Tritons Take Two on Opening Day of West Region Showcase
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Serving as host of the West Region Volleyball Showcase, the University of California San Diego won two matches Thursday at RIMAC Arena, defeating Saint Martin's and Montana State Billings, both in straight sets.
Scores against MSU Billings went 25-11, 25-16, and 25-23. In the early match against SMU, the scores were 25-15, 25-20, and 25-18.
The dual victories moved to the Tritons to 4-2 on the season.
Freshman Josie Collier totaled 15 kills while hitting a solid .481 on the day. The opposite hitter had eight kills vs. the Yellowjackets and another seven vs. the Saints. Sydney Tekstra had 10 kills against Montana State and dug eight balls in each match. Jessica Rieble amassed at least 10 points in both contests. She had eight kills and hit .438 against MSU Billings and racked up seven kills while attacking at a .500 clip against Saint Martin's.
As a team, UC San Diego hit .275 (42-14-102) against the Yellowjackets, its second-best offensive performance of the season.
Tourney action continues Friday as UC San Diego plays Concordia University Irvine at 7:30 p.m. Visit the tournament central page for a complete schedule as well as ticket information.
All of the Tritons' home matches this season will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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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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