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Tritons Third in South Division in CCAA Volleyball Preseason Poll

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CHICO, Calif. - Heading into its final season as an NCAA Division II program, the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team has been predicted to finish in a tie for third in the South Division as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) released its annual preseason coaches poll Wednesday.

UC San Diego garnered 35 points to tie with Cal State San Marcos for third place in the South. Cal State San Bernardino, the 2018 CCAA champion, topped the list with 67 points and secured 12 of the 13 votes to win the division. Cal State LA (55 points, 1 divisional title vote) was second, Cal Poly Pomona (33) was fifth, and Cal State Dominguez Hills (12) rounded out the South Division in sixth.

The race in the North Division is predicted to be tighter. San Francisco State earned 65 points and six divisional title votes to take the top slot. Stanislaus State (62, 3) was a close second. Cal State Monterey Bay (46, 1) placed third, Cal State East Bay (44, 2) was fourth, Chico State (43) and Sonoma State (43, 1) tied for fifth, and Humboldt State (12) was seventh.

New this season, volleyball will crown a regular season champion as well as a CCAA Tournament victor. The top four teams in each division earn a spot in the bracket, with seeding determined by CCAA winning percentage rather than by regional demarcations, also new for 2019. The winner of the tourney, which will be hosted by Cal State San Bernardino, earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship field.

With eight new players on the roster in 2018, UC San Diego went 11-12 overall and 7-10 in the CCAA, placing fifth in the South Division.

In 2019, the Tritons return three All-CCAA performers in middle blocker Jessica Rieble (first team) and outside hitters Gina Cortesi (honorable mention) and Cindy Tran (honorable mention). In total, nine letter winners are back including liberos Susanna Limb and Alyson Penrose as well as setter Brie Severino, middle blocker Claudia Mathews, and outside hitters Sydney Tekstra and Rebecca Whitney. The roster is filled out by seven first-year Tritons - three transfers and four true freshmen.

UC San Diego opens its season Sept. 6-7 in Alaska as it competes in the UAA Invitational. The Tritons then return to La Jolla to host the six-team West Region Showcase Sept. 12-14 inside RIMAC Arena. 

Tickets for home matches are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors (65+), children/youth (4-17), visiting college students, military, and UC San Diego faculty/staff/alumni. UC San Diego students and children 3 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available for purchase at the RIMAC Arena box office starting one hour prior to the match.

All home matches will be streamed live by ESPN3 and will also be covered by live stats.

For the complete 2019 season schedule, click here.

Beginning in July of 2020, the entire UC San Diego athletics program begins a four-year transition to full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.

NORTH DIVISION
Rank Institution Points Divisional Title Votes
1. San Francisco State 65 6
2. Stanislaus State 62 3
3. Cal State Monterey Bay 46 1
4. Cal State East Bay 44 2
T5. Chico State 43 0
T5. Sonoma State 43 1
7. Humboldt State 12 0
SOUTH DIVISION
Rank Institution Points Divisional Title Votes
1. Cal State San Bernardino 67 12
2. Cal State LA 55 1
T3. Cal State San Marcos 35 0
T3. UC San Diego 35 0
5. Cal Poly Pomona 33 0
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills 12 0

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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, begin a four-year transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego scholar-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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, almost 1,400 UC San Diego scholar-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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