Aggies fall in four sets at UC Irvine

Oct. 21, 2017

Final Stats

IRVINE, Calif. - Freshman opposite Mahalia White posted 17 kills while junior libero Malia Bolko picked up 19 digs, but UC Davis could not overcome a 2-0 match deficit in falling in four sets, 25-16, 25-12, 16-25, 25-17 to UC Irvine in Big West Conference women’s volleyball action at Crawford Gym Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies even their overall record to 11-11 and slip to 3-6 in conference. The Anteaters improve to 18-2 for the year and 6-1 in Big West play.

White, who also had three blocks, was the only UC Davis with double-digit offense. Junior outside hitter Emily Allen added another nine kills on 26 swings. Overall, the Aggies struggled to a .128 team attack average, their lowest of the year save for the .121 at Hawaii on September 23.

Junior outside hitter Haley DeSales had 19 kills and hit .325 to lead UCI. Junior right-sider Harlee Kekauoha chipped in another 10 kills and four blocks, while libero Luna Tsujimoto recorded 17 digs defensively.

UC Davis managed only 15 kills in the first two sets combined, hitting just .027 and falling to a 2-0 match deficit. Allen and Bolko were relative bright spots in the second frame, recording 3-0-8 hitting and eight digs, respectively. However, the ‘Eaters put down 15 kills with just two errors en route to a .371 clip to take that second set wire to wire.

White led a strong offensive charge by the Aggies in the third set to hold off the sweep. She delivered seven kills while junior outside hitter Brianna Karsseboom provided another four. Junior middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri assisted on three blocks, including two in a 5-0 run that helped craft a 9-4 lead. UC Davis maintained at least a four-point edge for the remainder, claiming the nine-point set win.

The Anteaters countered in the fourth behind 5-0-12 hitting from DeSales. The teams locked up for 10 ties before three Aggie attacking errors turned a 14-14 tie into a 18-14 UCI edge. Kekauoha scored two kills and a block down the final stretch to complete the win.

UC Davis returns to action in Big West Conference road matches at Long Beach State and CSUN on October 27 and 28.

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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