Sept. 15, 2012
Sophomore middle blockers Katie Quinn and Victoria Lee combined for 22 kills and .513 hitting but UC Davis was unable to hold off junior Colleen Yarber in a 25-22, 25-21, 27-25 loss to Southeast Missouri at the Butler Invitational women's volleyball tournament held in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday.
The Aggies slip to 6-7 for the year.
Quinn tallied 11 kills against just one error for a blistering .556 average while Lee matched that kills total with a lone error on 21 swings for a .476 clip. Both kills totals are career highs for the two sophomores. Junior Devon Damelio tallied a double-double of 10 kills and 13 digs.
Update: Damelio and senior Allison Whitson were selected to the all-tournament team. Whitson, who earned tournament MVP the week before at Fresno State, finished with a team-best 36 kills and 35 digs. Damelio, capturing her fourth straight all-tourney nod, posted 25 kills with 25 digs and 11 blocks in the nine sets. Butler's Maggie Harbison was selected as tournament MVP.
Yarber powered the Redhawks with 19 kills on 43 attacks while Kelsey Keeve and Emily Coon each hit better than .400. Overall, SEMO hit .281, nearly 100 points higher than UC Davis.
Redhawk senior Brittney Kalinoski scored back-to-back kills in a 4-0 stretch that put SEMO up by a 17-12 margin in the first set. UC Davis managed to close the gap to three on a block by Quinn and Valerie Brain, setting the board at 21-18. Later, when the Aggies faced a 24-20 set point, Brain and Lee put down kills to cut the margin to just two. But Yarber converted the side out for the winner.
Two net violations and a pair of early hitting errors dug UC Davis into a 10-6 hole early in the second, although the Aggies eventually fought back to a 15-15 on Kaitlyn Plum's service ace. However, Kalinoski sparked a strong finish for SEMO. She had a block assist and a kill amidst a 5-1 run that brought the tally to 23-20. Again, Yarber was there for the winner three serves later, sending the Redhawks to the break with a 2-0 match lead. Plum led UC Davis with six digs and her ace during second-set play.
The two teams battled closely in a third set that saw 13 ties and seven lead changes. Quinn had four kills and a block during the first half of the frame, helping UC Davis hold a 16-13 lead. The Aggies held that edge at 20-17 behind a Lee kill, but committed three straight attack errors to allow the Redhawks to equalize. Both UC Davis and SEMO traded five more ties, with Lee's solo stuff of Taylor Masterson providing the Aggies with a 25-24 set point. Nonetheless, Keeve and Yarber hit consecutive kills in support of Julie Shives' serving, closing out the sweep.
Quinn and Lee each had five kills on seven shots in the third set. Setter Jenny Woolway and outside hitter Allison Whitson each had seven digs, while the Aggie offense improved to .240 from its .115 struggles in the opening set. In fact, UC Davis had committed just one attack error at the point of its 20-17 lead, but suffered from four after that point.
The Butler Invitational closes out the non-conference portion of the Aggie schedule. UC Davis returns to action for its Big West Conference opener against Pacific on Saturday. Match time is 7 p.m. at the Pavilion.