West Region Challenge
They don't call it a challenge for nothing. The tournament started out a little bit rough in a series of unfortunate events starting on the first day. Perhaps it was the brain - or lack thereof - after finals, but UCSD was unable to pull off wins against beatable UCLA and CU Boulder teams. To add icing to the misery cake, two of their players suffered injuries playing USC in the last match of the game. Karissa K.O. Jacobsen dislocated her pinky on Friday, but she, ever the trooper, got it set and played with a splint on Saturday, and pulled some moves on defense that have never been seen before. Folks, just change her position on the roster to libero. Saturday was much better and the women's team loves playing volleyball so much that they took every game to three sets. After a tight loss to San Jose State, UCSD once again beat San Diego rivals SDSU and Cal Poly Pomona to win the silver bracket with the aid of one of their setters, Rachael Robinson's powerful shoulder. Rachael's beautiful swings set up by part-time setter, part-time defensive specialist Bella Cobarruvias led the Tritons to victory. Mere hours after the last match ended, Coach Taylor's baby was born....I guess baby Kendall was just too fired up from the wins and was ready to see it with her own eyes.