Aggies Fall In Five-Game Heartbreaker

Oct. 11, 2003

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DAVIS, Calif. --- Senior middle blocker Ingrid Berntsen had 16 kills and hit .357 while teammates Morgan Reed and Jessica Slayton each posted 17 kills to lead Cal St. Bakersfield to a five-game, 31-33, 31-29, 30-18, 25-30, 16-14 win over UC Davis in a marathon California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match at Recreation Hall Saturday.

The Aggies fall to 10-8 on the year and 5-6 in CCAA play. The Roadrunners improve to 8-6 overall and 7-3 in conference.

UC Davis freshman Nicole Read followed a strong Friday performance with another solid outing, recording 18 kills and a .424 hitting average to go with seven block assists and two aces. Kelly Gaudino scored 22 kills and 20 digs, giving her a school-record fourth match in the 2003 season in which she has surpassed 20 kills and 20 digs. Libero Mary McClelland and defensive specialist Christina Ng also tallied 20 digs each for the Aggies.

UC Davis reached 14-12 match point in Game 5 on an attack error by Berntsen, but the 'Runner middle recovered with a side out kill, and took over serving chores. Slayton hit back-to-back kills to even the match at 14-14 then take a 15-14 lead. Sabrina Smart and Lisa North combined for a block for the match-winning point.

"I'm totally happy with the effort. They laid their hearts out," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "We haven't played that well since I've been here. It just didn't go our way."

Sabrina Smart posted seven total blocks for the Roadrunners, including three solos. Senior Jill Blancada contributed six service aces, while Smart and setter Lisa North had two apiece.



Gaudino finished off the Aggies' Game 1 victory with three straight kills, then junior outside hitter Kate Wilton had two aces as part of a 7-0 start in Game 2. But CSUB responded with a 5-2 run and eventually took an 18-17 when Morgan Reed scored three kills over a span of six points. Yet another Reed point stretched the 'Runner margin to 20-17. The Aggies caught up in the final stretch of the game, taking a late 27-25 lead. With the game locked at 29-29, Slayton put down another kill then Blancada took the 31st point with one of her six service aces.

Bakersfield dominated Game 3, riding an 11-3 start to a 12-point victory. Berntsen had four block assists in the third game, all in a span of five points that lifted her team to a 27-13 advantage. As a team, the Roadrunners hit .290 for the game.

The Aggies came out strong in Game 4, building a 17-11 lead at the midway point. CSUB trimmed that to 21-20, but Gaudino had a solo block and a kill as part of 5-0 Aggie run that effectively put the fourth game out of the 'Runners reach.

Junior defensive specialist Ingrid Nuss also gave UC Davis a much-needed defensive spark in Games 4 and 5. She entered the match to serve four of the five points of her team's late fourth-game run, and contributed five digs during her stint. Sophomore Mary Gaber also provided the Aggies with some key defensive help late in the match, posting four digs and two block assists.

UC Davis concludes its three-week homestand with matches against Cal Poly Pomona and Cal St. San Bernardino on October 17 and 18.

Cal St. Bakersfield (8-6, 7-3 CCAA)






UC Davis (10-8, 5-6 CCAA)






CSUB (kills-aces-blocks) - Ingrid Berntsen 16-1-4, Morgan Reed 17-1-2, Lindsey Jordan 14-0-3, Jessica Slayton 17-0-1, Lisa North 4-2-3, Sabrina Smart 7-2-7, Holly Ameluxen 0-0-0, Jill Blancada 0-6-0, Kerianne Kreger 0-0-0, Nicole Holland 0-0-0. Totals 75-12-12.0. Assists - Lisa North 61. Digs leaders - Jessica Slayton 20, Nicole Holland 18, Lisa North 15, Morgan Reed 10.

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 4-4-2, Kelly Gaudino 22-2-1, Marritt Cafarchia 5-1-4, Christina Ng 0-1-0, Rachel Keener 6-3-2, Nicole Read 18-2-7, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Ingrid Nuss 0-0-0, Mary Gaber 1-0-2, Kim Vincent 14-0-1, Ellen Fitzpatrick 3-0-0. Totals 73-13-10.0. Assists - Marritt Cafarchia 59. Digs leaders - Kelly Gaudino 20, Christina Ng 20, Mary McClelland 20.