Cal Volleyball Upsets No. 23 Ranked Arizona State, 3-0
Nov. 9, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Bolstered by the play of Mia Jerkov, the University of California women's volleyball team (16-9, 6-9) upset No. 23 ranked Arizona State (10-9, 6-8), 3-0 (30-20, 30-26, 30-22) Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. The Bears were able to snap a three-match Pac-10 losing streak and with their 16th victory have tallied the most wins since 1989 when Cal was 19-13 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
It was also the third time this season the Bears have upset a team ranked in the Top 20 - topping then No. 20 ranked Arizona, 3-0, Oct. 12 in Tucson, then No. 17 ranked Washington State, 3-2, Oct. 18 in Haas Pavilion and now No. 23 ranked Arizona State.
Jerkov, who had been nursing a sore left ankle that kept her out of four matches, was finally able to play a whole match and proceeded to lead the Bears with 20 kills and had an impressive .472 hitting percentage (20 kills, three errors, 36 attempts). Sophomore Camille Leffall added 10 kills, while junior setter Caity Noonan finished with 43 assists and a team-high 11 digs.
Senior middle blocker Julia Leddy led Arizona State with 14 kills. Cal outhit ASU, .311 to .168.
Cal will next travel to No. 17 Washington State Friday, Nov. 15 in Pullman and to No. 21 Washington Saturday, Nov. 16 in Seattle.