No. 22 Cal Volleyball Wins Colorado State Coors Classic

Sept. 6, 2003

FORT COLLINS, CO - The No. 22 ranked Cal women's volleyball team (5-0), led by tournament MVP Mia Jerkov, captured the 2003 Colorado State Coors Classic, defeating host Colorado State, 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-25, 30-26) in the championship match Saturday evening at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, CO. It was the fourth consecutive regular season tournament won by the Bears, and fourth consecutive time Jerkov has earned tournament MVP honors, carrying over from the 2002 season.

Jerkov, the Bears' junior All-American, paced Cal with 20 kills and a .327 hitting percentage against the Rams. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy added 14 kills, while freshman setter Samantha Carter recorded 39 assists and junior middle hitter Camille Leffall had 10 kills and a .368 hitting percentage. Junior setter Astrid Gonzalez and freshman outside hitter Amanda Fox came off the bench and played well in the title match. Gonzalez gave Carter a rest, playing the end of the third game and the start of game four, tallying 10 assists. Fox, a 6-3 newcomer, performed well in key situations, recording six kills with no errors in eight attempts. Leffall joined Jerkov as a member of the Coors Classic All-Tournament Team.

Earlier in the day, Cal had defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-1 (30-27, 30-27, 25-30, 30-23) in a 10 a.m. match. With their victories over Cal State Northridge and Colorado State, the Bears have now won 14 straight regular season tournament matches. Before Cal's game three loss to CS Northridge, the Bears had had a streak of 38 consecutive games won in tournament play.

Against Cal State Northridge, Jerkov led Cal with 30 kills, 18 digs and a .369 hitting percentage. It was the seventh time in her college career that she had recorded 30 or more kills in a match.

'I am extremely proud of my team,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, who was the head volleyball coach at Colorado State from 1983-96, leading the Rams to a 299-167 overall record (.642) and eight NCAA Tournament appearances. 'We really picked it up tonight and played well. It was a tough away match against Colorado State. It was like the type of competition we face on the road in the Pac-10. Colorado State is definitely a Pac-10 caliber team.'

The Bears will next host the Golden Bear Invitational, Sept. 11-13 at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be attempting to win its fifth consecutive tournament when it takes on New Hampshire, Nevada and Cal Poly. The Golden Bear Invitational schedule is as follows:

Sept. 11Nevada vs. Cal Poly 5 p.m.New Hampshire at California 7 p.m.Sept. 12Cal Poly vs. New Hampshire 5 p.m.Nevada at California 7 p.m.Sept. 13New Hampshire vs. NevadaCal Poly at California 7 p.m.

Coors Classic All-Tournament TeamMVP: Mia Jerkov, CalCamille Lefall, CalKatie Jo Shirley, Colorado StateBecky Sarauer, Colorado StateNadine Nickel, Cal State NorthridgeJennifer Fopma, Cal State Northridge

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