Wolf Pack Spoils Aggie Volleyball's Home Opener

Sept. 11, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Christine Harms had 12 kills and hit a match-high .579 to lead the University of Nevada to a 30-20, 30-23, 30-20 win over host UC Davis in the second match of the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Aggie Invitational women's volleyball tournament at the Pavilion Friday.

The Aggies remain winless at 0-6 for the year. The Wolf Pack improves to 1-3.

Carly Sorensen also had 12 kills for UN, half of which came on seven attempts in the third and decisive game. Salaia Salave'a recorded a double-double, tallying 11 kills and 13 digs. The Wolf Pack hit .330 for the match, including a .586 clip in Game 3. Nevada had 19 kills against just two errors in that frame.

For UC Davis, middle blocker Kim Vincent and outside hitter Rachel Keener each had seven kills. Vincent had four kills on five swings in the third game. Outsides Kate Wilton and Nicole Read each added six. Opposite Mary Gaber produced three kills on five attempts, providing the team a spark in the third game.

"We are a little lacking in discipline in staying with our blocking and back-court defense. Teams get swings that we should either be slowing down at the net or touching in the back court," said Aggie head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "The longer the rally goes, the more we get out of system. We start overplaying the court instead of holding our base, which is on the perimeter of the court."

"As our passing and defense goes away, so does our offense. You can plainly see that Nevada was more physical than we were. But that's not what beat us. What beat us was our not staying disciplined in our system."

Game 2 was highlighted by an 11-0 run behind the serving of setter Tristin Adams. UC Davis held a 14-9 lead at that point, then committed five hitting errors during the ensuing stretch, allowing the Wolf Pack to rebound to a 20-14 advantage. Kills by Vincent and Read helped cut that margin to 20-17, but UC Davis never approached any closer.

In Friday's opener, outside hitter Claudia Houle posted 11 kills while teammate EvaLyn Whitehead added 10 to lead Montana to its first win of the year, a 31-29, 30-25, 30-26 win over Brown.



Bear sophomore Rikki Baldwin pounded out a match-high 16 kills and hit .406 to lead her team.

The Aggie Invitational continues Saturday with Nevada and Montana squaring off at 10:30 a.m., followed by UC Davis against Brown at 12:30.