No. 21 Cal Defeats Montana State and Akron in Circus Circus/Molten Invitational
Sept. 17, 2005
RENO, NEV. - The No. 21-ranked California women's volleyball team (7-2) rebounded from a tough loss to Nevada Friday night to win its final two matches of the 2005 Circus Circus/Molten Invitational in Reno. The Golden Bears defeated Montana State, 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-27) Saturday morning, and then upended Akron, 3-0 (30-15, 30-27, 30-21), Saturday night in the final match of the tournament.
Cal ended up placing second in the invitational with a 2-1 mark, with sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey and junior setter Samantha Carter being named to the all-tournament team. Host Nevada won its own invitational with a 3-0 record. Pressey concluded the tournament with 56 kills, including tying a career-high with 25 kills Friday versus the Wolf Pack. Carter had 150 assists in the three matches.
It was the third tournament in a row this season that both Pressey and Carter were named all-tournament (CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas; Golden Bear Invitational and Circus Circus/Molten Invitational). The Bears' seven victories this year have all been by 3-0 scores, while their two losses have been 3-2 games.
In the Akron victory, Cal was led by freshman Morgan Beck's career-high 15 kills (.323 hitting percentage, 15k, 5e, 31att), and 12 kills and a .556 hitting percentage (12k, 2e, 18att) by Pressey. Senior Jenna Brown added eight kills with a .500 hitting percentage (8k, 2e, 12att) and junior libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 12 digs. The Bears finished with a .343 team hitting percentage.
Cal had a high team hitting percentage versus Montana State as well. Pressey paced the Bears with 19 kills, Brown added 12 kills and sophomore middle blocker Ellen Orchard hit .455 (11k, 1e, 22att) with 11 kills. Carter added 51 assists and had six kills, and Davis tallied 14 digs. Carter
The Bears next begin Pac-10 play, hosting No. 11-ranked UCLA, Friday, Sept. 23; and No. 12 USC, Saturday, Sept. 24. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be attempting to defeat the Bruins for the first time in school history (0-47).
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