Wolverines Overcome Deficit To Top Aggies In Five

Sept. 16, 2004


PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior opposite Deise Borghetti hammered down 26 total kills, including 15 in the final two games, to help Utah Valley State overcome a 2-0 deficit in a five-game, 27-30, 23-30, 30-26, 30-26, 15-12 win over UC Davis in the first day of action at the Nike Portland Invitational women's volleyball tournament at the Chiles Center Thursday.

The Aggies, victims of their second consecutive five-game loss, drops to 1-8 overall. The Wolverines improve to 4-2.

For UC Davis, senior libero Mary McClelland recorded a career-high 30 digs, the most by an Aggie player since Jill Changaris established the school record of 31 during the 1996 season. She also moves into third on UC Davis' career digs list, passing Changaris.

Sophomore Rachel Keener posted a team-best 15 kills off the bench, while middle blocker Jenny Pierce combined 10 kills and seven total blocks.

Freshman Jessica Endres had 15 kills and hit .300 for UVSC. Junior Anne Olsen posted 16 digs to lead five Wolverines in double figures.

The Aggies trailed 14-9 in the first game, but a six-point run - on four UVSC hitting errors and a pair of setting violations - gave UC Davis a lead it would not relinquish. After assisting Katelyn Astruc on a kill for game point, McClelland served up an ace for the game-winner.

UC Davis showed its best offense in Game 2, hitting .265 as a team. Keener had seven kills on 11 swings, including two in the final three points. Senior outside hitter Kate Wilton added five kills in the second game, helping the Aggies take a 2-0 lead in games.

After facing a 17-12 deficit in Game 3, the Wolverines nipped away to a 20-20 tie after a kill by Krystal Peterson, forcing UC Davis to take a timeout. Wilton and fellow senior Kim Vincent responded with back-to-back kills, putting the Aggies up by two. UVSC fought back again, this time overtaking UC Davis and building a 27-24 lead on a kill by Borghetti. Senior Alina Wallauer had three kills down the stretch of Game 3, then served up the 30th point for a 30-26 win.



Borghetti's offense sparked the Wolverines through Games 4 and 5. She had nine kills against just a single error in Game 4, then added six more in the fifth game. UC Davis trailed for much of the fourth, but a pair of kills by Keener and another by sophomore Nicole Read helped the Aggies tie the game at 25-25. UVSC setter Jaime Wiscombe served up three straight points down the stretch to help the Wolverines claim Game 4.

Both teams' net defense highlighted the decisive Game 5. Pierce and junior opposite Mary Gaber combined on two of the Aggies' four blocks, while Vincent assisted on the other two. But UVSC recorded a pair of blocks on key points in the final run. Endres assisted on a Rachel Keener attempt that broke the game's fifth tie. She also tallied a block assist on the match-winner.

UC Davis will face Portland State in Friday's tournament action.

Utah Valley State (4-2) 27 23 30 30 15
UC Davis (1-8) 30 30 26 26 12

UVSC (kills-aces-blocks) - Jessica Endres 15-0-3, Lacee Koelliker 4-3-1, Alina Wallauer 11-0-0, Stephanie McFarland 2-1-1, Malia Roberts 1-0-0, Deise Borghetti 26-1-3, Krystal Peterson 7-0-2, Anne Olsen 0-2-0, Jaime Wiscombe 2-1-0, Chelsea O’Neal 1-0-0, Maegan Hoyt 0-0-0, Larissa Laycock 0-0-0. Totals 69-8-5.0. Assists - Lacee Koelliker 47. Digs leaders - Anne Olsen 16, Alina Wallauer 15, Deise Borghetti 15, Chelsea O’Neal 14, Lacee Koelliker 12.

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 13-1-2, Katelyn Astruc 5-0-2, Kim Vincent 7-2-5, Marritt Cafarchia 0-2-0, Jenny Pierce 10-0-7, Nicole Read 4-0-1, Mary McClelland 0-1-0, Ingrid Nuss 1-0-0, Mary Gaber 4-0-3, Jill McPheeters 1-0-1, Rachel Keener 15-1-1. Totals 60-7-13.0. Assists - Katelyn Astruc 50. Digs leaders - Mary McClelland 30, Katelyn Astruc 14, Marritt Cafarchia 13, Kate Wilton 11.