Volleyball heads north to Oregon Classic

Aug. 29, 2016

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at Oregon Classic
Friday, Sept. 2 - vs. San Diego State, 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2 - vs. Murray State, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3 - at Oregon, 6 p.m.

at UND Classic
Friday, Aug. 26 - vs. Ole Miss (L, 1-3)
Saturday, Aug. 27 - vs. Omaha (W, 3-0)
Saturday, Aug. 27 - at North Dakota (W, 3-0)

WEEK 1 RECAP: UC Davis finished second at the UND Classic in Grand Forks, falling to SEC member Ole Miss in the tournament opener before posting 3-0 sweeps of Omaha and host North Dakota on Saturday... Senior Kendall Walbrecht and redshirt freshman Heather Reed each garnered all-tournament honors... Walbrecht led the Aggies offensively with 36 kills (3.60 per set) and a .263 average, while Reed posted 53 digs (5.30 avg) in her first collegiate weekend.

UC Davis averaged 20.50 digs per frame during its first weekend, well above last year’s average (15.61)... Reed became the first freshman to hit double figures in each of her first three matches since Avreeta Singh in 2006, while her 53 total and 5.30 average is the best three-match start to an Aggie career in at least 23 years (match-by-match data is available back to 1993)... Sophomores Emily Allen (3.80) and Malia Bolko (3.38) also averaged better than three gets per set.

Three Aggies made their collegiate debuts in the UND Classic... Reed played all 10 sets over the weekend... Another redshirt freshman, Anna Donald, entered the Saturday morning match against Omaha... True freshman Lauren Matias led UC Davis with 13 kills in Friday’s opener with Ole Miss... In fact, with 13 kills and 10 digs, she became the first Aggie to record a double-double in her collegiate debut since Chantal Paschetta in 2005... Coincidentally, Paschetta posted identical stats in her first match: 13 kills and 10 digs vs. San Jose State on Aug. 26.

UP NEXT: UC Davis heads north to face San Diego State, Murray State and host Oregon at the Oregon Classic... Saturday’s 6 p.m. match against the Ducks fits a full day of UC Davis-UO action: the two football teams square off at 2 p.m. that afternoon... Live stats are available via StatBroadcast at OregonStats.com... Live video is streamed at the Pac-12 website: pac-12.com/live/university-oregon... This tournament marks the program’s first trip to the Beaver State since the UP/OSU Challenge in 2013... It also marks a homecoming for sophomore opposite Nicola Moore, whose alma mater of South Eugene High sits just a few miles across the Willamette River from the UO campus.

SAN DIEGO STATE (1-2) opened with a 3-0 sweep of Marist before dropping split-set matches against Michigan State and Denver at its own Aztec Invitational... Senior MB Emma Fuzie earned all-tournament honors, thanks to 26-5-51 (.412) hitting and 10 total blocks... Six players posted at least 21 kills in the 12-set weekend, with Greek National Team alumna Alexandra Psoma leading the way at 29... 

MURRAY STATE (3-0) swept the three Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards after winning the Fort Wayne Invitational... Senior OH Scottie Ingram won tournament MVP on the heels of 74 kills (5.29 avg), including 30 kills and a .309 average in her team’s comeback victory over Ball State Saturday... Freshman OH Rachel Giustino (49 kills, .362 average, 12 blocks) and senior libero Ellie Lorenz (71 digs, 5.07 dps) were the OVC’s top newcomer and defensive player, respectively... 

OREGON (0-2) dropped two matches at its own Vert Challenge, although against ranked competition: in four sets each vs. No. 2 Texas and No. 10 Florida (now No. 3 and No. 7)... The Ducks received 75 votes toward Monday’s AVCA Top 25... Sophomore OH Lindsey Vander Weide posted 28 kills (3.50) and 24 digs (3.00) while freshman MB Ronika Stone hit .378 (19-5-37) with eight blocks... Stone was PrepVolleyball’s No. 10 Senior Ace out of Valley Christian HS.

SERIES HISTORIES: Murray State and Oregon are both first-time opponents for UC Davis... The Aggies have faced San Diego State once: falling in five during the 2013 season opener at LSU’s Tiger Classic.

On the opening weekend: “This team has talked about wanting to be a group that works hard and competes for each other. We achieved that, and we got better throughout the weekend.”

“I think our team cohesion is coming together. In terms of solving those cohesion issues, we hit some things more proactively this year, and I think that has helped. We got ahead of it this year as opposed to reacting to it.”

On the Oregon Classic: “We play three very good teams. It will be a challenging weekend for us. I don’t think a lot of people know about Murray State but they were 27-3 last year and they’re 3-0 right now. They have some very good volleyball players and they do some things that will challenge us. That will be a tough match. San Diego State is very athletic and they play great defense. And similar to us, they grind out points. Oregon will probably be the most physical and most athletic team that we face all year. So those are three tough opponents for us.”

On areas of improvement: “I’d like to see our second contacts get better. We have to put the ball in a spot where we can take big swings. We did that last weekend, but we just didn’t do it at a high enough level. We need to be taking more good, in-rhythm swings. When we’re making a second contact, whether it’s the setter or a non-setter, we need to put it where the hitter can take a good swing. If it’s 10 feet off the net or three feet outside the antenna, it makes it very difficult to score. Let’s put those balls in a place where we can score. That’s something we worked on a lot today [Monday].”

“I thought our serving is okay. We did some good things last weekend but we also have some room for improvement. JJ [Jillian Johnson] would come in as a serving specialist last year. Kaylin [Squyres] had a great, hard jump serve last year. Allie [Wegener] has a tough serve. So right now, we’re missing three really good servers from last year. We had some bright spots, but it’s an area where we can improve. I did think we did a lot better serving against North Dakota than in our first two matches.”