No. 9 Cal Volleyball Sweeps Arizona, 3-0
Oct. 4, 2003
TUCSON, AZ - The No. 9 ranked California volleyball team remained undefeated on the season (14-0, 6-0) by sweeping host Arizona (6-9, 0-5), 3-0 (30-26, 33-31, 30-26) Saturday evening at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The Bears were led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov's 14 kills. Jerkov has now led Cal in kills in 13 of Cal's 14 matches this season. The Bears were also paced by junior Camille Leffall, who had nine kills and a .471 hitting percentage, while sophomore Alicia Powers finished with eight kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Samantha Carter had 42 assists for Cal.
As a team, the Bears hit .279 for the match, including .361 in the final game. Cal held the Wildcats to a .190 team hitting percentage. Arizona were twice serving for game point in the second game, but the Bears were able to prevail on the way to giving the Wildcats their first three-game loss of the season. Cal is one of only three undefeated teams ranked in USA Today/AVCA Top 25 and are in first place in the Pac-10 standings. It was the second year in a row the Bears had defeated Arizona in three games in Tucson.
'This wasn't a real smooth game for us,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, who has led the Bears to their best start in school history. 'But, we were the best team from 20 points on in each of the three games. To give Arizona its only three-game loss of the season is quite an accomplishment for us.'
The Bears next host No. 16 Santa Clara on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, before taking on No. 4 Stanford in a match for the Pac-10 lead on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be looking to defeat the Cardinal for the first time since Oct. 2, 1982. The Bears will also be looking to break the school's all-time attendance mark for women's volleyball against Stanford. Cal had a crowd of 3,125 when the Bears hosted Arizona State Oct. 15, 1999 in the first official athletic event held in the renovated Haas Pavilion.