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La Jolla, California - UC San Diego faces a huge, three-match week. It starts on the road Tuesday at Cal State LA with a battle that features the top-two teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association's South Division. Friday, UCSD travel to play at Cal State San Bernardino, the 19th-ranked team in the country. The Tritons welcome Cal Poly Pomona to RIMAC Arena Saturday during UC San Diego's Homecoming/Hall of Fame Weekend.

Overall: 9-6
CCAA: 6-1
Home: 5-4
Away: 2-1
Neutral: 2-1

Match 16
at Cal State LA (10-6, 6-2 CCAA)
Tuesday, Oct. 11 • 7:00 p.m.
Eagles Nest • Los Angeles
Live Stats | Live Video

Match 17
at No. 19 Cal State San Bernardino (10-4, 4-2 CCAA)
Friday, Oct. 14 • 7:00 p.m.
Coussoulis Arena • San Bernardino, Calif.
Live Stats

Match 18
vs. Cal Poly Pomona (4-11, 0-6 CCAA)
Saturday, Oct. 15 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats | Live Video

Tickets to all home matches are available at the main entrance to RIMAC Arena beginning one hour prior to start time.
• General Admission - $8
• Children 7+/Seniors 65+/Visiting Students - $5
• UC San Diego Students/Children Under 7 - FREE
• UCSD Alumni Association Member - $5

For the second-straight season, UC San Diego's home matches will be streamed live at A season pass can be purchased for $34.99, which gives users access to all live events (baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo and more) for the entire 2016-17 academic year. In addition, a single day pass is available for $5.99. Broadcasts are free for users connected to a UCSD network. The multi-camera production comes to you in high definition with full audio commentary, and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers. UC San Diego alum and former baseball pitcher Tim Strombel will primarily handle the play-by-play duties and will be joined by an array of guests.

All home matches will also be covered by live stats. Most away contests will feature live stats and live video streams.

This week is UC San Diego's Homecoming, and the Athletics Department has a great weekend of events planned. Aside from home men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo games, there are many alumni functions as well as the celebration and induction of this year's Athletic Hall of Fame class.

UCSD Athletics is giving away a wireless speaker system! Pick up a free Trident sticker at Wednesday night's water polo game (6 p.m.) and show your Triton spirit by sticking it on your computer, a notebook or any school-related item. On Monday, a UCSD Athletics representative will be out on campus looking for people displaying the sticker. One lucky fan will win the grand prize, a $150 wireless speaker system, courtesy of the UCSD Bookstore!

Prior to the start of Saturday night's match, banners will be unveiled at RIMAC Arena for each of the members of the UC San Diego Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2016. This year's inductees are J.J. Castner (men's cross country/track and field, 1992-96), Rick Nowak (baseball, 1986-88), Jennifer Watanabe (women's swimming and diving, 1999-03) and Pat Weishan (men's golf, 1983-87). The foursome will officially be inducted during a ceremony on Sunday.

Friday's match at Cal State San Bernardino will be the first time this season that UC San Diego has faced a nationally-ranked team. The Coyotes are 19th in this week's AVCA poll and have been ranked as high as 13th this year.

UC San Diego split its CCAA matches at home last week, defeating San Francisco State in straight sets before falling to Sonoma State in four. Click the links for complete recaps and box scores.
• UCSD 3, San Francisco State 0
• Sonoma State 3, UCSD 1

CCAA STANDINGS (through 10/10)
North Division
1. Chico State, 6-1
T-2. Sonoma State, 4-3
T-2. Stanislaus State, 4-3
4. Humboldt State, 3-3
T-5. Cal State East Bay, 3-5
T-5. Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-5
7. San Francisco State, 0-7

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

UC San Diego started its CCAA season at 6-0. It was just the third time ever and first since 2004 that the team won six straight to kick off its conference slate. The Tritons went 18-0 in 2004 and won their first six in 2001.

In UCSD's win against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sept. 16, the Tritons stonewalled the Toros at the net, holding a 19-11 advantage in blocks. It matched the team's highest stuff total during its NCAA Division II era (since 2000), last occurring in September of 2010.

