Nov. 2, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Allison Whitson and junior Devon Damelio each tallied double-doubles to lead UC Davis to its third straight win, a 26-24, 25-20, 27-25 sweep of UC Irvine in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at the Pavilion Friday night.
The Aggies improve to 13-12 overall and 7-5 in conference. The Anteaters slip to 10-16 for the season and 5-7 in league play.
Juinor setter Jenny Woolway posted 37 assists and 12 digs, spreading the offense to all parts of the net. Whitson posted team bests of 13 kills and 14 digs. Damelio added 12 kills for a .360 hitting average while providing 10 digs on defense. Sophomore Valerie Brain chipped in 11 kills on 33 swings. Victoria Lee hit 7-1-13 for a .462 average while fellow middle Katie Quinn added 7-2-12 for a .417 clip. Lee and Quinn each had five blocks to help UC Davis compile 10.5 team stuffs.
For UCI, junior Aly Squires and freshman Marisa Bubica handled the lion's share of the attacking game, combining for 75 of their team's 130 attempts. Bubica powered the Anteaters to a match-high 16 kills while Squires added 13. Senior Kristin Winkler scooped up 17 digs.
UC Davis trailed nearly the entirety of the first set before coming away with the win. Bubica hit seven kills and Squires added six in the opener, helping the Anteaters break loose from eight tie scores. Squires and senior Taylor Smith teamed up for a block to finish a 3-0 run that put UCI up by a 19-16 margin, then Smith followed with a smash down the line to hold that lead at 20-17. But Damelio pounded a big kill through the middle and Lindsay Dowd came in to serve up an ace to help tie the set at 21-21.
The triple block of Brain, Mary Schroeder and Quinn gave the Aggies their first lead at 22-21, but Irvine responded with the next two points to reclaim the edge. Brain tied the set at 23-23 to ignite a 4-1 finish for UC Davis. An Anteater shot sailed long for the 24th point, then Whitson put down back-to-back kills to finish the victory.
Contrary to the first set, UC Davis led for most of the second before UC Irvine managed to claim the lead late in the action. Bubica recorded back-to-back kills -- a shot well off tape that found an open expanse of Aggie court, then a hard line shot -- to lift the 'Eaters to an 18-17 lead. That proved short-lived, however, as UC Davis responded four straight, mostly behind the deft serving of senior Kaitlyn Plum. The Aggies ended up finishing the second on an 8-2 run. Lee's tip put the score at 23-20, her block with Damelio made it 24-20, then Brain hammered a four set deep into UCI territory for the winner.
UC Irvine claimed an early 7-4 lead to the third before UC Davis chipped away to a 9-9 tie, then the two teams locked horns for 12 straight tie scores to a 20-20 knot. Damelio hit consecutive kills in a 3-0 run that finally pushed the Aggies to a 22-20 lead, only to have UCI quickly equalize to 22-22. The Anteaters stumbled with a shot that missed long, followed by a back-row attack violation to spot the Aggies a 24-22 triple match point. Yet again, UCI battled back to a 24-24 tie.
UC Davis finished the third by scoring three of the final four points. Brain's tool put the score at 25-24, a Bubica cross-court kill tied the frame at 25-25, Quinn sent a shot deep into Anteater court to make it 26-25, then Lee posted a big solo stuff against Arielle Manz to finally close out the set and complete the sweep.
The Aggies hit .294 for the match, including .311 and .303 in the first two sets, respectively.
The match also featured a "Dig Pink" promotion to further the cause of breast cancer research, awareness and education. Fans received commemorative pink headbands while the players wore pink Argyle socks to demonstrate their support. Additionally, the Aggies participated in a special prematch presentation in which each UC Davis player honored a family member or friend who is engaged in or has survived a bout with cancer.
Big West Conference action continues at the Pavilion on Saturday night as UC Davis hosts Long Beach State at 7 p.m.