Aggies suffer first loss to Wildcats

Sept. 2, 2002

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DAVIS, Calif. - Carolyn Mires had 23 kills and Tracey Anderson added 20 more to lead Central Washington to a five-game, 30-28, 29-31, 30-25, 28-30, 15-13 win over UC Davis in a non-conference women's collegiate volleyball match at Hickey Gym Monday afternoon.

The Aggies suffer their first loss of the season, dropping to 3-1 overall. It was the first win of the year for the Wildcats, who improve to 1-2.

Junior Kelly Gaudino led UC Davis hitters with 21 kills. Teammate Cassandra Prell posted 15 kills and a .379 hitting percentage to go with six total blocks for the match. Libero Mary McClelland recorded a match-high 20 digs for the Aggies.

"We knew going in that Central had some firepower," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "They had it at all positions, which is nice for us to face. When we get a blocking run, we can stay in with anyone. But they had some untouched swings."

The Aggies stumbled early in the match, falling behind 15-10 to open Game 1.They managed to tie the game 27-27 and later, 28-28, but back-to-back kills by CWU's Cerena Laurence gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

The match teetered the opposite way in Game 2 as the Wildcats battled back from a 26-21 deficit to tie the score at 29-29. But UC Davis setter Marritt Cafarchia posted a kill on a blocking error by Gita Burke to set up a match point. Burke then hit into Gaudino and Elizabeth Brown's block to end Game 2.

CWU employed a robust .419 hitting percentage to take Game 3, helped by six kills from Carolyn Mires. UC Davis countered with a 14-5 run to open Game 4, but the Wildcats scrambled back to a 17-17 lead and eventually a 24-21 lead. The Aggies responded with late kills by Prell and Kate Wilton, winning Game 4, 30-28, and forcing the fifth game.



"We had a mental breakdown in ball control," said Hawbecker, in reference to Game 4. "We were passing too tight and making awkward decisions."

UC Davis built a 9-6 lead, but the Game 5 battle game to a 10-10 impasse. Neither team led by more than a point after that tie, until Carolyn Mires served up an ace then Tracy Roberts knocked down the match point to capture a 15-13 Game 5 win.

The Aggies continue action against region foes as they head to a tournament at Western Washington on Friday and Saturday.

Central Washington (1-2)






UC Davis (3-1)







CWU (kills-aces-blocks): Kate Reome 2-1-1, Cerena Laurence 7-0-3, Gita Burke 10-0-3, Tracy Roberts 16-5-1, Tracey Anderson 20-0-5, Carolyn Mires 23-3-2, Jessica Scott 0-3-0, Randi Rogers 0-0-0. TOTALS: 78-12-9.5. Assists: Kate Reome 62. Digs leaders: Kate Reome 13, Randi Rogers 12.

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks): Cassandra Prell 15-0-6, Kim Vincent 11-0-2, Kelly Gaudino 21-0-1, Marritt Cafarchia 8-4-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick 8-1-3, Elizabeth Brown 6-1-2, Kate Wilton 8-2-0, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Jill McPheeters 4-0-1. TOTALS: 81-8-8.0. Assists: Marritt Cafarchia 62. Digs leader: Mary McClelland 20.