ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team came up short in a battle of California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) division leaders as it fell, 3-1, at Sonoma State Friday night. Scores from The Wolves' Den went 28-26, 15-25, 25-11, and 25-20.
With its second-straight loss, UC San Diego fell to 14-5 overall and 8-3 in the CCAA. The Tritons entered the match alone atop the league's South Division standings and are now tied with Cal State San Bernardino for first. SSU, a member of the North Division, moved to 15-4 on the season and retained its first-place conference standing by improving to 9-1. The Seawolves kept their perfect home record intact, now 8-0.
In a match that featured 38 tie scores and 18 lead changes, Sonoma State out-hit UCSD .204 (59-25-167) to .175 (50-23-154). The Seawolves also held a 69-62 advantage in digs, while the Tritons led in blocks, 8-6.
"We didn't do a good job of converting our chances for points off our defensive plays," said UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties. "Against a good team like Sonoma State, we needed to take advantage of those opportunities."
Junior middle blocker Micah Hammond led UC San Diego offensively with 16 points on 14 kills and three blocks (one solo). She hit .353 (14-2-34) on the night. Sophomore middle Jessica Rieble had 12 kills and three blocks (two solos), while senior outside hitter Amanda Colla finished with 13 kills and a match-high 22 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Marie Paris had 44 assists and sophomore libero Alyson Penrose totaled 13 digs.
Kelsey McIntire provided a match-best 15 kills and hit .400 (15-5-25) for SSU. Caiti Wiesner recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs. Calan Seitz also totaled 13 kills and Megan Bohorquez led the Seawolves defensively with 19 digs.
The Tritons hit .375, the best attack percentage by either team in the match, over the second set. They had 14 kills and just two errors in 32 attack attempts. However, UCSD dropped all the way down to -.034 in the third stanza, getting only five kills with six errors in 29 attacks.
Friday's match was the lone regular season meeting between the two squads.
"I think we match up well with Sonoma and I hope we have another chance to play each other in the postseason," said Luyties.
UC San Diego plays at San Francisco State (7-12, 3-8) Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The Gators snapped a three-match losing skid by sweeping Cal State San Marcos Friday.