No. 13 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 2 Washington, 3-2, in Pac-10 Battle
Oct. 7, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 13-ranked California women's volleyball team (11-3, 4-1) took the No. 2-ranked Washington Huskies (13-0, 4-0) to the wire before falling 3-2 (26-30, 30-28, 27-30, 30-20, 15-10) Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears gave Washington its toughest match of the season as Cal was the first team to win a game over the Huskies this year as UW had won 36 consecutive games in its 12-0 start before the Bears won game one, 30-26. All of Cal's three loses this year have been five-game affairs (to University of San Diego, Nevada and Washington).
The Bears were led by a career-high 19 kills from freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck, 12 kills from sophomore Angie Pressey and 11 kills apiece by seniors Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown. Junior libero Jillian Davis paced Cal with a season-high 28 digs, junior setter Samantha Carter finished with 57 assists and 17 digs, and sophomore Ellen Orchard added nine kills and a team-high seven block assists. Powers and Brown had impressive nights with .357 (11k, 1e, 28att) and .310 (11k, 2e, 29att) hitting percentages, respectively.
Washington was led by senior Sanja Tomasevic's 25 kills, and 23 kills from Brie Hagerty and 17 kills from Christal Morrison. Setter Courtney Thompson tallied 69 assists and Candace Lee added 27 digs.
After trailing 12-8 in game five, the Bears made one last push on a kill by Pressey and a kill by Beck after a long rally to get within 12-10. But, Pressey missed badly on the next serve and the Huskies were able to seal the match on kills by Hagerty and Tomasevic to win 15-10.
After Cal had won game one in impressive fashion, it let game two slip away. The Bears had held a 27-24 lead, but the Huskies stormed back, taking advantage of a couple of Cal hitting errors and bad passes to win 30-28. The Bears rebounded to win game three, 30-27, but Washington dominated game four, 30-20, to set up the deciding fifth game.
Cal will next try to get back on the winning track, hosting Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 8, in a 7 p.m. match at Haas Pavilion.