FULLERTON, Calif. -- Senior opposite Nicola Moore pounded out a match-high 13 kills and a .500 hitting average to lead UC Davis to its sixth consecutive win during a 25-16, 25-18, 25-10 sweep of Cal State Fullerton in Big West Conference women's volleyball action at Titan Gym Friday night.
The Aggies improve to 15-9 overall and 7-5 in conference play. The Titans split to 6-18 for the year and remain winless in Big West matches at 0-11.
Moore was the only player in double-digit offense on either squad. Redshirt freshman Leonie Strehl, who splits right-side duties with Moore, added 7-1-16 hitting for a .375 average. Overall, UC Davis hit .302 for the match with 46 kills on just 11 errors. Senior Maddie Merlino and sophomore Paloma Bowman split up the setting duties to lead the offense.
Senior outside hitters Brianna Karsseboom and Emily Allen chipped in another seven and six kills, respectively, while senior middle blocker Lauren Jackson led the net defense with four blocks in front of her hometown crowd. Senior libero Malia Bolko and Merlino notched respective dig totals of 14 and 10 to lead the Aggie floor defense.
For CSF, junior left-sider Felicia Marshall had a team-leading seven kills but also committed seven attacking errors. Freshman middle Haley Carmo hit 5-1-9 for the match, while libero Savahna Costello scooped up a match-best 25 digs.
UC Davis remains in Southern California for continued Big West play at UC Riverside on Saturday night. First serve from SRC Arena is 7 p.m.
NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
• With four matches left on the schedule, Friday's victory clinches a winning season for the Aggies in 2018... The sixth straight wins represents the program's longest such streak since the 2011 squad prevailed in 11 straight from Sept. 3-24... That 2011 team also enjoyed five straight weeks of receiving votes toward the AVCA Top 25 during that span.
• UC Davis trailed only twice during the match: 5-3 then later 7-6 in the second set... Jackson and Karsseboom teamed up for a block to being a 4-0 run to flip the advantage to 10-7... The Aggies stormed to an 11-3 lead in the first set, with Moore scoring five kills and Allen serving up back-to-back aces in that start... Similarly, UC Davis jumped out to 12-2 start in the third.
• Moore has enjoyed double-figured kills in five of the six matches of the current win streak, totaling 69-17-148 (.351) attacking in that span... She had just one match of 10-plus kills prior to the streak: 10 exactly at Arizona back on September 15... Moore's career high for hitting percentage is .688 (12-1-16), performed against CSF almost exactly three years ago.
• UC Davis hit .302 for the match, marking the third match at .300 or higher in the last five matches, along with the .305 against the Titans on Oct. 13 and the .305 versus Long Beach State on Oct. 25... Cal State Fullerton hit .046, the lowest by an Aggie opponent since the Titans struggled to .078 exactly one year ago.
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