Oct. 30, 2012
Friday, Nov. 2 - UC IRVINE, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 - LONG BEACH STATE, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 26 - at Cal State Fullerton (W, 3-1)
Saturday, Oct. 27 - at UC Riverside (W, 3-0)
TO RECAP: The Aggies (12-12, 6-5) posted their first conference road sweep of the season, taking down Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside in four and three sets, respectively... Jamie Holmes won her 100th and 101st career matches as a women's head coach (she had a 20-20 record at Evangel prior to arriving at UC Davis)... Senior OH Allison Whitson led UC Davis offensively with 26 kills (3.71 per) but the team had contributions from all parts of the roster: junior Devon Damelio hit .319, served up three aces and blocked 10 shots; and sophomore Katie Quinn posted 12 total blocks, tying her career high of seven against the Titans... Redshirt freshman Holland Seymour made her first appearance since the Bulldog Invite in early September, coming off the bench to spark the Aggies for a pair of kills in the first set at Fullerton... Coach Holmes also credited Mary Schroeder, Lindsay Dowd and Megan Lancaster for stepping in at key times to help stabilize the team's effort Friday.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Besides Holmes' century mark, two Aggies hit key career milestones over the previous weekend... Whitson became the second player in school history to amass 1,500 career kills, doing so near the end of the Riverside match... Furthermore, junior setter Jenny Woolway moved into third on the school's all-time assists leaderboard, passing Carson Lowden (3,220 from 2006-09)... Woolway (3,227) now needs 177 to pass Cristie McLaughlin for the No. 2 spot... Finally, senior libero Caroline Mercado continues her approach of the 1,000-dig club... With 935 total with seven matches remaining, she is on pace to become the seventh player in school history to hit that plateau.
STATISTICAL LEADERS: Sophomore MB Victoria Lee ranks third in blocks (1.22 bps), fourth in attack average (.313) among Big West Conference leaders... Whitson sits at No. 6 (3.67) on the kills list, Mercado ranks eighth in digs (3.65) and Woolway holds at eighth in assists (8.29).
UP NEXT: The Aggies home for a series with UC Irvine (Friday) and Long Beach State (Saturday), both nestled along with UC Davis in the Big West Conference standings logjam... Friday's match is part of the national "Dig Pink" campaign to support awareness, education and research in the fight against breast cancer... The first 500 Aggie undergrads will receive pink sweatbands, courtesy of the university's West Village zero-net energy community.
UC IRVINE (10-15, 5-6) split a home weekend, claiming a three-set sweep of Cal State Northridge before taking No. 9 Hawai'i to the full five on Saturday... The Anteaters held a 2-1 match lead before the Wahine went on a late tear to avoid the upset... Redshirt freshman OH Marisa Bubica tallied a career-high 21 kills while juniors Aly Squires and Shannon Fleming combined for 26 kills with just six errors in the Hawai'i match... Libero Kristin Winkler enters the weekend with 2,062 career digs, needing 133 to surpass Cami Croteau as the Big West's all-time leader.
LONG BEACH STATE (11-11, 6-5) dropped a four-set match with Hawai'i on Friday before enduring a five-set loss to Cal State Northridge in last weekend's home set at the Pyramid... Senior OH Janisa Johnson hit 22 kills with a .356 average while sophomore MB Chisom Okpala went 20 and .500 in those categories in the setback against the Matadors... Freshman Alex Reid hit 20-1-47 (.404) in the loss to the ninth-ranked Wahine... Okpala ranks third in the Big West with a .333 hitting average, while Johnson has the highest digs average (3.69) of any non-libero in the league.
HEAD COACH JAMIE HOLMES:
"I thought our players were very composed and loose. They executed well. Davis kids have a tendency to be perfectionists. They do everything well and it translates into volleyball. But sometimes success happens when you just relax and stop trying to be so perfect. In volleyball, it's important that you play confidently and loose. It allows for a higher level of execution."
"What was really neat about the weekend was having some kids come in who really sparked the team. Holland Seymour came in against Fullerton in the first and did an excellent job. It took some pressure off Val [Brain] so that when Val went back in, her game was elevated. Mary Schroeder and Lindsay Dowd provided the same urgency and spark. So I couldn't be more pleased with the total team effort in that regard."
"UC Irvine is a physical team. When we played them the first time around, it was quite a match. All of our pistons were firing. Kaitlyn Plum was digging balls like crazy in the back row. Ally Whitson was doing a lot for the team offensively, defensively, in reception, at the service line. It will be important to contain their outside hitter, Aly Squires. She gets a lot of attempts, so we'll have to contain her. It doesn't mean we have to stop her, but she can't have a career night. That will be a big assignment. The other assignment is to get a middle attack going. The last time we played them, our middles were on fire, which really opened up our pins. It will be important to establish that middle attack. We have to have everybody playing well."
"The thing to be ready for with Long Beach is that they really push the tempo and the pace. We'll have to have our minds working quickly, and we'll have to play disciplined volleyball. We'll have to be ready for that tempo. And we'll have to serve the ball tough and believe that we can beat them. I believe they are beatable - you can see that their record is the same as ours - so I think it will be a great battle on Saturday night."