No. 25 Cal Volleyball Upsets No. 12-ranked USC, 3-2
Sept. 24, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 25-ranked California women's volleyball team (9-2, 2-0) made history for the second night in-a-row, upsetting No. 12-ranked USC (4-6, 0-2), 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 30-19, 25-30, 15-12) Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion. Behind 21 kills and 14 digs from sophomore Angie Pressey, plus outstanding play from several other Golden Bears, Cal upended a Trojan squad that was a national semifinalist last season, and had won the 2002 and 2003 NCAA titles. It was the first time the Golden Bears had ever defeated both UCLA and USC in the same weekend, as Cal defeated UCLA for the first time in school history Friday night.
'Defeating both USC and UCLA in the same weekend for the first time is quite an accomplishment,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'But what really impresses me is the way we were able to comeback against USC after such an emotional win on Friday over UCLA. It says a lot about this team. I felt we played better as the match went on tonight.'
Besides Pressey's team-high 21 kills, the Bears were paced by the hitting seniors Jenna Brown and Alicia Powers, sophomore Ellen Orchard and freshman Morgan Beck. Brown recorded a season-high 16 kills and hit .300 (16k, 7e, 30att) for the match, Powers added 15 kills and four block assists, Orchard had 10 kills and hit .333 (10k, 2e, 24att) and Beck finished with 12 kills. Junior setter Samantha Carter chipped in 60 assists and had 12 digs, while junior libero Jillian Davis led the Bears with 17 digs
The Trojans were paced by 6-5 senior Bibiana Candelas' 16 kills, and 15 kills from Diane Copenhagen. Debora Seilhamer had a match-high 28 digs for USC.
The hard-fought match was a back-and-forth affair. After USC took the first game, 30-28, the Bears were able to comeback from a 29-28 deficit to win game two, 33-31, with Pressey getting the final two kills. Cal then was able to win game three handily, 30-19, before the Trojans came back to take game four, 30-25. If the fifth game, the Bears jumped out to a 7-3 lead on an Orchard kill, but USC again made a run, getting within 10-9 on block assists by Candelas and Copenhagen. Cal hung on as Powers recorded a pair of kills and the Trojans had a couple of hitting errors, before Brown's kill gave the Bears one their biggest wins in the history of the program, 15-12.
Cal continues Pac-10 action next weekend, traveling to Oregon Thursday, Sept. 29, for a 7 p.m. match at McArthur Court, and to Oregon State, Friday, Sept. 30, for a 7 p.m. match at Gill Coliseum.
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