDS
CCAA TOURNAMENT PICTURE
UC San Diego has secured a berth in the upcoming CCAA Tournament, to be held Nov. 17-19 at Cal State San Bernardino. The top four teams from each of the two league divisions qualify for the tourney. Joining UCSD from the South Division, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State LA have also earned a spot. With Cal State San Marcos ineligible for postseason play, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona are in contention for the fourth and final slot. From the North Division, Chico State and Sonoma State are in with the other four spots up for grabs. The tourney champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
CCAA STANDINGS (through 11/3)
1. Chico State, 11-3
2. Sonoma State, 11-4
3. Cal State East Bay, 8-6
4. Stanislaus State, 7-7
T-5. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-9
T-5. Humboldt State, 5-9
7. San Francisco State, 0-15
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 11-2
2. Cal State LA, 11-3
3. UC San Diego, 9-5
4. Cal State San Marcos, 7-7
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-9
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 1-12
IN THE WEST REGION
The NCAA released its first of three regional rankings of the season this week. In the West, the top 10 in order are Alaska Anchorage, Cal State San Bernardino, Western Washington, Simon Fraser, California Baptist, Northwest Nazarene, Cal State LA, Central Washington, Chico State and Dixie State. The top eight teams from the region qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
UC San Diego split its league matches last week, beating Cal Poly Pomona in four sets on the road before falling against 18th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino in five sets at RIMAC Arena.
• UCSD 3, Cal Poly Pomona 1
• Cal State San Bernardino 3, UCSD 2
Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.39
Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 3.92
Hitting Percentage: Rebecca Seaberry, .262 (135-41-359)
Assists/Set: Kayla Evans, 5.32
Aces/Set: Kayla Evans, 0.33
Digs/Set: Lindsey Chun, 4.30
Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.11
IN THE NATIONAL STATS
Team (all matches, top 50)
7. Attacks/Set, 39.70
16. Blocks/Set, 2.30
24. Blocks, 207.0
25. Digs/Set, 18.20
38. Attacks, 3573
41. Digs, 1638
49. Kills/Set, 13.24
Individual (all matches, top 75)
20. Attacks/Set: Meagan Wright, 11.60
27. Attacks: Meagan Wright, 1009
35. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 3.92
40. Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.39
40. Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.11
41. Kills: Meagan Wright, 341
IN THE CCAA STATS
Team (league matches only, top 5)
2. Blocks/Set, 2.34
4. Digs/Set, 17.60
5. Kills/Set, 13.32
5. Hitting Percentage, .215
5. Assists/Set, 12.19
5. Aces/Set, 1.46
Individual (league matches only, top 5)
3. Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.23
5. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.38
Six Tritons have combined for 37 double-doubles so far this season.
• Meagan Wright - 16
• Amanda Colla - 7
• Kayla Evans - 7
• Marie Paris - 4
• Jessyca Beksa - 2
• Rachel Linden - 1
COLLA GETS 1,000th DIG
With 12 digs against Sonoma State on Oct. 8, Amanda Colla surpassed 1,000 for her career. The Carlsbad native is the 12th Triton to hit the mark. As a freshman, Colla had 304 digs, while she totaled 560 in 2015, the second-most by any Triton in a single season.
UC San Diego started its CCAA season at 6-0. It was just the third time ever and first since 2004 that the team won six straight to kick off its conference slate. The Tritons went 18-0 in 2004 and won their first six in 2001.
THE STUFF WINS ARE MADE OF
In UCSD's win against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sept. 16, the Tritons stonewalled the Toros at the net, holding a 19-11 advantage in blocks. It matched the team's highest stuff total during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000), last occurring in September of 2010.
Starters Returning (2 plus libero)
Amanda Colla (Jr., L): 4.63 d/s; 0.31 sa/s
Rebecca Seaberry (Jr., MB): 0.91 b/s
Meagan Wright (Sr., OH): First Team All-CCAA; 4.22 p/s; 3.77 k/s; 3.60 d/s
Starters Lost (4)
Kameron Cooper (MB): 2.76 p/s; 2.45 k/s
Danielle Dahle (OH): All-America HM; First Team All-CCAA; 4.16 p/s; 3.63 k/s; 3.02 d/s
Alyssa McNeely (MB): 2.21 p/s; 1.65 k/s; 0.74 b/s
Heidi Sierks (S): Second Team All-West Region; First Team All-CCAA; 10.89 a/s; 3.23 d/s
Other Letterwinners Returning (4)
Molly Dalziel (So., OH); Kayla Evans (So., L); Morgan Kissick (So., OH); Shaelyn Perez (Sr., OH)
Jessyca Beksa (Fr., OH); Lindsey Chun (Fr., L); Simone Froley (Fr., OPP); Emily Kimball (Fr., OPP); Rachel Linden (Jr., S); Marie Paris (Fr., S); Alyson Penrose (Fr., L); Katie Rademacher (Jr., OH); Jessica Rieble (Fr., MB); Allison Tiegs (So., MB)
A SLEW OF DEBUTS
A total of nine (seven freshmen, two transfers) UC San Diego players have made their Triton debuts in 2016, including Jessyca Beksa, Lindsey Chun, Simone Froley, Emily Kimball, Rachel Linden, Marie Paris, Alyson Penrose, Jessica Rieble and Allison Tiegs.
