Cal Volleyball (9-0) Defeats SMU, 3-0, to Win DoubleTree Invitational
Sept. 14, 2002
DALLAS, TX - The University of California women's volleyball team (9-0) continued its unbeaten streak and won its third consecutive tournament with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-21) victory over host Southern Methodist (4-5), Saturday evening at the DoubleTree Invitational in Dallas, Tex. The Bears are 9-0 and have won all 27 games in those nine matches this season.
Cal has now established a school record for consecutive games won (27, the old record was 21 set in 1993) to start a season and have tied a school record (with the 1989 squad) by starting the season with nine consecutive match victories.
Sophomore Mia Jerkov also earned her third consecutive tournament MVP honor, leading the Bears to the Golden Bear Invitational title Aug. 31, the UNLV Gameworks Classic title Sept. 8 and now the DoubleTree Invitational. Senior outside hitter Leah Young and junior setter Caity Noonan joined Jerkov as members of the DoubleTree Invitational all-tournament team. Young has been a member of the all-tournament teams in all three of the Bears tournament victories this season.
Against SMU, Jerkov led Cal with 19 kills and added 11 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall and Young added 13 kills apiece. Noonan had a solid match with 40 assists, and freshmen Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown had 16 and 12 digs respectively. The Bears outhit the Mustangs, .305 to .082.
'Right now we feel very good about how our team is playing,' said head coach Rich Feller. 'The momentum and confidence we have built will contribute to success later this year. Now we get to go back to work to prepare for the Pac-10. It is also satisfying that Caity Noonan was rewarded for all her hard work by being named to the (DoubleTree Invitational) all-tournament team. Leah (Young) got another all-tournament award after playing three solid matches and Mia (Jerkov) again showed why she has been a most valuable player three tournaments in a row.'
Cal begins Pac-10 play against defending national champion Stanford, Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Stanford.