Oct. 1, 2013
Oct. 4 - at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 - at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 - at Cal State Northridge (L, 2-3)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (8-6, 0-1) lost its Big West Conference opener at Cal State Northridge, although not without some strong individual performances... Junior MB Victoria Lee posted a career-high 15 kills and hit .650, while senior OPP Devon Damelio hit 16-5-28 (.393) with 11 digs... The Matadors had five players with double-digit kills and outblocked their guests by a 16-3 margin... This is the fourth time the Aggies have lost in five sets, and the third time they have lost a match after winning the opener.
Lee's .650 average boosted her season rate to .442, now tops if the Big West Conference leaderboard and 12th in the nation... She has only committed 13 attacking errors in 242 swings all season... Lee also has raised her career average to .368... As a reference (although it is far too early to make predictions), the school records are both held by 2011 grad Betsy Sedlak: .395 in a season, .336 in a career.
MILESTONE WATCH: Woolway moved past the 4,000-assist barrier in Saturday's match at the Matadome, now sitting at 4,013... Her eight digs raises her career total to 1,050, 62 behind Jill Changaris (1992-96) for sixth in school history... Senior Devon Damelio continues her march toward 1,000 kills, raising her total to 847... Although it largely depends on the number of sets per match, her pace is for 1,014... Finally, Jamie Holmes needs just six wins to reach her 100th at the UC Davis helm... She now has a 94-70 record in her sixth season as the Aggie head coach.
STAT RANKINGS: Besides Lee's hitting percentage (see above), five Aggies rank among the conference's top 10 in the major categories... Sophomore Kaylin Squyres held at 4th in kills per set (3.31), Woolway remains 5th in assists (9.89), senior Lindsay Dowd fell to 5th in aces (0.34), junior Megan Lancaster moved up to 5th in digs (3.42), and junior Katie Quinn dipped to 7th in blocks (0.98)
UP NEXT: UC Davis continues its three-match road stretch with Big West Conference action at Cal State Fullerton (Friday) and UC Riverside (Saturday)... CSF offers PrestoSports live stats at http://livestats.prestosports.com/csufullerton, UCR will offer similar via SidearmSports at http://www.sidearmstats.com/ucr/wvball... Additionally, live video is available for all Big West matches at http://www.bigwest.org/tv/.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (7-6, 0-1) lost in three sets to sixth-ranked Hawai'i Saturday night, surrendering 20 straight points in a 25-5 loss in the second set... No Titan player had more than six digs in the match... Seniors Alyse Hensley (134 kills, 134 digs) and Bre Moreland (127 kills, 146 digs) lead CSF overall while freshman McKenna Painton paces all Big West Conference players at 4.37 digs per set... The Aggies have battled the Titans to five sets seven times in 12 meetings since 2006 (with UC Davis winning two of them).
UC RIVERSIDE (1-12, 0-1) has lost four straight since scoring its sole win, a four-setter vs. Winthrop at Pacific's Bankers Classic on Sept. 14... The Highlanders lost their conference opener in a sweep at Hawai'i... Sophomore OH Ashley Cox, who posted a team-high 9 kills against the Wahine, leads UCR with 2.95 kills per set... Freshman libero Maddie Hubbell ranks 4th in the Big West at 3.70 digs per set.
HEAD COACH JAMIE HOLMES:
On the Cal State Northridge match: "It was a very exciting match. It's what you prepare for 365 days a year. Both teams are being considered as the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the conference, and our players knew there was a lot on the line. We were extremely fired up to be there. We came out strong. I think our offense surprised them. That really threw them for a loop. Our passing was really good at first. Coming out of the locker room, Northridge really upped their serve and our reception patterns didn't respond in the way we would have liked. As a result, we became very pin-reliant and our middles became predictable. So that's definitely a focus of this week's practice."
"It's heartbreaking to lose that match but at the same time, we went about our process in a good way. We just didn't pull it out in the end."
On the Fullerton/Riverside weekend: "The team has presented what the goals are, and this is a weekend to chip away at those goals. Anytime we get to play in conference, it's an exciting weekend. I will say one thing -- of the last six weekends, we've been on the road for five. I think that might be taking its toll. I know I'm looking forward to coming home after this upcoming week."
"Without question, our goal is to go 2-0. But more than that, we want to continue getting better with our process. We want to be more in system. We can be very offensive - and we show signs of it - if we can just stay in system. It's about first contacts [serving and receiving], and being better blocking-wise. If we can get better with our process every time we compete, I think good things will happen. I already know they will."