UC San Diego is back on the mainland after going 2-0 to open its season at the First Hawaiian Bank Challenge, hosted by Hawai'i Hilo, last week on the Big Island.
This week, the Tritons head to the Central Valley to take part in Fresno Pacific's West Region Challenge. They will face Chaminade, Simon Fraser, Seattle Pacific, and the host Sunbirds.
UC San Diego is a combined 24-4 all-time against this week's opponents.
Match 5 - West Region Showcase
RV UC San Diego (2-0) vs. Simon Fraser (1-1)
Saturday, Sept. 1 • 8:30 a.m. PT
Special Events Center • Fresno, Calif.
Series Record: 2-1
Live Stats (free) • Live Video (free)
Match 6 - West Region Showcase
RV UC San Diego (2-0) vs. Seattle Pacific (1-2)
Saturday, Sept. 1 • 5:30 p.m. PT
Special Events Center • Fresno, Calif.
Series Record: 9-1
Live Stats (free) • Live Video (free)
THAT'S THE TICKET
Ticket prices for this week's tournament at Fresno Pacific are:
• Adult - $5
• Ages 6-12 - $3
• Seniors - $3
• Under 6 - Free
THE TRITONS AT A GLANCE
• Overall: 2-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 1-0
• Against West Region Teams: 2-0
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-0
• Current Streak: Won 2
Primary Liberos Returning (1)
• Alyson Penrose (Jr.)
• Gina Cortesi (So., OH)
• Susanna Limb (Fr., L)
• Maria Mayhew (Fr., S)
• Claudia Mathews (Jr., MB)
• Brie Severino (Fr., S)
• Sydney Tekstra (Jr., OH)
• Cindy Tran (Jr., OH)
• Rebecca Whitney (Fr., OH)
|Attack %||Jessica Rieble||.324|
|Stat||UC San Diego||Chaminade||Fresno Pacific||Simon Fraser||Seattle Pacific||All Opponents|
UC San Diego went 2-0 as it opened its season last week at the First Hawaiian Bank Volleyball Challenge, hosted by Hawai'i Hilo on the Big Island. Originally scheduled to play four matches, the tournament was cut short due to complications from Hurricane Lane, which included flooding and closed roads. Click below for recaps and box scores.
• 8/24/18: UC San Diego 3, Hawai'i Hilo 2
• 8/24/18: UC San Diego 3, Hawai'i Pacific 1
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
The Tritons came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Hawai'i Hilo in five last week. It was the first time that UC San Diego had stormed back from two down to win since Oct. 2, 2014, when it did so at Humboldt State.
START ME UP
After defeating Hawai'i Pacific last week in Hawai'i, the UC San Diego women's volleyball program moved to 17-2 (.895) in season-opening matches during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000). The Tritons lost to Simon Fraser in 2016 and fell against Concordia-St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the country at the time, in 2008.
Seven of the eight first-year Tritons made their blue and gold debuts during the tournament in Hawai'i including Gina Cortesi, Susanna Limb, Claudia Mathews, Maria Mayhew, Brie Severino, Sydney Tekstra, and Cindy Tran.
ON THE DOUBLE
Through two matches, two Tritons have produced a total of three double-doubles.
• Gina Cortesi (2)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (12k, 11d)
8/24 vs. Hawai'i Pacific (10k, 10d)
• Maria Mayhew (1)
8/24 at Hawai'i Hilo (46a, 10d)
The Tritons will be playing in an updated RIMAC Arena for most of the season as it is undergoing its first significant renovation in its nearly 24-year existence (opened in January of 1995). The project will modernize the arena, improve training and competition facilities for student-athletes, and provide fans with a first-class live event experience. The renovation includes new retractable seating, modern glass railings, and a VIP skybox. The arena’s most noticeable new features will be the addition of a 50’ wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard that will span the facility’s south end as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables. A new video production facility is also in the works. The project was started this summer and you can read more about it here.
DIG FOR A CURE
The annual Dig for a Cure match in support of breast cancer awareness will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, as the Tritons host Cal State San Bernardino.
