White, Bolko nab conference weekly honors

Nov. 6, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women’s volleyball players Mahalia White and Malia Bolko captured Big West Conference Freshman of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, the league office announced Monday afternoon. This is White’s fourth such award of the year, while Bolko has three DPOW nods to her credit in 2017.

White, an organizational studies major from Canoga Park, was the Aggies’ No. 2 kills leader in each of conference wins against Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 2) and UC Riverside (Nov. 4). She recorded 13 in each match for a weekend average of 3.25 kills per set, while providing another five blocks on defense. White leads UC Davis overall at 3.39 kills per set, with a 4.12 average and .302 hitting in 13 conference dates.

Bolko, a junior economics major from Benicia, tallied 19 digs in Thursday’s sweep of CSF, then another 24 in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over UCR for a weekend average of 5.38 per set. She also committed no aces on 32 passes on the Aggies’ serve-receive line. Bolko’s defense helped hold the Titans to a minus-.078 average, the lowest opposing attack rate in UC Davis’ Division I era and the lowest overall since at least 1998. With 497 total digs, she now sits third on the school’s season list while her career total of 1,375 puts her 20 away from Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Famer Candy Lench for fourth.

Hawai’i senior Emily Maglio won the overall Big West Conference Player of the Week award for her 5.33 kills per set, 1.33 blocks per set and .560 attack percentage.

UC Davis heads into its final conference road trip of the year with matches at Cal Poly (Friday) and UC Santa Barbara (Saturday).

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