November 19, 2011

Tigers Battle Throughout But Fall In Three At UC Davis

Davis, Calif. - Closing out Big West Conference play, the Pacific women's volleyball team fought the entire night, but in the end could not overcome the UC Davis attack as the Aggies won in three on Saturday, November 19.  The loss dropped the Tigers to 8-8 in the conference as Pacific finished the Big West season in a fourth place tie with Cal State Fullerton.  For the Aggies, their season came to an end in a tie for sixth place in the Big West at 7-9 in conference play while posting a 21-10 overall record.

Game scores for the match were: 25-21, 25-22, 25-23.

As has been the theme throughout their encounters since the beginning of their Division I rivalry, the Tigers and the Aggies locked horns in a back and forth battle that came down to just a handful of points to decide the winner in each and every game.  For the Tigers, it was once again a night in which the Aggies always were just a step ahead, finding a way to get just enough points at the end to take home the win.

In game one, the Tigers stormed back from 19-16 down to take a late 20-19 run only to see the Aggies erase their hardwork with by posting a 4-0 run of their own to put Pacific away.  UC Davis used a balanced attack in the game to counter a five kill game from senior Samantha Misa, feeding four different hitters four kills a piece as the team hit .400 in the opening frame.

With the first game claimed by the Aggies, it was the Tigers who jumped out to a quick start as they attempted to get back into the match.  However, once again, the Aggies countered with a run of their own to make the second game a back-and-forth battle once again that would not turn until back-to-back hitting errors by the Tigers broke a 21-21 tie and handed the game to UC Davis. 

Looking for their second sweep of the year against the Tigers, the Aggies stormed out to an early four point lead they would hold for most of the final game.  Yet, with their backs against the wall, the Tigers would fight back down 20-16 to make a game of the opening contest.  Pacific climbed to within one of the Aggies at 22-21, but a kill and a service ace would give UC Davis three match points from which Pacific could not recover.

Overall, senior Samantha Misa led all attackers in the match with 15 kills as she hit .233 in the match on 43 attacks.  She added her 13th double-double to her season total in the match as she also posted a team-high 11 digs to the Tigers' defensive totals.  Sophomore Jennifer Sanders was the only other Tiger to reach double-figures as the young middle blocker posted 10 kills on 17 attacks with no errors to hit .588.  She also added three blocks for good measure to close out her Big West season.

For the Aggies, Allison Whitson, who led the way in the first match against Pacific, ended her night with 12 kills and 11 digs to post the double-double.  In her final collegiate match, Betsy Sedlak tallied 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage whil adding a match-high five blocks.  Her classmate and fellow middle blocker, Katie Denny, finished the night hitting a whopping .700 as she tallied seven kills on 10 attacks with no errors.  Devon Damelio tallied 10 kills on 25 attacks to post the only other double-digit night at the net while Caroline Mercado, the Aggies' libero, tallied 15 digs on the defensive side of the ball for UC Davis.

Pacific will close out the 2011 season at home on Friday, November 25, when the Tigers host Seattle University at the Alex G. Spanos Center at 7:00 pm.  The match will be the final match for the Tigers' two seniors, Samantha Misa and Rebekah Torres, who will be honored in a ceremony prior to the start of the match.