A total of nine (seven freshmen, two transfers) UC San Diego players have made their Triton debuts in 2016, including Jessyca Beksa, Lindsey Chun, Simone Froley, Emily Kimball, Rachel Linden, Marie Paris, Alyson Penrose, Jessica Rieble and Allison Tiegs.

Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.50
Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.11
Hitting Percentage: Rebecca Seaberry, .278 (89-25-230)
Assists/Set: Marie Paris, 9.97
Aces/Set: Kayla Evans, 0.43
Digs/Set: Lindsey Chun, 4.73
Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.06

Team (all matches, top 50)
4. Attacks/Set, 40.92
9. Digs/Set, 19.17
16. Blocks/Set, 2.33
26. Kills/Set, 13.61
27. Assists/Set, 12.64
44. Blocks, 137.5

Individual (all matches, top 75)
8. Attacks/Set: Meagan Wright, 12.64
23. Kills/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.11
29. Points/Set: Meagan Wright, 4.50
31. Attacks: Meagan Wright, 708
58. Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.06
60. Kills: Meagan Wright, 230

Team (league matches only, top 3)
1. Digs/Set, 19.08
1. Blocks/Set, 2.46
2. Kills/Set, 14.23
2. Assists/Set, 13.12
3. Hitting Percentage, .246

Individual (league matches only, top 5)
4. Digs/Set: Lindsey Chun, 4.88
4. Blocks/Set: Jessica Rieble, 1.17
5. Hitting Percentage: Rebecca Seaberry, .358
5. Aces/Set: Kayla Evans, 0.45

Starters Returning (2 plus libero)
Amanda Colla (Jr., L): 4.63 d/s; 0.31 sa/s
Rebecca Seaberry (Jr., MB): 0.91 b/s
Meagan Wright (Sr., OH): First Team All-CCAA; 4.22 p/s; 3.77 k/s; 3.60 d/s

Starters Lost (4)
Kameron Cooper (MB): 2.76 p/s; 2.45 k/s 
Danielle Dahle (OH): All-America HM; First Team All-CCAA; 4.16 p/s; 3.63 k/s; 3.02 d/s
Alyssa McNeely (MB): 2.21 p/s; 1.65 k/s; 0.74 b/s
Heidi Sierks (S): Second Team All-West Region; First Team All-CCAA; 10.89 a/s; 3.23 d/s

Other Letterwinners Returning (4)
Molly Dalziel (So., OH); Kayla Evans (So., L); Morgan Kissick (So., OH); Shaelyn Perez (Sr., OH)

Newcomers (10)
Jessyca Beksa (Fr., OH); Lindsey Chun (Fr., L); Simone Froley (Fr., OPP); Emily Kimball (Fr., OPP); Rachel Linden (Jr., S); Marie Paris (Fr., S); Alyson Penrose (Fr., L); Katie Rademacher (Jr., OH); Jessica Rieble (Fr., MB); Allison Tiegs (So., MB)

Cal State LA comes into Tuesday night's match at 10-6 overall and 6-2 in the CCAA, in second place just behind UC San Diego in the South Division. The Eagles are 3-1 at home. Like UCSD, CSULA split its home matches last week, sweeping Cal State Monterey Bay before losing in five against Cal State East Bay. In the CCAA, the Eagles are second in hitting percentage (.250), third in kills/set (13.67), third in assists/set (12.83) and third in aces/set (1.61). Alma Serna ranks first in blocks/set (1.71), third in hitting percentage (.369) and fifth in kills/set (3.71) among all league players. Kelsey Molnar is second in assists/set (11.17).

UC San Diego is 33-18 all-time against Cal State LA. The Tritons have won the last four meetings, which includes a 3-1 victory this season in La Jolla. CSULA's last victory came in October of 2014 in Los Angeles.

