Wilton Leads Aggies To Comeback Win Over Highlanders

Oct. 31, 2004


RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Senior Kate Wilton recorded a career-high 28 kills and hit .390 for the match while libero Mary McClelland tied a school record with 31 digs to lead UC Davis to a 29-31, 16-30, 30-23, 30-23, 15-13 comeback win over a UC Riverside in a non-conference women's collegiate volleyball match at the Student Rec Center Saturday.

The Aggies move to 2-18 on the season, ending a 12-match losing streak. The Highlanders drop to 11-12 for the year.

Riverside built a 2-0 lead in games after eking out a close Game 1, then blasting UC Davis with a .417 hitting average in Game 2. Valerie Bueno and Jamie Dekiewet combined for nine kills and no errors on 19 swings in the second game.

Wilton, who had knocked down seven kills in the first game, compiled an errorless nine kills in Game 3, while McClelland recorded 10 digs in the frame. Wilton and sophomore Nicole Read traded kills in a 4-0 start, and the Aggies led the rest of the way to hold off a Riverside sweep.

UC Davis caught fire again to start Game 4, opening on a 4-0 run then building as much as a 17-8 margin midway through. The Aggies then suffered from five attack errors to put the Highlanders on a 7-2 run, closing the gap to 19-15. Riverside cut the deficit even close to scores of 22-21 and 24-23, each time capitalizing on UC Davis miscues. However, McClelland served up five straight points to finish the frame, getting a pair of kills from sophomore Rachel Keener in that run.

Keener nailed back-to-back kills in the opening stretch of the fifth game, helping UC Davis craft a 5-1 lead it would never reliniquish. A kill by setter Katelyn Astruc set up a 14-11 match point situation for the Aggies, but the Highlanders fought back with a Dekeiwiet kill and an ace by Willemina Stikker-Breemhaar to trim the lead to 14-13. However, Read finished the match with a side-out kill from Astruc to take the win.



All 12 Aggies played in at least two games of the match. Read finished with 16 kills while Astruc hit .400 on 15 attempts. The Aggie setter also added three blocks, including a pair of solos. Wilson provided a 6-1-19 hitting chart off the bench for UC Davis. McClelland's 31 digs ties the school mark set by Jill Changaris in 1996.

Dekiewiet led UCR with 23 kills while Valerie Bueno compiled 18 kills and a match-high 32 digs. Sophomore Ashley Halperin added 9-1-19 offense in reserve.

UC Davis' next action is against Fresno State on November 11.

UC Davis (2-18) 29 16 30 30 15
UC Riverside (11-12) 31 30 23 23 13

UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 28-1-1, Katelyn Astruc 7-0-3, Kim Vincent 2-1-2, Marritt Cafarchia 0-1-0, Jenny Pierce 6-0-2, Nicole Read 16-0-0, Mary McClelland 0-2-0, Ingrid Nuss 0-0-0, Mary Gaber 5-0-0, Jill McPheeters 1-0-0, Rachel Keener 5-0-1, Katie Wilson 6-0-0. Totals 76-5-6.0. Assists - Katelyn Astruc 55. Digs leader - Mary McClelland 31.

UC RIVERSIDE (kills-aces-blocks) - Willemina Stikker-Breemhaar 6-1-4, Tiffany Brooks 7-1-1, Valerie Bueno 18-1-3, Kym Murphy 4-0-2, Janiece Manuel 6-1-1, Jamie Dekiewiet 23-0-0, Michelle Rybka 1-0-1, Kimberly McNeal 0-0-0, Ashley Halperin 9-0-0, Lindsay Drennen 0-0-0, Angie Mitchell 0-0-2. Totals 74-4-10.0. Assists - Tiffany Brooks 31, Kim Murphy 30. Digs leader - Valerie Bueno 32.