UC Davis sweeps CSUN in televised road match

Oct. 28, 2017

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Brianna Karsseboom had 10 kills with just one error while freshman Mahalia White totaled a team-leading 14 kills, propelling UC Davis to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 sweep of CSUN on an ESPN3-televised Big West Conference women's volleyball match at the Matadome Saturday night.

The Aggies improve to 13-11 overall and 5-6 in league matches. The Matadors slip to 10-13 for the year and 4-7 in Big West play.

Karsseboom also had three aces to supplement her .474 attack average. White finished at 14-7-25 for a .280 clip while junior middle blocker Lauren Jackson contributed an 8-1-16 chart en route to a .438 success rate.

Sophomore middle Morgan Salone and junior left-sider Aeryn Owens amassed kills totals of 11 and 10, respectively, to lead CSUN offensively. Senior Rachel Diaz hit 9-1-15 (.533) and totaled four blocks in the middle.

All three sets were hotly contested, with 22 ties and six lead changes highlighting the match. CSUN held the early lead after scoring the first four points of the match, but back-to-back kills by junior Karsseboom gave the Aggies their first lead at 10-9. The Matadors never regained the lead although the two teams battled to six more ties, including 18-18 after a Lauren Conati service ace. White then delivered consecutive kills and CSUN suffered an attacking error to push UC Davis to a 21-18 advantage. Two more White kills and a Karsseboom ace helped the Aggies seal the win and take the 1-0 match lead. White finished with five kills on the opener.

Other than a pair of one-point edges midway through the set, CSUN led for the majority of the second frame. Aeryn Owens posted a kill to give the Matadors a 21-18 advantage. The Aggies fought back to within a 21-20 deficit until CSUN scored an apparent block to take a 22-20 lead. But as he did in Friday's win over Long Beach State, UC Davis head coach Dan Conners won a challenge on a call thanks to the rules in effect during a televised match. A CSUN pancake dig earlier in the point was overturned, and transformed into a Karsseboom kill. The two-point margin became a tie at 21-21. 

Diaz and Danielle Molinari answered with two digs to restore the Matador lead to 23-21. Aggie junior Emily Allen put back a free ball to cut the gap to 23-22, then Karsseboom tooled the CSUN right-side block to equalize at 23-23. Jackson's cross-court kill and a wide Matador swing completed a 4-0 finish and a 2-0 match lead for the Aggies going to the break.

The two teams battled closely in the third, with CSUN once again holding a slight edge before allowing UC Davis to surge ahead. Karsseboom had two kills in a 5-0 run that flipped a 14-13 deficit into a 18-14 lead. Diaz and Nada Dragovic later combined on a pair of blocks to help the Matadors equalize at 20-20. The Aggies surged back ahead, taking a 24-21 match point when Allen's jump float fell in for an ace. Karsseboom notched her 10th and final kill for the winner, finishing the sweep.

UC Davis returns home to host Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, then launches a new tradition with the Gary Colberg Tribute Match on Saturday against UC Riverside. Colberg, the former director of sports clubs and intramurals at UC Davis, was a legendary figure in the world of volleyball officiating.

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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