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The Tritons are now 5-2 in Reis Cup matches.

Strong Hitting and Blocking Lead to Reis Cup Win vs. Cal State Monterey Bay

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - A season high hitting percentage and a strong block led the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay Friday night in the seventh annual Reis Cup at RIMAC Arena. Scores of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contest went 25-18, 25-13, 22-25, and 25-18.

UC San Diego, which won its second league match of the week, upped its overall record to 10-4 while moving to 4-2 in the CCAA. The Tritons are now 5-2 in the Reis Cup, named in remembrance of former player Karen Reis (2006-09), who passed away in 2012. 

With 52 kills and just 14 errors in 119 attack attempts, UC San Diego finished with a .319 hitting percentage, its highest since late October of 2018. In addition to the potent offense, the Tritons also logged 10 blocks and held their opponent to a .113 (39-24-133) attack. They also accumulated 61 digs to the Otters' 48.

"I thought we came out and played well," said UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties. "The first two sets, we did a really good job of staying focused and putting the pressure on them.

Three Tritons had a double figure kill total including Gina Cortesi (13), Jessica Rieble (12), and Sydney Tekstra (11).

Tekstra, named the Reis Cup MVP, led all players with 16.5 points by adding a service ace and five blocks, four of those solo stuffs. She notched her third double double of the season with 10 digs and hit .320 (11-3-25).

Rieble hit a torrid .611 (12-1-18), while Cortesi picked up her second double of the year with 12 digs.

Isabela Dobra had 23 assists and Susanna Limb had 17 helpers. Dobra added three aces and seven digs and libero Alyson Penrose led the Tritons defensively with 15 digs. Freshman Josie Collier also had a nice night, hitting .500 with nine kills and a single error in 16 swings.

"I think we really buckled down on our passing towards the end of the match," said Tekstra. "I think our energy on and off the court really changed towards the end of it, too."

Cal State Monterey Bay (5-8, 1-5) got nine kills apiece from Baylie Pierson and Jenna Tobin. Madi Lombardi had a match best 18 digs.

UC San Diego, which defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills on the road Tuesday, faces a very tough schedule next week. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Tritons play at Cal State LA (8-4, 4-0) followed by another away match at Cal Poly Pomona (4-9, 2-4) on Friday, Oct. 11. Undefeated Cal State San Bernardino (13-0, 6-0), the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, visits RIMAC Arena on Saturday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m.).

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