DAVIS, Calif. -- Outside hitter Emily Allen
had 15 kills and a .424 average to lead four senior players with double-digit offense, as UC Davis outlasted UC Irvine in a five-set, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 26-28, 15-7, victory in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at the Pavilion Saturday night.
The Aggies improve to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in conference matches. The Anteaters slip to 12-8 for the year and 6-2 in Big West play.
Allen had just one hitting error on 33 attacks to go with 19 digs for a double-double in the win. Senior middle blocker Lauren Jackson
enjoyed her best overall match of the year, tying her career high of 11 kills while committing only two hitting errors for a .409 clip. Another fourth-year veteran, opposite Nicola Moore
, tallied 12 kills on a season-high 30 swings; while senior outside hitter Brianna Karsseboom
came up with a double-double of 11 kills and 16 digs.
A fifth Aggie senior, libero Malia Bolko
, led all players with 20 digs. Defensively, UC Davis recorded 75 digs as a team and totaled a season-high 14 blocked shots. Freshman middle Josie Ough
led the latter department with a career-best nine stuffs, including two solo stops.
For UCI, freshman Abby Marjama tallied 12 kills and 15 digs while senior middle blocker Idara Akpakpa led her team's net defense with six total blocks.
UC Davis concludes its five-match homestand with Big West matches against Long Beach State (Thursday) and CSUN (Saturday). Both matches start at 7 p.m.
MATCH NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
• Jackson's 11 kills tied her previous best, set against Nevada back in September of her sophomore year. It also marks her first double-digit attacking performance of her senior season.
• The Aggies allowed UCI to hit .281 (13-4-32) in the first set, but just .075 (37-27-133) the rest of the way, including negative efficiency in the third- and fifth-set victories... Setter Paloma Bowman
had nine of 21 UC Davis digs in that third frame, while Ough recorded four blocks in the fifth.
• After dropping the first set, UC Davis enjoyed a key 11-2 run in the second to equalize the match... Jackson scored three kills and a pair of block assists in that stretch... Most of that outburst came in support of freshman Jane Seslar
at the service line, and resulted in a 23-11 lead.
• UC Davis seemed to prevail in the fourth set when Moore scored an apparent match-winning kill to make it 26-24... However, the UCI defender had collided with the linesman during her pursuit of the initial contact after Moore's shot... The point was replayed, the score was reset to 25-24, and the Anteaters converted the side out to make it 25-25 for the 14th tie of the set.
• Karsseboom hit six kills in the fourth while Allen was 5-for-8 without an error... That pivotal frame featured 15 total ties and three lead changes, compared to six ties in the previous three sets combined... UC Davis led wire-to-wire in the fifth, starting with Bowman's third ace of the match... Ough had two blocks in the 5-1 start to the finale, then two in the final two points of the match.
• Allen's 15 kills and 19 digs marks her 12th double-double of the year and the 31st for her career... She now needs 76 kills and 66 digs to eclipse the 1,000 mark for her career in those respective categories.
• Saturday's win snapped a three-match losing skid in the series against UCI... The last Aggie win over the Anteaters was a three-set sweep on November 19, 2016.
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