No. 9 Cal Volleyball Loses at No. 8 UCLA, 3-1
Nov. 14, 2003
LOS ANGELES, CA - The No. 9 ranked Cal volleyball team (19-5, 10-5) lost to No. 8 UCLA (21-6, 12-5), 3-1 (30-26, 30-20, 25-30, 30-22) Friday evening at Pauley Pavilion. The Bears are still winless against the Bruins, extending their all-time losing streak to UCLA to 46 matches (0-46). Cal had fallen to the Bruins in five games earlier this season, Oct. 17 at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears were led by junior Mia Jerkov and freshman Amanda Fox's 14 kills, while freshman libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 17 digs and sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers recorded a team-high six block assists. After losing the first two games to UCLA, 30-26 and 30-20, Cal attempted a comeback by winning game three, 30-25. Game three was the only time the Bears out-hit the Bruins (.308 to .212). Cal didn't hit above .200 in any of the other games and were out-hit for the match, .268 to .175.
'We never got in sync, except for game three,' said Bear coach Rich Feller. 'We just got outplayed. We won game three because we played better as a team, but then we slipped again in game four and couldn't recover.'
The Bears will next visit No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA champion USC, Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center. Earlier this season, the Bears fell to USC in five games, Oct. 18 at Haas Pavilion. Cal is the only team to have taken the Trojans to five games this season.
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