Gorubec Leads Wildcats To Hot Finish Over Aggies

Oct. 2, 2002

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DAVIS, Calif. --- Senior Staci Gorubec exploded for 21 kills and a .390 hitting average while Alexa Skjei and Chelsea Tyrell each served up five aces to lead Chico State to a 30-27, 29-31, 30-20, 30-10 win over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match at Upper Hickey Gym Wednesday.

The host Aggies drop to 6-10 on the season, and 2-5 in conference play. The Wildcats improve to 8-3 overall, and 4-3 in CCAA action.

Gorubec had six of her kills in Game 3, during which Chico State hit .406. She then added seven kills against no errors in Game 4, helping her Wildcats post a blistering .559 hitting average for the game. Chico had 21 kills and only two errors in 34 attempts in the final game.

For UC Davis, junior outside hitter Kelly Gaudino recorded 15 kills and 17 digs to lead her team in each statistic. Senior middle blocker Liv Brown made her first start in place of injured Cassandra Prell, posting a .429 hitting rate and seven total blocks.

"In the first two games, we played some of our best volleyball in a while. We just lost momentum at the end of Game 1," said Aggie head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "I'm very disappointed in Games 3 and 4. The wind went completely out of our sails. We lost on some 'hustle plays.'

"Wins are hard to come by in this league. We're not as physical as some teams so we need to play smarter."

The Chico performance was also marked by tough serving as well as efficient offense. The Wildcats rang up 14 total aces and numerous serving runs, including Lindsey Karkula's 15 straight points down the stretch of Game 4 that resulted in a comfortable 27-6 lead for her team.



"They served tough, but more importantly, we didn't respond to it well," added Hawbecker.

In Game 1, Stacey Clifton helped bring Chico back from a 17-10 deficit to a 25-22 lead. The Aggies recovered to a 27-27 tie, but Clifton caught a break when her errant pass fell into the open UC Davis court to lift the 'Cats to a 28-27 lead. Gorubec promptly knocked down back-to-back kills to take the opening game.

UC Davis enjoyed some late defensive heroics from Mary McClelland to help the Aggies recover from a 22-19 deficit in Game 2. McClelland scooped up two deep Wildcat shots that would set up a free-ball kill by Gaudino, cutting the lead to 24-23. Gaudino's jump-serving would lift the Aggies to 27-25, but Gorubec helped turn the tide to a 28-27 Chico lead with a pair of kills.

With a 29-27 match point, an errant serve by Alexa Skjei put the ball in the hands of Aggie middle Jill McPheeters, who served out the game with three straight points. Kate Wilton had the game-tying point, putting down a kill on her third straight attempt of the rotation. McPheeters took the 30-29 lead on a service ace, then Brown and Wilton blocked Tyrell's attack to take a Game 2 win and even the match score. However, Chico would respond in the third and fourth games, hitting a combined .485 to finish the match.

Both teams travel south for conference matches against UC San Diego and Grand Canyon.

Chico State (8-3, 6-10)





UC Davis (6-10, 2-5)






CHICO (kills-aces-blocks) - Stacey Clifton 15-1-4, Alexa Skjei 4-5-5, Becky Stutte 1-1-1, Darci Burton 12-1-2, Staci Gorubec 21-0-0, Chelsea Tyrrell 12-5-3, Kirsten Ray 0-0-0, Lindsey Karkula 1-1-0, Katie Heinz 0-0-0. Totals 66-14-8.0. Assists - Becky Stutte 56. Digs leaders - Katie Heinz 18, Stacey Clifton 12, Kirsten Ray 10.

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 13-0-3, Kim Vincent 8-2-2, Kelly Gaudino 15-2-0, Marritt Cafarchia 1-1-1, Jill McPheeters 3-3-1, Elizabeth Brown 6-2-7, Mary McClelland 1-0-0, Mary Gaber 0-0-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick 0-0-0. Totals 47-10-8.0. Assists - Marritt Cafarchia 39. Digs leaders - Kelly Gaudino 17, Mary McClelland 14.