No. 24 Cal Volleyball Defeats Hofstra, 3-0

Aug. 30, 2003

IRVINE, CA - The No. 24 ranked Cal women's volleyball team (1-0) started off the 2003 season on a high note, defeating Hofstra, 3-0, Saturday night in the first round of the UC Irvine Tournament at Crawford Court in Irvine, Calif. The Bears topped the Pride 30-21, 30-23 and 30-28 and have now won 10 straight regular season tournament matches and 30 consecutive games in those 10 tournament matches carrying over from the 2002 season.

Cal was led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov's 18 kills and .394 hitting percentage, while junior Gabrielle Abernathy had 17 kills, a .407 hitting percentage and a match-high 10 block assists. Freshman setter Samantha Carter had 47 assists in her first collegiate match. Sophomores Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown led all players with 13 and 10 digs, respectively.

Hofstra was held to a .128 hitting percentage with Tessa Sphar the only player for the Pride to reach double-digit kills with 15 kills.

'I didn't know how our team would respond to an unknown opponent,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'We know we have room for improvement, but it wasn't a bad effort for our first match of the season.'

The Bears will next face host UC Irvine, Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at Crawford Court.

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