Oct. 31, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. --- Senior Kelly Gaudino swatted a match-high 23 kills while fellow outside hitter Kate Wilton added 14 kills to lead UC Davis to a 32-30, 30-21, 30-20 sweep over Cal St. Dominguez Hills in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match at Hickey Gym Friday.
The Aggies improve to 13-10 on the season and 8-8 in conference play. The Toros drop to 3-20 overall and 3-13 in CCAA matches.
Gaudino's offensive output put her career kills total at 1,237, moving her just ahead of Kaersten Hill for second place in the school record book. Teammate Nicole Read had eight kills against just one error in 18 swings for a .389 average. Wilton led UC Davis with 20 digs and hit .346 in the first two games.
Aggie redshirt freshman Christina Ng put up 50 assists in her first start at setter and hit 4-0-9 for a .444 average on offense. Opposite Jill McPheeters knocked down three blocks including a pair of solos for the match.
For the Toros, junior middle Vivian Maxie had 16 kills en route to a .414, committing just four hitting errors. Kelly Jameson posted 22 digs while Christine Tran added 20 to lead the Dominguez Hills floor defense. Middle blocker Keesha Aldridge recorded four solo blocks plus a pair of block assists.
"They are a difficult team to play against because they pop hard-hit balls right back at you and play relentless defense," said UC Davis head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "They have two really big middles. We talked about keying on the middles. I thought we slowed them down in the second and third games, with four hands in front of their middle instead of just our middle's two hands.
"Serving tough was another big key, to take them out of their offense. This is a match where we made good in-match adjustments."
Dominguez enjoyed its best game in the opener, fighting down a 24-20 Aggie lead to tie the game at 26-26. Each team alternated points to a 30-30 impasse, with Maxie providing three side-out kills in the see-saw battle. UC Davis took a 31-30 lead on a net violation by Maxie. Then Read's perfect underhand set up Gaudino's tool for the game-winning point.
Game 2 featured an early back-and-forth battle as the two teams tied the game six times. The Aggies went on a 10-1 run to stretch a 20-19 lead into a 29-20 game point. Freshman middle blocker Rachel Keener had all three of her kills during this stretch, while Gaudino knocked down four of her own. McPheeters' solo block of Christine Tran's attack gave UC Davis its 30th point and a 2-0 lead in games.
The Toros had three consecutive errors as part of the Aggies' 8-4 start in Game 3, but recovered with a 5-1 to create a 9-9 tie. Gaudino helped UC Davis pull away with seven of her nine Game 3 kills coming after that point. McPheeters, Keener and Gaudino each had solo blocks in the final stretch as the Aggies never trailed again en route to a 30-20 win.
"I was pleased with the effort. They were really energetic after a tough week of practice," added Hawbecker. "We had a difficult week, an emotional week. We had some really grinding drills that were just not fun. I thought they let loose tonight."
The Aggies host Cal State L.A. in continued CCAA action Saturday. UC Davis will honor its two seniors - Gaudino and opposite Ellen Fitzpatrick - as the team plays its final weekend home match of the season.
|Cal St. Dominguez Hills (3-20, 3-13 CCAA)||
|UC Davis (13-10, 8-8 CCAA)||
CSUDH (kills-aces-blocks) - Shannon Christensen 9-0-0, Christine Tran 3-0-1, Keesha Aldridge 8-0-6, Ashley Sutherland 4-0-1, April Udell 3-1-1, Vivian Maxie 16-2-1, Lupe Morales 0-0-0, Kelly Jameson 0-0-0, Sylvia Bonilla 0-0-0, Mayra Valenzuela 0-2-0. Totals 43-5-7.0. Assists - Ashley Sutherland 31. Digs leaders - Kelly Jameson 22, Christine Tran 20, Shannon Christiansen 14.
UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 14-0-0, Kelly Gaudino 23-2-1,
Marritt Cafarchia 2-0-0, Christina Ng 4-1-1, Rachel Keener 6-2-2, Nicole
Read 8-0-1, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Kim Vincent 2-0-0, Jenny Pierce 0-0-0,
Jill McPheeters 2-0-3. Totals 61-5-6.0. Assists - Christina Ng 50. Digs
leaders - Kate Wilton 20, Kelly Gaudino 17, Christina Ng 10.