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Isabela Dobra

Tritons Host Cal State Monterey Bay Friday for Reis Cup

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UC SAN DIEGO SCHEDULE
Match 14 - Reis Cup
UC San Diego (9-4, 3-2) vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (5-8, 1-5)
Friday, Oct. 4 • 7 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
ESPN3Live Stats • Tickets

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EVENT TICKETS
Tickets for regular season home matches may be purchased from the RIMAC Arena Box Office starting one hour prior to the start of the contest. Prices are as follows:
• UC San Diego student with valid ID: FREE
• General admission (13-64): $8
• Senior citizen (65+): $5
• Children (3-12): $5
• Under 3: FREE
• Visiting student with valid ID: $5
• UC San Diego faculty/staff with valid ID: $5
• UC San Diego Alumni Association member: $5
• Military with valid ID: $5

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EVENT PARKING
Fans coming to RIMAC Arena are encouraged to park in the Hopkins parking structure located at 9730 Hopkins Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093. Parking permits are required Monday-Friday, 24 hours per day, and can be purchased from the machines in the parking garage. Parking is free on Saturday and Sundays through Nov. 1. To view a campus map, click here.

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WATCH US ON THE WORLDWIDE LEADER
Every one of UC San Diego's home matches this season will be broadcast live on ESPN3. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually, at no additional cost to fans who access it using their “TV Everywhere” credentials from an affiliated high-speed internet or video subscription provider. Subscription service ESPN+ and ESPN3 are accessible through the ESPN app on computers, smartphones, tablets and most major streaming devices, as well as through ESPN.com.

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THE REIS CUP
Friday's match will be the seventh annual Reis Cup, established in 2013 in remembrance of former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis (2006-09), who passed away tragically in 2012. UC San Diego is 4-2 in Reis Cup matches. This will be the second Reis Cup contest against Cal State Monterey Bay, with the Tritons taking a 3-0 victory in 2014.

• 10/6/18: Cal Poly Pomona, 3, UC San Diego 1
• 10/13/17: UC San Diego 3, Cal Poly Pomona 1
• 9/24/16: UC San Diego 3, Cal State San Marcos 1
• 9/22/15: Cal State San Bernardino 3, UC San Diego 1
• 10/10/14: UC San Diego 3, Cal State Monterey Bay 0
• 10/11/13: UC San Diego 3, Cal State East Bay 1

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EARLIER THIS WEEK
Gina Cortesi put down 17 kills to lead UC San Diego to a straight set win against league rival Cal State Dominguez Hills Tuesday night at the Torodome in Los Angeles County. Scores were 25-20, 25-13, and 25-16. Cortesi, whose kill total was a match high as well as a season high, hit a stellar .560, committing just three errors in 25 attack attempts. She added nine digs, also a match best, as well as two solo blocks to her stat line. Five other players finished with at least three kills for the Tritons including Josie Collier with six and Sydney Tekstra with five. Utilizing a potent 6-2 offense, UC San Diego posted a .314 (38-11-86) hitting percentage, its second highest of the season. Splitting the setting duties, Isabela Dobra racked up 17 assists and Susanna Limb had 14. The Tritons, who held a 38-21 lead in digs and a 6-4 advantage in blocks, held the Toros to an .096 (27-18-94) attack. 

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RIEBLE RANKS
Nationally, Jessica Rieble ranks 19th in hitting percentage (.398), 47th in total blocks (49), and 59th in blocks per set (1.04).

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THE TRITONS
Starters Returning (5)
Gina Cortesi (Jr., OH)
Jessica Rieble (Sr., MB)
Brie Severino (So., S)
Sydney Tekstra (Sr., OH)
Cindy Tran (Sr., OH)

Starters Lost (1)
Micah Hammond (MB)

Primary Liberos Returning (2)
Susanna Limb (So.)
Alyson Penrose (Jr.)

