TULSA 3, UC DAVIS 1 (20-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-20)
LONG BEACH, CA — Tulsa took charge in the decisive fourth set with a 7-0 run and held on at the finish, moving past UC Davis in the first round of the 2019 NIVC.
Tulsa (16-15) will play either host Long Beach State or Santa Clara on Thursday in Round 2. UC Davis (17-13) was in its first postseason appearance since 1996.
In the first set, the Aggies came back from a 10-5 deficit to take a solid 22-17 lead before wrapping up the set. Mahalia White had two kills to finish it, 25-20. Tulsa responded in the second set by hitting .303, while UC Davis was in the negative (-.054).
In Set 3, the Golden Hurricane took a 21-14 lead before UC Davis stormed back to tie it at 23-all. Two attack errors by the Aggies ended up being the difference. That 7-0 run for Tulsa in the fourth set pushed it to a 17-9 lead; the Aggies countered and closed within 18-16. The match ended on a kill from Callie Cook, who had nine for the match.
Tulsa got 10 kills and 17 digs from Dilara Gedikoglu, a freshman from Turkey. Taylor Horsfall added 17 digs, and Mariah Pardo had 15 assists as the Golden Hurricane hit .156 for the match.
The Aggies got 13 kills from Lauren Matias; Jane Seslar had 34 assists, and Shira Lahav added 20 digs.