DAVIS, Calif. -- Sacramento State won the fist set, but it was all UC Davis the rest of the way as the Aggies defeated the Hornets, 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-14), in a volleyball matchup between the two Causeway rivals on Tuesday evening at The Pavilion.
After the Hornets were victorious in the first set, UC Davis used a series of big runs in each of the next three frames. That included finishing the second set on a 6-1 run, opening the third on a 10-4 run, and beginning the fourth on an 11-4 run.
With the win, UC Davis, which has played all four of its matches this season at home, improved to 4-0. The Aggies had just swept each of their first three opponents last weekend. The Hornets, who were coming off a Sacramento State Invitational championship, saw their record fall to 2-2.
Sacramento State was playing the first of 12 straight matches on the road, a stretch that won't see the Hornets play at home the entire month of September. The Hornets will now jump on a plane to Honolulu tomorrow where the team will play matches on three consecutive days Thursday-Saturday.
Despite the loss, the Hornets still own a 52-24 all-time record against UC Davis.
Led by a quartet of players standing six feet or taller, the Aggies hit .281 and finished with 58 kills while Sacramento State had 33 kills and hit .116. The Aggies' Demari Webb (6-feet) had 15 kills, Mahalia White (6-feet) posted 14 kills, Lauren Matias (6-feet) added 12 kills, 15 digs and three blocks, and 6-foot-6 middle blocker Josephine Ough posted eight kills, five blocks and a .500 hitting percentage.
For the Hornets, outside hitter Sarah Davis led the way with 14 kills to go along with four digs. Davis has now paced Sacramento State in kills in every match thus far. Fellow outside hitter Macey Hayden had six kills, seven digs and a .333 hitting percentage.
Libero Paige Swinney had a team-high tying 18 digs, and was the only Hornet with more than seven digs this evening. Cianna Andrews had six kills and a team-high four blocks, Kayla Subbert six kills, and Ashtin Olin posted 18 assists, six digs and a pair of blocks. The quartet of Davis, Andrews, Hayden and Subbert combined for 32 of the Hornets' 33 kills.
The Hornets will next take part in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu where they begin things on Thursday vs. Denver at 7:45 p.m. PDT. Sacramento State will also play host Hawai'i on Friday at 10 p.m. PDT, and Saturday vs. Army at 2 p.m. PDT.
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