Nov. 5, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior Amanda Vialpando scored 17 kills and hit .375 while Shelby LeDuff added 16 kills and .303 attacking to lead UC Riverside to a 26-24, 25-19, 25-16 upset of UC Davis in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at the Student Recreation Center Saturday night.
The Aggies slip to 20-8 for the year and 6-7 in conference matches. The Highlanders improve to 6-20 overall and 3-9 in Big West play.
Junior outside hitter Allison Whitson led UC Davis with 16 kills on 38 swings, compiling a .342 hitting average. Senior middle blocker Katie Denny added 5-1-10 hitting with two blocks. However, the Aggies hit just .164 as a team and were victimized by nine UCR service aces.
Both Vialpando and LeDuff recorded double-doubles for the night, posting identical totals of 12 digs each. Megan Reza chipped in 5-for-8 attacking with four blocks while setter Katie Meyers accounted for five aces to go with 41 assists.
UC Davis enjoyed its best output in the opener, nearly erasing a late deficit to take the match lead. After the Aggies took an 11-8 start, Riverside rallied to a 14-13 edge on Reza's solo stuff. Vialpando's kill later made it 23-21 in the Highlanders' favor until two Whitson kills sparked a 3-0 Aggie run. Staring down a 24-23 set point, Vialpando equalized with a side-out conversion, then Meyers fired off back-to-back aces for the 25th and 26th points.
From that point, UC Riverside never trailed in either the second or third sets. LeDuff hammered out seven kills while sophomore defensive specialst Jessica Moncayo provided seven digs in the second-set win. An ace by Aggie setter Jenny Woolway followed by two Highlander attack errors cut a 24-16 lead to a 24-19 footing, but Patterson ended Woolway's serving run with a kill, sending UCR to the break with a 2-0 match lead.
In the third, Vialpando scored seven kills, including four in her team's 9-1 start. Whitson knocked down three kills in a span of five points to help UC Davis reduce the deficit to 10-7, but the Aggies never challenged again. Vialpando and LeDuff each tallied two kills in an 8-2 stretch that effectively sealed the frame. LeDuff's kill completed the sweep two points later.
Saturday's contest snapped a six-match series winning streak for UC Davis, which had not lost to UC Riverside since October of 2008.
The Aggies wrap up the season with a three-match homestand, starting with Cal State Fullerton on November 11.