UC Davis drops four-set battle to Gauchos

Oct. 17, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman opposite Mahalia White pounded out 17 kills and junior Emily Allen added another 16, but UC Davis ultimately fell in four sets, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 26-24, to UC Santa Barbara in a Big West Conference women's volleyball match at the Pavilion Tuesday night.

The Aggies end their three-match win streak, moving to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The Gauchos improve to 4-15 for the year and 3-4 in Big West matches.

White committed only five attacking errors in 34 swings en route to a .353 average. Junior libero Malia Bolko chipped in a match-high 27 digs while serving up all three of UC Davis' aces. Junior Brianna Karsseboom and sophomore Lauren Matias added 11 and eight kills, respectively.

For UCSB, sophomore Lindsey Ruddins scored 26 of her team's 51 total kills. Kjia Rivers and Nicole Omwanghe contributed another seven kills each. Ruddins also led the Gauchos with 15 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Charlie Robinson recorded five blocks with three service aces.

UC Santa Barbara largely won and lost behind Ruddins' hitting. She was 9-for-17 without an error in the first set, then totaled kills of seven and nine in the third- and fourth-set wins. However, the outside hitter was held to just two kills and two hitting errors in the Aggies' second-set victory.

Allen posted seven of her kills on nine swings in the second set. After the Gauchos scored five straight in crafting an 11-7 lead, the psychology student from Santa Barbara notched two kills in a 5-0 Aggie comeback run to restore the UC Davis lead to 12-11. Bolko had nine digs in the second, while White put down two kills in a 7-2 finish.

Overall, UC Davis improved from an .071 average in the first set to .419 in the second. However, the Aggies suffered from six hitting errors to start the fourth frame, spotting the Gauchos with a 10-8 start. They eventually battled back to 14-14, one of 16 ties in the final set, thanks to another Allen kill. However, two attacking miscues put UCSB back on top by an 18-14 advantage, before UC Davis answered with four straight of its own in retying the set at 18-18.

The Gauchos established their first match point on a Ruddins back-row kill, only to have White convert the next side out with her kill by the right pin, evening the score at 24-24. However, Omwanghe's tool made it 25-24, then UCSB libero Emilia Petrachi served up an ace for the final winner.

UC Davis outkilled UCSB by a 58-51 margin, but the Gauchos held a slight edge in overall attacking percentage (.242-.238), plus sizable advantages in aces (7-3) and blocks (10-4).

The Aggies begin a string of three straight road matches on Saturday, when they face UC Irvine for a 2 p.m. road Big West match.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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