Cal Volleyball (3-4, 0-2) Loses at Washington State, 3-0
Sept. 21, 2001
PULLMAN, WA - The University of California women's volleyball team (3-4, 0-2) fell to Washington State (6-3, 1-1), 3-0 (30-26, 30-14, 30-11), Friday evening at Bohler Gym on the Washington State campus.
In a match that was similar to Thursday's contest at Washington, in which Cal played well early and then struggled, the Bears lost a tough first contest and then regressed in games two and three. Junior outside hitter Leah Young led Cal with 14 kills and senior setter Candace McNamee had seven kills with only one error in 14 attempts for a .429 hitting percentage. But, the Bears again struggled with their hitting, finishing with a .015 team hitting percentage, compared to a .343 team hitting percentage for WSU.
'We are going to go back to practice and get to work,' said Bear coach Rich Feller. 'And, some changes are in order.'
Game one was a battle the whole way with 17 ties during the contest. Cal took a 25-24 lead on back-to-back kills by Young, but WSU countered by going on a 4-0 run before another kill by Young made it 28-26 Cougars. WSU was able to tally the next two points to win 30-26. Young led the Bears with eight kills in game one.
Just like Thursday in Seattle, Cal struggled in game two after a strong effort in the first game. The Bears fell behind 12-3 early and were never able to recover. The best Cal was able to do was get within 22-13 on a pair of Young kills and two WSU hitting errors, before falling, 30-14.
The third game was not close as well as the Bears were down 9-0 before sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy finally recorded a kill. Of Cal's 11 points in the 30-11 loss, Young had three kills and McNamee had two kills and a block assist.
The Bears will next host No. 4 ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford, Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Cal's Haas Pavilion.
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