No. 10 Cal Volleyball Upends No. 14 Kansas State in Houston
Sept. 3, 2004
HOUSTON, TX - The No. 10 ranked Cal women's volleyball team (2-0) continued its impressive record in regular-season tournament play, upending No. 14 ranked Kansas State, 3-0 (30-21, 31-29, 30-23), Friday night in the opening round of the Houston Tournament. The Golden Bears have now won 16 consecutive tournament matches since the 2002 season. The Wildcats had finished the 2003 season 30-5, and like Cal, had advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.The Bears were led by senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy's 15 kills and 12 kills from freshman standout Angie Pressey. Other top players for the Bears were senior middle hitter Camille Leffall and sophomore libero Jillian Davis. Leffall recorded nine kills with no errors in 17 attempts and Davis paced Cal with 18 digs. The Bears also finished with 18 team blocks.Cal had a stellar comeback in game two, fighting back from a 22-16 deficit to tie the contest, 25-25. Kansas State again jumped ahead 29-28, but the Bears rallied, outscoring the Wildcats, 3-0, to take a 2-0 lead. 'This was a great win over a good Kansas State team,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'We had an incredible comeback in game two. It was an impressive way to start the tournament. We feel pretty good about things.'The Bears will next face Maryland Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. and then host Houston on Sunday, Sept 5 at 2 p.m. Cal has captured five tournaments in a row, carrying over from the 2002 and 2003 seasons.