Cal Volleyball Tops NAU, 3-0, in Albuturkey Classic

Nov. 24, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The University of California women's volleyball team (12-15) defeated Northern Arizona (17-7), 3-0 (15-7, 15-12, 15-9) Friday night in the first round of the Albuturkey Classic held at the Johnson Center in Albuquerque, NM.

The Bears will next play for the Albuturkey Classic title versus host New Mexico (10-16) Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. The Lobos had defeated San Francisco, 3-1, in the second match of the tournament. The Don will play Northern Arizona in the consolation match.

Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry led the Bears with a team-high 12 kills and 14 digs. Other top performers for Cal included freshman outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy with 10 kills and junior Candace McNamee with a career-high four service aces. Sophomore Leah Young added nine kills with a .333 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 21 attempts), and sophomore Reena Pardiwala had seven kills, a .417 hitting percentage (seven kills, two errors, 12 attempts) and 12 digs. As a team, the Bears had an impressive eight service aces.

In game one, the Bears broke away from a 6-6 tie, when Northern Arizona tip went wide and then Abernathy and freshman Heather Diers recorded back-to-back kills. The Lumberjacks were only able to score one more point before Cal went on a 6-0 run to win 15-7. The Bears final 6-0 run was paced by an Abernathy block solo, a pair of kills by Perry, a service ace by McNamee and block assists by Pardiwala and Young. McNamee had an impressive three service aces, and Perry and Abernathy both recorded five kills in the first game.

Cal had to come from behind to win game two. Northern Arizona had held a 10-7 advantage before the Bears fought back to take a 12-10 lead behind block assists by Young and Pardiwala, a dig by freshman Ashleigh Turner that went over the net for a score, a kill by Young, a service ace by Pardiwala and an errant hit by the Lumberjacks. Northern Arizona later got within 13-12 before Cal put the game away a service ace by freshman Jenna Grigsby and a kill by Perry to win 15-12.

In game three, the Bears broke a 7-7 tie on block assists by Abernathy and Pardiwala and two Lumberjack errors. Cal took control from that point on with the help of back-to-back service aces by Perry, two more Northern Arizona miscues and a game-ending block solo by Diers for the 15-9 win.

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