Chico State enters Friday's match at 17-6 overall and 11-3 in the CCAA, first place in the North Division. The Wildcats have won three of their last four. They went 1-1 last week at home, sweeping San Francisco State before being swept by Sonoma State. It was the team's first loss at Acker Gym this season (8-1). Chico leads the CCAA in kills per set (14.18, ninth nationally), assists per set (13.24, 10th nationally), aces per set (1.99, 12th nationally) and hitting percentage (.246). Torey Thompson leads the conference in assists per set (10.90, 25th nationally), while Olivia Mediano is fourth in kills per set (3.64).
UC San Diego is 29-7 all-time against Chico State. The Tritons swept the two-game series last season, with the Wildcats' last victory coming on Oct. 17, 2014 in Chico.
Stanislaus State, which hosts Cal State San Marcos Friday, is currently 10-13 on the year and an even 7-7 in the CCAA, good for fourth place in the North Division. The Warriors have lost three of their last four matches and went 1-1 last week at home, losing in four against Sonoma State and bouncing back to sweep San Francisco State. Stanislaus ranks third in the league in kills/set (13.96), assists/set (12.87) and aces/set (1.60). Individually, Blair Ehrlich leads all conference players in kills/set (4.38), while Madi Seidl is fourth in assists/set (10.13).
UC San Diego is 35-3 against Stanislaus State. The Tritons have won 11 straight, last losing on Sept. 25, 2010 in Turlock.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Sonoma State, 78 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Stanislaus State, 57
3. Chico State, 55 (1)
4. Humboldt State, 47
5. San Francisco State, 35
6. Cal State East Bay, 22
7. Cal State Monterey Bay, 21
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 64 (9)
2. UC San Diego, 59 (4)
3. Cal Poly Pomona, 40
4. Cal State LA, 39
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 18
6. Cal State San Marcos, 17
Projected Tournament Teams
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State LA
Cal State San Bernardino (6 championship votes)
Sonoma State (3)
UC San Diego (4)
Last season, UC San Diego went 20-12 overall and 14-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, placing third and earning the No. 3 seed in the first-ever league tournament, hosted by UCSD. After bowing out of the tourney in the semifinals, the Tritons secured a berth in the NCAA West Regional. They defeated 18th-ranked Sonoma State before losing to No. 16 Western Washington in the semis. During the course of 2015, UC San Diego totaled five victories against national top-25 squads. Outside hitter Danielle Dahle was named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention while setter Heidi Sierks garnered D2CCA All-West Region Second Team recognition. A trio of Tritons were tabbed All-CCAA First Team in Dahle, Sierks and outside Meagan Wright.
IN THE BOOKS
Outside hitter Danielle Dahle ended her career last season as UC San Diego's all-time leader in kills (1,524) and attack attempts (4,636). She ranks fourth in career digs (1,289). In 2015, she became just the third Triton in program history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
IN THE BOOKS II
Setter Heidi Sierks also wrapped up her career last season, finishing in the No. 2 spot for all-time assists (3,757) and No. 8 in digs (1,160) at UC San Diego.
IN THE BOOKS III
Middle blocker Kameron Cooper was the third Triton to complete her career in 2015 and leave her name in UC San Diego's record book. She accumulated 303 total blocks over four seasons, good for seventh on the school's all-time list.
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties is in his seventh season leading the Tritons. Luyties holds a 121-56 (.684) overall record and a 90-40 (.692) mark in CCAA matches through his first six campaigns. He recorded his 100th UCSD victory on Nov. 8, 2014, as the Tritons downed Humboldt State in four sets at RIMAC Arena. Luyties came to La Jolla after six seasons as head coach at Southern Mississippi. As a player, the setter led UCLA to four consecutive national titles and a pair of undefeated seasons. Luyties and Team USA won gold medals at the 1988 Olympics and 1987 Pan American Games. He was also a standout beach player, competing regularly on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour. Luyties was inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 2015. For his full bio, click here.
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UC San Diego plays its final regular season match on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Cal State San Marcos (1:00 p.m.). The Tritons defeated the Cougars, 3-1, on Sept. 24 at RIMAC Arena.