Aggies fall in straight sets to tourney host Pioneers

Sept. 1, 2017

Final Stats

DENVER - Junior outside hitter Emily Allen posted team bests of 10 kills and 12 digs but UC Davis was ultimately unable to pin down a third-set win, falling in a 25-15, 25-23, 26-24 sweep to host Denver on the first day of the Pioneer Classic women's volleyball tournament at Hamilton Gym Friday.

The Aggies suffer their first loss of the year, moving to 3-1. The Pioneers stay unbeaten at 4-0.

Allen, a psychology major from Santa Barbara, California, committed just one hitting error in 23 attempts en route to a .391 average. However, the remainder of the UC Davis roster combined for 26 kills and 15 errors for a .134 clip. The Aggies also struggled at the service line, managing just aces against nine errors. Junior middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri added six kills and a .333 success rate with a pair of block assists. 

UC Davis battled to a 13-13 tie midway in the first set before allowing Denver to finish on a 9-2 run. In the second set, sophomore Lauren Matias scored a kill and Ohiri and Brianna Karsseboom combined for a block to help provide a late 23-22 Aggie lead. However, three straight miscues sent the Pioneers to the break with a 2-0 match lead.

Allen and Matias combined for 9-1-23 hitting in the third set, with UC Davis holding as much as a 22-19 lead after a Malia Bolko ace. Yet again, Denver finished out strong, scoring seven of the last nine, mostly behind the hitting of reigning Summit League Offensive Player of the Week Kayla Principato.

The Aggies take on Eastern Illinois and Niagara on the final day of the Pioneer Classic. Saturday's matches start at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Pacific time, respectively.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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