Oct. 13, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Devon Damelio tallied 12 kills with a .333 hitting average while sophomores Victoria Lee and Valerie Brain each added nine kills to lead UC Davis to a 25-21, 25-11, 25-20 sweep of Cal Poly in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at the Pavilion Saturday night.
The Aggies even their overall record to 10-10 and improve to 4-3 in conference matches. The Mustangs fall to 1-18 for the year, 0-7 in Big West play.
Lee committed no errors in 15 attempts for a .600 hitting average, Damelio had just two attack errors for her offensive chart, while Brain posted a solid .261 efficiency rate on offense. The Aggie also had 11 total blocks -- six of which came in the first set -- with sophomore middle Katie Quinn leading the way with seven.
For Cal Poly, junior Chelsea Hardin led with nine kills while Davis native Molly Pon added eight kills on 28 attempts. Overall, the Mustangs hit just .073 for the night, compared to their host's .290 average.
The two teams battled to 47 digs in the first set, with Mustang junior Megan McConnell tallying nine and Aggie senior Caroline Mercado recording eight. Quinn had a pair of block assists to spark a run of four straight Aggie points in taking a 10-7 lead. A Damelio kill made it 14-10 before Cal Poly junior Holly Franks hit back-to-back kills to halve the margin to two points. But Lee hit a kill and a block to help UC Davis score four of the next five, setting the lead at 18-13. UC Davis managed to hold at least a three-point cushion for the remainder of the frame to claim a 1-0 match lead.
In contrast to scrambling rallies and drawn-out points of the first set, the Aggies dominated in the second by hitting 18 kills and a .483 average. Brain had six kills to lead offensively, Damelio hit an errorless 5-for-6 with a pair of aces, while Lee was a perfect 4-for-4 offensively. Cal Poly managed just five kills in the frame as UC Davis went to the break with 2-0 match lead.
The Mustangs recovered strong in the third as Pon knocked down two kills in a 5-0 run that turned a 5-4 Aggie lead to a 9-5 Cal Poly edge. UC Davis later closed the gap to 14-13 on a block assist by Lee and Damelio but just as quickly surrendered three of the next four to fall behind by a 17-14 margin.
Facing a 19-17 deficit late in the third, UC Davis finished on an 8-1 run. An ill-timed swing on a four set led to a Mustang hitting error to tie the frame at 19-19, Quinn assisted on two straight blocks to make it 21-19 and Whitson posted a pair of kills to bring the score to 23-20. Damelio fired a shot down the right-side line for match point, then Franks hit a shot long to close out the sweep for the Aggies.
UC Davis hit .406 in the second and third set combined after managing just .116 in the opener. The Aggies also converted 71 percent of their side-out opportunities for their highest rate since winning 80 percent against Kent on September 14.
UC Davis takes to the road for two straight weekends, including Thursday night's match at Hawai'i.