Cal Volleyball Falls to UConn, 3-2, in Final of IKON Husky Classic

Sept. 3, 2001

STORRS, CT - The University of California women's volleyball team (2-1) fell to host Connecticut (4-0), 3-2 (27-30, 30-28, 22-30, 30-27, 15-5), in the championship match of the IKON Husky Classic Sunday at the Henry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus.

The Bears finished second at the IKON Husky Classic and had two players, senior setter Candace McNamee and sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, selected to the all-tournament team. Against UConn, Cal was led by Abernathy's 22 kills, while junior Lea Young added 14 kills and junior Reena Pardiwala had 10 kills and a team-high 19 digs.

'We had opportunities to put them (UConn) away, but we didn't take advantage of those opportunities' said head coach Rich Feller. 'I'm disappointed we weren't able to control to match when we had our chances. In the new rally scoring game, it is critical we reduce or errors.'

Game one was extremely close with the Bears coming back early from deficits of 7-3 and 15-9. Down 15-9, Cal was able to go on a 7-0 run with the help of five UConn errors and a kill by Abernathy and a service ace by Pardiwala to take a 16-15 lead. The game went back and forth from that point on with Cal getting the last two points on a UConn service error and a block solo by Leffall to win 30-27. Abernathy led the Bears with seven kills in game one.

Game two was another close contest, but UConn was able to pull it out at the end. A solo block by freshman Camille Leffall tied the game, 27-27, a then a kill by Abernathy gave Cal a 28-27 lead. But, the Huskies were able to score the next three points, including a block of a kill attempt by Abernathy, for the 30-28 win.

In game three, the Bear broke away from a 17-17 tie with a 4-0 run and didn't look back. Cal took advantage of UConn hitting errors towards the end of the game, wrapping up the contest on a kill by Young and a Husky receiving error to win 30-22. In the fourth game, Cal tied the contest 25-25 on a kill by Pardiwala and then jumped ahead 27-25 on back-to-back kills by redshirt freshman Astrid Gonzalez. But, the Bears couldn't maintain their momentum, giving up five consecutive points to lose 30-27.

In the 15-point fifth game, Cal was never in the contest, falling behind 6-2 and only getting three kills from Young the rest of the way, losing 15-5.

The Bears will next host the Golden Bear Volleyball Classic, Sept. 7-8 at Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus. On Sept. 7, Rice will face Tennessee at 5 p.m. and Cal will take on Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. On Sept. 8, the consolation match will begin at 5 p.m. and the championship match will be at 7 p.m.

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