Cal State San Bernardino, ranked 19th in the nation, enters Friday's meeting at 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA, good for third place in the South Division. The Coyotes played just once last week, sweeping Cal Poly Pomona on the road. They have played just once at home so far this season, beating Humboldt State in straight sets. As a team, CSUSB is hitting .219, the fourth-best among CCAA squads. Malika O'Brien leads the conference with her .431 attack percentage and Lauren Nicholson is second in kills/set (3.96). Jayann DeHoog is third in assists/set (10.40) and Abbey Vollkommer is third in aces/set (0.56).

The Tritons own a 35-28 lead in the all-time series, but the Coyotes have won 12 of the last 14 meetings. Last season, UCSD dropped two of three to CSUSB, including a CCAA Tournament semifinal match-up. 

Cal Poly Pomona, which plays at Cal State San Marcos Friday before coming to La Jolla Saturday, is currently 4-11 overall and winless in the CCAA at 0-6. CPP has been swept in all six league tilts and hasn't won a set since Sept. 14. The Broncos are hitting .148, while opponents come in at .192. Alexandra Gresham is the team's offensive leader, averaging 3.35 points/set. Deanna Blaine is averaging a team-high 2.78 kills/set, while Samantha Figueora is at a CCAA-leading 5.48 digs/set.

UC San Diego leads the all-time series against Cal Poly Pomona, 33-14. In 2015, the teams met three times during the regular season. CPP won the first in La Jolla, but UCSD was victorious in the next two, one in Pomona and the last at RIMAC Arena.   

1. Sonoma State, 78 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Stanislaus State, 57
3. Chico State, 55 (1)
4. Humboldt State, 47
5. San Francisco State, 35
6. Cal State East Bay, 22
7. Cal State Monterey Bay, 21

1. Cal State San Bernardino, 64 (9)
2. UC San Diego, 59 (4)
3. Cal Poly Pomona, 40
4. Cal State LA, 39
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 18
6. Cal State San Marcos, 17

Projected Tournament Teams
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State LA
Cal State San Bernardino (6 championship votes)
Chico State
Humboldt State
Sonoma State (3)
Stanislaus State
UC San Diego (4) 

Last season, UC San Diego went 20-12 overall and 14-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, placing third and earning the No. 3 seed in the first-ever league tournament, hosted by UCSD. After bowing out of the tourney in the semifinals, the Tritons secured a berth in the NCAA West Regional. They defeated 18th-ranked Sonoma State before losing to No. 16 Western Washington in the semis. During the course of 2015, UC San Diego totaled five victories against national top-25 squads. Outside hitter Danielle Dahle was named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention while setter Heidi Sierks garnered D2CCA All-West Region Second Team recognition. A trio of Tritons were tabbed All-CCAA First Team in Dahle, Sierks and outside Meagan Wright. 

Outside hitter Danielle Dahle ended her career last season as UC San Diego's all-time leader in kills (1,524) and attack attempts (4,636). She ranks fourth in career digs (1,289). In 2015, she became just the third Triton in program history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

Setter Heidi Sierks also wrapped up her career last season, finishing in the No. 2 spot for all-time assists (3,757) and No. 8 in digs (1,160) at UC San Diego.

Middle blocker Kameron Cooper was the third Triton to complete her career in 2015 and leave her name in UC San Diego's record book. She accumulated 303 total blocks over four seasons, good for seventh on the school's all-time list.

UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties is in his seventh season leading the Tritons. Luyties holds a 121-56 (.684) overall record and a 90-40 (.692) mark in CCAA matches through his first six campaigns. He recorded his 100th UCSD victory on Nov. 8, 2014, as the Tritons downed Humboldt State in four sets at RIMAC Arena. Luyties came to La Jolla after six seasons as head coach at Southern Mississippi. As a player, the setter led UCLA to four consecutive national titles and a pair of undefeated seasons. Luyties and Team USA won gold medals at the 1988 Olympics and 1987 Pan American Games. He was also a standout beach player, competing regularly on the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour. Luyties was inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

UC San Diego plays two matches next week, starting with another Tuesday night (Oct. 18) league contest on the road at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Tritons return to La Jolla to host Humboldt State on Friday, Oct. 21. Both contests are slated for a 7:00 p.m. first serve.