Seniors Lead Aggies To Sweep In CCAA Farewell

Nov. 15, 2003

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TURLOCK, Calif. --- Outside hitter Kelly Gaudino led all hitters with 13 kills and opposite Ellen Fitzpatrick hit .714 as the two seniors led UC Davis to a 30-22, 30-18, 30-23 sweep over Cal St. Stanislaus in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match in front of 512 at Warrior Arena Saturday.

The Aggies finish their final season in the CCAA with a 16-13 overall record and a 11-11 conference mark. The Warriors ended the year at 1-26 overall and 1-21 in CCAA play.

Junior outside hitter Kate Wilton provided 11 kills and four service aces for UC Davis. Freshman Nicole Read had seven kills against just one error on 16 swings for a .375 hitting average. Freshman middle blocker Rachel Keener also helped the offensive cause, hitting .500 on 10 attempts. Gaudino led her team with 11 digs while junior libero Mary McClelland added nine.

McClelland finished the 2003 season with a 423 digs, the highest total by an Aggie since Candy Lench posted 493 in 1990. She edged All-American setter Denise Bilbaeno for second place on the school's single-season list. Bilbaeno recorded 420 digs in 1990.

Gaudino finished her four-year career with 1,337 kills and 1,262 digs, both good for second in the Aggie record books.

The Aggies started the match on a 6-0 run and built that lead to 16-6. Stanislaus cut the game to as close as 24-20 but UC Davis finished 6-2 to take a 1-0 lead. The Aggies hit .313 in that game.

UC Davis also rode a 16-6 start in Game 2, hitting a torrid .394 in the game. Read had two kills down the stretch as the Aggies scored six of the final seven points en route to a 30-18 win.



Stanislaus posted 20 digs in a more competitive Game 3, approaching to a 23-21 deficit late in the game. However, Gaudino put down two kills in a 7-2 run that completed the sweep for the Aggies.

Stacie Reyes led Stanislaus with 11 kills and a .333 hitting average. She also had three block assists. Janee Richards posted a match-high 13 digs of floor defense.

The Aggies will begin play in the Big West Conference in 2004.

UC Daivs (16-13, 11-11 CCAA)




Cal St. Stanislaus (1-26, 1-21)




UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 11-4-0, Kelly Gaudino 13-1-1, Marritt Cafarchia 0-2-0, Christina Ng 1-1-1, Rachel Keener 5-2-2, Nicole Read 7-1-0, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Ingrid Nuss 0-0-0, Kim Vincent -0-1, Jenny Pierce 0-0-2, Jill McPheeters 0-0-1, Ellen Fitzpatrick 5-0-1. Totals 42-11-4.5. Assists - Christina Ng 38. Digs leader - Kelly Gaudino 11.

CSUS (kills-aces-blocks) - Janelle Marinos 3-1-0, Eileen Moore 3-0-1, Kelli Costello 6-0-0, Jacquelyn Manuma 8-2-1, Stacie Reyes 11-1-3, Lori Roos 4-1-1, Janee Richards 1-0-0, Kayla Wilson 0-0-0, Jackie Coudert 4-0-0. Totals 40-5-3.0. Assists - Eileen Moore 29. Digs leader - Janee Richards 13.