Women’s Volleyball takes on the League Champions Tournament

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
The League Champs 2017 Tournament was an interesting ride. Before any balls were flung in the air, drama was already brewing for the Tritons. A mere half hour before the tournament started, Julia “Albe-pretty dirty because she was sick” House was taken out by a last minute visit from a nasty stomach bug. This coupled with the un(kind of)foreseen traffic, which stranded seven players in the ecological wasteland of the I-5 North promised an interesting day. In total, only five players were at the gym on time. Talk of having to play with a ghost player was bubbling up but luckily, pretty much five minutes after discussing the possibilities of playing without a full lineup (and how awesome Rachel “was she seriously a middle before?!” Robinson’s haircut was), everyone showed up. And boy did they show up. The whole team looked like a beautiful tan goddesses. So golden they rivaled the goldness of King Triton’s trident itself, so fly that Phil “coach” Brault had to remind us life isn’t all about looking great. It’s also about winning, and we wanted to win! The first game started out rough for the Tritons against Loyola “arch nemeses” Marymount University, as the team did not practice together for the two weeks leading up to the tournament. Luckily the tritons have a way of living up to their catch phrase “shock’em” and shocked not only themselves, but also LMU. When the tritons finally started playing it was something so magical it was a beautiful sight to be seen. Emma “gold digger without the gold except in her complexion” Choi might as well have been a bouncer at a club. She collected cover after cover after cover. Those saves allowed for some fantastic freshman plays with Rachel chucking butter like no other at Gabbi “her name is actually Dabbi” Heitmann who bewildered LMU with her pitmaster ways. Long story short UCSD managed to scrape by and beat LMU in three sets. Upon winning, the Tritons sighed a sigh of relief, for they figured “hey I guess we know how to play volleyball again”. After a long break, and an equally long chicken bake they were ready to go to war against the UCLA Bruins. UCSD started off strong and was crushing UCLA with a lead of around seven points to ten points when it happened. It had already happened in Irvine, then at home, then at Davis, then again in Vegas; UCSD just couldn’t finish. They lost the first set, and then after another strong start in the second set, they lost again. That match loss to UCLA almost “bruined” the Tritons’ day. Losing in two sets made it so that UCSD was dropped to the third seed in the pool and forced them to claw their way back to victory. A short time later, UCSD learned they were playing UC Santa Barbara next in the crossover. The Tritons came out strong as Amanda Dieterle flaunted her fluffy elbow and gave everyone the best show in town, as she was getting balls up left, right and also deep. Other notable highlights from the match include when Nataly “pancake batter” Aguilar pulled an Emma/ Scott Sterling and got nailed in the face, when Alicia “nullPointerException” Chen went on a service streak that one time before promptly missing the rest of her serves, and finally when Brianna “Lego® prodigy” Inghilterra blocked an overpass straight down on the negative two foot line. But even with all of these notable instances, the play of the game came when a gaucho attempted to retie her shoe. She had difficulty mastering the loop de loop and after a couple last minute fumbles of the laces received the first yellow card of the tournament. Ultimately it was silly mistakes like this, and poor serve receive passing that allowed the Tritons to slip in and pull out a win. With little downtime after the game, the tritons were back at it again and faced their second match of the day against their arch rivals LMU. Blocking and strong consistent serving allowed the Tritons to handily take the first set. In their normal fashion, the Tritons made the second set much more dramatic as they had a strong lead in the first half of the match and then lost it in the final five points. The last couple points went back and forth between the two teams until at 25-26 Alicia “that tall one” Chen wailed a ball out. Just as all hope for winning in two games was lost, an eleventh-hour whistle blow echoed over the court...there was a net on LMU. There was a net! The point went to UCSD and LMU was so emotionally defeated, all it took was another ace for the tritons to take the match.   UCSD did it, they were moving on to the finals!  All was good in the world. Except for the fact that this was their fifth match of the day and no one had exercised all that intensely throughout the break because who has time for that when you’re getting tan? But there was still hope. The Tritons were to face SDSU. A bitter (solely on-court) rivalry had developed between the two teams throughout the season. The Tritons came out hard but were set back because they simply could not read the lefty-oppo on SDSU. She almost single handedly took down the Tritons. UCSD lost to SDSU in 2 sets, closing out their league champ 2k17 experience. Even though they lost, they still celebrated with a cute (albeit very sweaty) group photo and cupcakes. But the cupcakes were for Chubs’ birthday. Happy belated birthday Chubs. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday.
