No. 11 Cal Volleyball Loses to No. 16 UCLA, 3-2

Nov. 5, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Despite a match-high 17 kills from senior Gabrielle Abernathy, the No. 11-ranked California volleyball team (12-9, 7-5) was not able to snap its losing streak to No. 16-ranked UCLA (15-8, 8-5), falling 3-2 (22-30, 30-24, 32-30, 24-30, 15-10), Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears are now 0-47 all-time versus the Bruins. It was the second year in-a-row Cal has lost to UCLA in five games at Haas Pavilion.

Abernathy finished with 17 kills, two service aces and 12 digs. Junior Alicia Powers added 15 kills, 13 digs and had seven total blocks for the Bears, including three solo blocks. Freshman Angie Pressey and senior Camille Leffall had 12 kills apiece, with Leffall registering another strong hitting percentage (.400, 12k, 2e, 25att) and tallying eight total blocks. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter had 62 assists and a match-high four service aces, and junior libero Alexis Kollias had a team-high 22 digs.

UCLA had a balanced offensive attack with Nancy Barba and Nana Meriwether producing 15 kills apiece. Brynn Murphy and Becky Green had 14 kills apiece and Chrissie Zartman had a match-high 31 digs. Cal hit .218 and UCLA hit .215 for the match.

The Bears started the match off well, winning game one convincingly, 30-22, behind Abernathy's strong hitting as she registered five kills with no errors in seven attempts. UCLA battled back with a 30-24 win in game two. The turning point in the match might have been in game three when Cal had a 30-29 lead, but Pressey had a ball-handling error, the Bruins' Green followed with a kill and then Abernathy's kill attempt found the net, giving UCLA the 32-30 win.

The Bears did capture game four, 30-24, with a Pressey kill and Carter service ace giving Cal the opportunity to play a fifth game. Unfortunately for the Bears, UCLA jumped out to 5-1 lead in game five and proceeded to cruise to the 15-10 win, getting the final score on a Meriwether kill.

Cal will next travel to Oregon State, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The Bears then visit Oregon, Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court.

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