Cal Volleyball Loses to No. 5 Ranked Arizona, 3-0
Oct. 27, 2000
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (9-10, 4-8) fell to No. 5 ranked Arizona (19-2, 12-1), 3-0 (15-9, 15-5, 15-10), Friday night at the RSF Fieldhouse on the Cal campus.
The talented Wildcats, who have won 19 of their last 20 matches, were led by Allison Napier, Marisa DaLee and Lisa Rutledge with 13, 12 and 10 kills respectively. The Bears were paced by senior outside hitter Alicia Perry with a team-high 14 kills.
In game one, Cal was tied with Arizona, 5-5, with the help of kills from Perry, sophomore Leah Young and freshman Gabrielle Abernathy, and a block by freshman Heather Diers. The Wildcats then took control with a 5-0 run to lead 10-5 and ended up winning 15-9. The closest the Bears could get was 12-9 behind back-to-back block assists by Diers and sophomore setter Caity Noonan.
Arizona completely dominated game two, 15-5, with most of Cal's points coming off Wildcat errors. Game three was probably the Bears best game as they came back from a 9-1 deficit to get within 10-9. Cal's comeback was fueled by an ace by freshman Ashleigh Turner, block assists by freshman Jessica Zatica and Perry, back-to-back kills by Young, an ace by Noonan, block assists by freshman Lisa Collette and Young, and a solo block by Collette. With the score, 10-9, Arizona took the next four points before Noonan's second service ace got the Bears to 14-10, but the Wildcats scored again to take the game and the match, 15-10.
The Bears will next host Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Recreational Sports Facility Fieldhouse.