North vs South Crossover
The UCSD Tritons SENT IT all the way up to UC Santa Barbara (with a pit stop at the Jesse McCartney concert on Friday night of course). Saturday morning, the day was spent getting psyched to rip and dig some volleyballs into the less beautiful, white-ish sands of SB. The first match was against the home team, UC Santa Barbara, who couldn’t handle the SD storm that hit them. The play of the game was when the one and only Sylvia, the superhero of a Defensive Specialist, Lee shocked the crowd by finessing a back-row attack resulting in the kill of the weekend. She has never jumped as high as she did AFTER the ball hit the ground (from excitement). After the first of many great W’s for the team, they were pumped to play the team of giants – UCLA. The Bruins height didn’t scare them, but it did contribute to the temporary downfall of the Lady Tritons. Do not fret, the blue team will get a rematch this coming weekend at the Bruin’s home gym, making the inevitable revenge so much sweeter. After shaking off the loss, the team used the pent-up frustration against their last match against USC. After losing the first game they brought the heat to pull off the win 27-25 in a nail biting second set. The middle blocker, Ryley Moore, had a BLOCK PARTY, while the best and only freshman outside hitter, Paige Johnson, got kill after kill whizzing the ball onto the other side of the court like a magical wizard. A strange turn of events occurred when UCSB staff informed the teams that they’d need to leave the gym by precisely 9pm or everyone would turn into pumpkins. This meant that whichever team had the most points in the third set once the clock struck 9 would be the winner of the game. This resulted in a wildly frantic yet extremely exciting 12 points resulting in UCSD winning 8-4 in the shortest game in volleyball history. Catch the Tritons in the record books for this legendary win and get stoked for the LIT season ahead.