BIG Third Set Comeback Leads to Sweep Over Cal State San Marcos
LA JOLLA, Calif. - A huge comeback in the third set lifted the University of California San Diego women's volleyball team to a sweep of cross county and conference rival Cal State San Marcos Saturday night. Scores from RIMAC Arena were 25-22, 25-22, and 25-21.
UC San Diego improved to 15-7 on the season, but more importantly elevated its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) record to 9-5, which allowed the Tritons to leapfrog the Cougars (14-8, 8-5) and take over third place in the league's South Division standings. The top four teams from each of the conference's two divisions qualify for the CCAA Tournament later in November.
Up 2-0 in the match but down 16-5 in the third set, UC San Diego used a 16-3 run to rocket in front by a score of 21-19. Jessica Rieble had two kills and three blocks while younger sister Sarah Rieble totaled two kills during the spree. Gina Cortesi, who served six of the points, had a kill, two blocks, and an ace and Emily Hubbard added two kills. The explosion finally ended on a service error, but the Tritons scored four of the next five points to complete the come from behind set win to earn the sweep.
Hubbard, who hit .310, finished her night with 12 kills and 11 digs for her third double double of the year. Setter Isabela Dobra also had a double double, her fourth of the season, with 36 assists and 10 digs. She also put down three service aces. Trinity Castaneda had 12 kills, Rieble totaled seven kills and six blocks (one solo), and Cortesi came away with seven kills, three aces, five digs, and three blocks. Libero Alyson Penrose amassed 17 digs.
UC San Diego hit .252 with 45 kills and 15 errors in 119 attack attempts.
The Cougars, who have never won at RIMAC Arena in four attempts, hit .204 and held advantages in blocks (8-6) and digs (53-48). Micah Hebert led all players with 15 kills and Emily Vander Weide had a match best 19 digs.
With just three matches remaining in the regular season, UC San Diego next plays host to Cal State LA on Friday, Nov. 8, and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, Nov. 9. Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. start and Saturday will also be Senior Night at RIMAC Arena. For ticket info, click here. All home matches are broadcast live by ESPN3.
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