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UC San Diego vs …Everyone? Ya Pretty Much

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
This past weekend, February 25th and 26th, the Lady Tritons flew to UC Davis for the annual Far Westerns Ranking Tournament. Starting off as the number 1 seeded team of the tournament, UC San Diego knew that all the other 24 teams were out to beat them in order to get a bid for Nationals, making this an everyone vs. UC San Diego type of weekend. The weekend started off great with morning pool victories against Cal, San Jose State, and Boise. Surprisingly UC San Diego won all three matches in 2, which by our track record that’s actually a miracle (we really do love third games). These victories allowed us to keep our number 1 seed in the tournament. Day 2, the Lady Triton’s played much tougher opponents and started off the day competing against Cal Poly SLO’s B team. After stunning defense by Emma “Chubs“  Choi and amazing kills by Sarah “Giraffic Jam” Reinhardt, Amanda “Tiny Neck” Dieterle, and Bri “Gobble Gobble” Inghilterra, the ladies obtained a victory in 2 sets. After 2 hours of waiting the Lady Tritons played against a new opponent: Santa Clara. Even after some amazing defensive plays, serves by Julia “Ace them” House, and kills by Gabbi “Klutzy” Heitmann throughout the match, the Triton ladies unfortunately fell to the resilient Santa Clara. Even with that loss, UC San Diego made it to the gold bracket playoffs. The first round of playoffs the Triton Ladies played against one of their toughest opponents yet….. UCLA. Points for both sets were tight and the battle was very close but sadly the Tritons fell slightly short to the Bruins. Highlights of the match were Sydney “Crazy- eyes” Riegert slamming down the line kill after kill, Alicia “zdt zdt“ Chen killing it at the net (literally no one could stop her mighty swings), Hannah “The Rock“ Hartin making plays and kills from off system plays, and Rachel “Swiggity Setter“ Robinson making an amazing play with a solo block that surprised everyone (yes, including herself). Although not satisfied with the weekend, this tournament showed that the Lady Tritons are on the path to greatness. And just like Phil “Philip” Brault told us (Mind these are not his exact words): We are working towards being the best in April (Nationals) and every match until then is a valuable learning experience. We’d like to give a special thank you to the Keller family: Cheryl, Kris, and Melissa (Lady Triton, Class of 2015) for spoiling and taking care of all of us this weekend. They opened their home, fed us, and re-energized our spirits so that we were motivated to work hard for this tournament and now for the rest of our season.  Another special thanks goes out to their lovely dog Charlie Fish who was the cutest, most lovable sock-stealing alarm clock and Therapy Fluffy we could ask for! We love you Keller Family!  
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Hittin’ it at Home

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
For the first time in nearly 2 years, the Lady Tritons hosted a tournament at home in RIMAC AUX Gym. ‘Twas a beautiful day to play some volleyball, especially after a stormy Friday afternoon (Note: We play indoors but it really was a nice day and deserves some attention). Seeing as this was Regional Tournament #2, all teams had already played each other a couple weeks prior, so they were well familiarized and ready to get their volley on. UCSD started off strong and earned their first W of the day against UCI. Their defense came in clutch during that match thanks in large part to Emma “Master Magician” Choi and Nataly “Spanakopita Specialist” Aguilar. The next two matches were a little rougher for the Lady Tritons. They lost to SDSU in 2 and USD in 3 mainly because of unforced errors and long runs against them in serve-receive. While there were a couple of rough patches here and there UCSD was not going to leave without a fight. They beat CSUF in 3 and clutched another win for the books. A huge shout out goes to First Year setter Rachael “Pop, lock, & squat it” Robinson who did an amazing job assisting her teammates every game this tournament. We’d also love to thank all of our supporters who visited us this weekend. Your love, cheers, encouraging words and much-needed heckling (to us) were greatly appreciated! Even during tough tournaments like this one, your energy reminds us all why we love playing this sport. The Lady Tritons still have a long, exciting journey ahead and look forward to facing the challenges together. Next weekend, the UCSD Women’s Club Volleyball Team will play at UC Davis in the 2017 Far Westerns Tournament.
