DAVIS, Calif. --- Senior outside hitter Kelly Gaudino posted a
career-high 29 kills, including the last two points of the match, to lead
UC Davis to a 30-24, 27-30, 30-23, 27-30, 17-15 upset over Cal State L.A.
in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match
at Upper Hickey Gym Saturday. Her final kill, aided by a net violation from
Maegan Bergeson, ended a 3-0 run that rescued the Aggies from a 15-14 match-point
deficit to a 17-15 win in the fifth and deciding game.
UC Davis improves to 14-10 on the year and 9-8 in conference play. The
Golden Eagles, one of a handful of teams receiving votes in this week's
American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll, drops to
17-7 overall and 11-5 in league play. The victory also ended a 13-match
win streak for Cal State L.A. in the all-time series between the two teams.
Junior outside hitter Kate Wilton added 24 kills on 57 attempts for the
Aggies, including eight kills and a .438 hitting average in Game 1. Mary
McClelland led UC Davis with 19 digs while Gaudino added 18 and Marritt
Cafarchia, in her second match as one of the team's defensive specialists,
posted 11. Christina Ng put up 67 assists, 10 digs and three block assists
in her second start at setter.
For the Golden Eagles, sophomore outside hitter Lizelle Jackson led her
team with 26 kills and 18 digs. Junior middle blocker Krystal Green contributed
five total blocks, including one solo stuff. Outside hitter Leslie Smith
also posted a double-double for Cal State L.A., recording 14 kills and 17
digs for the match.
The fifth game featured scoring runs for each team. Wilton knocked down
four kills in a five-point stretch to give UC Davis an 8-5 lead at the changeover.
Freshman middle blocker Rachel Keener then recorded back-to-back service
aces to stretch that lead to 11-6. But Green's solo block against Aggie
freshman Nicole Read began a 5-0 run that tied the game at 11-11. Jackson
had all four of her Game 5 kills after that point, but UC Davis managed
to retie the game or stay within one point.
Gaudino tooled the Golden Eagle block to tie the game at 14-14, but Jackson
countered with her fourth Game 5 kill to put the Golden Eagles in a 15-14
match-point opportunity. However, Jackson committed a serving error to put
the score at 15-15 and give Ng the serve. Gaudino then posted her final
two kills en route to the Game 5 win.
"I just felt we stayed really aggressive, even though [Cal State
L.A.] had match point," said Aggie head coach Stephanie Hawbecker.
"It was 15-14, and you know in their minds they were thinking about
Bakersfield. That was 15-14 and we lost that 16-14. That just shows that
they've taken a step. To be down 15-14 with all that emotion and win the
last three points -- I'm just really proud of them."
Wilton and Gaudino enjoyed their best offensive numbers in Game 1, during
which they combined for a .375 hitting average; and Game 3, in which they
hit a collective .520. Wilton was 7-1-13 in the third game, while Gaudino
had seven kills among an errorless 13 attacks. Wilton also started Game
5 with four kills on her first four attempts.
After taking a Game 1 victory, UC Davis opened Game 2 with a 9-0 start
and eventually amassed an 18-11 lead midway through the frame. But fought
back to take a brief 20-19 lead. Aggie outside hitter Kim Vincent came off
the bench to put down back-to-back kills to lift UC Davis ahead 21-20, then
Keener's ace put her team up by two.
The Golden Eagles tied Game 2 at 26-26 and again at 27-27, then took
a 28-27 lead when Green's block forced an Aggie overpass. She knocked it
back into the UC Davis open court for an unassisted kill and a 28-27 lead.
Green and setter Tiare Tuitama then shared a block for the 29th point and
Jackson hit the game-winner to tie the match at 1-1.
Wilton and Gaudino's hitting heroics and excellent floor coverage by
McClelland helped the Aggies break open a narrow 20-19 lead late in Game
3. Gaudino had kills for the 23rd through 26th points in the game, and enjoyed
an unlikely ace to set up game point. Bergeson's reception of Gaudino's
serve hit the Hickey Gym light fixtures and caromed out of Tuitama's reach
to put UC Davis ahead by 29-23.
Jackson had kills for the final two points of Game 4, getting some defensive
help from Tuitama for the game-winner. The Golden Eagle setter picked up
a tough dump shot from Ng, which Green picked up for an underhand set to
her teammate Jackson, who knocked it down into Aggie territory.
UC Davis had not defeated Cal State L.A. since a 3-2 neutral-court victory
at Cal St. San Bernardino early in the 1995 season. The match was also designated
as Senior Appreciation Night, as seniors Gaudino and opposite Ellen Fitzpatrick
made their final weekend home appearance at Hickey Gym.
UC Davis plays its home finale against Chico State on Wednesday, November
5, then hits the road for four straight road matches to end its final season
in the CCAA.
|Cal State L.A. (17-7, 11-5 CCAA)
|UC Davis (14-10, 9-8 CCAA)
CSULA (kills-aces-blocks) - Lizelle Jackson 26-1-0, Tiare Tuitama 3-0-1,
Dione McCrea 2-0-2, Te'Ara Epps 12-0-0, Krystal Green 7-1-5, Andrea Richardson
2-0-0, Shannon Johnson 0-1-0, Breanna Lee 0-0-0, Leslie Smith 14-2-0, Maegan
Bergeson 8-3-1. Totals 74-8-5.0. Assists - Tiare Tuitama 63. Digs leaders
- Lizelle Jackson 18, Tiare Tuitama 18, Leslie Smith 17, Maegan Bergeson
UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 24-1-0, Kelly Gaudino 29-2-1,
Marritt Cafarchia 0-0-0, Christina Ng 1-0-3, Rachel Keener 5-3-2, Nicole
Read 11-3-7, Mary McClelland 1-0-0, Kim Vincent 3-0-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick
2-0-1. Totals 76-9-9.0. Assists - Christina Ng 67. Digs leaders - Mary McClelland
19, Kelly Gaudino 18, Marritt Cafarchia 11, Christina Ng 10.