Cal Volleyball Topped by Washington State, 3-1
Oct. 19, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Despite an impressive effort from freshman Mia Jerkov, the University of California women's volleyball team (5-11, 1-8) fell to Washington State (10-7, 5-5), 3-1 (30-22, 27-30, 30-27, 30-23), Friday night at Haas Pavilion. Jerkov paced the Bears with a season-high 20 kills and 14 digs, while senior Candace McNamee and sophomore Ashleigh Turner chipped in 13 digs apiece.
Freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall also had a fine game for Cal, finishing with nine kills and a .615 hitting percentage (nine kills, one error, 13 attempts). Washington State's top hitter was LaToya Harris with 16 kills and a .306 hitting percentage. The Bears have now lost six matches in a row.
The Bears battled the Cougars the entire match, providing coach Rich Feller with one of the team's best efforts of the season. In game one, Cal jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but couldn't control the momentum and lost, 30-22.
The Bears won game two, the first game they have won since capturing a game from Oregon State on Oct. 5. Cal came back from a 24-21 deficit and got its first lead of the match, 26-25, on a WSU setting error. From there, the Bears took control with the help of a kill from Leah Young and Leffall, and a pair of block assists from Young and Leffall, and Gabrielle Abernathy and Leffall to win 30-27.
Cal was neck-to-neck with the Cougars in game three as well. The Bears were down, 25-21, but a couple of kills by Jerkov got Cal back into the contest. But, the Bears faltered at 27-27, giving up the next three points to lose, 30-27. Game four became tight when a block by Reena Pardiwala and Jessica Zatica got Cal within 25-23, yet again the Bears couldn't quite take control, losing the game and the match, 30-23
Cal will next host Washington, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.