White, Jackson highlight Aggies against No. 23 Rams

Nov. 25, 2017

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Freshman pin hitter Mahalia White recorded 20 kills while junior middle blocker Lauren Jackson added .438 hitting and three blocks, but UC Davis could not escape a 2-0 match deficit in falling to 23rd-ranked Colorado State by scores of 25-18, 25-18, 27-29, 25-18 in non-conference women’s volleyball action at Moby Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies close out the regular season with a 16-14 overall record. The Rams, champions of the Mountain West Conference, improve to 28-3 for the year.

Jackson had eight kills with just one error for the match. White was the only UC Davis player with double-digit offense, although junior outside hitter Emily Allen narrowly missed a double-double with her nine kills and team-leading 14 digs. Junior Brianna Karsseboom chipped in another seven kills on 16 swings for the Aggies.

Senior Jasmine Hanna led CSU with 14 kills and a .464 average while sophomore middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer totaled 11 blocks at the net. Another sophomore middle, Pauline Hougaard-Jensen, added an 11-1-18 offensive chart to help the Rams compile a .327 team average in the match.

Colorado State led wire-to-wire in its first-set victory, while Hanna scored seven kills in the second set to led her team to another seven-point win. White was a bright spot for UC Davis in the second set with her five kills, but then exploded for eight in the Aggies’ third-set win. She put down two during the early going, then served up an ace to provide UC Davis with a 6-5 lead. A kill and a block assist from Breana Runnels sparked a 6-0 run that restored the CSU lead to 13-9, only to follow with Allen knocking down a pair of kills in a 6-0 run that resulted in a 16-14 Aggie advantage. 

The two teams locked up in 10 ties after that point. The Rams held a 27-26 match point and stood on the verge of a sweep before UC Davis scored three straight to finish out. Jackson and Karsseboom each scored kills in that final flourish.

The Aggies continued their run to six straight points in opening with a 3-0 lead into the fourth, and led at 11-9 on freshman setter Paloma Bowman’s service ace. However, Colorado State regrouped to a run of four unanswered, including three straight blocks by Hillyer and setter Katie Oleksak. UC Davis managed to tie the frame at 15-15 but could not regain the lead. Hanna posted three kills and a block in a 7-1 CSU finish to the match.

UC Davis held a slight edge in both kills (54-51) and digs (46-44), but CSU’s 16 team blocks contributed toward the 34 Aggie attacking errors and a .146 UC Davis hitting average. In fact, the Rams led the MWC in hitting (.319), opponent hitting (.173) and blocks (2.85 per set).

The Aggies finished fourth in the final Big West Conference standings with an 8-8 record, just ahead of the three-way tie for fifth place between UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and CSUN.

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