Cal Volleyball Defeats Oregon State in Five Games
Sept. 28, 2002
CORVALLIS, OR - Freshman Alicia Powers' scrambling kill in the fifth game enabled the University of California women's volleyball team (11-1, 2-1) to upend Oregon State (5-7, 0-4), 3-2, (21-30, 30-28, 30-25, 28-30, 24-22) Saturday night at Gill Coliseum. It was the Bears second five-game match in a row after defeating Oregon, 3-2, Friday night. The win over OSU also broke Cal's four match losing streak to the Beavers and it was the first time the Bears have defeated Oregon and Oregon State on the road since 1999.
The Bears 11 wins in the first 12 matches of 2002 also exceeds the total number of wins for Cal last season when they went 10-18 overall and 3-15 in conference.
Sophomore Mia Jerkov again led the Bears, this time tallying a team-high 25 kills and 26 digs. Junior setter Caity Noonan registered a career-high 73 assists and 12 digs. Freshman Jenna Brown had a career-high 20 kills and 17 digs with a .364 hitting percentage. Senior Leah Young also played well, recording 18 kills with 11 digs and a .349 hitting percentage. Powers had a solid match as well with nine kills, a .412 hitting percentage and 11 digs.
Game five, which usually goes to 15 points, was extremely tight with both teams approaching match point several times. Cal, which had been down, 8-4, was able to put the match away on a kill by Powers, block assists by Powers and Noonan, and finally Powers' free ball kill that won the match.
Cal did not play well in game one, losing 30-21. The Bears had come back from a 9-3 deficit to get within 16-15 on a kill by Brown, but then allowed OSU to go on a 7-1 run and never recovered. Young led Cal with five kills with no errors in eight attempts in game one.
Noonan was a huge key in the Bears' 30-28 win in game two. Her kill enabled Cal to tie the game, 27-27. Powers had a service error to give OSU a 28-27 lead, but the Bears countered with kills by Jerkov and Young. Finally Noonan put game two away with a service ace.
In game three Cal took control when Jerkov tallied four straight kills to give the Bears a 14-8 advantage. Cal hung on, never letting the Beavers get closer than two points, on the way to a 30-25 win. A kill by Jerkov, block assists by Noonan and Heather Diers, and service ace by Powers gave the Bears their final three points. Jerkov had eight kills for Cal in game three.
In game four the Bears had their chances before falling 30-28. Cal had taken a 28-27 lead on an OSU ball handling error, but the Beavers rattled off the next three points to send the match to a fifth game.
'We have to believe there is something special about this team,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'Winning two, five-game matches on the road to go 11-1 as a start is incredible. We are anxious to be at home against the Los Angeles schools this coming weekend.'
Cal will host UCLA, Friday, Oct. 4 and USC, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. The Bears will be attempting to defeat the Bruins in women's volleyball for the first time in school history, going 0-42 versus UCLA.