No. 25 Cal Wins Five-Game Match Over No. 12 USC
Sept. 25, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Angie Pressey hit a match-high 21 kills Saturday as the No. 25 California Golden Bears pulled out a 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 30-19, 25-30, 15-12) win over the No. 12 USC Women of Troy in Pac-10 Conference action at Haas Pavilion. Cal completed its first-ever sweep against the Los Angeles schools at home after the Golden Bears beat UCLA last night, 3-0, for their first program win against the Bruins in 48 meetings.
The Golden Bears are now 9-2 overall and 2-0 in Pac-10 play while the Women of Troy fall to 4-6 on the season, 0-2 in conference. All of USC's six losses have come against Top 25 opponents.
USC hit a blistering .469 in game one, but did not hit higher than .130 in a game for the remainder of the match. Diane Copenhagen added 15 kills for the Women of Troy while freshman Kelli Tennant had 10 kills and led the team with a .353 hitting percentage.
Jenna Brown recorded 16 kills and a .300 percentage for the Golden Bears.
Cal had a 9-5 lead in the first game before the Women of Troy battled back. USC chipped away and took the lead at 19-18 when junior libero Debora Seilhamer's rainbow dig reached the empty back of the Golden Bears' defense. The score went back and forth until Staci Venski broke a 27-27 tie with a kill on the right side. Seilhamer made a nice dig on the next play, allowing Copenhagen to register the kill to make it, 29-27. After a Cal point, Copenhagen again provided the game-winner off the left side.
In game two, USC jumped out to a 6-3 lead, thanks to some great defense. The Golden Bears answered with a 10-3 run after forcing the Women of Troy into a few hitting errors. Later in the game and down 20-18, USC streaked ahead to take a 27-23 lead afterTennant started the run with a kill. With a 28-24 lead, USC edged towards a 2-0 advantage in the match, but Brown led the way at the start of four consecutive points. USC held a game point, but Brown tied the game with another kill. Cal took advantage of the extra play thanks to Pressey's back-to-back kills, including the game-winner.
The Golden Bears broke a 9-9 tie in the third game by starting with a dual block from Samantha Carter and Alicia Powers. Five straight points put Cal in control as Brown added a solo block and another kill to push the lead to 19-12. Ellen Orchard and Pressey each had two kills each as the Golden Bears closed out the game victory.
It was another battle in game four as both teams worked to an 18-18 tie. After a Cal point, Pressey and Powers both stuffed a Tennant attempt to make it a 20-18 advantage. Copenhagen made a kill for USC after its first timeout, followed by back-to-back kills by Pressey. Tennant went cross-court off the block to start three straight points for USC after Copenhagen used an overpass attempt to tie the game at 22 apiece.
Copenhagen rung another kill up after the Cal timeout, followed by Pressey's equalizer. A Cal service error and a joust win by USC senior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas anchored a stretch of four straight points. A double hit during a rally called against Cal put the match into the fifth and deciding game.
Two hitting errors gave Cal a 6-3 lead in the final game. After an Orchard kill, both teams switched points until the Women of Troy added another point for a 9-7 deficit. Cal outscored USC, 4-1, at that point en route to winning the match.
USC continues Pac-10 play next week at UCLA on Friday (Sept. 30) in a 7 p.m. match at Pauley Pavilion.
USC 30-31-19-30-12CAL 28-33-30-25-15
Records: USC (4-6, 0-2), California (9-2, 2-0)Kills: Bibiana Candelas 16 (USC), Angie Pressey 21 (CAL)Team: USC CAL1 .469 .3492 .130 .1573 .081 .3514 .095 .0005 .077 .286Totals .162 .218