Volleyball Looks Ahead To Fresno

Senior Allison Whitson moved into third on the school's career kills leaderboard last weekend.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Sept. 4, 2012

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at Fresno State Classic
Friday, Sept. 7 - vs. Utah Valley, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 - at Fresno State, Noon
Saturday, Sept. 8 - vs. Sacramento State, 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31 - UTAH (L, 0-3)
Saturday, Sept. 1 - SANTA CLARA (L, 2-3)
Saturday, Sept. 1 - NORTH CAROLINA (L, 0-3)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (2-4) went winless in its own Aggie Invitational tournament, falling in three to Utah and North Carolina; and in five to Santa Clara... The Aggies rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set against the Broncos... Sophomore MBs Katie Quinn and Victoria Lee each had a career-high nine kills in the match... Their output helped fill the void of freshman Kaylin Squyres, who sat out the weekend due to an ankle injury... Junior OH Devon Damelio earned all-tournament honors for the second straight week... She served up two aces against Utah, hit 11 kills vs. Santa Clara, then finished the weekend with 14-2-30 (.400) attacking with eight digs and three block assists against UNC... The Tarheels, among the teams receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25, won the tournament with a 3-0 mark.

CAREER WATCH: Senior Allison Whitson totaled 32 kills for the weekend to bring her career sum to 1,240... She vaulted ahead of Jill Changaris (1,209 from 1993-96) and Kaersten Hill (1,236 from 1995-98) to move into third in school history... Ahead of her are Kelly Gaudino (1,337 from 2000-03) and two-time All-American Candy Lench (1,888 from 1989-92)... Lench, now Candy Murphy, serves on the Boise State staff... While Lench's career totals are likely out of reach, Whitson has a chance to eclipse the Aggie Hall of Famer for a different feat: becoming the first player to lead UC Davis in kills for four straight years (Lench finished second to Jessica Perry as a freshman)... Through six matches in 2012, Damelio currently holds a slight edge over Whitson at 76-72.

UP NEXT: The Aggies continue tournament play at the Fresno State Classic, taking on the host Bulldogs, Utah Valley and Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State... Oddly, this is the only Aggie-Hornet pairing on the schedule this season... Even more coincidentally, the last time the two teams faced on neutral territory was in Fresno: at the Fresno Pacific Invitational on Sept. 1, 1990... UC Davis will return home for a match with San Francisco on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

AGGIE TALK: Seniors Whitson, Kaitlyn Plum and Caroline Mercado will be the guests on the Tuesday, Sept. 4 edition of Aggie Talk, a weekly sports discussion/interview show on the student station KDVS 90.3 FM... Those outside the Davis area may listen via streaming audio at www.kdvs.org... Show time is 7 p.m.

UTAH VALLEY (1-3) went 1-2 at the Arizona Wildcat Classic on Aug. 24-25, then lost to Utah in a three-set sweep on Aug. 28... Like the Aggies against the Utes, no Wolverine player hit in double figures in Tuesday's match... Freshman MB Lauren Stringham has 24 kills, a .328 hitting average and 14 blocks in four matches... Junior OH Linsay Morrell leads UVU with 36 kills (2.77 per)... The Wolverines will host Weber State this Tuesday (Sept. 4) before entering the Fresno State tournament... UC Davis is 0-2 all-time against UVU, having faced the school twice during both teams' transition to Division I in 2004 and 2005.

FRESNO STATE (4-2) has gone 2-1 at both UTEP's El Paso Sports Commission Invitational and Colorado's Omni Hotels Tournament... The Bulldogs swept Cornell and the host Buffaloes last weekend, while falling in four to Northern Arizona... Sophomore MB Maci Murdock has earned all-tournament honors at both stops, while junior OH Marissa Brand picked up a nod at CU... Murdock hit 18-3-44 (.341) during Friday's portion of the tournament... She and junior OH Korrin Wild earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors last year... The Bulldogs enter their first season in the Mountain West Conference.

SACRAMENTO STATE (3-3) beat Boise State and Morgan State, both in four matches, then lost in a sweep to Saint Mary's in its own Sacramento State Invitational over the weekend... Senior OH Janelle Currey and Senior OH Jessie Genger each collected all-tournament accolades... Both hit 20 kills in Friday's win over BSU, while Currey finished the weekend with 45 kills... Genger has averaged 4.45 kills and a .250 average in 20 sets this year...

CAUSEWAY CUP: The UC Davis-Sacramento State match will be the second meeting between the two schools for the multi-sport Causeway Cup, the schedule for which has not been officially determined... The two teams drew to a scoreless tie in women's soccer on August 24 (the Aggie Open cross country meet, split by the two teams, is not part of the contest)... Women's volleyball is one of four 10-point sports, along with football and men's and women's basketball... All other sports compete for five points.