Cal Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker to No. 1 Ranked USC, 3-2

Oct. 5, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (11-3, 2-3) gave a valiant effort against No. 1 ranked USC (12-0, 6-0) before falling 3-2 (20-30, 30-28, 30-24, 20-30, 15-13) Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. The Bears have not defeated the Trojans since 1991, but took the top ranked and undefeated Trojans to the wire. It was the first time Cal had won a game against USC since 1998 and the first time the Bears had won two games against the Trojans since a 3-2 loss in 1993.

Sophomore Mia Jerkov led the Bears with a career-high 32 kills and an impressive .353 hitting percentage. Freshman Jenna Brown also excelled, collecting a career-high 21 kills and a team-high 19 digs, while junior setter Caity Noonan tallied 68 assists.

'This was very gratifying going five games with the No. 1 team in the country, and to have an opportunity to outscore them in the match' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'I am proud of this team.'

In the fifth and final game Cal was able get a 11-9 lead on a kill by Jerkov. USC battled back to tie the game, 11-11, when Jerkov gave the Bears their final lead of the match, 12-11. The Trojans were able to rattle off three straight points before Cal senior Leah Young's kill got the Bears within, 14-13, but USC's Lauren Killian finished off the match with a kill to win, 15-13.

Cal will next travel to No. 24 ranked Arizona State, Friday, Oct. 11 in Tempe and No. 17 Arizona, Saturday, Oct. 12 in Tucson.

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