Tritons Put Up a Fight but Fall to No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Facing the No. 1 ranked squad in the country, the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team battled but ultimately fell in straight sets to Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night at RIMAC Arena. Set scores were 25-12, 28-26, and 25-20.
UC San Diego dropped to 11-6 overall and 5-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). San Bernardino remained undefeated, improving to 16-0 on the season and 9-0 in conference play.
The Tritons struggled offensively, finishing with a .050 (29-24-101) hitting percentage, their second lowest of the year. Much of that was due to the Coyotes' 11 blocks. However, they managed to keep themselves in the match during sets two and three, which featured 22 tie scores and 10 lead changes.
Senior Jessica Rieble, who ranks 12th nationally in hitting percentage, swung at .500 with eight kills and one error in 14 attempts. She also contributed four blocks (one solo) and a service ace, giving her a team high 11.5 points on the night.
The Coyotes hit .263 (46-16-114). Alexis Cardoza, the 2018 CCAA Player of the Year, racked up 20 kills, seven digs, three aces, and three blocks. Sascha Dominique, who leads the country in hitting percentage, posted a .667 mark with 10 kills and no errors in 15 swings. She also registered eight blocks (one solo) at the net.
UC San Diego hosts a pair of conference matches next week at RIMAC Arena, entertaining Chico State on Friday, Oct. 18, and Stanislaus State on Saturday, Oct. 19. Both contests are scheduled for 7 p.m.
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