Big West play begins in Tuesday home match

Sept. 18, 2017

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DAVIS, Calif. -- A preseason that included two 3-0 tournament weekends came to a close at UT Arlington’s Maverick Classic, marking the start of Big West Conference play. The Aggies host Cal Poly in a Tuesday night matchup and a rarer 5 p.m. first serve, then exits the mainland to take on Hawai’i on Saturday night.

UC Davis took down tourney host UTA in four sets on Thursday, then enjoyed 3-0 sweeps of Lamar and Houston Baptist to finish undefeated at the Maverick Classic. Only a single set point prevented the Aggies from winning the tournament team title from Arizona State, which also went 3-0, but juniors Brianna Karsseboom and Malia Bolko each captured all-tournament honors. Karsseboom avearged 3.50 kills per set, 3.80 digs per set and hit .245 for the weekend. Bolko totaled 58 digs to capture her second Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week award. 

Junior outside hitter Emily Allen assembled another solid weekend with 32 kills, 34 digs and a .215 average in 10 sets played. She leads UC Davis offensively with 2.91 kills per set, with freshman Mahalia White (2.57 kps), Karsseboom (2.50) and sophomore Lauren Matias (2.09) bolstering the attack. Junior Kelechi Ohiri enters the weekend with a .329 average and 0.98 blocks per set, while Bolko paces the floor defense with 230 total digs in 47 sets.

This sets the stage for a tough pairing with which to open Big West play. CAL POLY (10-2), the Aggies’ Tuesday opponent, received 61 votes toward the AVCA Top 25 after taking three-set sweeps from North Dakota, IUPUI and host Green Bay at the Country Inn & Suites Classic. Sisters Torrey and Adlee Van Winden lead the Mustangs offensively with 4.97 and 4.05 kps, respectively. They also rank second and fifth in the Big West in kills, while Torrey ranks third with a .376 hitting average.

Defending conference champion HAWAI’I (6-5) will finish a 13-match homestand to start the season when it hosts UC Davis on Saturday, a streak that does not include exhibitions against Osaka University and its own alumnae squad. The Wahine swept Northern Arizona on back-to-back nights last weekend, extending its win streak to four matches. McKenna Granato leads UH with 4.10 kills per set while Emily Maglio has a .368 average and a Big West-leading 1.48 bps. The ‘Bows are in their first season under new head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, who replaced Dave Shoji upon the latter’s retirement after 42 years at the helm.

Live stats are available for Tuesday night’s match via StatBroadcast, while KDVS alum David Kim will provide live audio through Stretch Internet. Saturday’s match will air locally on Spectrum OC16 and on ESPN 1420, with live stats also available through StatBroadcast. Both matches can also be viewed through Big West TV. Links are found above.

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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