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 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.
SANTA CLARA 3, LONG BEACH STATE 2 (25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14)
LONG BEACH, CA — Santa Clara had just two hitting errors in the first two sets to get off to a fast start, but required a comeback in the fifth set to get past Long Beach State in the first round of the 2019 NIVC.
Santa Clara (21-11) will play Tulsa at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday in Round 2. Long Beach State ends its season at 12-17. It was the first meeting between the programs since 2008.
The Broncos hit .382 in the first set and did not have a single hitting error. LBSU made it interesting in Set 2 and finally broke through in Set 3 to fend off the sweep.
In the fifth set, Allison Kantor had two kills to push the Broncos up, 11-9, but LBSU fought back and had match point at 14-13. Julia Sangiacomo punched down two kills to make it 15-14 for Santa Clara, and Michelle Shaffer delivered a service ace off the net to clinch the victory. Taylor Odom, third in the national blocks per set, had 10 on the night for Santa Clara to go with 12 kills.
Shaffer finished with 57 assists and 13 digs for Santa Clara; Kantor had 22 kills and 14 digs, Sangiacomo closed with 21 kills and Gretchen Reinert added 20 digs.
Carly Aigner-Swesey had 50 assists and 10 digs for LBSU; Yizhi Xue had 17 kills, and both Katie Kennedy and Kashauna Williams had 14 kills. Hailey Harward added 27 digs.