Tritons Split Conference Away Matches

    The women’s volleyball team kicked off its road trip up north on Friday with a game against Humboldt State. Despite suffering its first loss of the season against Chico State last week, UCSD rebounded against the Lumberjacks beating Humboldt in straight sets.

    For the sixth time this season, UCSD held opponents to under a .100 attack percentage, with Humboldt — 5-8 overall and 2-7 in the CCAA — hitting a mere .065 for the match.

    UCSD middles junior Julia Freidenberg and freshman Lauren Demos both had a hand in the success of the Triton defense, with four blocks combined in the game.

    The Tritons recorded 44 kills, as well as only 15 errors in 116 attempts for the match.

    Senior outside hitter Katie Condon totaled 10 kills, while senior setter Roxanne Brunsting achieved her eighth double-double of the season with 16 assists and 15 digs.

    “I was pleased by the way we played,” head coach Ricci Luyties said. “We were definitely focused and ready to play that match, and I think we played pretty well.”

    On Saturday, the Tritons were upset 3-1 by the Sonoma State Seawolves. The loss dropped the team to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the CCAA, where UCSD sits in fourth place.

    UCSD hit a paltry .162 — their second-lowest percentage of the season — while the Seawolves hit a .275, along with 59 kills and 17 errors in 153 attacks.

    “The ball control, serving and passing was won by them, and that makes a big difference in volleyball,” said Luyties. “I think that was the main difference in the match.”

    The Tritons began the match with a 0.31 hitting percentage, resulting in an easy set won 25-31 by the Seawolves.

    The Tritons pulled closer but narrowly dropped the second set 25-23, and then took the third set 19-25. Although the Tritons dug themselves out of the deficit by forcing the fourth set, the Seawolves put it away at 25-18.

    Condon and Brunsting posted big numbers — with Condon picking up her fourth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 12 digs and Brunsting recording a match-high of 18 digs — though it wasn’t
    enough to pull out the win.

    The Tritons come back home this Wednesday, Oct. 5 to face undefeated 13-0 Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m.

    “We know that we have to keep working hard and that the games are all going to be tough, and every one we’re going to play in our conference is very good. We’re just trying to get better everyday, and I think if we do that we’ll be good,” said Luyties.

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