Cal Volleyball Defeats UNLV, 3-0, in Gameworks Classic

Sept. 6, 2002

LAS VEGAS, NV - Led by sophomore Mia Jerkov's 17 kills, four service aces and 11 digs, the University of California women's volleyball team (4-0) defeated host UNLV (2-2), 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-23), in the first day of the Gameworks Volleyball Classic in Las Vegas. The Bears are 4-0 this season and have won all 12 games in those four matches.

Besides Jerkov, Cal had solid efforts from sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall (11 kills, four errors, 16 attempts, .438 hitting percentage), senior outside hitter Leah Young (10 kills, two errors, 19 attempts, .421 hitting percentage and freshman outside hitter Jenna Brown (10 kills, four errors, 19 attempts, .316 hitting percentage). Junior setter Caity Noonan also played well with a season-high 37 assists and three service aces.

In the first game Cal jumped out to a 6-0 lead with the help of a service ace and a kill by Jerkov. The Bears kept a comfortable lead the rest of the contest and finally sealed the victory on back-to-back Jerkov kills to win 30-22. She paced Cal with seven kills, two service aces and five digs in the first game.

The Bears continued to play well in game two, winning 30-19. Cal took advantage of several UNLV over passes that led to six kills by Leffall. The Rebels also hurt their cause with four service errors. The wrapped-up game two on a kill by junior Heather Diers and a service ace by Noonan.

Game three was the closest of the three contests. UNLV was able to tie the game 18-18, but after a time out the Bears rattled off three straight points on two kills by Jerkov and an ace by Noonan. Cal went on to win the final game, 30-23 on a service ace by Young. The Bears hit a season-high .373 for the match.

'We played pretty consistently,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'For the most part we executed our game plan. We still have some things we need to concentrate on, but if continue to work hard, we will continue to get better.'

Cal will next face Ball State, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Ball State defeated Texas Tech, 3-2, in the first match of the Gameworks Classic.

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