SAN DIEGO, CA - The University of Delaware volleyball squad
witnessed first-hand Saturday afternoon just why the University of
California is ranked No. 17 in the nation by the American Volleyball
The Blue Hens, playing in their second and final game of the Aztec
Invitational at San Diego State University's Aztec Court, fell to 0-2 on
the year with a 3-0 setback to the Bears.
California, which went 26-7 a year ago and like Delaware advanced to the
NCAA Tournament, downed the Hens by scores of 25-11, 25-13, and 25-20
in its season opener. Delaware had fallen to host San Diego State 3-0 in
its season opener Friday night.
Despite the loss, Delaware all-region outside hitter Alissa Alker
reached an impressive milestone before her hometown crowd as she
recorded a team-high six kills and surpassed the 1,000-kill mark for her
career. The senior lefthander is only the 17th player in UD history to
reach that lofty plateau.
Alker also contributed eight digs on the day while junior Katie Hank had
five kills, freshman Mackenzie Olsen added 18 assists and eight digs,
and freshman Ariel Shonk chipped in with seven digs.
California hit .333 or better in every set and finished the match with
an impressive hitting percentage of .391. Adrienne Gehan led the way for
the Golden Bears with 18 kills, 10 digs, and four block assists while
Christina Higgins added seven kills and Joan Caloiro and Lindsey Parrott
added 19 and 15 assists respectively.
The Blue Hens will continue action on the road next week when they
travel to the University of Virginia to take on the host Cavaliers,
Lehigh, and Western Kentucky in the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup Tournament
beginning Aug. 30.
#17 California def. Delaware (25-11, 25-13, 25-20)
Delaware (Kills-Digs-Blocks-Assists): Hank, 5-2-0-0, Olsen, 1-8-0-18,
Hillman, 3-7-2-0, Bryant, 3-0-2-0, Alker, 6-8-1-1, Lawrence, 2-0-1-0,
Meyers, 1-1-0-0, Shonk, 0-7-0-1, Krapf, 0-2-0-0, Reigel, 0-1-0-0,
Oemcke, 0-0-0-2, Evans, 0-0-0-0, Sebastian, 3-0-0-0, Totals, 24-36-3-22.
California: Gombar, 2-8-0-1, Vukasovic, 6-2-3-0, Gehan, 18-10-4-2,
Hawari, 4-6-0-0, Brown, 4-4-1-1, Caloiro, 2-10-1-19, McKennon, 0-7-0-3,
Parrott, 1-3-0-15, Davis, 0-5-0-0, Higgins, 7-0-1-0, Totals, 44-49-9-41.