Aug. 30, 2010
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at SMU Doubletree Invitational
Friday, Sept. 3 - vs. Texas State, 9 a.m. PDT
Friday, Sept. 3 - vs. Texas Tech, 3 p.m. PDT
Saturday, Sept. 4 - at SMU, 12:30 p.m. PDT
at Utah Classic
Friday, Aug. 27 - at Utah, (L, 1-3)
Saturday, Aug. 28 - vs. Utah State (L, 0-3)
TO RECAP: Junior middle blocker Betsy Sedlak won all-tournament honors at the Utah Classic, scoring 18 kills on 31 swings for a .516 hitting average in seven sets... She also led the Aggies with 7 total blocks (2 solos, 5 assists)... Senior Kayla Varney, sophomore Allison Whitson and junior Katie Denny each tallied a team-best 21 kills, while libero Kaitlyn Plum picked up 27 digs to edge Varney for the UC Davis lead... Varney's 25 digs bumped her collegiate total to 1,021, making her the sixth Aggie to surpass the 1,000 career mark... The next targets on the leaderboard are Jill Changaris (1,112 from 1993-96) and Kelly Gaudino (1,262 from 2000-03)... Gaudino is the last non-libero to crack the four-digit barrier, and the last player to break the 1,000 mark in both kills and digs... Varney has a chance to equal that feat: she also has 786 kills with essentially her entire senior year remaining.
Freshman Jenny Woolway totaled 82 assists as the Aggies' starting setter... The last true freshman setter in program history was Michelle Nelson, who played the position as part of a 6-2 system in 2005... She later moved to a DS role... Other freshmen to serve as UC Davis' primary setter during recent seasons: Denise Bilbaeno (1988), who still holds the school record for career assists at 3,549; and Kelly Urbanik (1998), who ranks 4th all-time at 3,125.
UP NEXT: The Aggies return to the road for further tournament action, this time at the SMU Doubletree Invitational on Sept. 3-4... UC Davis faces Texas State in Friday's 11 a.m. (CDT) opener, then Texas Tech later that afternoon... The Aggies will take on the host Mustangs in the tournament finale at 2:30 p.m. CDT, or 12:30 p.m. Pacific... All three are first-time opponents in UC Davis history.
TEXAS STATE (2-1) suffered a five-set loss against Missouri State then posted 3-0 sweeps of Hofstra and Canisius at the Hofstra Asics Invitational... Junior MB Amber Calhoun hit 13-3-27 (.370) with eight blocks, while sophomore Matti Schumacher led all Bobcat hitters with 27 kills... Preslie Alexander (24-8-63) and A.J. Watlington (22-8-56) also figured heavily in the offense... Texas State won the Southland Conference in 2009 and was chosen to defend that title this season.
TEXAS TECH (1-2) lost a pair of three-set sweeps against Rice and Ole Miss before picking up a 3-1 victory over Texas-San Antonio in the finale of the Rice Invitational... Junior Amanda Dowdy hammered out 38 kills, 21 digs and nine blocks in the 10 sets to earn all-tournament accolades... TTU has now won half as many matches as it did in the 2009 season (2-27) as second-year Trish Knight looks to elevate the Red Raider program.
SMU (3-0) took down victories against Butler (3-1), Baylor (3-2) and Stephen F. Austin (3-0) at the Baylor Invitational during the previous weekend... Saturday's win over the Bears was arguably the most significant, as Baylor is one of eight 2009 NCAA tournament teams on the Mustangs' schedule... Junior OH Dana Powell led all SMU hitters with 41 kills and 124 attempts, while sophomore middle Courtney Manning tallied 30-7-66 (.348) hitting with 16 blocks... Libero Sidney Stewart paced the Mustang floor defense with 62 digs.
HEAD COACH JAMIE HOLMES:
"We came out against Utah and I thought our team played excellent. We played some very good volleyball. It was Jenny Woolway's debut as an Aggie and she ran the show. You could not tell she was a freshman. She did the intangibles that you want a setter to perform. She made broken plays better and ran the offense with authority."
"The process of how we went about competing made me excited for the season. If our match against Utah is the place to start the season, I can only imagine where we'll be come conference. If we have every piston firing, I can only imagine what the Aggies will look like with a few more matches under our belts."
"Without question, we want to continue to be solid at passing and serving. And I'm looking forward to our outside hitters make better adjustments on the ball. For sets that aren't perfect, I want to see them get their feet to the ball and make sure that they have high contact ponts. I want them to hit the ball hard and smart, with the appropriate shot selection. My big goal going into the weekend is to pay a lot of attention to the pin hitters, and turning them into the best attackers they can be."
On freshman setter Jenny Woolway:
"A lot of time when you see a freshman setter, you see a lot of timidity and insecurity about their performance, execution or play. So often, they're a little bit quite vocally and physically as well, simply because they're surrounded by a bunch of veterans. But it wasn't like that with Jenny. She went out there and played the game in front of the ball. She can anticipate what's going to happen and she reacts naturally to plays that might be broken. She makes some tremendous saves. I thought Jenny played extremely assertive and aggressive, and she did a great job being our quarterback."