Cal Defeates Oregon, 3-2

Oct. 26, 2002

Berkeley, Calif. - The University of California women's volleyball team staged a remarkable comeback and defeated the Oregon, 3-2 (28-30, 24-30, 30-23, 30-26, 15-10) Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. Cal (15-6 overall, 5-6 Pac-10) lost the first two games of the match, but battled back against the Ducks (10-15, 0-11). The Golden Bears' 15th win ties the most wins since the team captured 15 victories in 1991 (15-15).

It was a complete team effort from the Bears who were without their top player, Mia Jerkov. Jerkov left Friday night's match against Oregon State with an ankle injury and did not return. Several players, who had limited playing time coming into this game, were key contributors in the win. Junior Jessica Zatica had seven kills and 10 digs and junior Astrid Gonzalez added 25 assists.

Cal was led by senior Leah Young and freshman Jenna Brown, who recorded 22 kills apiece. Brown notched a double-double with 22 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Camille Leffall had zero hitting errors with 10 kills for a .476 hitting percentage. Freshman Alicia Powers recorded a game-high 16 digs.

With the loss, Oregon has now dropped 31 Pac-10 matches in a row. The Ducks were led by senior Lindsay Closs' 22 kills and freshman Dariam Acevedo's 20 kills and 10 digs.

Cal will next travel to Los Angeles, facing No. 1 ranked USC, Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Lyons Center and No. 13 UCLA, Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.

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