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Tritons Make the Finals

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
The UC San Diego Tritons performed swimmingly at the national ranking tournament, hosted by UCLA at the home of the Bruins this weekend on January 28 through the 29. The first day we were lucky enough to be placed in a five-team pool and needed to take at least third in order to advance to power pools the following day. Being the overachievers we are, we won all four matches, earing first place. However, day one was no picnic, three out of the four matches were won in three sets. Of course this did not upset us because we love third games. Our big W on the first day placed us as the first seed in our power pool to start the second day. After suffering a devastating loss to LMU, 17-15 in the third game, we needed to beat SDSU in 2 sets in order to advance to the gold bracket. Lucky for us we work together like 12 parts of a well-oiled machine. Everyone brings something spicy to the table of teamwork. Bri (Snazzy Pants) Inghilterra was building blocks so essential to our success they could have been mistaken for nucleotides. Alicia (Flame Bullets) Chen hit a ball perfectly atop the head of an opponent standing in the dangerous location of the two foot line. Emma (The Dome) Choi took a ball to the face in an unsuccessful attempt to mimic the iconic Scott Sterling. While some bystanders were concerned for her safety, 100% of the team found it painstakingly hilarious. It was plays such as these that allowed us to excel into the finals. In the finals we faced off with University of Texas, a formidable opponent. As said by many motivational members of the West Coast society we were trying to win it “for the West Side.” We experienced a shady start losing the first set 25-21, but the defensive efforts of Nataly (Flop Monster) Aguilar kept us in the match. We proceeded to win the second set forcing a third game tie breaker because why play two games when you can play three? Rachael (Shoe String) Robinson came in to set and boy did she set us up for success. We got off with a hefty lead, but emotions started to rise when The Longhorns pulled ahead at 14-13. The final rally was nail-biter. The Texas middle went up facing a fiery block and somehow managed to get the ball through into the back corner. This was the perfect placement, right over Gina (G-Nasty) Powers’ head. Although we were unable to get the outcome we wanted, the UCLA tournament was a great start to our season.
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UCSD Club Volleyball Takes on the UCI Regional Tournament

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This weekend the Tritons travelled north to play ball in Anteater territory. After a very spirited night, the tritons were running low on spirit juice at this regional. What they really needed was a blast of Honey Boo Boo’s infamous go-go juice. But alas, coffee would have to suffice. The day began with a win against USD in two games as the coffee was beginning to take effect. However, the half-life of a cup of coffee is about one match of volleyball, and the SDSU Aztecs knew this going into the Triton’s second match. The Aztecs conquered the Tritons in the third game, sorry Phil.  The next two matches against UCI and CSUF went by in a blur as the Tritons subdued them in two games each. These teams will play again in the next southern regional tournament on February 18.
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UCI Invitational

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
On November 19th the gym at UC Irvine, home of the Anteaters, was filled with high hopes as the lovely ladies of UC San Diego club volleyball prepared to compete with volleyball teams from all over the region. We got off to a bumpy start, taking second in pool play, and having to battle to get back into the gold bracket. But, we fought our hearts out and bop, bop, bopped, bopped to the top...well to third place. It was a brisk Saturday morning in the beautiful city of Irvine as we mobbed into the gym, shaking off the early morning grogginess, and preparing for a long day of volleyball. The first match was won due to the pep talk from Alicia “Sizzlin’ Strip” Chen. As she stared intensely around the huddle, she slowly began to chant, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!” The words echoed in our heads and our hearts as we earned a W for the first match. We suffered a devastating blow in the second match as Colorado State gave us a whippin’.  But we would soon have the chance to redeem ourselves. The last match of the day went a little slow, but with Sydney “Belly Dancing Dream” Riegert back in the game we pulled through and won the game.  The highlight of the day was at match point Rachael “Buttery Hands” Robinson dumping the mother of all dumps right on their ten foot line for a kill. They didn’t even know what hit them! Day two began with a lot more excitement, specifically due to Gina “Dirty Girl” Powers’ delicious homemade pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (basic, am I right?). First game we dug ourselves into a hole against the USC-A team and then hit them from behind to win it! The second match was a doozy going to three games with UCSB. Sarah “Frank’s Girlfriend” Reinhardt made quite an impact due to her trick play of completely missing the ball to throw the other team off. Her strategy worked, and we were able to pull it out! While preparing for the semi-finals, a rematch against Colorado State, we formed tighter bonds by disclosing our most hidden talents to our teammates. To give you a clue, one teammate may or may not be able to flex her left pectoral on demand. The bonds formed strengthened our team chemistry. The match consisted of a rollercoaster of emotions as we won the first game and got annihilated the second.  But due to Amanda “Slippery When Wet” Dierterle’s team spirit and clutch hitting we were able to fight our butts off in the third game.  Things got heated as we approached the fifteenth point.  Blocks were made, tears were shed, sweat was dripped, words were shared, butts were touched, serves were aced, as the scoreboard continued to flip. Before we knew it the score read 23 all.  We fought our hearts out until we unfortunately lost 25-23 in the game of the century. Overall the tournament was a success, as other teams were jealous of our charismatic pre-game dancing and hyphy spirit on and off the court.  We made some dope plays, but even doper memories.  Stay tuned for a season of greatness.
