SACRAMENTO -- UC Davis overcame a 22-21 deficit in the first set, and a 23-22 deficit in the second set, to eventually beat Sacramento State, 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 13-25, 25-14), in a non-conference volleyball matchup between the two rivals.
In the 75th meeting between the two schools, the Aggies came up with seemingly every big point late in both the first two frames. That included finishing the first set on a 4-1 run, and the second set on a 3-0 run to win both highly contested sets. Sacramento State bounced back to easily take the third set, 25-13, but UC Davis jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the fourth and cruised from there to eventually win.
The victory allowed UC Davis to improve to 5-2 on the young season while the Hornets dropped to 3-5. Sacramento State still owns a 52-23 record in the series which dates back to 1976, including a five set win in Davis a year ago.
The Aggies had 22 more digs than the Hornets (83-61), including a healthy amount of one-armed digs throughout the evening. Both teams hit for a similar percentage (UCD .226, SAC .214), and Sacramento State held big advantages in team blocks (12-6) and aces (8-4), but the Aggies came up with the big plays when it was necessary late in the first two frames. UC Davis finished the match by scoring just three more points than the Hornets (88-85) despite the 3-1 outcome.
For Sacramento State, outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti was brilliant, finishing with 22 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and a .317 hitting percentage. The 22 kills were one shy of her career high and the four blocks matched a career best. Fifteen of her 22 kills came during the final two sets.
Middle blocker Lana Brown finished with eight kills, five blocks, zero attack errors and a .471 hitting percentage, and rightside hitter Cianna Andrews added seven kills. Skyler Takeda, who entered the match ranked seventh in the nation in aces per set, will likely move even further up the national leader board as she tacked on four more aces to go with 10 digs. Takeda now has 25 aces this season and is averaging a massive 0.81 aces per set.
Rounding out the four Hornets with double figures in digs were libero Paige Swinney (19) and setter Ashtin Olin (11). Brie Gathright had four blocks, Sarah Davis eight digs, and Macey Hayden had three kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
For UC Davis, Emily Allen had 17 kills, including three straight kills to close the second set after the Aggies trailed, 23-22. Lauren Matias had 16 kills, including the set winner at 24-23 in the first.
The Hornets will play three more times at home this week as the team will host the two-day, four-team Sacramento State Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets open the tournament on Friday against Nevada at 7 p.m. For the tournament schedule and ticket information, please click here for the tournament home page.
November 17, 2018 VOLLEYBALL’S MATCH AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADO IS CANCELED
November 13, 2018 VOLLEYBALL MOVES TO 11-6 IN LEAGUE AFTER ROAD WIN AT PORTLAND STATE
November 10, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS AT IDAHO STATE
November 8, 2018 VOLLEYBALL DROPS 3-1 ROAD DECISION AT WEBER STATE
October 27, 2018 VOLLEYBALL SPLITS ROAD TRIP AFTER THREE-SET SWEEP AT SOUTHERN UTAH
October 25, 2018 WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END, VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
October 23, 2018 FIRST-PLACE VOLLEYBALL ON THE ROAD FOR A PAIR THIS WEEK
October 22, 2018 TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS! NOCETTI NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
October 20, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT, REMAINS IN TIE FOR FIRST PLACE
October 15, 2018 NOCETTI NAMED BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
October 13, 2018 VOLLEYBALL MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE AFTER SWEEP OF WEBER STATE
October 11, 2018 VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL, SWEEPS IDAHO STATE AT HOME
October 6, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS AT EASTERN WASHINGTON, NOW 4-2 IN BIG SKY PLAY
October 4, 2018 VOLLEYBALL’S WINNING STREAK SNAPPED IN 3-1 LOSS AT IDAHO
October 1, 2018 OLIN NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 29, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS THIRD STRAIGHT, BEATS NORTHERN ARIZONA IN FIVE SETS
September 27, 2018 VOLLEYBALL’S MATCH TONIGHT VS SOUTHERN UTAH PUSHED BACK TO A 8:00 PM START
September 27, 2018 VOLLEYBALL BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH, WINS 1,000TH MATCH IN PROGRAM HISTORY
September 26, 2018 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS A PAIR OF MATCHES; SEEKS 1,000TH WIN IN PROGRAM HISTORY
September 22, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS AT MONTANA STATE; NOCETTI SECURES 1,000TH CAREER KILL
September 18, 2018 VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK AT THE MONTANA SCHOOLS
September 14, 2018 INJURY RAVAGED VOLLEYBALL PLAYS TOUGH, BUT FALLS TO PORTLAND
September 14, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO 13TH-RANKED WASHINGTON
September 10, 2018 SWINNEY NAMED BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 6, 2018 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS THE 4-TEAM SACRAMENTO STATE INVITE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
September 4, 2018 VOLLEYBALL COMES UP JUST SHORT IN 3-1 HOME LOSS TO UC DAVIS
August 28, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS ON THE ROAD TO SANTA CLARA
August 25, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS TO ARIZONA
August 24, 2018 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH 3-1 VICTORY OVER UTAH STATE
August 8, 2018 VOLLEYBALL SELECTED THIRD IN BIG SKY PRESEASON COACHES POLL