Tritons Sweep No. 24 Cal State LA, Clinch Conference Tourney Berth
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Beating any team in three sets is always satisfying. Much more so when the victory comes against a nationally-ranked team and clinches your squad a berth in the conference tournament.
The University of California San Diego women's volleyball team did just that Friday night when it swept No. 24 Cal State LA to punch its ticket into the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament later this month.
Scores were 25-19, 25-17, and 25-17 at RIMAC Arena.
UC San Diego, which won its third consecutive match, improved to 16-7 overall and 10-5 in the CCAA. The Tritons are assured a top-four finish in the league's South Division, which in turn secures them a spot in the tourney.
Trinity Castaneda powered the UC San Diego offense, finishing with a match high 16 kills and a .625 (16-1-25) hitting percentage. Jessica Rieble, who came into the match ranked fourth in the country with her .416 hitting percentage, swung at .500 after putting down nine kills with no errors in 18 attack attempts. She also added eight blocks (two solo). Setter Isabela Dobra finished with 33 assists, eight digs, and four blocks, while Susanna Limb totaled a match best 12 digs.
The Tritons hit .307 (43-12-101) on the night and held the Golden Eagles to .102 (30-19-108), much of that do to the home team's 10-2 advantage in blocks. UC San Diego also held a 51-39 lead in digs.
For Cal State LA, Julia Azevedo had eight kills and Jeshmarie Suarez had 12 digs.
The victory avenged a three-set loss to Cal State LA back in early October. It was UC San Diego's first win against a ranked team since September of 2017 when the Tritons took down No. 4 Alaska Anchorage in five sets.
The eight-team CCAA Tournament is slated for Nov. 21-23. Tourney host Cal State San Bernardino as well as Cal State LA and Cal State San Marcos join UC San Diego as qualifiers from the South Division. From the North, Chico State, San Francisco State, and Stanislaus State are in. Cal State East Bay and Sonoma State will battle for the final spot. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA West Regional.
Undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation, Cal State San Bernardino downed Cal State Monterey Bay Friday to claim the CCAA regular season title.
UC San Diego's final home match of the year is Saturday, Nov. 9, as it takes on Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-9, 5-9) at 7 p.m. It will be Senior Night and Claudia Mathews, Alyson Penrose, Rieble, and Sydney Tekstra will be recognized prior to first serve.
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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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