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What Time Is It? Tourney Time

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DAY ONE: November has arrived and y’know what that means…UC San Diego Women’s Club Volleyball Preseason has begun, and they know just how to kick off this glorious occasion—pancake party and High School Musical 2 soundtrack (yes, this is the best movie of them all. If anyone disagrees, talk it over with Alicia “Humuhumunukunukuapua'a” Chen). After a little team bonding sesh, the Lady Tritons are properly fueled by the power of bananas, batter, and bae (Zac Efron) and start making their way to SDSU for the Aztec Invitational Tourney. Upon arrival at the gym, the team discovers that they have only a couple more hours to wait. Of course they enjoy their time by taking a team stroll under the warm sun and eating apples con caramel as supplied by Nataly “Cool Mom” Aguilar. Then it’s finally GAME TIME! One excellent dynamic warm-up sesh later, they are ready for their first match against CSU San Marcos. The Tritons earn their first W of the season! Thinking ahead, Alicia “Catch me if you can!” Chen is well prepared and has the perfect song in her repertoire to get the team extra pumped for Match #2 against UCI’s B Team: Hannah Montana’s “Best of Both Worlds.” Can’t see how it gets more motivational than that ditty. To name a few highlights, Gabbi “Dabbi” Heitmann proves that she’s not one to be messed with, especially after her beauteous 2 ball smash out of nowhere. Also Nataly “Splat-a-pus” Aguilar shows that she’s back in full splatting motion as she digs balls left and right in the back row. The team works together like a well-oiled machine and earns their second W. Game 3 against UCSB B team winds up being another great match for UC San Diego. Outside hitter Julia “Has Pet Rock Named Phil” House crushes the ball down the line, prompting Alicia to say mid-game, “Are you a pick-up artist? Because that line worked on me.” Not a moment passes later and Karissa “Drop a Disney Beat and I’m There” Jacobsen flies by the net to deliver a sizzlin’ slide down the right side. UC San Diego picks up their third win. UC San Diego’s 4th match of the night is their best yet. The sandwiches that Sydney “Always Gets Home” Riegert supplies definitely do the trick! Seeing as it was already 9:30pm, the Tritons just wanted to peace out for the night. They finish the night undefeated. DAY TWO: In honor of “No Shave November” and being the classy San Diegans that they are at heart, the Lady Tritons roll into the gym wearing mustaches. They wear their ‘staches just like they wear the numbers on their jerseys—taped on. When it’s time to warm up for their first match against Cal Poly SLO’s A team, Alicia “Cauliflower Queen” Chen savagely crushes the ball on the shoulder of Coach Phil (who is standing at the 10 foot line). Literally the entire gym is stunned by this sight and sound. ‘Twas quite a fierce warm-up admittedly, but it was also one of the best ways to pump up the team. UC San Diego starts off the match super strong: Gina sets up a beautiful slide to Alicia who rips a gnarly one down the line. Despite a small hiccup in the middle of the set, the Tritons take game 1 with ease. When the 2nd set comes around, the short serve game really shakes up UC San Diego’s passing. They do fight back but not soon enough, and it goes to game 3. For the first time, UC San Diego barely loses to the Mustangs in the end but are content overall with their performance at this first tournament. They are just getting warmed up, so stay tuned for more updates on their tournament/facial hair choices at UC Irvine in a couple of short weeks.
