Van Beek lifts Broncos to emotional sweep over Aggies

Sept. 14, 2002


DAVIS, Calif. - Untitled Document

Junior Kimberly Van Beek posted a match-high 15 kills against just three errors to lead Cal Poly Pomona to a 30-19, 36-34, 31-29 sweep over UC Davis in California Collegiate Athletic Assocation women's volleyball action at Hickey Gym Saturday.

The Aggies drop to 4-7 on the season, and 0-2 in CCAA play. The Broncos improve to 8-3 overall and remain unbeaten in conference with a 2-0 ledger.

Kate Wilton led UC Davis with 12 kills on 43 swings, while Cassandra Prell had 11 kills and assisted on three blocks. Freshman Jill McPheeters hit .455 for the match, with six kills on 11 attempts. Defensively, Mary McClelland led all players with 17 digs.

Carina Nusinov and Lindsay Fischer each had 13 kills for Pomona. Setter Emily Kennedy recorded 11 digs and Kimberly Bullock contributed on nine blocks to anchor the Broncos' defense. As a team, Pomona registered 13.5 blocks.

"Cal Poly Pomona is one of the best blocking teams in the league," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "You can't run the offense straight ahead. We started hitting second-tempo balls instead of high sets. It keeps the block from getting set up.

"You saw more emotion in the offense after Game 1. [Setter] Marritt [Cafarchia] is learning to run an uptempo offense."

Pomona had four blocks and capitalized on 16 Aggie hitting errors in Game 1, employing a 14-3 run to take a quick 30-19 win. But the Aggies bounced back in Games 2 and 3, forcing each game beyond the 30-point barrier. UC Davis faced a 29-27 game point in the second frame, but a clutch kill by McPheeters followed by a attack error by Fischer tied the match at 29-29.



Kennedy set up Van Beek for a kill to lift the Broncos to 35-34, then Kennedy added a kill of her own to close Game 2 and give her team a 2-0 advantage.

The Aggies held a 28-26 lead late in Game 3 before three straight kills by Van Beek turned the match around and gave Pomona a 29-28 margin. But Kate Wilton found an open sideline to tie it a 29-29. Van Beek's kill won the side out, then she served up the match point for the win. Van Beek hit 6-1-14 (.357) in Game 3.

UC Davis and Cal Poly Pomona continue CCAA action next weekend with matches at Sonoma State and San Francisco State.

Cal Poly Pomona (8-3, 2-0)




UC Davis (4-7, 0-2)





POMONA (kills-aces-blocks) - Kimberly Van Beek 15-0-2, Carina Nusinov 13-1-0, Lindsay Fischer 13-0-4, Kimberly Bullock 5-0-9, Alison Anderson 5-0-5, Emily Kennedy 3-0-3, Breezie Jordan 0-0-0, Jennifer Western 0-0-0, Rachel Hastert 0-0-0, Anne Stinchfield 0-0-0. Shannon Keller 0-0-0. Totals - 54-1-13.5. Assists - Emily Kennedy 48. Digs leader - Emily Kennedy 11.

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 12-0-0, Cassandra Prell 11-1-3, Kelly Gaudino 10-0-2, Jill McPheeters 6-2-0, Marritt Cafarchia 3-3-1, Kim Vincent 2-0-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick 1-0-0, Elizabeth Brown 1-0-0, Mary McClelland 1-0-0, Mary Gaber 0-0-0. Totals - 47-6-3.0. Assists - Marritt Cafarchia 37. Digs leaders - Mary McClelland 17, Kelly Gaudino 13.