California Upsets No. 17 WSU Volleyball in Five Games
Oct. 18, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. -- A controversial call ended the fifth game and gave California a 3-2 win over the 17th-ranked Washington State volleyball team Friday night at Haas Pavilion before a Homecoming crowd of 1,163 on hand for a late-night football pep rally in the same facility.
Cal won with game scores of 26-30, 30-20, 26-30, 30-27, 16-14, after losing a five-game match against Washington Thursday night. The Cal-WSU match took two hours and 25 minutes.
WSU drops it third consecutive match, now 14-5 in overall play, 4-5 in Pac-10 action, with all losses on the road. California moves to 13-5, 4-5 in conference play.
Golden Bears sophomore Mia Jerkov had 38 kills (.289) after a school-record 39 kills the previous night. Caity Noonan had 68 assists and a match-high 26 digs. Camille Leffall had six blocks.
The first game was tied at 22 when Prince provided a kill and served an ace, forcing California to take a timeout. Jerkov hit into the net to give WSU a three-point lead, 25-22. Leffall landed a kill and blocked Holly Harris to close the gap to one point. Chelsie Schafer hit a cross-court kill followed by Larson's 180-spin dump and Cal used its final timeout. Cougar LaToya Harris, struggling with hitting in the Bay area this weekend, rose for the back row but hit into the net. Leah Young laid down a kill and the Golden Bears were only down one, 26-27. The game was put away when Schafer and Holly Harris landed kills and Cal's Young hit out. WSU hit .293 as Schafer had six kills. Cal's Jerkov had seven and Young six kills in the 30-26 Cougar win.
Cal roared to a 20-10 lead in the second game and the Cougars couldn't get on track. Hitting only .100, WSU also could not contain the Pac-10's leading hitter as Jerkov landed nine more kills in game two, a 30-20 win for the Golden Bears. Cal hit .326 in this game.
Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick started the third game by subbing in Ance Auzina in the front row for LaToya Harris. WSU lead this game from an early seven-all tie, ending with a 30-25 win. The Cougars hit an improved .233 in this game as Cal hit .289.
Washington State watched as a five-point and then a three-point lead evaporated in the fourth game. Cal out-scored the Cougs six to two for the 30-27 lead and tied the match at two-games each.
Cal took a 13-8 lead over WSU but the Cougars came back to tie the game at 14. After a timeout by the Golden Bears, Larson made a hitting mistake and Cal won the game on a late lift call on Auzina. California hit .412 in the fifth game and .275 for the match.
Washington State returns to Pullman for matches against No. 13 UCLA Friday, Oct. 25, and No. 1 USC Saturday, Oct. 26.
California (13-5, 4-5) 26 30 26 30 16No. 17 Washington State (14-5, 4-5) 30 20 30 27 14STATISTICS:KILLS - CAL 80 (Jerkov 38), WSU 69 (Hankoff, H. Harris 15 each)HITTING PERCENTAGE - CAL .275, WSU .175ASSISTS - CAL 77 (Noonan 68), WSU 63 (Larson 59)DIGS - CAL 88 (Noonan 26), WSU 69 (Jamtaas 24)BLOCKS - CAL 10 (Leffall 6), WSU 10 (Prince 5)SERVICE ACES - CAL 4 (four with 1 each), WSU 5 (Prince, Hankoff 2 each)Attendance: 1,163.