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February 20th: Women’s Volleyball at the Far Western Tournament

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE
Your ladies of the UC San Diego Club volleyball started off the Far Western Tournament at Davis with a strong start. Winning every game in 2 the girls showed that they are not to be messed with. The ladies went 3-0 against UCSB B, Colorado, and Oregon State. The girls played strong the entire day with Emma ‘Chubs’ Choi playing incredible defense, and Giovanna ‘G’ Silberman controlling the pass. Our triple threats, Captains Amanda ‘Giggles’ Dieterle and Sydney ‘Can You Dig It?’ Riegert lead the team with blocks, hits, and a killer attitude! Sarah ‘Can’t Touch This’ Reinhardt dominated the line hit, making it impossible for the other teams to dig it. Julia ‘Juju’ House kept it nice and steady taking 2 solo blocks against Colorado. Our two middles; Alicia ‘Block This!’ Chen and Michelle ‘Flying Squirrel" Voung took control of the net, disabling most of the hits from coming over. Gina ‘G-Nasty’ powers led the team offense setting fast sets and aiding our hitters in getting them kills, making it nearly impossible for the other teams to get a touch! Day 2 at Davis and the girls started off to a slow start against SFSU. The ladies played slow and sluggish going back and forth, point for point against their opponent. It wasn't until the girls were losing 15-11, in the first set, did they pick up the slack and showed UC San Diego was not a team to be messed with. Once the day got rolling, it was smooth sailing for the Tritons, winning the first set 25-18 and destroying SFSU 25-11 in the second. Second game of pool play, and it was a very difficult match for the Tritons. The ladies went up against Cal Poly SLO and lost in 2 during pool play. They worked hard, but sadly the ladies came up a bit short. But hope was not lost, due to a phenomenal first day, they were still in the running to take the entire tournament. Later that day in playoffs, The Tritons went up against Sonoma, Phil and Taylor's alma mater. The ladies put a valiant effort, but sadly the girls came short and lost. Overall the girls had a great strong weekend and now have two weeks to kill it at Regionals at SDSU.
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Women’s Volleyball Slams at UC Santa Barbara

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE
Over the weekend our Lady Tritons competed at the University of California, Santa Barbra campus where the Gauchos hosted the second tournament of the official season. Six universities were represented at the tournament; UC San Diego, UCSB, UCLA, SDSU, USD, LMU, and Arizona University. From the start the Tritons came out loud and boisterous. It was time for every player to take their battle stations to defend their winning streak. These teams were more polished then the ones the Tritons had played the weekend before so they came in ready for anything. The matches were tough with every team but the Tritons had Alicia ‘Loud Bae’ Chen, Sydney ‘Swing Away Syd’ Riegert, and Sarah ‘Striking Sarah’ Reinhardt to punish any hitter trying to make it through their block. The quick hands of Gina ‘Jetliner’ Powers and the bouncing bunny hops from Michelle ‘Muscle Michelle’ Vuong made the front lines one to be feared throughout the day. The ladies played long and rough rallies that had them sprawling across the court. Fortunately, the Tritons’ back lines had their front row covered. The best ball-hog to have, Emma ‘Every Ball is Mine’ Choi, made scoring against the Tritons almost impossible along with Nataly ‘Lioness’ Aguilar pouncing under every deflected ball to bring it back into play. The intensity at which the Lady Tritons were playing made it exciting and suspenseful for the teams and, most importantly, the crowd. One after another the Tritons defeated the competition. The last match came down to the two undefeated teams of the evening, our Lady Tritons and the UCLA Bruins. This match was the most intense of the night. Both teams came out with their last bit of energy and fought into a third set battle. At last in the third set the Tritons ran away with the match 15-8. This tournament was a well-deserved win by the Tritons who remain undefeated and who fought through an eleven hour tournament. Yes you read that right, eleven hours. Every match of the day went to three sets proving that every team came out to play and everyone was fighting hard. Our Lady Tritons hope they are able to keep up their awesome record as they complete next weekend at the UC Davis tournament.
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Tritons Shock ‘Em All

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE
UC San Diego has had an exciting start to their season this past weekend at CSU Long Beach going 4 and 0 at the South vs East Crossover. Gina “G-Nasty” Powers began the day serving up trouble for the opponents and setting the Tritons up for big wins. The first 3 matches were easily won due to the spicy, high-level play of the team. Even an opposing fan, Grandma Greenpants, had to admit that watching the Tritons bang balls made her old bones tingle. The team grew closer during breaks by hanging out in the nook, eating G-Nasty Power brownies packed with peanut butter protein, and discussing beef jerky’s uncanny resemblance to the scabs on Alicia “Chenatown” Chen’s perfectly tan legs. As it came time to warm up we whipped out our jump ropes and got our blood pumping as a team. Warm up entertainment was provided by the musical stylings of Captain Amanda “Snake Maiden” Dieterle and a super snazzy dog in a bandana. Sweat dripped on the court as the team fought for the fourth match. The Lady Tritons won the first game. Down in the second, Captain Sydney “Face-Licker” Riegert pet the poodle causing the saliva to drip right out of her mouth. The score increased. The teams were neck and neck: 23-23, 24-24, 25-25. The emotions were at an all-time high when Julia “White Fawn” House slammed a ball through the seam setting the Tritons up for a victory with another point, but unfortunately UC San Diego was unable to pull out the second game. But this was alright, because that just meant that the Tritons got to play more volleyball, and boy do they love third games! Tritoning (trying) hard to finish the day with a win the team played with fire, murderlizing Fullerton in the third game. Next week for the Tritons, love is in the air and so is another possibility of a 4-0 day in the outRAGEously beautiful city of Santa Barbara.
