Wilton's Offense, McClelland's Defense Leads Aggies To First Win

Sept. 11, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Kate Wilton matched her career high of 24 kills and libero Mary McClelland tallied a personal-best 25 digs to lead UC Davis to a 30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-25 victory over Brown University in the fourth match of the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Aggie Inv8itational women's volleyball tournament at the Pavilion Saturday.

The Aggies record their first win of the year, moving to 1-6 overall and 1-1 in the tournament. Brown drops to 0-2 for the year.

McClelland was one of five Aggies with double-figure digs. Senior Marritt Cafarchia added 16 digs, Wilton and setter Katelyn Astruc each contributed 11 and Kim Vincent chipped in another 10. Wilton hit .281 for the match, leading all hitters with 57 total attempts.

For Brown, libero Elvina Kung compiled a staggering 38 digs in four games played. Teammate Katie Lipinski had 20 kills and a .288 hitting average, while Rikki Baldwin and Lauren Gibbs added 13 and 12 kills, respectively.

UC Davis recovered from a 24-19 deficit in Game 1 to pull out a 30-27 victory. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Read had five kills on six swings after that point. Her seventh kill of the match gave the Aggies a 27-26 lead, then she added another strike for her team's 29th point.

Brown evened the match in Game 2 with both defensive and offensive help from sophomore middle Elizabeth Cvitan. She had a solo block then a kill to put her team up 21-20. Then back-to-back kills by Baldwin helped stretch that margin to 25-22. Baldwin had five kills on 15 attacks in the second game alone.

In Game 3, UC Davis built a 25-19 lead with some bench support from Mary Gaber. The junior opposite provided a solo block and three kills down the middle stretch. However, the Bears battled back to a 25-22 margin with kills by Gibbs, Cvitan and Lapinski. The Aggies regrouped with middle blocker Jenny Pierce notching back-to-back kills, setting up a 29-25 game point. She added yet another kill on a Brown net violation to win the game. Pierce hit 4-1-9 during the third game.



The Aggies started slow in Game 4, committing four errors in the first nine points. Lapinski's kill gave Brown as much as a 9-3 lead. Later in the frame, a block by Pierce and sophomore outside hitter Rachel Keener highlighed a 6-0 Aggie run, tying the game at 16-16. UC Davis went ahead to 23-20 when Pierce covered her own block, then McClelland found an expanse of open court for her lone kill.

Wilton tallied consecutive kills to extend the Aggies' lead to 26-21, then Kim Vincent posted a block assist and her own kill to stretch that margin to 28-22. Wilton's 24th kill set up match point, then Astruc dumped in the winning shot.

Both teams return to action during the evening competition of the tourney. At 5:00, Brown squares off against Nevada, the only undefeated team in the Invite. Then UC Davis hosts Montana for the tournament finale.