Bolko repeats Big West weekly defensive nod

Sept. 18, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women’s volleyball player Malia Bolko won her second consecutive Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week award and her fourth of her career, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. The award covers the week of Sept. 11-17.

The third-year managerial economics student-athlete from Benicia, California, joined teammate Brianna Karsseboom on the all-tournament squad at UT Arlington’s Maverick Classic over the weekend. Bolko amassed 58 digs in 10 sets for a 5.80 average, helping the Aggies finish with a 3-0 record. UC Davis finished second in the tournament’s team standings behind Arizona State, which also went 3-0 but won the tiebreaker by a single set point.

Bolko totaled 26 digs in Thursday’s four-set win over host UTA, added another 15 in Friday morning’s 3-0 sweep of Lamar, then wrapped up her weekend with a 17-dig performance in another 3-0 sweep of Houston Baptist. Her defense also helped UC Davis hold opponents to a combined .127 hitting average in the three matches.

The Maverick Classic finished one week after Bolko became the ninth player in school history to reach 1,000 career digs. She finished the weekend with 1,108, needing just five to surpass recent Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Jill Changaris for seventh on the all-time list.

UC Davis begins Big West Conference play on Tuesday, hosting Cal Poly for a rare 5 p.m. start at the Pavilion.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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