Gaudino's 28 Kills Help Drop Gators In Four

Oct. 25, 2002

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DAVIS, Calif. --- Junior outside hitter Kelly Gaudino hit .383 and posted a career-high 28 kills to help UC Davis escape an early deficit and beat San Francisco State, 24-30, 33-31, 30-25, 30-22, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match at Hickey Gym Friday.

The Aggies improve to 7-16 on the season, and 3-11 in conference play. The Gators fall to 7-16 and move to 1-13 in league.

Already down a game, UC Davis trailed by scores of 24-15 and 27-19 late in Game 2. Gaudino managed three kills and three blocks over the next 10 rotations to help tie the score at 28-28. Middle blocker Elizabeth Brown also provided a spark during that rally, providing a kill and three blocks.

"We were playing safe in Game 1 and the first part of Game 2. When we started to take risks and hitting extremes, good things happened," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "Liv Brown came in and just her physical presence made San Francisco change things up. It's nice to see her rewarded in that way."

S.F. State gained a 29-28 game point, but that was quelled by a Gaudino kill. Sophomore outside hitter Kate Wilton effectively tooled the Gator block to stop two more game points, then added another kill to give UC Davis a 32-31 advantage and its first lead of the match. Finally, setter Mary Gaber converted a Gaudino pass to knock down the game-winning point.

The Aggies rode that wave of offensive through wins in Games 3 and 4, hitting .308 and .314 in those respective frames. Gaudino recorded 11 kills in the third game alone, while senior middle blocker Cassandra Prell hit .500 in the two-game stretch.



"Clearly, it was one of the best offensive efforts of the season," said Hawbecker. "The slide to the antenna is a devastating ball for any team. It's a risky play, so it shows that our players are starting to trust themselves and each other.

"I'm very pleased with an all-around team effort. Every win in this conference is precious."

Gaudino's 28 kills are the most by an Aggie since Brandi Glenn put up 31 in the 1997 season. She also had a match-high 16 digs and added three aces and three blocked shots. Wilton recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs, while Prell matched her offensive output of 11 kills.

Defensively, the Aggies posted 12.5 total blocks. Kim Vincent had six while teammate Jill McPheeters stuffed another five. Brown had four total blocks, all in that second game.

Charity Harbo led all Gator hitters with 15 kills and posted 14 digs. Tessa Hedstrom (13-10) and Elena Salvador (10-14) also had double-doubles for SFSU, while setter Julie Atkinson led her team with 16 digs.

The Aggies host Sonoma State in continued CCAA action Saturday.

S.F. State (7-16, 1-13)





UC Davis (7-16, 3-11)






SFSU (kills-aces-blocks) - Charity Harbo 15-0-1, Tessa Hedstrom 13-0-1, Erinn Kelly 10-0-1, Elena Salvador 10-1-2, Aziza Bledsoe 8-0-2, Christine Matteucci 0-1-0, Nichole Morales 6-0-1, Lisa Hardenbrook 0-0-0, Amy Snow 0-0-0, Julie Atkinson 0-2-0. Totals 62-4-6.0. Assists - Christine Matteucci 25, Julie Atkinson 24. Digs leaders - Julie Atkinson 16, Charity Harbo 14, Elena Salvador 14, Aziza Bledsoe 13.

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kelly Gaudino 28-3-3, Kate Wilton 11-4-1, Cassandra Prell 11-1-2, Mary Gaber 4-3-0, Kim Vincent 2-0-6, Jill McPheeters 2-1-5, Elizabeth Brown 1-0-4, Jennie Tilles 0-0-0, Mary McClelland 0-0-0. Totals 59-12-12.5. Assists - Mary Gaber 45. Digs leaders - Kelly Gaudino 16, Kate Wilton 14, Mary McClelland 11.