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Feb 20 W Volleyball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
February 20th: Women’s Volleyball at the Far Western Tournament   Your ladies of the UC San Diego Club volleyball started off the Far Western Tournament at Davis with a strong start. Winning every game in 2 the girls showed that they are not to be messed with. The ladies went 3-0 against UCSB B, Colorado, and Oregon State. The girls played strong the entire day with Emma ‘Chubs’ Choi playing incredible defense, and Giovanna ‘G’ Silberman controlling the pass. Our triple threats, Captains Amanda ‘Giggles’ Dieterle and Sydney ‘Can You Dig It?’ Riegert lead the team with blocks, hits, and a killer attitude! Sarah ‘Can’t Touch This’ Reinhardt dominated the line hit, making it impossible for the other teams to dig it. Julia ‘Juju’ House kept it nice and steady taking 2 solo blocks against Colorado. Our two middles; Alicia ‘Block This!’ Chen and Michelle ‘Flying Squirrel" Voung took control of the net, disabling most of the hits from coming over. Gina ‘G-Nasty’ powers led the team offense setting fast sets and aiding our hitters in getting them kills, making it nearly impossible for the other teams to get a touch!   Day 2 at Davis and the girls started off to a slow start against SFSU. The ladies played slow and sluggish going back and forth, point for point against their opponent. It wasn't until the girls were losing 15-11, in the first set, did they pick up the slack and showed UC San Diego was not a team to be messed with. Once the day got rolling, it was smooth sailing for the Tritons, winning the first set 25-18 and destroying SFSU 25-11 in the second.   Second game of pool play, and it was a very difficult match for the Tritons. The ladies went up against Cal Poly SLO and lost in 2 during pool play. They worked hard, but sadly the ladies came up a bit short. But hope was not lost, due to a phenomenal first day, they were still in the running to take the entire tournament. Later that day in playoffs, The Tritons went up against Sonoma, Phil and Taylor's alma mater. The ladies put a valiant effort, but sadly the girls came short and lost. Overall the girls had a great strong weekend and now have two weeks to kill it at Regionals at SDSU.
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Feb 13 W. Volleyball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
Women’s Volleyball Slams at UC Santa Barbara Over the weekend our Lady Tritons competed at the University of California, Santa Barbra campus where the Gauchos hosted the second tournament of the official season. Six universities were represented at the tournament; UC San Diego, UCSB, UCLA, SDSU, USD, LMU, and Arizona University. From the start the Tritons came out loud and boisterous. It was time for every player to take their battle stations to defend their winning streak. These teams were more polished then the ones the Tritons had played the weekend before so they came in ready for anything. The matches were tough with every team but the Tritons had Alicia ‘Loud Bae’ Chen, Sydney ‘Swing Away Syd’ Riegert, and Sarah ‘Striking Sarah’ Reinhardt to punish any hitter trying to make it through their block. The quick hands of Gina ‘Jetliner’ Powers and the bouncing bunny hops from Michelle ‘Muscle Michelle’ Vuong made the front lines one to be feared throughout the day. The ladies played long and rough rallies that had them sprawling across the court. Fortunately, the Tritons’ back lines had their front row covered. The best ball-hog to have, Emma ‘Every Ball is Mine’ Choi, made scoring against the Tritons almost impossible along with Nataly ‘Lioness’ Aguilar pouncing under every deflected ball to bring it back into play. The intensity at which the Lady Tritons were playing made it exciting and suspenseful for the teams and, most importantly, the crowd. One after another the Tritons defeated the competition. The last match came down to the two undefeated teams of the evening, our Lady Tritons and the UCLA Bruins. This match was the most intense of the night. Both teams came out with their last bit of energy and fought into a third set battle. At last in the third set the Tritons ran away with the match 15-8. This tournament was a well-deserved win by the Tritons who remain undefeated and who fought through an eleven hour tournament. Yes you read that right, eleven hours. Every match of the day went to three sets proving that every team came out to play and everyone was fighting hard. Our Lady Tritons hope they are able to keep up their awesome record as they complete next weekend at the UC Davis tournament.
