SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman outside hitter Mahalia White totaled 22 kills and a .385 average while middle blockers Kelechi Ohiri and Lauren Jackson combined for a 15-1-28 attacking line and a .500 clip, helping UC Davis to a 25-21, 15-25, 26-24, 25-18 win over UC Santa Barbara in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at the Thunderdome Saturday night.The Aggies improve to 16-12 for the year and 8-7 in conference matches. The Gauchos slip to 7-18 overall and 6-7 in Big West play. White committed only seven attacking errors in her 39 attempts. Ohiri was a perfect 8-for-15 on offense while leading the UC Davis net defense with four blocks. Jackson added seven kills with only one miscue on 13 swings. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Matias came off the bench to hit 4-for-6. Junior Emily Allen barely missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs, outdueling her younger sister, Chloe, who finished with a 5-4-16 offensive chart. Lindsey Ruddins, the conference's kills leader, amassed a match-high 27 kills on 67 attempts. She also contributed on five of her team's 13 blocks. UC Davis overcame an early deficit in the first set, getting six kills from White to claim a four-point victory. White's third kill ignited a 3-0 run that gave the Aggies a 12-9 lead, a margin they would largely protect the rest of the way. White and junior Brianna Karsseboom delivered two kills each down the final stretch to start UC Davis to a 1-0 match lead. Allen recorded two more kills while junior libero Malia Bolko served up an ace in a 7-3 start to the second, but a 10-2 Gaucho run seized control en route to a 15-9 UCSB lead. Ruddins, who had four kills in that stretch, continued to apply pressure on the Aggies through the final points. She had back-to-back solo blocks, a service ace and two more kills as UCSB enjoyed a 10-5 finish. The two teams went to the break locked up in a 1-1 impasse. The pivotal third set featured 10 lead changes and 19 ties, one of which held off a 24-23 Gaucho set point. Jackson had two kills and Allen provided the third in a 3-0 Aggie finish. UC Davis, who had struggled to a .062 average in the second set, improved to 15 kills and just three errors in the third. White led the way with five of those kills. The Aggies continued to roll through the fourth set, leading wire-to-wire and hitting a rousing .405 on 19 kills. White was particularly dominant with her 8-for-9 hitting while Matias provided all four of her kills in this frame. Ohiri put down two kills in a 4-0 UC Davis start, and the Aggies protected at least a three-point advantage for the remainder of the match. Saturday's win clinches a winning season for the 2017 Aggies, who host Hawai'i for their Senior Night home finale on Thursday. Match time is 7 p.m. ABOUT UC DAVIS
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