No. 22 Cal Poly sweeps UC Davis in three sets

Nov. 10, 2017

Final Stats

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Junior middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri hit 7-1-16 for a .375 average while freshman outside hitter Mahalia White posted a match-high 11 kills, but UC Davis went down in straight sets, 25-16, 25-16, 25-16, to 22nd-ranked Cal Poly in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at Mott Athletics Center Friday night.

The Aggies move to 15-12 for the season and even their conference mark to 7-7. The Mustangs improve to 23-2 overall and remain unbeaten in Big West play at 13-0.

White recorded three kills in each of the first two sets, then put down five in the third-set finale. Ohiri led UC Davis with 4-for-7 attacking in the opener, while supplying three blocks at the net. Freshman setter Paloma Bowman was the Aggies' digs leader with eight.

For Cal Poly, UCLA transfer Torrey Van Winden had 11 kills with just one error en route to a .476 average. She was the only Mustang with double-digit offense, although Madilyn Mercer and Adlee Van Winden each provided seven kills without an error. As a team, Cal Poly hit .467 with just six total attack errors on 75 swings.

UC Davis never led in the opening set and did so only briefly in the second. The Aggies did manage 12 kills and a solid .290 team average in that first set, but a 6-0 run highlighted by a pair of Raeann Greisen kills propelled Cal Poly to a 14-7 lead midway through the frame. Ohiri and White each had a kill and a block down the final stretch, but the Mustang lead proved insurmountable.

The Aggies hit an even .000 in the second set, managing just six kills with six attacking errors. Meanwhile, the Van Winden sisters combined for 8-for-12 on the attacking chart to give Cal Poly a 2-0 match lead at the break.

UC Davis battled its host to six ties in the early going of the third set until a Torrey Van Winden solo stuff highlighted a 6-1 Mustang run that resulted in a 14-8 lead. White and Ohiri put away three kills to reduce that deficit to four at 15-11. Cal Poly hit .500 in the third set thanks to a 13-2-22 offensive line score.

The Aggies finish their Central Coast road trip with a 7 p.m. match at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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