Aug 30, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - Sophomore middle blocker Kaylin Squyres tallied a team-leading 13 kills while freshmen Kendall Frisoli and Allie Wegener combined for 21 digs, as UC Davis took San Diego State to the brink in a five-set loss at the Tiger Classic women's volleyball tournament hosted by LSU's Maravich Center Friday night. The Aztecs, among the teams receiving votes in the national preseason poll, won the match by scores of 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 13-25 and 15-5.
The Aggies open the season at 0-1.
Squyres, who sat out most of the 2012 season due to injury, led UC Davis with 45 total swings while serving up two of her team's five aces. Senior Devon Damelio added 11 kills with six blocks on the right side while junior middle blocker Victoria Lee added seven kills, a .300 hitting average and six blocks.
For SDSU, senior middle Emily Harris provided 16 kills at a .448 attack clip. Senior outside hitter Summer Nash led all players with 19 kills and three aces, while senior libero Courtney Vaccarello scooped up 19 digs. The Aztecs hit .225 to the Aggies' .137 on offense, but committed just one attack error (.294 hitting) to their opponent's seven (minus-.190) in the fifth set.
Nash hammered five kills and an ace in San Diego State's 10-3 start in the first frame, then chipped in four more in a 7-1 run that extended the lead to 21-9. Aggie junior Katie Quinn teamed up for a pair of block assists and Valerie Brain scored a kill to help UC Davis fight back to within six but a Raegan Shelton point ended the threat and gave SDSU the early match lead.
The Aztecs took a 15-11 lead midway in the second, mostly due to some hitting miscues by UC Davis early on. Squyres served up back-to-back aces to halve the lead to two, then Damelio and Valerie Brain hit consecutive kills to tie the set at 17-17. UC Davis took a 21-19 lead on another Damelio winner and a 22-20 edge when Lee and Squyres combined for a block against Chaiymin Steel before SDSU battled back to a 22-all tie. However, the Aggies scored the final three points to even the match, getting kills by Damelio and Brain down the stretch.
San Diego State regained its composure in a relatively efficient third set, improving to a .393 attack rate while UC Davis slipped to just .067. Nash had two aces and Shelton posted a pair of kills in an early 4-0 run, then Nash posted two more kills in a 5-1 stretch that put the Aztecs at a 19-9 advantage. The Aggies closed the gap to six later in the set but could not approach any closer in the nine-point loss.
As dominating as San Diego State was in the third, UC Davis turned the tables in the fourth. The Aggie offense stormed to a match-best .435 hitting average with no attack errors while the Aztecs slipped to .025 with 11 miscues. Damelio struck a pair of kills in UC Davis' 9-3 start. Lee and setter Lindsay Dowd combined for a block to highlight a run of six straight to extend the Aggie lead to 18-8. San Diego State never cut the deficit by less than eight as the two teams went to a fifth set.
After committing three of SDSU's attack errors in the fourth, Nash redeemed herself in the fifth. She combined with Kaja Sandberg for a pair of blocks to help score four unanswered out of the gates. Nash later posted a kill and another block assist in a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 12-3. Lee ended the run with a kill and later scored another for the Aggies' fourth point, but the Aztecs never allowed UC Davis into contention.
The Aggies continue action at the Tiger Classic on Saturday. They face host LSU at 8 a.m. PDT, then take on UTSA to start the evening session at 3:30 p.m. Pacific.