Freshman Phenom Overpowers Aggies In 3-0 Sweep

Oct. 10, 2004

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Freshman sensation Alexis Crimes posted 12 kills while teammate Jillian Mazzarella added 10 to lead 23rd-ranked Long Beach State to a 30-11, 30-21, 30-21 sweep over UC Davis in a non-conference women's collegiate volleyball match at the Pyramid Saturday.

The Aggies drop to 1-14 for the year. The 49ers, ranked 23rd in this week's CSTV/USA Today poll, improve to 13-2 overall.

Crimes and Mazzarella combined for an even .500 hitting average, taking 38 swings and committing just three errors between them. Crimes added six block assists on defense, while Mazzarella, a senior setter, recorded 31 assists.

UC Davis' offense was plagued by a total of 32 hitting errors, resulting in an attack rate of minus-.038. Senior middle Kim Vincent was a bright spot offensively, recorded a .308 average to go with two service aces and a pair of block assists. Libero Mary McClelland picked up two aces and a match-high 14 digs for the Aggies.

The 30-11 margin in Game 1 matches the Aggies' most lopsided loss since collegiate volleyball adopted the 30-point rally scoring system. UC Davis also lost a 30-11 game against Utah State two weeks ago.

The Aggies briefly led the second game, opening the stanza on a 4-1 start. However, the 49ers responded with a 9-6 run to tie the game at 10-10, then enjoyed a 6-1 stretch to take the lead for good.

UC Davis returns to action on October 16 for a home match against Cal St. Northridge, another future rival in the Big West Conference.

UC Davis (1-14) 11 21 21
Long Beach State (13-2) 30 30 30

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 3-0-1, Katelyn Astruc 2-0-0, Ingrid Nuss 0-0-0, Mary Gaber 1-0-0, Kim Vincent 6-2-1, Jenny Pierce 5-0-2, Mary McClelland 0-2-0, Marritt Cafarchia 1-0-0, Rachel Keener 2-0-0, Nicole Read 7-0-2, Katie Wilson 1-0-1. Totals 28-4-4.0. Assists - Katelyn Astruc 24. Digs leader - Mary McClelland 14.

LBSU (kills-aces-blocks) - Makini Thompson 4-0-2, Heather Hetzer 7-0-3, Jillian Mazzarella 10-0-1, Sara Kroneberger 1-4-0, Robin Miramontes 6-0-5, Alexis Crimes 12-0-6, Heather Laudat 0-1-0, Natalie Uhart 7-0-4, Dyanne Lawlor 0-0-0, Taylor Peyton 0-0-0. Totals 47-5-10.5. Assists - Jillian Mazzarella 31. Digs leaders - Heather Laudato 8, Sara Kroneberger 8.