Cal Volleyball Upends Tulane to Improve to 8-0

Sept. 14, 2002

DALLAS, TX - Mia Jerkov recorded a career-high 21 kills as the University of California women's volleyball team (8-0) continued its unbeaten streak with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-24) victory over Tulane (6-5), Saturday morning at the DoubleTree Invitational in Dallas, Tex. The Bears are 8-0 and have won all 24 games in those seven matches this season.

Cal winning 24 straight games to start a season is a school record.

Besides Jerkov's 21 kills, fellow sophomore Camille Leffall added 11 kills and a .562 hitting percentage (11 kills, two errors, 16 attempts). Freshman outside hitter Jenna Brown also had a fine match, recording eight kills and a team-high 15 digs.

The Bears played well in game one, winning 30-18. Cal broke away from a 6-6 tie and never trailed from that point on. The Bears finished off game one on back-to-back block assists by Leah Young and Alicia Powers. Jerkov led Cal with five kills and Leffall added four kills in the first game. The Bears didn't trail in game two, winning 30-22. Leffall had seven kills in the second game, including the final two kills to end the contest.

Cal had to work hard to win game three. The Bears trailed 22-17, but then made a furious comeback, outscoring The Green Wave 13-2 to win 30-24. The comeback was spurred on by the strong serving of Caity Noonan, while Jerkov tallied a solo block and four kills, Young added a pair of kills and Heather Diers and Noonan added a kill apiece.

Cal will next face Southern Methodist at 7 p.m. Saturday evening in an attempt to win the DoubleTree Invitational. The Bears had defeated Texas-San Antonio, 3-0, Friday in the first day of the tournament. If Cal defeats SMU, it would be its third tournament win of the season. The Bears won the Golden Bear Invitational Aug. 31 and the UNLV Gameworks Classic Sept. 8. Cal begins Pac-10 play against defending national champion Stanford, Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Stanford.

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