Volleyball splits during road trip

    The UCSD women’s volleyball team had an up and down weekend, taking only one out of two CCAA games during its latest road trip.

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    The Tritons began the weekend with a win over Chico State on Friday night before losing a heartbreaking match to UC Davis on Saturday night at Upper Hickey Gym.

    The five-game loss to the Aggies dropped UCSD to 7-2 in the CCAA and 12-4 overall.

    UC Davis, lifted to 6-5 in the CCAA and 10-7 overall with the win, jumped out to an early start, hitting .364 as a team in the first game to score a 30-24 win.

    The Tritons were down, but certainly not out. UCSD had 18 kills and only one hitting error for an amazing .607 hitting percentage to carry the second game, 30-21.

    After being down by as many as eight points early in the game, UC Davis fought back to knot the game at 30 before pulling away for a critical 32-30 win in the third game. The Aggies fought off five game points to take the win.

    The Tritons took game four 30-25 behind the strong hitting of Laura Santerre, who had four kills and an ace in the game. She finished the match with six kills.

    Neither team could pull away in the deciding fifth game as the lead was never more than two points throughout the entire game. At one point, UCSD led the game, 10-8, but UC Davis clawed its way back to a 14-12 lead. After Jessica Bartter held off the game point with a kill to move the Tritons to within one, her serve sailed wide left to give the Aggies the match.

    UCSD was led by Jennie Wilson’s 15 kills. Teresa Ohta also led the Tritons with a match-high 39 assists. Stacy Dunsmore added 10 kills in the losing effort.

    UC Davis was led by Becky Olson’s career-high 22 kills. Kim Evans added a career-high 11 kills.

    Just one night earlier, UCSD dismantled Chico State, 3-1, in a CCAA match in Acker Gym.

    The Tritons took the first two games, 30-23 and 33-31, respectively, before the Wildcats fought back to take the third game, 30-27. UCSD closed out the final in dominating fashion, 30-14.

    Santerre and Kathleen Hentz led the Tritons with 14 kills apiece.

    Lindsey Karkula led Chico State, who fell to 6-4 in the CCAA and 10-7 overall, with 13 kills.

    UCSD’s next match will be at home Oct. 12 against San Francisco State. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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