Chico State volleyball team falls to UC San Diego

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Sophomore middle hitter Natalie Nordahl, left, and senior middle hitter Kristyn Casalino block a shot by the Lumberjacks earlier last season. Chico State fell to UC San Diego on Saturday night. Orion File Photo.

The Chico State women’s volleyball team fell to the 14th-ranked UC San Diego Tritons in La Jolla to cap their first conference road trip.The match ended 24-26 25-21, 25-11, 25-22. The Wildcats fall to 1-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after playing the Tritons tough for the first half of the match.

Riding high off their come-from-behind five-set win against Cal Poly Pomona the previous night, the ‘Cats took it to the Tritons to grab the first set 26-24.

The second set was also tightly contested, but UCSD pulled away to even the match.

The Wildcats couldn’t keep pace in the third set, falling 25-11. It was all Tritons from there, but the ‘Cats kept it close in a 25-22 fourth set.

Chico State had 35 hitting errors compared to the Tritons’ 14. The Tritons also were able to convert on .263 of their attacks, while the ‘Cats only managed to hit at a 103 clip.

Redshirt freshman Izzy Sagely lead the ‘Cats with 14 kills, while Lindsay Quigley added 13. Setter Torey Thompson had 44 assists, as well as 15 digs. Senior libero Emily Duran led the defense with 25 digs.

The long wait for volleyball action in Acker Gym ends for Wildcat fans as the squad’s first home match takes place Tuesday, Sept. 16th versus Simpson University.

Nick Reddy can be reached at [email protected] or @NickIsReddy on Twitter.