Volleyball Hosts Tough Field In Aggie Invitational

Junior Devon Damelio represented UC Davis on the Blue Raider Bash all-tournament team.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Aug. 28, 2012

08.28.12 Weekly Release


Friday, Aug. 31 - UTAH, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1 - SANTA CLARA, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1 - NORTH CAROLINA, 7 p.m.

(Full schedule listed below)

at Blue Raider Bash (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Friday, Aug. 24 - vs. Furman (W, 3-0)
Saturday, Aug. 25 - vs. UAB (L, 1-3)
Saturday, Aug. 25 - at Middle Tennessee (W, 3-2)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (2-1) opened its season with three matches at the Blue Raider Bash tournament, facing teams that combined for 65 wins last season... The Aggies swept Furman, lost to Alabama-Birmingham in four, then eked out a five-set marathon win over host Middle Tennessee State... Junior OH Devon Damelio earned all-tournament honors, averaging 3.67 kills, 2.33 digs and 1.42 blocks in 12 sets... The Fairfield, Calif. native also tied a career high with eight blocks against the Blue Raiders... Senior OH Allison Whitson tallied 40 total kills, bringing her career total to 1,208... She needs just two to pass Jill Changaris for fourth on UC Davis' career leaderboard... Sophomore Victoria Lee made the most of her first starting role at MB: she hit 20-8-43 (.279) on offense and brought down 18 blocks on defense, including nine vs. MT.

NEW FACES: Redshirt freshman Holland Seymour made her collegiate debut against UAB... She started the fourth set, responding with 5-0-7 hitting... True freshman Kaylin Squyres started all three matches and played all 12 sets alongside Lee at MB... She posted 12 kills - four in each match - and provided seven blocks at the tape... Although neither is a new face, setters Jenny Woolway and Lindsay Dowd sported a new look for UC Davis, running a 6-2 system for the first time in the Jamie Holmes era... Woolway compiled 83 assists while Dowd added 42.



UP NEXT: The Aggies return home for the (near) annual Aggie Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday... The field includes one familiar foe in Santa Clara, plus two first-time opponents in North Carolina and Utah... UC Davis is 1-3 all-time against Santa Clara, last facing the Broncos in a four-set loss in 2007.


Friday, Aug. 31
Utah vs. Santa Clara, 11 a.m.
Santa Clara vs. North Carolina, 5 p.m.
UC Davis vs. Utah, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1
UC Davis vs. Santa Clara, 11 a.m.
Utah vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m.
UC Davis vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m.

SANTA CLARA (3-0) posted wins over host SIU-Edwardsville, Montana State and Western Illinois at the Cougar Classic over the weekend... Sophomore libero Katy Schatzman earned tournament MVP honors, while juniors Megan Anders and Katherine Douglas joined her on the all-tournament squad... Douglas led the 11-16 Broncos with 298 kills in 2011.

NORTH CAROLINA (2-1) picked up two victories at the Kentucky Classic, including a five-set battle against Big West Conference member Long Beach State... The Tarheels' lone setback came against 13th-ranked Kentucky... Senior OH Emily McGee and sophomore DS Ece Taner each made the all-tourney squad... UNC went 24-9 last season with a 15-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference... McGee led the `Heels with 473 kills (4.04), adding 25 aces and 383 digs in 2011... UNC bubbled the 2012 preseason AVCA poll... Local note: setter Cora Harms is the daughter of two Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: distance runners Dwayne "Peanut" Harms and Tena (Anex) Harms.

UTAH (4-0) lost only two sets in four victories at the Utah State Invitational over the weekend, both to the host Aggies... Junior MB Erin Redd earned tournament MVP honors while OH Chelsey Schofield, S McKenzie Odale and OH Morgan Odale found their names on the all-tourney rolls... The Utes went 11-20 in 2011, including a 6-16 record in their first season as a Pac-12 Conference member... Schofield and Morgan Odale each tallied more than 300 kills last year.

On the Blue Raider Classic: "I think the opening weekend allows you the opportunity to know what's glaring in terms of what you need to work on. It allows you to put together a priority list. Coming out against Furman the first night, we played really well. We ran a 6-2 offense, we had all the pistons firing from every angle - back-row attack, attack from the pins, working on our young middles. We passed at a pretty high clip, hitting our mark in terms of percentages. I thought our defense behind the block was solid. I was very pleased with our team's performance. I was smiling from ear to ear. Looking at that match, I knew this would be a fun year."

"The next day, we came back out against UAB and it was a completely different team. Looking at our passing numbers and the system we were trying to run, it was a night-and-day contrast from the night before. We had to problem-solve a bit, spin the dial in the lineup, put some people in and take some people out. We came away from the weekend with some question marks."

On the Aggie Invitational: "My goal is for us to get better at the things we need to do. We have our priorities one, two, three. We will slowly introduce the scouting of the opponent, and the focus on what's going on on the other side of the net. In blocking and defense, that's a big deal. But I still think the focus right now is what's on our side of the net. It's about getting our best players to be really good consistently, and bringing the younger players along to get them to meet their statistical marks. We want to continue jelling a team and solidifying a starting lineup. So my goals are primarily focused around the `us' and getting us to be as good as we can be."