Cal Volleyball Loses to Tennessee, 3-0, in Golden Bear Classic Final

Sept. 8, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (3-2) lost to Tennessee (4-1), 30-24, 30-28, 30-23, Saturday night in the championship match of the second annual Golden Bear Volleyball Classic in Haas Pavilion. In the earlier consolation match, Rice (4-3) defeated Florida Atlantic (0-6), 30-23, 30-25, 30-21.

Tennessee's Janelle Hester was the tournament MVP after recording 18 kills and a .361 hitting percentage (18 kills, five errors, 36 attempts) against the Bears. The Lady Volunteers were also led by Ariana Wilson's 13 kills and .722 hitting percentage (13 kills, no errors, 18 attempts). Wilson joined Hester on the all-tournament team, along with senior setter Erica Lear.

Cal was led by sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy's 13 kills and junior Leah Young added 10 kills for the Bears. Abernathy, Young and senior setter Candace McNamee were all selected to the all-tournament team. It was the second year in a row McNamee has earned all-tournament honors at the Golden Bear Classic. The other all-tournament pick was Rebeca Pazo from Rice.

In the first round of the Golden Bear Classic Friday, Cal had defeated Florida Atlantic 30-19, 30-28, 30-20), and Tennessee defeated Rice, 30-21, 30-28, 30-26.

The Bears will next begin Pac-10 play, facing Arizona State Friday, Sept.14 at 7 p.m. and No. 5 ranked Arizona Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Next weekend also marks the debut of Cal's outstanding freshman Mia Jerkov, who is currently playing for her native Croatia at the World Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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