No. 12 Cal Volleyball Defeats Oregon State, 3-0
Sept. 19, 2003
CORVALLIS, OR - The No. 12 ranked Cal women's volleyball team (10-0, 2-0) defeated host Oregon State (9-4, 0-2), 3-0 (30-28, 30-11, 30-22) Friday evening at Gill Coliseum. With the win over the Beavers, the Bears established a new school record by starting off the season 10-0. Cal had begun the 1989 and 2002 seasons 9-0 before losing match. Cal was led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov's 23 kills and .429 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy added nine kills, and sophomore Jenna Brown and junior Camille Leffall chipped in eight kills apiece.
Cal again had stellar performances from a pair of true freshman - setter Samantha Carter and libero Jillian Davis. Carter had 41 assists and Davis had a team-high 15 digs. On Thursday night at Oregon, Carter had a career-high 56 assists and Davis had a career-high 26 digs for the Bears. Cal had a .288 team hitting percentage against Oregon State.
A key for the Bears in their victory over the Beavers was a comeback in game one. Cal was trailing 28-26, but rallied with four kills in a row for the 30-28 win, paced by kills from Abernathy, Jerkov and Carter, and finally block assists from Leffall and Carter to seal the victory. The Bears then rebounded and only took 17 minutes to win the second game, 30-11, with Leffall tallying five kills.
'This was a really nice way to start the Pac-10 season (defeating Oregon and Oregon State),' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'It is awfully tough to go 6-0 (in game victories) in this state. We got great contributions from a lot of people this week. I think our serving and defense was at the top of our game, and then our blocking put a lot of pressure on the other teams. That was a key for us.'
The Bears will next host Washington State, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., and No. 14 Washington, Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.