UC Davis finishes 3-0 at UTA's Maverick Classic

Sept. 15, 2017

UC Davis 3, HBU 0 | UC Davis 3, Lamar 0

ARLINGTON, Texas - Junior outside hitter Brianna Karsseboom hammered out 15 kills with just one error while Malia Bolko recorded 17 digs to lead UC Davis to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 sweep of Houston Baptist, finishing a 3-0 overall weekend at UT Arlington's Maverick Classic women's volleyball tournament Friday. Both Karsseboom and Bolko earned all-tournament honors.

Karsseboom finished the weekend with 35 kills, 38 digs and seven blocks in 10 sets. Bolko picked up a team-leading 58 digs in the three Aggie wins. This is the second all-tournament selection for each player in 2017: Karsseboom was named MVP at the UNLV Invitational in late August, while Bolko snared a spot on the UC Davis Invitational honor squad last weekend.

UC Davis also enjoyed a three-set sweep against Lamar to start its Friday session. The Maverick Classic continues through Saturday, although the Aggies wrapped up their action on Friday. The full all-tournament squad will be announced at the conclusion of the UTA-Arizona State match.

Karsseboom's 15 kills helped the Aggies hit .228 as a team in Friday's nightcap win over HBU. Junior outside hitter Emily Allen provided 10 kills and a .318 success rate while junior setter Maddie Merlino served up three of her team's six total aces. Karsseboom, Allen and junior middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri each had four kills in the 25-18 first-set win.

The second set proved the most pivotal, with the two teams locking up in 19 ties and 11 lead changes. Save for a 9-6 Husky lead early on, neither team held more than a two-point advantage throughout the frame. Allen served up an ace to make it 22-21, then Karsseboom scored kills for the 23rd and set points. Freshman opposite Mahalia White then delivered the winner, sending the Aggies to the break with a 2-0 match lead.

Karsseboom continued to pound away in the third game, hitting an errorless 6-for-10. UC Davis also kept HBU from any major scoring runs by converting 16 of 19 side-out opportunities. The Aggies ran out to a 6-2 start, then back-to-back Husky attacking errors boosted that edge to 12-6. They held at least a five-point margin for the remainder of the match.

HBU senior Bailey Banks had 11 kills and 12 digs to lead her team overall.

Allen and Karsseboom totaled 19 kills on 60 swings while Bolko added 15 digs in a 25-20, 25-18, 28-26 sweep of Lamar to open Friday's tournament session. Net play also figured heavily on both sides, as UC Davis totaled 9.0 team blocks to the Cardinals' 12.5. Sophomores Jackie Graves and Lauren Matias led that charge with five block assists in the match.

The Aggies never trailed in their first set win, riding out a 12-4 start helped by three straight Karsseboom kills. Freshman Alexa Rockas added three stuffs in that frame, but UC Davis arguably enjoyed its best play in the second-set win. Allen and Matias each tallied four kills, Graves hit 3-for-5 with three blocks and Bolko provided six digs in that seven-point victory. As a team, UC Davis committed just three errors en route to a .351 average to take a 2-0 match lead into the break.

In the third set, UC Davis stormed to an 8-3 start but eventually surrendered the lead at 15-13 when Amy Hollowell and Ivette Dim combined on consecutive blocks for Lamar. The Cards totaled 8.5 blocks in the third frame alone, and positioned themselves to extend the match with a late 23-20 advantage. Two hitting errors and a Rockas ace brought the Aggies back to 23-23 before Dim's side out gave Lamar the first of two set points. UC Davis refused to yield, with Allen and Karsseboom putting down kills for two match points. Finally, Matias and Rockas teamed up on a block against Cardinal junior Murielle Hlavac for the match-winner.

The Maverick Classic closes out the preseason for UC Davis, which hosts Cal Poly for the start of Big West Conference play on Tuesday. Match time is 5 p.m. at the Pavilion.

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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