Sept. 16, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. -
Senior Kelly Gaudino posted a team-best 17 kills while freshman teammate
Nicole Read added 12 kills and a .611 hitting average as UC Davis swept
Notre Dame de Namur, 30-25, 30-27, 30-26, in a non-conference women's collegiate
volleyball match at Upper Hickey Gym Tuesday in front of 102.
The Aggies, who remain unbeaten at home, improve to 5-4 on the season.
The Argonauts fall to 7-8 overall.
Gaudino also contributed 11 digs on floor defense and recorded three
total blocks, including a pair of solos. Libero Mary McClelland recorded
a match-high 16 digs. Setter Marritt Cafarchia compiled 42 assists and served
up four aces for the match. She also spread around the offensive opportunities:
opposite Jill McPheeters managed four kills on 17 attempts, the second-most
swings taken by any right-side player this season.
"Keeping teams off balance by even set distribution is a big advantage
to us because we are well-rounded," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie
Hawbecker. "It keeps players hungry to get the ball. They know they're
going to get their swings. And if a player doesn't get reps during a match,
they lose mental focus. So Marritt did a nice job on set distribution."
Ashley Hardwick led NDNU offensively with 17 kills, while Janine Rogers
led her team on the floor with 15 digs. Junior middle blocker Amanda Thomas
patrolled the net with three total blocks.
"That's a really important win because they have beaten Stanislaus
and San Francisco State," said Hawbecker. "And we've lost to them
the last two years. Coming off a two-weekend road trip, two losses in a
row, traveling and then a practice Monday, we could have given in to some
mental fatigue. But I didn't have to call a timeout when it got tight."
The Argos led late in Game 1, building a 22-19 lead on six early kills
by Hardwick. However, the NDNU freshman suffered three hitting errors in
a stretch of six points, and Read and junior Kate Wilton each added aces
during a 9-1 run that put UC Davis at a 28-23 advantage. Hardwick recovered
at the Aggies' first game point to post her seventh kill of the first game,
but Gaudino responded with her eighth kill for the 30th point.
UC Davis did not trail in Game 2 after an early 3-1 deficit, but rarely
led by more than two points in the fame. Read hit back-to-back kills to
establish a 21-17 lead but Hardwick responded with two kills to cut the
deficit. The Argos managed to tie the game at 27-27 but a block by McPheeters
and Read gave the Aggies a one-point lead and the serve. Ingrid Nuss, a
defensive specialist who made her first career start, served up the last
two points to allow UC Davis a 2-0 lead in games.
The Aggies opened Game 3 with a 7-3 lead but NDNU brought the score back
to a 11-11 knot, highlighted by a solo block by Thomas. UC Davis pulled
away later in the frame when NDNU suffered a setting violation followed
by consecutive hitting errors. The Argos called a timeout with the Aggies
ahead 24-20, but Gaudino recorded two kills on the next three points to
give her team its largest lead of the game. The UC Davis senior added her
17th kill on match point to seal the sweep.
The Aggies return to California Collegiate Athletic Association action
Friday for a match against Sonoma State.
|Notre Dame de Namur (7-8)
|UC Davis (5-4)