Tritons Defeat Cal Poly Pomona on the Road
POMONA, Calif. - Jessica Rieble had a match high 15 kills and Gina Cortesi added 14 as the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win at conference opponent Cal Poly Pomona Friday evening. Scores from Kellogg Arena were 13-25, 25-22, 25-22, and 25-11.
After hitting just .118 in the opening set, UC San Diego turned up its offensive output and hit .358 the rest of the way to secure the win and improve to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
"I'm really proud of how we turned it around after the first set," said UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties. "We started with too many unforced errors, but got better each set while also making the necessary plays in crunch time."
Rieble finished with 18.5 points as she tacked on four blocks (one solo) and a service ace to her kill total. The senior, who entered the match ranked 12th nationally in hitting percentage (.403), swung at .393 (15-4-28) Friday.
Cortesi ended her night with 17 points as she had four blocks (two solos). She hit .250 (14-5-36) and totaled seven digs.
Freshman Josie Collier amassed a season best 12 points on eight kills, three blocks (one solo), and two aces while hitting .412 (8-1-17). Trinity Castaneda had nine kills while setter Isabela Dobra had 43 assists and a match high 23 digs. Her dig total was the most by any Triton in a four set match this season and tied for the second most overall.
As a team, the Tritons hit .295 (55-17-129) and had seven service aces. They also held a 60-53 advantage in digs.
Trailing 21-16 in the third set, UC San Diego used a powerful 9-1 run to take the frame and go up 2-1 in the match. Collier had three kills and a block during the outburst. The Tritons carried the momentum into and throughout the fourth set, hitting .462 with 15 kills and just three errors in 26 attacks. They scored nine of the final 11 points of the set.
Cal Poly Pomona (4-11, 2-6) was led by Ally Wilder's 12 kills. Brynn Sherbert had 16 digs for the Broncos, who hit .209 (44-17-109).
Both teams finished with eight blocks.
UC San Diego faces a huge test Saturday as it hosts undefeated Cal State San Bernardino (15-0, 8-0), the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, at RIMAC Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Coyotes, who defeated Cal State San Marcos in four sets Friday, downed the Tritons in straight sets on Sept. 28 in San Bernardino.
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