Season Ends with Loss at No. 12 Cal State LA
LOS ANGELES - The season came to an end Saturday for the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team as it lost, 3-0, on the road at 12th-ranked Cal State LA. Scores were 25-21, 25-19, and 25-23.
UC San Diego concludes its 2018 campaign at 11-12 overall and 7-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
It was a must-win match for the Tritons, who entered the night one victory behind Cal State San Marcos for the fourth and final CCAA South Division berth in the conference tournament.
The loss also snapped a season-long, four-match win streak for UC San Diego.
"It's disappointing not to make the tournament because I feel like we were really starting to gel as a team over the last several matches," said UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties. "It's exactly the time you want to be playing your best, but we had too many close losses earlier in the season that we were in a position to win."
Cal State LA's potent offense produced 56 kills and a .285 (56-21-123) hitting percentage, while UC San Diego finished with 26 kills and hit .133 (26-12-105). The Golden Eagles held a 59-43 advantage in digs as well.
Individually for the Tritons, outside hitter Sydney Tekstra had a team-best 8.5 points on seven kills and two blocks (one solo). Right-side hitter Cindy Tran had 6.5 points with five kills and three block assists. She also contributed defensively with 12 digs. Freshman libero Susanna Limb had a team-high 14 digs while adding a pair of service aces.
For the 17th time this season, UC San Diego out-blocked its opponent, totaling eight to Cal State LA's one.
The Golden Eagles were led by Karla Santos, who amassed 20 points on 19 kills and an ace. Jeshmarie Suarez led all players with 27 digs, while Daisy Crenshaw had 12 kills and Daisia Labrie had 10.
Cal State LA made 12 service errors in the match.
"We had some runs of points during which we played really well tonight," said Luyties. "However, Cal State LA came up with big kills and made some amazing defensive plays against many of our best attacks throughout the match."
The Golden Eagles swept the season series as they also defeated the Tritons on Sept. 25 in La Jolla. That match went five sets.
The seedings for the CCAA Tournament, which runs Nov. 8-10 at Stanislaus State in Turlock, are as follows:
1. Cal State East Bay
2. Cal State Monterey Bay
3. Stanislaus State
4. San Francisco State
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. Cal Poly Pomona
3. Cal State LA
4. Cal State San Marcos
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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