White, Bolko lead Aggies past Mavericks

Sept. 14, 2017

Final Stats

ARLINGTON, Texas - Freshman opposite Mahalia White tallied 13 kills with a .360 average while junior libero Malia Bolko picked up a match-high 26 digs, helping UC Davis come back from a first-set loss to a 14-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 win over host UT Arlington at the Maverick Classic women's volleyball tournament Thursday night.

The Aggies improve to 6-5 for the year. The Mavs even their record to 5-5 overall.

White was one of three players to provide double-digit offense, as juniors Emily Allen and Brianna Karsseboom posted double-doubles. Allen scored 12 kills with 15 digs, while Karsseboom had 11 in each category. Redshirt junior Kelechi Ohiri chipped in an errorless 8-for-14 attacking chart with four block assists. Sophomore Lauren Matias and freshman Alexa Rockas led the UC Davis net defense with five blocks apiece.

Senior outside hitter Qiana Canete led UTA with 13 kills and 16 digs. Remarkably, UTA did not post a single block against the Aggie attack.

UC Davis struggled to just nine kills and .054 hitting in the first set but improved to 17 and .268 in the second. Matias had two kills and a block in an 11-2 start to that Set 2 victory, while Allen delivered a pair of kills down the stretch to hold off the Mavericks' comeback to a 20-20 tie.

Matias contributed to three of her team's 4.5 team blocks while Bolko had eight digs in the third set, helping UC Davis hold its host to just .125 hitting. Again, the Aggies never trailed, taking an 11-5 start then scoring six straight to extend the margin to 20-10.

The two teams battled to seven ties in the finale, with Canete's final kill providing the Mavs with a 10-9 lead. White then scored three kills and teamed with Ohiri on a block during a run of five unanswered to take the lead for good. Karsseboom later put down back-to-back kills and Rockas chipped on two blocks in what ultimately became a 16-3 finish to the match. UC Davis committed only two hitting errors en route to a .359 average in that fourth stanza. Meanwhile, Karsseboom and Bolko each had six digs in the fourth to help smother UTA to just .098 hitting.

The Aggies face Lamar and Houston Baptist during Friday's portion of the tournament. Match times are 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Pacific, respectively.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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