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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Aggies fall to Titans and 49ers

The Aggies began the weekend as the first-place team in the Big West Conference.

When the weekend culminated, they found themselves tied for second after a rough road swing.

UC Davis fell in four sets against Cal State Fullerton on Friday and was swept by Long Beach State one night later.

With the two losses, the Aggies no longer control their own destiny in the Big West and must now win and rely on help from other teams in order to capture the league championship.

Friday – Cal State Fullerton 3, UC Davis 1

The Aggies entered Titan Gym as the hottest team in the Big West, having won six games in a row and recently defeated No. 23 UC Irvine at home.

The Titans were not intimidated by the Aggies as they handed UC Davis the four-set loss by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 28-26.

Sophomore middle blocker Betsy Sedlak had 13 kills and just two errors for a .458 hitting average. She also contributed on five of the Aggies’ 12 team blocks.

Fellow sophomore middle blocker Katie Denny hit at a .292 clip with six blocks. Senior libero Avreeta Singh paced the Aggie defense with 19 digs.

Overall, the Aggies struggled on offense as they hit just .142 as a team for the match.

With the win the Titans moved to 14-10 overall and 5-6 in Big West play.

Saturday – Long Beach State 3, UC Davis 0

After falling to Fullerton, UC Davis looked for redemption the next night in Long Beach.

The Aggies found more of the same problems against the 49ers at the Walter Pyramid as they were dispatched in three games by scores of 25-20, 25-22, 25-22.

Junior Kayla Varney had 11 kills with just three hitting errors while scooping up 12 digs to lead the Aggie defense. Junior opposite Melanie Adams added nine kills for UC Davis.

Long Beach State hit .315 as a team, including an impressive .448 in its third set win. The Aggies stayed close in all three sets but could not shutdown the impressive attack of the 49ers.

With the loss, the Aggies drop to 18-9 overall and 9-4 in Big West play.

UC Davis will look to get back on track in its final two home games of the season as it plays host to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly at Hickey Gym on Friday and Saturday.

KYLE HYLAND can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.

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