Oct. 20, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Mahina Haina powered Cal State Northridge with 13 kills and a .542 hitting average in a four-set, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23 win over UC Davis in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at the Matadome Saturday night. Junior Devon Damelio highlighted the Aggies with 11 kills, a pair of aces and a team-high five blocks.
UC Davis dips to 10-12 for the season and to 4-5 in conference matches. The Matadors improve to 15-7 overall and 6-4 in Big West action.
Damelio committed only two errors on 32 swings in compiling a .281 average for the night. Sophomore middle blocker Katie Quinn had 10 kills and a .333 success rate, while her fellow middle Victoria Lee added eight kills and five block assists. Junior Lindsay Dowd assumed the majority of the setting roles for the evening, recording a career-high 32 assists.
For CSUN, sophomore Casey Hinger tallied 14 kills on 31 attempts for a .290 clip. Two more sophomore middles, Sam Kaul and Sydney Gedryn, combined for 14 kills and just one error en route to a .464 average while freshman Cieana Stinson chipped in 9-3-18 hitting. In all, the Matadors clubbed a .331 hitting percentage.
CSUN's offense provided .480 attacking in the first set. Hinger had two kills and a service ace amidst a 9-2 run that turned a close 7-6 Matador edge to a 16-8 advantage. Lee and Damelio combined for a block to highlight a brief Aggie comeback to 17-11 but Northridge kept their guests at an arm's length: Haina fired two kills and UC Davis committed two blocking errors down the stretch.
The Aggies regrouped in the second set, erasing a 2-0 hole with eight straight points. Damelio talled three kills and a block during that run, spotting UC Davis an 8-2 lead. The Mats later fought back to within a 9-8 deficit, but Quinn had a block and two kills in stretching the Aggie lead to 16-11. UC Davis eventually took a 24-16 set point before surrendering seven straight CSUN points, mostly behind three Haina kills. The Aggies finally stopped the Matador comeback when Allison Whitson completed a side out with a set-winning kill.
The two teams battled to six ties in each of the third and fourth sets, but CSUN held off late UC Davis challenges in both. Haina hit 4-for-6 in the pivotal frame, propelling her team to an 18-13 lead. Hinger later provided a kill and a block in a 5-1 run that gave the Matadors a 24-15 footing. UC Davis rallied for three straight points but Hinger stopped the threat with her winning kill in the third.
The Aggies late battle provided a similar scare as the Matadors had done in the second. A net violation put CSUN up by a 22-14 lead before Damelio offered a kill and an ace during a run of five unanswered, slicing the deficit to just three points. Hinger's kill made it 23-19 and a block by Kaul and Gedryn put the Mats into a 24-19 quintuple match point. Again, UC Davis responded. Whitson had back-to-back kills in a 4-0 comeback to 24-23, threatening to extend the set to extra points or the match to an extra set. But Britney Graff turned in the winning kill to close out the match in four.
UC Davis continues Big West Conference road action with matches at Cal State Fullerton on Friday and UC Riverside on Saturday. Head coach Jamie Holmes seeks her 100th career victory as a women's coach, having posted a 20-20 mark at Evangel before compiling a 79-62 thus far with the Aggies.