Cal Volleyball Tops Massachusetts, 3-0, at IKON Husky Classic

Sept. 1, 2001

STORRS, CT - The University of California women's volleyball team (2-0) defeated Massachusetts (1-2), 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-22), at the IKON Husky Classic Saturday evening at the Henry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus. The Bears will next conclude the tournament by facing host Connecticut (2-0) for the classic title, Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

The Bears recorded an impressive .354 team hitting percentage against UMass and were led by sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy's 15 kills and .367 hitting percentage. Juniors Reena Pardiwala and Leah Young added 14 kills apiece with .591 and .423 hitting percentages, respectively. Redshirt freshman Astrid Gonzalez had a team-high 12 digs and senior setter Candace McNamee recorded 50 assists.

'I loved our team hitting percentage,' said third-year head coach Rich Feller. 'I hope it is an indication of the offensive abilities of this year's team. We distributed our sets well among our hitters.'

In the first game, Cal struggled early before tying the score 14-14 on a kill by junior Caity Noonan. The contest was tied three more times at 15, 16 and 18 before the Bears took a lead they never gave up on a Pardiwala kill. Cal finally ended the game on a kill by Gonzalez and a kill by Abernathy to win 30-26. Abernathy had eight kills in game one.

Game two was more controlled by the Bears as they jumped out to a 14-6 lead on the way to a 30-20 win. Cal scored the final four points on a Gonzalez kill, an Abernathy kill and Young's kill to sealed the win. Game three was also solid for the Bears, breaking away from a 13-13 tie on back-to-back Young kills. Pardiwala tallied Cal's last kill to seal the win, and the match, 30-22.

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