No. 13 Cal Volleyball Upsets No. 11 Stanford, 3-2
Oct. 31, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - Freshman Angie Pressey had six of her team-high 25 kills in the fifth game as the No. 13-ranked California volleyball team (12-7, 7-3) upset No. 11-ranked Stanford (15-6, 7-3), 3-2 (30-21, 30-25, 28-30, 24-30, 15-9), Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. Pressey paced Cal in game five, recording the first three kills on the way to leading the Golden Bears to a victory over their Bay Area rival in front of 1,315 fans. Cal has now defeated Stanford for the first time in back-to-back years since 1978 and 1979. Last season, the Bears defeated the Cardinal for the first time since 1982 with another 3-2 win at Haas Pavilion.
Pressey finished with an impressive .327 hitting percentage (25k, 8e, 52att) and added 13 digs. Senior middle hitter Camille Leffall was also extremely impressive, finishing with a career-high 21 kills and had a .425 hitting percentage (21k, 4e, 40att). Leffall had three kills in game five, including the match-winner. Junior middle hitter Alicia Powers was another standout, recording 16 kills, a .343 hitting percentage (16k, 4e, 35att), four block assists and tied for the team lead with 19 digs. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter finished with 64 assists, junior libero Alexis Kollias had a team-high 19 digs and senior Gabrielle Abernathy had three service aces.
Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani had a match-high 28 kills and hit .355 for the contest and helped lead her team back from a 2-0 deficit. Earlier this season, the Cardinal had defeated the Bears, 3-2, Oct. 1 at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. Kristin Richards and Franci Girard added 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Cal narrowly out-hit the Cardinal, .295-286.
'Last year's win over Stanford was special because we hadn't defeated them in such a long time,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'This year's win was just as special because we were able to defeat them in back-to-back years for the first time since the late '70s. We had a lot of people play awfully well today.'
The Bears were stellar in winning to first two games, 30-21 and 30-25. The Cardinal battled back to win games three and four by 30-28 and 30-24 margins. Pressey got Cal off to a strong start in the fifth game as her kills gave the Bears leads of 3-0, 8-2, 11-3 and 14-7. A kill by Girard and blocks by Girard and Bryn Kehoe got Stanford within 14-8. Pressey's kill attempt went long to make the score, 14-9, but Leffall completed the important win for Cal with a kill that put the Bears and Stanford at both 7-3 in the Pac-10.
Cal will next host the Los Angeles school. The Bears face No. 5 and two-time defending national champion USC on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., and No. 12 UCLA, Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Bears upended the Trojans, 3-0, at USC Oct. 9; and fell to the Bruins, 3-0, Oct. 8 at Pauley Pavilion. Cal will be looking for its first victory in school history versus UCLA (0-46).
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