Aggies fall to Cal Poly in straight sets

Sept. 19, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Matias had six kills and eight digs while freshman Mahalia White and junior Brianna Karsseboom each added seven kills, but UC Davis fell to Cal Poly in straight sets, 25-20, 25-12, 25-19, to open the 2017 Big West Conference women's volleyball season at the Pavilion Tuesday night.

The Aggies move to 8-6 for the year and 0-1 in conference play. The Mustangs, among the teams receiving votes in this week's AVCA Top 25, improve to 11-2 overall and open 1-0 in Big West action.

Matias committed only one error in 15 swings for a .333 average while her dig total led the UC Davis floor defense. Junior outside hitter Emily Allen also had six kills while junior middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri provided three blocks, including two solo stuffs.

Cal Poly's triple threat of Raeann Greisen, Savannah Niemen and Torrey Van Winden helped the Mustangs hit a combined .386. Greisen finished 13-for-15 with no errors, Niemen added another 12 kills with just three errors for a .409 clip. Jessica McRoskey led the Cal Poly defense with 14 digs.

Oddly, UC Davis hit .236 for the match, its highest efficiency rate since its home tournament loss to Portland State on September 8. Most of that came from the first and third sets, in which the Aggies committed only seven hitting errors and mounted significant comeback runs.

"We got aggressive, and attacked high and hard," said head coach Dan Conners. "Our passing was sporadic but when we had streaks of good passing, I thought we improved the way we played. But defensively, the effort was not where it needed to be. That's on me. I've got to prep them better than that."

The Aggies hit a solid .324 in the opening set but suffered in the serve-receive department, surrendering four aces amidst a 10-1 run that turned an early 7-5 UC Davis lead into a 15-8 Mustang advantage. Then in the second set, the Aggies managed just six kills to Cal Poly's 16, as the guests pulled away to the 13-point win and a 2-0 match lead. Torrey Van Winden hit an errorless 8-for-9 in that second set.

UC Davis fell into an early 9-4 hole in the third set but managed to battle back to a 12-11 deficit. Karsseboom teamed up with Ohiri and Matias, then delivered back-to-back kills as part of that comeback. 

Ultimately, Cal Poly never relinquished its lead in that final period, later scoring four straight to reclaim a four-point edge at 17-13. Nieman and Greisen each had two kills down the final stretch to pull away from a 21-18 margin and complete the Mustang sweep.

The Aggies return to action at Hawai'i on Saturday night. Match time is 9 p.m. Pacific.

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