Sept. 27, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. -
Senior outside hitter Dana Coffee posted a match-high 17 kills and hit
.500 to lead No. 23 Cal State L.A. to a 30-21, 30-24, 30-18 sweep over UC
Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball
match at Hickey Gym Friday in front of 218.
The Aggies drop to 5-9 on the season, and 1-4 in conference. The Golden
Eagles move to 7-5 overall, and 3-2 in league play.
Sophomore Kate Wilton led UC Davis with 11 kills and 11 digs, while middle
blocker Cassandra Prell had seven total blocks at the net. For CSULA, Lizelle
Jackson recorded a team-best 12 digs while contributing eight kills. Leslie
Smith added 10 kills and nine digs.
The Aggies held their opponents reasonably close in the early going,
carrying a 9-9 tie before an assisted block by Coffey and Maegan Bergeson
sparked a 4-1 run that would give the Golden Eagles the lead for good. Later
in Game 1, Te'Ara had two kills to lift her team to a 29-19 margin.
"I thought the first ten points were the best we've played to begin
a match," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "They
started breaking us down in the second half of Game 1. We also played well
in Game 2, when the score was in the 20s. We were blocking well and digging
"I saw some good tenacious play in the match. I thought we played
well, but we lost our purpose at times. We just didn''t dictate the tempo
and momentum of the match."
The Golden Eagles came out strong in the second game, piling up a 17-12
lead thanks to the heavy hitting from Epps and Coffey. But a surge in offense
from Wilton and junior Kelly Gaudino helped cut the deficit to 20-19. A
Kim Vincent kill crept UC Davis to 25-24, but Kristy Sain's tough serving
shut the door for the Golden Eagles. She had two of her match-high five
aces and set up a solo block by Jackson in that final stretch.
In Game 3, the Golden Eagles exploded for a 10-2 start thanks to continued
aggressive serving from Sain and Jackson. The Aggies cut the lead to 14-11
when Vincent and Gaudino stuffed an attack by Dione McCrea, but Sain responded
by serving seven straight points, including two more aces.
"She served extremes. She had at least three balls hit the baseline
- those are earned points," said Hawbecker, of Sain's performance.
"She's an experienced senior player who gets her teams on those runs."
The Golden Eagles hit .304 for the match, including a .400 clip in the
second game. UC Davis enjoyed its best offensive performance in Game 2,
amassing 13 kills against just three errors.
UC Davis hosts Cal St. Dominguez Hills while CSULA head to Chico State
in continued league action Saturday.
|Cal State L.A. (7-5, 3-2 CCAA)
|UC Davis (5-8, 1-4 CCAA)
CSULA (kills-aces-blocks) - Lizelle Jackson 8-2-1, Kristy Sain 0-5-0,
Te'Ara Epps 7-1-1, Leslie Smith 10-0-0, Maegan Bergeson 4-0-1, Dana Coffey
17-0-3, Kristi Reyes 0-0-0, Dione McCrea 8-0-0, Tiare Tuitama 0-1-0. Totals
54-19-5.0. Assists - Kristy Sain 27, Tiare Tuitama 20. Digs leader - Lizelle
UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 11-1-1, Cassandra Prell 3-1-7,
Kim Vincent 4-0-3, Kelly Gaudino 10-1-1, Marritt Cafarchia 2-1-5, Jill McPheeters
1-0-2, Jennie Tilles 0-0-0, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Mary Gaber 0-0-0. Totals
31-4-10.0. Assists - Marritt Cafarchia 22. Digs leader - Kate Wilton 11.