Oct. 17, 2003
DAVIS, Calif.. --- Junior outside hitter Kate Wilton hit .385
after Game 1 en route to a match-high 20 kills to lead UC Davis to a 30-28,
30-28, 30-27 sweep over Cal Poly Pomona in a California Collegiate Athletic
Association women's volleyball match at Upper Hickey Gym Friday.
The Aggies improve to 11-8 on the season and even their conference record
to 6-6. The Broncos fall to 13-7 overall and 8-4 in CCAA play.
Wilton hit just .125 in the first game, recording seven kills but committing
five hitting errors. However, she had just one error in Game 2 then compiled
an 8-2-13 line in Game 3. Senior opposite Ellen Fitzpatrick hit .400 for
the match, posting seven kills against just one error in 15 attempts. Libero
Mary McClelland had 15 digs and defensive specialist Christina Ng added
12 to lead UC Davis defensively. Setter Marritt Cafarchia had 49 assists,
her career high for a three-game match.
Pomona's middle blockers handled most of the offensive chores as Kimberly
Van Beek had 13 kills and a .480 hitting average to lead her team offensively.
Sophomore Allison Anderson added 10 kills on 29 swings while Kellie Francis
put down 10 kills on 23 attempts. Van Beek also recorded five total blocks,
including a pair of solos.
"We were familiar with what they did against us the first time,"
said Aggie head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "We kept pressure on them
with our serving, which we thought would be crucial. Kelly [Gaudino] was
really aggressive with her jump serve. And we keyed our block on their middles,
their big guns. Even though they got their share of kills, I think they
knew what was coming and it kind of rattled them."
"We were just confident. We've always had good matches with Pomona,
but sweeping them in three makes a statement. We like to see the players
earning things and getting rewarded. This group has worked their tails off
ever since the end of last season and they're getting some rewards."
UC Davis took a late lead in Game 1 as Kelly Gaudino scored the first
of her five aces in the match and Wilton contributed back-to-back kills
as part of a 4-0 run that gave the Aggies a 26-22 advantage. Gaudino enjoyed
an unusual kill at 28-24, scooping up a tough dig that trickled over the
net and into an open Bronco court. Wilton's subsequent kill gave UC Davis
a 29-24 lead but Pomona managed to fight off four straight game points to
cut the margin to 29-28. However, Aggie freshman Nicole Read ended the Bronco
run with the game-winning point.
Early in the second game, Gaudino's jump serve turned up three consecutive
aces to help UC Davis take an 8-4 start. The Aggies scored 12 of the next
16 points to build the lead to 20-12, but the Broncos whittled away to cut
the lead to 25-20. Pomona right-side hitter Anne Stinchfield served up three
straight points to help her team approach within one point at 26-25. However,
Wilton responded with back-to-back kills, including an effective tool against
the Bronco's middle blockers, to give UC Davis a 28-25 lead.
With the Aggies leading 29-26, Pomona again fought back to a 29-28 margin.
As in the first game, however, Read posted the game-winner to give UC Davis
a 2-0 lead in games. Despite the loss, the Broncos hit .469 and had four
total blocks in the second frame.
Wilton's offense and McClelland's nine digs highlighted the Aggies' Game
3 win. Save for a 3-0 run to support the serving of Stinchfield, Pomona
never managed to string more than two points as UC Davis hung on to a 13-8
lead. Francis knocked down back-to-back kills to bring the Broncos within
28-27, but Read's side-out kill gave the Aggies match point. With Wilton
serving, Francis' side-out attempt failed to clear the net, completing the
sweep for UC Davis.
The Aggies take on No. 3-ranked Cal St. San Bernardino in continued CCAA
|Cal Poly Pomona (13-7, 8-4 CCAA)
|UC Davis (11-8, 6-6 CCAA)
CPP (kills-aces-blocks) - Allison Anderson 10-0-4, Elizabeth Defoort
4-0-1, Kellie Francis 10-0-2, Kimberly Van Beek 13-0-5, Lindsay Fischer
9-0-1, Emily Kennedy 2-0-3, Breezie Jordan 0-0-0, Megan Meenan 0-0-0, Rachel
Hastert 0-0-0, Anne Stinchfield 1-2-0, Casey Riedel 2-0-0. Totals 51-2-10.0.
Assists - Emily Kennedy 41. Digs leader - Emily Kennedy 13.
UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 20-0-2, Kelly Gaudino 10-5-1,
Marritt Cafarchia 4-0-2, Christina Ng 0-0-0, Rachel Keener 8-2-0, Nicole
Read 8-1-3, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick 7-0-0. Totals 57-8-4.5.
Assists - Marritt Cafarchia 49. Digs leaders - Mary McClelland 15, Christina
Ng 12, Kelly Gaudino 11.