DAVIS, Calif. -- After celebrating its seniors in Saturday's Pavilion home finale, UC Davis women's volleyball closes out its fall indoor season with a Friday road match at Hawai'i, then will remain in the 50th state to offer its first glimpse of the inaugural beach season with an exhibition at Queen's Beach on Sunday.
The Aggies hold fourth place in the Big West Conference with an 8-7 record, half of a win ahead of fifth-place UC Santa Barbara (7-7) and a full match in front of Long Beach State (7-8).
Who: UC Davis at Hawai'i
When: Friday, Nov. 16 • 9 p.m. PST
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (Honolulu, O'ahu.)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast (http://statb.us/b/227174)
Live Video: Big West TV (http://bigwest.sidearmstreaming.com/watch/?Live=1329)
Last Saturday's matchup against UC Santa Barbara saw two Aggies hit key program career milestones. Libero Malia Bolko tallied 27 digs, moving her ahead of Avreeta Singh (2006-09) for the school record. She enters Friday's Hawai'i match with 1,833 gets, two ahead of Singh. In the same match, outside hitter Emily Allen became the 10th player to achieve 1,000 kills, then shortly after, she became the 10th to reach 1,000 career digs. The psychology major from Santa Barbara is just the fourth Aggie to appear on both lists.
"We have to serve tough and we have to play good defense. Those are the biggest things," said head coach Dan Conners, who wraps up his fifth season at the helm. "I thought we played really good defense against Irvine and Long Beach at home, and we played really good defense at the start of the season. And I thought we served well this weekend: not a lot of errors, and we served tough. They just had some big kids who could put it away."
ABOUT THE AGGIES: UC Davis lost in three sets to Cal Poly then in four to UC Santa Barbara in its final home weekend... The weekend saw a few lows: against the Mustangs, the team's minus-.085 average is the lowest in the program's Div. I era, while the 14 aces allowed is the most since its October 6, 2005 match against Pacific... On the other hand, the Aggies had 12 blocks against UCSB, with Allen (4) and freshman Josie Ough (9) tying career highs... Seniors Brianna Karsseboom (16 kills, .351) and Nicola Moore (11 kills, .370) had strong offensive performances against the Gauchos... Allen ranks fifth in the Big West in kills (3.62 kps) while Bolko is third in digs (4.66)... As a team, UC Davis' 17.04 digs per set sits atop the conference leaderboard.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: Hawai'i (16-8, 12-2) took a break from conference play to face Pepperdine on Tuesday... Senior OH McKenna Granato posted a double-double of 12 kills and 11 digs in the five-set loss, while senior Tita Akiu led the floor defense with 15 digs... Akiu ranks fifth in the Big West with 4.42 digs per set, while senior MH Sarah Liva ranks second with a .359 hitting average (143-40-287).
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: UC Davis' Sunday exhibition against the SandBows will mark the first beach volleyball action since the program was announced last spring... AVP Pro Beach veteran Ali McColloch serves as the Aggies' head coach while indoor director of operations Amy Buchanan is the top assistant coach... The 2019 beach volleyball season will begin in March, with the inaugural home matches scheduled for Picnic Day, April 13... The home facility, located on the Howard Way intramural field, began construction in early November.
ABOUT UC DAVIS: 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. 5-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.
AGGIE EVO: Established in 2017-18, the Aggie EVO System is UC Davis Athletics' investment in the primary mission of preparing student-athletes for a successful "launch" after graduation. Thanks to a collaboration of alumni, university resources, corporate partners, coaches and Student-Athlete Outcomes staff, all Aggies are guided over four years to acquire the skills, knowledge, opportunities and tools to better know and navigate the "World of Work" after graduating from UC Davis. Follow the Aggie EVO system on Twitter and Instagram at @AggieEVO.