No. 5 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 11 UCLA, 3-2

Oct. 17, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - The Cal volleyball team finally saw its winning streak end as the No. 5 ranked Golden Bears (16-1, 7-1) lost a heartbreaking 3-2 match (30-22, 14-30, 24-30, 30-22, 15-12) to No. 11 ranked UCLA Friday evening at Haas Pavilion. Cal had won a school-record 16 straight matches to start the 2003 season, including upsetting No. 4 Stanford, 3-2, last weekend, but have yet to defeat the Bruins in women's volleyball, falling to 0-45 versus UCLA.

The Bears were led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov, who recorded a team-high 24 kills and added 17 digs. Sophomore Jenna Brown and junior Gabrielle Abernathy added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while freshman libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 24 digs.

UCLA (14-4, 6-3) was led by Brynn Murphy's 21 kills and Colby Lyman finished with a team-high 16 digs.

The match went back and forth with the Bruins winning game one, 30-22, and Cal coming back to dominate game two, 30-14. The Bears then appeared to control the match by winning game three, 30-22, behind 10 Jerkov kills. UCLA rebounded by winning game four, 30-22, and setting up the fifth and final game.

Cal had leads of 7-5 and 11-9 in game five following kills by Brown. However, the Bruins came roaring back, going on a 5-0 run. There was some controversy, though. The Bears could have got within 13-12, but Jerkov was called for touching the three meter line on a back row kill, giving UCLA a 14-11 advantage. Jerkov was able to get a kill to get Cal to 14-12, but the Bruin's Murphy ended the match with a kill.

The Bears will next host No. 1 ranked and defending national champion USC, Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

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