Cal Volleyball Tops Ball State at UNLV Gameworks Classic
Sept. 7, 2002
LAS VEGAS, NV - The University of California women's volleyball team (5-0) remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory (30-20, 30-19, 30-23) over Ball State (1-4) in the second day of the Gameworks Volleyball Classic in Las Vegas. The Bears are 5-0 this season and have won all 15 games in those five matches.
Cal's 5-0 record is its best start since 1993,when the Bears started off the season 7-0, winning 21 straight games.
The Bears played their second solid match at the UNLV tournament, led by 20 kills and three service aces by sophomore Mia Jerkov, 10 kills by sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall and a season-high 49 assists by junior setter Caity Noonan.
Freshman outside hitter Jenna Brown and senior outside hitter Leah Young also had strong matches. Brown had eight kills, three service aces and 11 digs. Young had nine kills and two service aces, while junior defensive specialist Jenna Grigsby chipped in a team-high 12 digs.
The first game was a tight battle with both teams taking brief leads. Cal was able to tie the game, 17-17 on block assists by freshmen Brown and Alicia Powers. That was the beginning of a 5-0 run with a pair of kills from Jerkov, block assists by Noonan and Powers, and a service ace by Brown. The Bears finished off game one with a 5-0 run behind two kills from Young and three consecutive service aces by Jerkov to win 30-20. Both Jerkov and Leffall had seven kills for Cal in the first game.
Cal won game two, 30-19. The Bears broke a 5-5 tie with a kill by Brown, a ball-handling error by Ball State and back-to-back service aces by Brown and never looked back. Jerkov had seven kills in the second game and Brown finished game two with a kill. In the third game Cal took a 20-9 lead on a kill by Young and then held off Ball State for a 30-23 win. Jerkov had the game's final kill for the game win and match victory
This was probably our best match of the season,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'We are playing very well right now. Ball State was a quality opponent.'
Cal will next face Texas Tech, Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. (match was changed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). Ball State defeated Texas Tech, 3-2, in the first match of the Gameworks Classic on Friday.