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Balanced Attack Nets Tritons 3-2 Win vs. Concordia

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Four players totaled at least 10 kills to lead the University of California San Diego men's volleyball team to a 3-2 victory against Concordia University Irvine in a non-conference match Friday night at RIMAC Arena.

Scores were 27-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25, and 15-13 in favor of UC San Diego (4-6).

Several Tritons registered career-highs in the match.

Wyatt Harrison amassed a career- and match-high 23 kills, the most by any Triton in a single contest this year, while also adding eight digs and five blocks.

Collin Shannon had a career-high 17 kills on .448 (17-4-29) hitting. He tacked on a career-best 11 digs for his first-ever double-double.

Xander Jimenez followed with 11 kills and Vlad Pesic equaled a career-high with 10 kills to go along with 10 blocks, also a career-high. It was his first double-double as well.

Setter Connor Walbrecht joined the career-high party with 53 assists.

Defensively, libero Ryan Lew led all players with 19 digs, one short of his career-best.

In its first five-set match of 2019, UC San Diego hit .274 with 72 kills and 27 errors in 164 attack attempts. The Tritons hit over .300 in sets three, four, and five. They held a 57-47 advantage in digs and had a season-high 14.5 blocks. The team has finished with a double-digit block total in its last two matches.

Concordia (4-8) attacked at .217 (57-24-152) and had 15.5 blocks. Jordan Hoppe paced the Eagles with 19 kills and Hunter Howell was strong at the net, collecting nine blocks (three solos).

The two squads will meet again on March 8 in Irvine.

Continuing its current six-match home stand, UC San Diego plays host to UC Santa Cruz (6-6) Saturday at 7 p.m. The Banana Slugs were swept by Concordia Thursday in Irvine.

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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, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-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 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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