Volleyball Opens Strong Against 10th-Ranked Golden Bears

Sept. 2, 2004


BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey knocked down a match-high 13 kills on 40 attempts to lead 10th-ranked UC Berkeley to a 30-28, 30-22, 30-18 sweep over UC Davis in a women's collegiate volleyball match at Haas Pavilion Wednesday in front of 415.

The Aggies open the 2004 season at 0-1. The Golden Bears kick off their season with a 1-0 mark. Rachel Keener led UC Davis with eight kills, all in the first two games. She and senior libero Mary McClelland each contributed a team-best seven digs while freshman setter Katelyn Astruc and sophomore middle Jenny Pierce each had three of the Aggies' 12 block assists.

UC Davis opened strong with Keener on serve. The sophomore outside hitter put down an ace and senior Kate Wilton added a kill to give the Aggies a 3-0 start. Cal managed to tie the game at eight different points, but UC Davis stayed ahead throughout most of Game 1. Pressey posted a solo block to tie the game at 25-25, then launched a deep ball to the Aggie baseline, giving her team a 25-24 advantage. Pressey later assisted on a Samantha Carter's tip to stretch the lead to 28-24.

"Our ability to be competitive in the first game was surprising," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "Our blocking was very strong when our confidence was going. The confidence swing in Games 2 and 3 affected us across the board. The thing that's under our control is our serving, and it got away from us when our confidence wavered."

The Aggies had four team blocks in Game 1, including three assists by Pierce. Keener hit four kills on 10 attempts in the first game, then recorded a 4-1-10 hitting line in Game 2. But Cal regained its composure after the first-game scare, opening on an 8-1 run in the second frame, and never trailing en route to a 30-22 victory.

In Game 3, Cal again started hot behind the serving of Carter, opening 5-0 and establishing as much as a 14-7 advantage midway through the game. Then the combination of three kills by UC Davis sophomore Nicole Read and three attack errors by Pressey helped the Aggies battle back to a 14-13 deficit. However, Carter served four straight points for the Bears. UC Davis never approached closer than four points after that run.



Cal libero Jillian Davis led her team with 18 digs. Carter finished 5-0-6 on offense, and recorded four service aces to complement her 38 assists.

The Aggies return to the Bay Area to compete in the Asics Challenge at the University of San Francisco.

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UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 5-0-1, Katelyn Astruc 1-1-3, Mary Gaber 1-0-1, Kim Vincent 4-0-1, Jenny Pierce 1-0-3, Rachel Keener 8-1-1, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Ingrid Nuss 0-0-0, Marritt Cafarchia 0-0-0, Jill McPheeters 2-0-0, Nicole Read 6-0-0, Katie Wilson 3-0-2. Totals 31-2-6.0 Assists - Katelyn Astruc 25. Digs leaders - Rachel Keener 7, Mary McClelland 7.

CAL (kills-aces-blocks) - Samantha Carter 5-4-0, Alicia Powers 9-2-0, Angie Pressey 13-0-3, Jenna Brown 5-1-2, Camille Leffall 5-0-2, Gabrielle Abernathy 9-2-1, Jillian Davis 0-1-0, Natalie Smart 1-0-2, Nathasha Nguyen 0-0-0, Alexis Kollias 0-0-0. Totals 47-10-6.0. Assists - Samantha Carter 38. Digs leader - Jillian Davis 18.