Yes, size does matter in volleyball as the "taller" Cal State Stanislaus volleyball team slammed a solid Urban Knights team in straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18, in Stanislaus’ final exhibition match of the preseason.
Led by sophomoreLianne Vicchio‘s 11-kill, 5-aces, 7-dig effort, the Warriors went unbeaten in the exhibition season going 3-0 after Tuesday’s win.
Two tall freshmen,Melissa Bishop (6-foot-1) and Jennifer Marsh (6-foot-2), and the Warriors out-battled AAU’s three six-foot giants as Marsh chipped in seven kills to go with Bishop’s six. Junior setter Nicki Brown had a nice all-around match with 24 assists, four kills, one ace, three digs, a block-solo and two assisted blocks.
Amanda Pielstick, the only senior on the team, led with 10 digs and Megan Britton added six. Andrea Fett, another 6-foot-2 freshman, chipped in with three aces and three block-assists.
For Academy of Art, 6-foot-2 Dan Yang of China led with eight kills while Amy Bush (6-foot-3) and Serbia native Jelena Jakovljevic (6-foot-2) each had seven. AAU beat the Warriors twice last season and the Urban Knights were picked to finish third in the Pacific West Conference behind powerhouses Hawaii Hilo and BYU-Hawaii.
Cal State Stanislaus will open its regular season Friday at the Seawolve Spike in Rohnert Park. The Warriors will play four matches over two days in the tournament hosted by Lore’s alma mater Sonoma State.