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Senior Katie Condon contributed in just about every way possible Saturday.
Down 2-0, Tritons Rally for Win at Cal State Stanislaus
Release: Saturday 10/29/2011 

TURLOCK, Calif. - Roxanne Brunsting recorded a triple-double and Katie Condon turned in one of the best all-around performances of her career to help the UC San Diego women's volleyball storm back from two sets down to take a 3-2 victory at Cal State Stanislaus Saturday.  

Scores were 22-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-15 and 15-9 from Fitzpatrick Arena. UCSD won its seventh consecutive match, its second longest win streak of the season, to improve to 17-4 overall and 13-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Cal State Stanislaus fell to 9-12 and 5-12. The Tritons entered the night with a two match lead for third place in the league while the Warriors came in in ninth.

Condon contributed in just about every way possible, finishing with 17 kills, 22 digs, two service aces, four blocks and 21 points. Her kill, dig and point totals were match-highs and the four blocks were a career-best. The 22 digs were just one short of her career-high. Condon held a .357 attack percentage, committing two errors in 42 attempts. It was the seventh double-double of the season for the senior outside hitter and her second straight as she had 14 kills and 10 digs in a win at Chico State Friday night.

Brunsting, a senior outside hitter/setter, ran up totals of 13 kills, 23 assists and 19 digs for her second triple-double this season. She also added three blocks while hitting .429 (13-1-28).

Hillary Williamson had 12 kills and 13 digs and freshman middle blocker Lauren Demos recorded seven block assists. Freshman Amber Hawthorne had 31 assists, three aces and 13 digs.

Lianne Vicchio led Cal State Stanislaus with a match co-high 17 kills. Jaclyn Pinasco totaled 20 digs.

Down 6-5 in the first set, UCSD scored five unanswered points to go up 10-6. Two of the kills came from Williamson. However, it tipped the other way again as the Warriors collected six of the next seven points to retake the lead at 12-11. UCSD tied the score three times, the last at 17-17, but could never quite gain the advantage again. Both teams hit over .200 in the set.

Cal State Stanislaus was firing on all cylinders to start the second set, rolling to a 8-1 lead. The run included two Jennifer Marsh kills, two blocks that Jacqueline Moore-DesLauriers was in on and two other Triton attack errors. UCSD recovered and posted two runs of its own, the first good for four points and the second for five, to even the set at 11-11. The teams traded the next two points before a Jessica Lehner kill put the Warriors back up, 13-12, a lead they would not give up. CSUS once again hit over .200 but UCSD fell from .238 to .087.

After trading the first two points of the third set, UCSD ran off five straight to go up 6-1. Condon stoked the run with a kill and an ace. The Warriors reeled off four unanswered points to get within a point at 9-8, but the Tritons took eight of the next nine points to take a 17-9 lead. Back to back Condon kills and four hitting errors by Stanislaus figured in the run. The Tritons kept pouring it on, scoring seven straight points to take a commanding 24-10 lead. Again Condon came up big with a kill and an ace. Demos had back to back kills during the spree. UCSD squandered its first set point of the match with a service ace, but Brunsting put down a kill off a set from Hawthorne to give the Tritons the win. The difference in hitting percentages was again of note as this time UCSD hit over .300 and CSUS dropped to -.088, its worst of the night.

Still down 2-1 in sets, the momentum clearly stayed with the Tritons in the fourth frame. It was 6-0 in favor of UCSD before CSUS scored. A later five point run put the score at 17-7 and deflated any chance of the Warriors taking a four set victory. Again, UCSD hit over .300 while Stanislaus upped its mark slightly to .089.

In the fifth and deciding box, UCSD scored the first two points on a Brunsting kill and a Stanislaus hitting miscue and the Tritons would never trail the rest of the way. The Warriors didn't make it easy though. With UCSD leading 9-6, CSUS scored twice to cut the deficit to one. The threat was short-lived because the Tritons tallied three huge points on a Demos/Sara McCutchan block, a Hawthorne ace and another attack error by the Warriors. At 12-8, Stanislaus scored one more point before UCSD erupted for another three consecutive points to take the 15-9 win. It all ended on back to back to back kills by Condon, Brunsting and Demos with Hawthorne on the assist.

For the match, UC San Diego hit .237 (61-20-173) and Cal State Stanislaus swung at .136 (58-31-199). The Tritons out-blocked the Warriors 11-7 and had 92 digs to Stanislaus' 79.

It was the second time this season that the Tritons climbed out of a two set hole to come back and win in five sets as they disappointed Cal State East Bay on Oct. 8 in Hayward. On Friday at Chico State, the Wildcats won the first set but the Tritons dominated the next three for the win.

UCSD swept the season series as it defeated Cal State Stanislaus 3-0 on Sept. 23 at RIMAC Arena. Williamson led all players that night with 18 kills as the Tritons aced the Warriors a season-high 10 times. Condon had seven kills, two aces and 12 digs.

UCSD hosts four of its final five regular season matches. The CCAA stretch run begins Friday, Nov. 4 against No. 22 Sonoma State and continues Saturday, Nov. 5 vs. Humboldt State. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. starts at RIMAC Arena. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID.

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