Nov. 20, 2008

Courtesy UC San Diego Athletics

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The 11th-ranked UC San Diego women's volleyball team took the first two sets against No. 21 Cal State L.A., but could not close out the victory, falling to the Golden Eagles 24-26, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA West Regional in San Bernardino. The Tritons held a 12-8 lead in the fifth set, but CSULA rallied to take the match. UCSD was led by Rebecca Bailey with 21 kills, while Sylvia Schmidt and Katie Condon added 13 kills apiece. The Tritons finish the year with a 21-7 record, while Cal State L.A. improves to 21-7.

The Golden Eagles advance to face Cal Poly Pomona in the West Region semifinals.

Elaine Chen finished the night with 60 assists, six digs and four kills. Hillary Williamson and Kimberly Carpenter added eight kills apiece. Carpenter sent down four of her kills in the fifth set.

In the first set, the Tritons opened up an early seven point advantage at 12-5 which included three Bailey kills and aces by Williamson and Torres. After CSULA came back within 12-8, Williamson and Condon sent down kills to give the Tritons a 14-8 lead. A Kaitlin Potter kill forced the Golden Eagles to call their final timeout, trailing the Tritons 18-13. CSULA would rally to score the next six points and take its first lead of the set at 19-18 and the Tritons called their final timeout.

Trailing 20-18, a Kimberly Carpenter kill put an end to the seven point run and brining UCSD within one. With the Golden Eagles leading 22-20, Condon recorded a kill and Schmidt tied it at 22-22. CSULA followed with consecutive kills to force game point. Condon sent down a kill and a CSULA error tied the set at 24-24. Bailey and Schmidt followed with a huge block, giving the Tritons a shot at set point. A CSULA attack went wide as the Tritons captured the first set 26-24.

UCSD opened up a 14-9 lead in set two as Bailey and Condon combined for six kills. Cal State L.A. would come back within 14-12 but the Tritons scored four of the next five points to lead 18-13. Condon had an ace and Bailey a kill in that stretch. From that point, UCSD went on a 6-3 run to take a commanding 24-16 lead. Schmidt sent down the final kill at 25-19 UCSD.

The second set win gave the Tritons a perfect 17-for-17 record in the second set after winning the first set of matches this year.

In the third set, the first three-point lead came after Bailey recorded a kill and a block assists with Potter for the 15-12 advantage. The next four kills would be by four different Tritons as UCSD extended the lead to 21-16. CSULA made a late run, scoring five straight points to come within 23-22. Williamson sent down a kill to give the Tritons match point, but CSULA responded with a kill and ace to tie the set at 24-24. The Golden Eagles responded with a kill and a block to force the fourth set at 26-24 CSULA.

Set four was all CSULA early on as the Golden Eagles led 12-7. The Tritons scored the next five points to make it a new set, tying it up at 12-12 after a Karen Reis ace. CSULA regained a 17-15 lead after UCSD tied the set. The Tritons scored the next three points to take their first lead at 18-17. Tied at 20-20, Schmidt put the Tritons ahead 21-20. After CSULA tied it, Bailey sent down a kill for the 22-21 lead. CSULA followed with a kill and block to regain the lead at 23-22. A Bailey kill retied the game before a CSULA kill gave the Golden Eagles the 24-23 lead. A Triton attack error gave CSULA the fourth set win, forcing the fifth at 25-23.

The Tritons led 8-4 in the fifth set as Kimberly Carpenter recorded three kills in the stretch. After a CSULA timeout, Carpenter recorded two more kills and Schmidt added one and the Tritons led 11-7 as CSULA called its final timeout. The Golden Eagles scored three of the next four points to come within 12-10. After a UCSD timeout, CSULA came back to tie the set at 12-12 and the Tritons called their final timeout. Tied at 13-13, CSULA recorded a kill to force match point 14-13. A UCSD attack error closed the match in favor of CSULA 15-13.