Cal Volleyball (6-0) Wins UNLV Gameworks Classic

Sept. 8, 2002

LAS VEGAS, NV - Led by tournament MVP Mia Jerkov, the University of California women's volleyball team (6-0) captured the UNLV Gameworks Volleyball Classic with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-22) victory over Texas Tech (3-3). The Bears improved to 6-0 this season and have won all 18 games in those six matches.

Cal's 6-0 record is its best start since 1993,when the Bears started off the season 7-0, winning 21 straight games. Jerkov also garnered her second tournament MVP honor in a row as she was the tournament MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational Aug. 30-31. She finished the three matches of the Gameworks Classic with 54 kills, 26 digs and seven service aces. Joining Jerkov on the all-tournament team was senior outside hitter Leah Young and sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall.

Against Texas Tech, Jerkov had a team-high 16 kills, junior setter Caity Noonan had three service aces and junior defensive specialist Jenna Grigsby added a team-best 10 digs.

In the first game the Bears jumped out to a 7-4 lead with the help of three kills from freshman Jenna Brown. Cal let the Red Raiders get back into the game and ended up trailing 11-9. The Bears were able to reverse the trend and went on to win 30-22 behind Jerkov's six kills.

Cal had an easier time winning game two, trailing only once at 4-3. Junior Jessica Zatica notched the final two kills as the Bears won 30-19. Cal controlled the third game as well, winning 30-22. Brown finished off the game and the match with a kill off an over pass.

Obviously we are very pleased with the start of this season,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'I am impressed with our team's execution of our game plan and their toughness whenever an opponent has pushed us. These past two tournaments and next week's tournament in Dallas (SMU Doubletree Invitational) are definitely getting us ready for Pac-10 play.'

Cal will next travel to Dallas, Tex. for the SMU Doubletree Invitational, beginning Friday, Sept. 13 when the Bears take on Texas-San Antonio at 4:30 p.m. CST. Cal begins conference play against defending national champion Stanford, Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Stanford.

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