Cal Volleyball Loses to No. 5 Ranked UCLA, 3-0
Oct. 12, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (5-8, 1-5) lost to No. 5 ranked UCLA (10-3, 5-3), 3-0 (31-29, 30-12, 30-21), Friday evening at Pauley Pavilion. The Bears, who have never defeated the Bruins in women's volleyball (0-41), were led by freshman Mia Jerkov's 12 kills, while sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy added 11 kills and a .300 hitting percentage, and junior Reena Pardiwala had a team-high 14 digs.
UCLA was led by senior Kristee Porter's 20 kills and .500 hitting percentage (20 kills, four errors, 32 attempts).
The Bears played well in game one, controlling the contest most of the way before finally succumbing, 31-29. Cal held leads of 19-15 and 26-23 on kills by Abernathy, and had its last lead, 29-28, on a kill by Jerkov. Unfortunately, UCLA rattled off the next three points, with the game-winning kill by Porter. Abernathy led the Bears with six kills in game one, and the Bruins helped Cal out with eight service errors.
As well as the Bears played in game one, they struggled as bad in game two, losing, 30-12. Cal fell behind 18-8 and was never able to recover. The Bears had a better effort in game three, falling by the score of 30-21. Jerkov gave Cal's in last four points in the third game with four consecutive kills.
'It was like I told the team in pregame, this match gives us an opportunity to play against one of the top programs in the nation with a possibility of an upset,' said head coach Rich Feller. 'In game one, we had the opportunity for a win. I was very pleased with our effort in game one, it was just too bad we couldn't sustain our level of play for the entire match.'
The Bears will next travel to No. 3 ranked USC, Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 7:30 p.m. match at the Lyon Center on the USC campus.
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