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Feb 7 W Volleyball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
Tritons Shock ‘Em All UC San Diego has had an exciting start to their season this past weekend at CSU Long Beach going 4 and 0 at the South vs East Crossover.  Gina “G-Nasty” Powers began the day serving up trouble for the opponents and setting the Tritons up for big wins.  The first 3 matches were easily won due to the spicy, high-level play of the team.  Even an opposing fan, Grandma Greenpants, had to admit that watching the Tritons bang balls made her old bones tingle. The team grew closer during breaks by hanging out in the nook, eating G-Nasty Power brownies packed with peanut butter protein, and discussing beef jerky’s uncanny resemblance to the scabs on Alicia “Chenatown” Chen’s perfectly tan legs.  As it came time to warm up we whipped out our jump ropes and got our blood pumping as a team.  Warm up entertainment was provided by the musical stylings of Captain Amanda “Snake Maiden” Dieterle and a super snazzy dog in a bandana. Sweat dripped on the court as the team fought for the fourth match.  The Lady Tritons won the first game. Down in the second, Captain Sydney “Face-Licker” Riegert pet the poodle causing the saliva to drip right out of her mouth.  The score increased. The teams were neck and neck: 23-23, 24-24, 25-25. The emotions were at an all-time high when Julia “White Fawn” House slammed a ball through the seam setting the Tritons up for a victory with another point, but unfortunately UC San Diego was unable to pull out the second game. But this was alright, because that just meant that the Tritons got to play more volleyball, and boy do they love third games! Tritoning (trying) hard to finish the day with a win the team played with fire, murderlizing Fullerton in the third game. Next week for the Tritons, love is in the air and so is another possibility of a 4-0 day in the outRAGEously beautiful city of Santa Barbara.  
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Nov 21 W VB

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
UC San Diego at Aztec Invitational The UC San Diego Women’s Volleyball Club tied for third place in the Aztec Invitational last weekend. The team came out swinging as they swept their pool, which included UCSB-B, Cal Poly Pomona, and UCI. The team then beat CSU Fullerton in two games during their crossover match, leaving UC San Diego in fourth place of the gold bracket for the next day. Sunday started off with a rematch with UCSB-B in the quarter finals. Sarah (Smack That) Reinhart stayed aggressive as she helped bring the team out of a quick lull in the second game, with the help of the setting of Gina (The Rock) Powers. UCSB-B was taken care of as UC San Diego moved to the quarter finals against the SDSU alumni team. The team battled as Nataly Aguilar and Emma Choi kept serve receive consistent to allow all of the hitters to keep swinging. In the end, SDSU alumni dug one too many balls as SDSU alumni won 16-14 in the third game.
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Nov 14 W Volleyball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Women’s Volleyball Season Opener at Anteater Invitational

The ladies of UC Slam Diego came strollin’ into the Anteater Recreation Center Saturday morning with positive spirits, feeling ready to kick start preseason. Assisting the team as always, setter Gina Powers supplied the team with the proper fuel—mini chocolate chip pumpkin muffins—and then the team headed off to the courts to hit the jump ropes for warm up. After an adequate round of peppering and shared warm up at the net, the Tritons were ready to take on their first opponent, the LMU Lions. At the start of the whistle, the first play of the day—a power shot by middle blocker Alicia Chen—made it apparent that the San Diegans wanted make a statement. For the first half of the set, UC San Diego looked like well-seasoned team; however, the Lions quickly picked up their game and the teams battled it out the rest of the set. UCSD finished on top the first set but barely edged out in the next two sets. All games were close, and despite losing their first match, the Tritons maintained a positive attitude throughout the game and afterwards. For the second match of the day against ASU, opposite Sydney Riegert and outside hitter Amanda Dieterle made it their mission to be more vocal and encourage LOUDER celebration and communication from their teammates. This small mental switch proved to be effective as the Tritons took the lead early on once again but maintained it throughout the entire match. Simply put, defense and offense alike were on point, and the Tritons managed to earn their first “W” of the preseason. The third and final game of the day against University of Arizona proved to be the toughest challenge for San Diego. Tall Arizonian blockers were a big factor, but UCSD still put up a good fight. Defense was strong for both teams—even an incredible ear dig was evident on the Triton side as demonstrated by libero Emma Choi—so it was no surprise that