Oct. 3, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. --- Outside hitter Kelly Gaudino posted 14 of her
21 total kills in the second half of the match and Nicole Read added 10
kills and three aces as UC Davis beat Grand Canyon, 30-25, 28-30, 30-27
and 30-25 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball
match in front of 1,060 fans at Recreation Hall Friday.
The Aggies improve to 9-6 on the year and even their CCAA record at 4-4.
The Antelopes drop to 3-10 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
The match served as a lead-in event for the fourth-annual Turbulence,
a non-alcoholic party sponsored by the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD).
It also was the first Aggie volleyball match held in Recreation Hall since
2001, and the first-ever sporting event to benefit from the arena's new
UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker enjoyed the festivities, but
admitted it might have put her team out of sync in the early going. "We
were a little out of whack. To be honest with you, I think it hurt us more
than it hurt them," she said. "The crowd was great. We want this
environment all the time in the future. It just rocked us back on our heels
Melanie Vidoni led Grand Canyon with 15 kills and a .400 hitting average.
She also posted 12 digs. Kim Gabriel also had a double-double, contributing
12 kills and 16 digs. Senior Mandy Forrest recorded eight total blocks -
including two solo stuffs - but committed 14 hitting errors on offense.
UC Davis enjoyed an 8-2 run near the end of its Game 1 win, rebounding
from a 20-19 deficit to a 27-22 lead. Junior Kate Wilton led the Aggies
with six kills in that game. Grand Canyon went on an 8-2 run of its own
early in Game 2 to build a 14-8 lead, but UC Davis responded with six straight
points to tie the game.
The Aggies went ahead by 28-24 late in the second game, then surrendered
six straight points en route to a 30-28 loss. UC Davis suffered from four
attack errors in that stretch, while Forrest had a kill and two blocks during
After an extended break between Games 2 and 3, UC Davis came out stronger,
building leads of 17-9 then 26-20. The 'Lopes promptly scored five straight
to cut the margin to one, but Gaudino had three kills in the final four
points to seal the win. The Aggies then hit .289 as a team in Game 4, leading
for the remainder of the match.
"After the ten-minute break, I thought we were a lot better,"
said Hawbecker. "They forced the tempo. This is a team we actually
want to play slower than, which you almost never hear me say. They play
ping-pong speed. We weren't executing the gameplan we had in place and we
weren't as sharp mentally as I'd like us to be.
"We loosened up a little bit. We were more relaxed and focused.
Then we started executing the gameplan."
Marritt Cafarchia and Mary McClelland led the Aggie floor defense with
13 and 12 digs, respectively. Coach Hawbecker also heavily praised McClelland's
contributions of "execution and leadership" in the last six days,
which has included a loss to then-winless Cal St. Dominguez Hills and an
emotional five-game road win over Chico State.
UC Davis hosts No. 2 ranked UC San Diego at Upper Hickey Gym Saturday.
|Grand Canyon (3-10, 2-7 CCAA)
|UC Davis (9-6, 4-4 CCAA)
GCU (kills-aces-blocks) - Kim Gabriel 12-0-0, Laura Huff 2-0-2, Mandy
Forrest 12-0-8, Melanie Vidoni 15-0-2, Charise Weatherbee 6-0-3, Natalie
Jandreau 8-0-3, Krista Jacob 0-0-0, Kim Schmeltzer 1-3-0, Ashley Handley
4-1-0, Adrienne Maguire 0-0-0. Totals 60-4-10.0. Assists - Natalie Jandreau
45. Digs leaders - Kim Gabriel 16, Melanie Vidoni 12, Natalie Jandreau 10,
Krista Jacob 10.
UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 8-2-0, Kelly Gaudino 21-2-1,
Marritt Cafarchia 1-1-2, Christina Ng 0-0-0, Rachel Keener 6-0-1, Nicole
Read 10-3-3, Mary McClelland 1-0-0, Ingrid Nuss 0-0-0, Kim Vincent 4-0-0,
Jenny Pierce 0-0-0, Jill McPheeters 1-0-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick 3-0-3, Amber
Korner 0-0-0. Totals 55-8-5.0. Assists - Marritt Cafarchia 46. Digs leaders
- Marritt Cafarchia 13, Mary McClelland 12.