Other Letterwinners Returning (2)
Claudia Mathews (Jr., MB)
Rebecca Whitney (So., OH)

Other Letterwinners Lost (8)
Mary Bagshaw (S)
Molly Dalziel (OH)
Kayla Evans (L)
Julia Jackson (MB)
Emily Kimball (OPP)
Morgan Kissick (OH/OPP)
Maria Mayhew (S)
Allison Tiegs (MB)

Newcomers (7)
Trinity Castaneda (So., OH)
Josie Collier (Fr., OPP)
Isabela Dobra (Jr., S)
Emily Hubbard (Jr., OH)
Dani Mason (Fr., MB/OPP)
Sarah Rieble (Fr., OH/OPP)
Marin Willick (Fr., OH)

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STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
UC San Diego Stats
Cal State Monterey Bay Stats

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ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENT
• Cal State Monterey Bay: 24-3

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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 10/3)
North Division
1. Chico State, 3-1
1. San Francisco State, 3-1
3. Sonoma State, 2-1
4. Stanislaus State, 2-2
5. Humboldt State, 1-3
6. Cal State Monterey Bay, 1-4
7. Cal State East Bay, 0-4

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 4-0
1. Cal State LA, 2-0
3. Cal Poly Pomona, 2-2
3. Cal State San Marcos, 2-2
3. UC San Diego, 2-2
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 0-2

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CCAA OPENERS
After defeating Cal State East Bay on Sept. 20, UC San Diego moved to 14-5 in conference openers since becoming a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for the 2000 season.

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RIEBLE EARNS FIRST WEEKLY CCAA HONOR OF CAREER
Senior Jessica Rieble was named the CCAA Women's Volleyball Player of the Week on Sept. 17 for the first time in her career. Rieble helped lead UC San Diego to a tournament best 4-0 record at the six team West Region Showcase in La Jolla. Over the four matches at RIMAC Arena, Rieble hit .440 while averaging 3.7 points, 2.7 kills, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 digs per set. Her hitting percentage and blocking average ranked second among all tourney players. Rieble totaled 16 points against Concordia University Irvine and 10.5 points vs. Saint Martin's, both match highs. Nine of her 20 blocks came against Concordia with that total just one short of her career high. The Pleasanton, Calif., native was named to the all-tournament team for her outstanding performances. UC San Diego posted victories over Saint Martin's, Montana State Billings, Concordia, and Academy of Art.

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TEKSTRA NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Senior Sydney Tekstra has been named to two all-tournament teams already this season, garnering the honor at UC San Diego's West Region Showcase as well as the Seawolf Invitational at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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CHASE THE ACE
UC San Diego put down 14 service aces against Concord on Sept. 6. That was the team's most in 10 years since accumulating the same number against Saginaw Valley State back in 2009.

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THE FIRST TIME OUT
Here's a list of first year Tritons that have made their debuts this season.
• Trinity Castaneda: 9/6 vs. Concord
• Josie Collier: 9/6 vs. Concord
• Isabela Dobra: 9/20 at Cal State East Bay
• Emily Hubbard: 9/6 vs. Concord
• Sarah Rieble: 9/6 vs. Concord
• Marin Willick: 9/6 vs. Concord 

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DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Six Tritons have accounted for 12 double-doubles this season.

Susanna Limb (5)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (48a, 14d)
• 9/13 vs. Concordia Irvine (26a, 14d)
• 9/12 vs. Saint Martin's (17a, 10d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (23a, 16d)
• 9/6 vs. Regis (32a, 14d)

Brie Severino (2)
• 9/13 vs. Concordia Irvine (19a, 10d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (21a, 10d)

Sydney Tekstra (2)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (22k, 21d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (13k, 12d)

Gina Cortesi (1)
• 9/6 vs. Regis (12k, 13d)

Isabela Dobra (1)
• 9/27 vs. Cal Poly Pomona (34a, 10d)

Emily Hubbard (1)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (15k, 16d)

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MOVIN' ON UP
UC San Diego is in its 20th and final year playing as an NCAA Division II team and as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play. During the transition, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing remain eligible for postseason as those teams currently compete against Division I programs for a combined-division national championship.