the final scores were tight for both sets. The Wildcats won this round, but UC San Diego was ultimately very happy with the day’s performance. The second day proved that this Anteater Invitational ‘twas the tournament of Arizona teams for UCSD since their first opponent was NAU. Unlike the previous day, the Tritons started off with low energy and didn’t really wake up until the end of the set. However, they were feeling warm and ready by that time, and they really stepped it up in the next two sets. San Diegan hitters from all sides of the net were killin’ it since defense and setting were money! UC San Diego won this match and moved into the Gold bracket. During the second match, against CSU, long tips and roll shots to the corners of the court left the lady Tritons scrambling and rolling around in defense. While they worked hard to compete against the Rams, a few too many errors ultimately cost them both sets, and thus concluded their time competing at UC Irvine. The Tritons finished the tournament 2-3, but with only 6 practices under their belt, they felt very satisfied about their performance. There’s nothing quite like the (not-so) fresh smell of kneepads and ankle braces in the gym air, but with that smelly smell you know that it’s volleyball season, you know that it’s going to be a wonderful season, and you gladly take it all in. The women’s club volleyball team is looking forward to an awesome year, and they can’t wait to share it with everyone!
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March 5 W VB

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
Volleyball is Pretty Cool   Well would you look at that! The Tritons of the female variety weren’t out of their league as they battled teams in their league for the first time this season down at SDSU. UC San Diego started the day off right with some coffee and Rice KrispiesÒ Treats prepared by the buttery hands of the lovely Gina “Baked Goodness Goddess” Powers. Volleyball-wise, the tritons had an equally strong morning by first defeating the University of Arizona and then vanquishing the University of San Diego.   “Shock ‘em Tritons” was the theme of the morning as the team pulled in with great offense by Michelle “Flaming Hot Cheetos Puff Daddy” Vuong, Sarah “Consumer of Crackers” and Sydney “Somehow Still Standing” Riegert, who also happens to be the recording artist of all laser tag gun sound effects. Alicia “Tall Asian” Chen started the day with major beef with the net; but quickly slipped out of it because G-Nasty buttered her up like Paula Deen. Amanda “Windex” Dieterle also feasted on the butter and proved she wasn’t to be defeated not only on the volleyball court but also the dance floor/ rap battle stage. The team is still waiting on the day the two music giants on the team Riegert and Dieterle will face off. Hopefully it waits until after the season is over for surely both will not survive.   Back to volleyball, the electrocution dished out by the front row was only made possible by efforts made by the defensive staff. You might as well have called Emma “Yung Chub” Choi a backhoe because only a machine is capable of digging the quantity of balls she was. Nataly “Human Garage Band” Aguilar got an offer to join the US synchronized swimming team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio solely based off her stellar diving performance in the back row. Also, Giovanna “Like a G6” Silberman implemented a defensive strategy so effective she had US Secretary of State calling for advice.   In the final match of the day and of the regular season the tritons suffered a tough loss against their local rivals SDSU. Freshman Julia “Senseless (specifically scent) Killer” House beguiled the SDSU defense with her crazy arm swing; managing to sneak through their block to take state to pound town. But alas, her effort along with all the chicken bakes in the world were not enough to carry the team through to the Victorville (not the town by Temecula but the place where winners go). The team simply could not beat to the alma mater of Coach Taylor “Blanket Bandit” Cohen out of pure respect. A respect that is further evidenced by the team’s previous loss to Sonoma State, the alma mater of both Cohen and Phil “Philbert” Brault.   Overall, the Tritons finished their season with a record of 10 wins and 1 loss. As the great Hannah Montana once said, “Nobody’s perfect, you live and you learn it”. There were no hard feelings though because the Tritons still finished as the first seed in SCCVL. On top of that, this weekend they gained friendship, jolly memories, In-N-Out burgers, and a new remix of the national anthem that rivals Lady Gaga’s superb Super Bowl rendition.   A special shout out also needs to be given to Brooke “Cyborg Overlord” Barber for coming out and supporting our team. Just wait 2 weeks and she will be back stronger than ever kicking buttocks in Vegas.   The Tritons can’t wait until next weekend where they will be searching for tacos, teriyaki chicken bowls, and the title of League Champions at the ASC.
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