No. 6 Cal Volleyball Loses to Arizona, 3-0

Oct. 31, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Playing its poorest match of the 2003 season, the No. 6 ranked Cal volleyball team (18-3, 9-3) lost 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-23) to Arizona (11-12, 5-7) Friday evening at Haas Pavilion. It was the first time the Bears had lost 3-0 this year and the first time they had lost to an unranked opponent.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore Jennifer Abernathy's 24 kills and .588 hitting percentage. Abernathy, who hails from Antioch, is the younger sister of Cal's Gabrielle Abernathy, who sat out the match with a stress fracture in her left foot. The Bears' leading hitter was junior All-American Mia Jerkov, who finished with 12 kills despite sitting out the first game. Jerkov had been sick during the week and had missed practice. The next top hitter for Cal was junior middle hitter Camille Leffall with 10 kills and a .368 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kim Glass, the 2002 AVCA National Freshman of the Year, added 15 kills for Arizona. The Wildcats outhit the Bears, .421 to .177.

Cal's best effort of the evening was in game one when it lost 30-28 without Jerkov. The Bears had managed a 21-18 lead on a kill by freshman Amanda Fox, but allowed Arizona to comeback. The two teams were tied at 24, 25, 26 and 27 until the Wildcats rallied behind Abernathy, who had Arizona's final three kills to win the game. Cal never seriously challenged in games two and three.

The Bears will look to rebound when they next host Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

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