Aggie volleyball picks up road win at UCR

Oct. 13, 2017

Final Stats

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Emily Allen posted a double-double of 17 kills and 12 digs while freshman Mahalia White added 15 kills and a .297 hitting average, leading UC Davis to a four-set, 25-15, 26-28, 27-25, 25-22 win over UC Riverside in a Big West Conference women's volleyball match at SRC Arena Friday night.

The Aggies improve to 10-9 for the year and 2-4 in conference play. The Highlanders slip to 9-9 overall and 1-5 in Big West matches.

Allen's kill total represents her best of the year save for the 18-kill performance she enjoyed in a five-set win against Boise State. The psychology major from Santa Barbara also tied her career high of four blocks, previously set at UCR in November of last year. Junior outside hitter Brianna Karsseboom chipped in 11 kills with 12 digs, junior middle blocker Lauren Jackson tallied nine kills with five blocks, while junior libero Malia Bolko led all players with 25 digs.

For UCR, senior Fabiana Rosas totaled 13 kills with 12 digs. Middle blocker Yuliya Ushakova contributed on eight of her team's 13.0 blocks. Overall, the Highlanders were held to just 47 kills and a .137 average, the Aggies' best team defensive effort of the 2017 conference season thus far.

Allen posted four kills in the first set, including three in a run of six unanswered points that flipped a 9-8 deficit into a 14-9 UC Davis lead. Jackson and sophomore Jackie Graves later teamed up for back-to-back blocks in the Aggies' 8-2 finish to the set.

UC Davis continued that momentum into the second, charging out to the a 7-3 lead before UCR responded with six straight points en route to a 9-7 edge. The two teams traded leads four more times before the Highlanders held a 24-22 set point. Allen scored consecutive kills, then middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri followed with another to give the Aggies a 25-24 edge. UC Davis later held a 26-25 set point, only to have UCR junior Fabiana Rosas put down two kills in a 3-0 finish.

The Highlanders rolled through the break and into an 8-4 start to the third set. This time, UC Davis battled back to 8-8, the first of eight ties in the frame. UCR threatened to take the match lead with a 23-20 advantage, but the Aggies again scrambled off the ropes. Jackson scored a kill and two blocks in a 4-0 run that granted UC Davis a 24-23 set point. She and fellow third-year Brianna Karsseboom landed kills down the stretch en route to the 27-25 win and the 2-1 match lead.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. Match time is 7 p.m. from Titan Gym.

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