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NEW LOOKS FOR THE CCAA
New this season in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), volleyball will crown a regular season champion as well as a tournament victor. The top four teams in each of the two divisions earn a spot in the tourney 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 Nov. 21-23, earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship field.

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2019 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
North Division
1. San Francisco State, 65 points (6 divisional title votes)
2. Stanislaus State, 62 (3)
3. Cal State Monterey Bay, 46 (1)
4. Cal State East Bay, 44 (2)
T-5. Chico State, 43
T-5. Sonoma State, 43 (1)
7. Humboldt State, 12

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 67 (12)
2. Cal State LA, 55 (1)
T-3. Cal State San Marcos, 35
T-3. UC San Diego, 35
5. Cal Poly Pomona, 33
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 12

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AVCA NATIONAL POLL
(9/30)
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. Western Washington
3. Minnesota Duluth
4. Nebraska-Kearney
5. Washburn
6. Lewis
7. Concordia-St. Paul
8. Southwest Minnesota State
9. Northern State
10. Northwest Missouri State
11. Rockhurst
12. St. Cloud State
13. Central Missouri
14. Tarleton State
15. Wayne State
16. Ferris State
17. Regis
18. Hillsdale
19. Sioux Falls
20. Wheeling
21. Texas A&M-Commerce
22. Upper Iowa
T-23. Colorado School of Mines
T-23. Wingate
25. Barry

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UC SAN DIEGO IN 2018
Overall: 11-12
CCAA: 7-10 (5th in South Division)
Home: 5-4
Away: 4-6
Neutral: 2-2
Postseason: none
Points Leader: Jessica Rieble (3.47)
Kills Leader: Gina Cortesi (2.85)
Hitting Percentage Leader: Jessica Rieble (.377)
Assists Leader: Maria Mayhew (6.48)
Service Aces Leader: Susanna Limb/Cindy Tran (0.31)
Digs Leader: Susanna Limb (3.89)
Blocks Leader: Jessica Rieble (1.28)

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2018 HONORS
• Gina Cortesi: CCAA Honorable Mention, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Molly Dalziel: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Kayla Evans: CCAA All-Academic
• Micah Hammond: All-CCAA Second Team
• Julia Jackson: CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Morgan Kissick: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Susanna Limb: CCAA All-Academic
• Alyson Penrose: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic
• Jessica Rieble: All-CCAA Second Team, CCAA Fall All-Academic, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for August
• Allison Tiegs: CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic, National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree, UC San Diego Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award winner
• Cindy Tran: CCAA Honorable Mention, CCAA All-Academic, CCAA Fall All-Academic

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FINAL 2018 CCAA STANDINGS
North Division
Cal State East Bay, 11-7 (16-13)
Cal State Monterey Bay, 11-7 (16-10)
Stanislaus State, 9-9 (16-11)
San Francisco State, 9-9 (14-12)
Chico State, 7-11 (14-12)
Sonoma State, 4-14 (8-19)
Humboldt State, 0-18 (3-23)

South Division
Cal State San Bernardino, 16-1 (28-3)
Cal Poly Pomona, 14-3 (24-6)
Cal State LA, 13-4 (22-6)
Cal State San Marcos, 9-8 (13-13)
UC San Diego, 7-10 (11-12)
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-13 (9-16)

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HEAD COACH RICCI LUYTIES
Entering his 10th season leading the Tritons in 2019, Ricci Luyties holds a 161-91 (.639) overall record and a 117-64 (.646) 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. 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.

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego faces a three match stretch next week, starting on the road at Cal State LA on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Tritons then play at Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, Oct. 11, before returning home to entertain No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m.).

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About UC San Diego Athletics
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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