THE REIS CUP
The sixth annual Reis Cup is slated for Saturday, Oct. 6, when UC San Diego hosts Cal Poly Pomona. The event honors former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis, who passed away tragically in 2012. UC San Diego is 4-1 in Reis Cup matches and has won the last two.
This year's roster features five players from San Diego County:
• Kayla Evans, San Diego/Del Norte High School
• Emily Kimball, Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy
• Claudia Mathews, Encinitas/La Costa Canyon High School
• Brie Severino, San Diego/Torrey Pines High School
• Rebecca Whitney, Vista/Vista High School
AVCA NATIONAL POLL
1. Minnesota Duluth
2. Concordia St. Paul
4. Ferris State
7. Northern State
8. Southwest Minnesota State
9. Cal State San Bernardino
11. Palm Beach Atlantic
12. Wheeling Jesuit
13. West Florida
14. Central Missouri
15. Western Washington
17. Colorado School of Mines
18. Tarleton State
19. Central Oklahoma
20. Wayne State
21. Missouri Western
23. Florida Southern
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE AVCA NATIONAL POLL
• 8/27: RV
• Preseason: RV
2018 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Sonoma State, 68 points (5 first-place votes)
2. Cal State East Bay, 66 (5)
3. Chico State, 63 (3)
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 45
5. San Francisco State, 36
6. Stanislaus State, 21
7. Humboldt State, 16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 67 (12)
2. Cal State LA, 47
3. UC San Diego, 46 (1)
4. Cal State San Marcos, 42
5. Cal Poly Pomona, 18
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 17
Cal State San Bernardino (10 votes)
THE TRITONS IN 2017
• Overall: 16-10
• CCAA/Finish: 10-7/tie for 3rd in South Division
• Home: 7-2
• Away: 4-6
• Neutral: 5-2
• Postseason: CCAA Tournament quarterfinalist
• Points Leader: Amanda Colla, 4.29/set
• Kills Leader: Amanda Colla, 3.71/set
• Attack Percentage Leader: Micah Hammond, .326 (218-53-506)
• Assists Leader: Marie Paris, 8.64/set
• Service Aces Leader: Amanda Colla, 0.29/set
• Digs Leader: Alyson Penrose, 4.36/set
• Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble, 1.14/set
FINAL 2017 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Sonoma State, 14-4
2. Cal State East Bay, 10-8
3. Chico State, 9-9
4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 8-10
5. San Francisco State, 4-14
6. Stanislaus State, 3-15
7. Humboldt State, 2-16
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 14-3
2. Cal State San Marcos, 11-6
3. UC San Diego, 10-7
3. Cal State LA, 10-7
3. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-7
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 9-8
HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
Now in his ninth season leading the Tritons in 2018, Ricci Luyties currently holds a 152-79 (.658) overall record and a 110-54 (.671) mark in CCAA matches during his tenure at UC San Diego. Four times Luyties has paced UC San Diego to at least 20 victories, which includes an impressive 26-6 (.813) campaign in 2013. He recorded his 150th victory as a Triton on Oct. 27, 2017. The Tritons have qualified for NCAA postseason play five times under Luyties, reaching the regional semifinals in four of those years. In 2010 and again in 2013, UC San Diego climbed as high as No. 8 in the national rankings. Prior to coming to La Jolla, Luyties was head coach at Southern Mississippi for six seasons. As a setter at UCLA, Luyties helped lead the Bruins to four consecutive national championships. He was named the NCAA's Most Valuable Player twice and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. At the international level, Luyties, alongside Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons, won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. He also played on the beach for 12 years, competing on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour with partners such as Kiraly and Adam Johnson. For Luyties' full bio, click here.
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UC San Diego will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. UC San Diego will remain an NCAA Division II institution for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and the volleyball team will continue competing as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Read the full press release here.
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Following the West Region Showcase, UC San Diego opens its California Collegiate Athletic Assocation season on Saturday, Sept. 8 at cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos. The match begins at 7 p.m. in The Sports Center.