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Tritons Host #24 Cal State LA Friday, Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday for Senior Night

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THE SCHEDULE
Match 23
UC San Diego (15-7, 9-5) vs. No. 24 Cal State LA (15-6, 11-2)
Friday, Nov. 8 • 7 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
ESPN3Live Stats • Tickets

Match 24 - Senior Night
UC San Diego (15-7, 9-5) vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-8, 5-8)
Saturday, Nov. 9 • 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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NEW EVENT PARKING POLICIES
There have been recent changes to parking policies at UC San Diego and there is now a nominal charge for weekend parking in all lots. For UC San Diego Parking information, click here or download the Parkmobile smartphone or web application. 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 seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and can be purchased from the machines in the parking garage. To view a campus map, click here.

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SENIOR NIGHT
Prior to the start of Saturday's match, we will honor the four senior members of this year's team - Claudia Mathews, Alyson Penrose, Jessica Rieble, and Sydney Tekstra. Get to know the seniors by watching this video.

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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 LA Stats
Cal State Dominguez Hills Stats

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ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
• Cal State LA: 34-23
• Cal State Dominguez Hills: 55-4

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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 11/7)
North Division
T1. Chico State, 9-6
T1. Stanislaus State, 9-6
3. San Francisco State, 7-6
4. Sonoma State, 6-6
5. Cal State East Bay, 4-9
6. Humboldt State, 1-12
7. Cal State Monterey Bay, 1-13

South Division
1. Cal State San Bernardino, 14-0
2. Cal State LA, 11-2
3. UC San Diego, 9-5
4. Cal State San Marcos, 8-5
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-8
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 4-10

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CCAA TOURNAMENT SNAPSHOT
Entering Friday's matches, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State LA from the South Division have already clinched spots in the eight-team CCAA Tournament. Cal Poly Pomona has been eliminated, leaving UC San Diego, Cal State San Marcos, and Cal State Dominguez Hills still in the hunt for the remaining two berths from the South. A win in either of the Tritons' two matches this week or a Cal State Dominguez Hills loss (at Cal State San Marcos, at UC San Diego) will land them a spot. In the North Division, no team has secured a place in the tourney. Cal State Monterey Bay and Humboldt State have been eliminated from contention. 

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NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS
The first NCAA West Region rankings of the season were recently released. The top eight teams from the region qualify for the NCAA Tournament, with the winner of the CCAA Tournament earning an automatic berth.
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. Western Washington
3. Cal State LA
4. Alaska Anchorage
5. UC San Diego
6. Central Washington
7. Simon Fraser
8. Cal State San Marcos
9. Hawai'i Hilo
10. Azusa Pacific

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SHINING STAR
Jessica Rieble was tabbed a Star of the Month for October by the San Diego Sports Association. Rieble hit .462 and averaged 3.7 points, 2.9 kills, and 1.1 blocks per set - all team bests - over nine matches in October. In her best outing of the month, the senior middle blocker put down a career high 19 kills and matched her career best with 23 points in a home win against conference opponent Stanislaus State. It is Rieble's second Star of the Month accolade as she was honored in August of 2018.

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RIEBLE TABBED NATIONAL AND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
On Oct. 22, Jessica Rieble was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week as well as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week. Rieble had a monster week, leading UC San Diego to a pair of conference victories at home. The senior middle blocker posted team highs in kills (29), kills/set (4.1), hitting percentage (.591), blocks (9), blocks/set (1.3), points (34), and points/set (4.9). Rieble established new career-highs with 19 kills and 23 points in a four set win against Stanislaus State. She hit .692, the best by any Triton this season, and added six blocks versus the Warriors. The night prior, Rieble had 10 kills and three blocks with a .444 hitting percentage as UC San Diego swept Chico State. Rieble entered the matches with a .406 hitting percentage, which ranked fifth nationally. Following the wins, she upped that number to .433, the third-best in the country. Rieble is just the second Triton to ever earn the AVCA's weekly honor and the first since the program moved to NCAA Division II status in 2000. Christine Chi garnered the award in 1995 when UC San Diego was competing at the Division III level. It is the second CCAA weekly award in Rieble's career as she also won it on Sept. 17 of this season.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY
Nationally, Jessica Rieble ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.416), 62nd in blocks/set (1.1), and 89th in total blocks (84). As a team, UC San Diego ranks 50th in blocks/set (2.1), 51st in hitting percentage (.228), 73rd in aces/set (1.8), 76th in kills/set (12.9), and 84th in assists/set (11.8).

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA
(conference matches only)
5. Hitting Percentage, .229
5. Blocks/Set, 2.2
6. Assists/Set, 11.7
6. Aces/Set, 1.7
8. Kills/Set, 12.7
9. Digs/Set, 13.6

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TRITONS IN THE CCAA
(conference matches only)
3. Jessica Rieble, Hitting Percentage (.420)
3. Isabela Dobra, Assists/Set (9.2)
5. Isabela Dobra, Aces/Set (0.5)
5. Jessica Rieble, Blocks/Set (1.1)
7. Jessica Rieble, Points/Set (3.6)

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THE REIS CUP
On Oct. 4, UC San Diego defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-1, in the seventh annual Reis Cup. The event is named in remembrance of former Triton volleyball player Karen Reis (2006-09), who passed away in 2012. Sydney Tekstra collected her third double double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. She hit .320 and added four blocks en route to being named the Reis Cup MVP. The win moved the Tritons to 5-2 in Reis Cup matches.

• 10/4/19: UC San Diego 3, Cal State Monterey Bay 1
• 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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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 19 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)

Isabela Dobra (4)
• 11/2 vs. Cal State San Marcos (36a, 10d)
• 10/19 vs. Stanislaus State (51a, 15d)
• 10/11 at Cal Poly Pomona (43a, 23d)
• 9/27 vs. Cal Poly Pomona (34a, 10d)

Emily Hubbard (3)
• 11/2 vs. Cal State San Marcos (12k, 11d)
• 10/19 vs. Stanislaus State (12k, 14d)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (15k, 16d)

Sydney Tekstra (3)
• 10/4 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (11k, 10d)
• 9/14 vs. Academy of Art (22k, 21d)
• 9/7 at Alaska Anchorage (13k, 12d)

Gina Cortesi (2)
• 10/4 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (13k,12d)
• 9/6 vs. Regis (12k, 13d)

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

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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
(11/4)
1. Cal State San Bernardino
2. Nebraska-Kearney
3. Washburn
4. Western Washington
5. Minnesota Duluth
6. Concordia-St. Paul
7. Northern State
8. St. Cloud State
9. Regis
10. Central Missouri
11. Hillsdale
12. Lewis
13. Wayne State
14. Northwest Missouri State
15. Wheeling
16. Winona State
17. Angelo State
18. Southwest Minnesota State
19. Ferris State
T20. Michigan Tech
T20. Rockhurst
22. Upper Iowa
23. Missouri-St. Louis
24. Cal State LA
25. Tampa

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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
The regular season comes to a close next week as UC San Diego travels to North County San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 15, to take on Cal State San Marcos at 5 p.m. The CCAA Tournament runs Nov. 21-23 at Cal State San Bernardino's Coussoulis Arena.

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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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