No. 14 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 5 Stanford, 3-1

Oct. 21, 2005

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Despite a vocal home crowd of over 2,000 fans and Angie Pressey's match-high 22 kills, the No. 14-ranked California women's volleyball team (13-5, 6-3) could not contain No. 5-ranked and defending national champion Stanford (18-3, 7-2), falling 3-1 (30-26, 30-20, 28-30, 32-30) Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Cardinal were led by senior Kristin Richards' 16 kills and freshman Foluke Akinradewo's 14 kills with a .393 hitting percentage.

Stanford took control of the contest early by winning game one, 30-26, and game two, 30-20. The Golden Bears had a 25-23 advantage in game one, but allowed the Cardinal to go on a 4-0 run and ended up losing by the four point margin. Cal was able to regain momentum in game three. Stanford scored the first point in game three on a kill by freshman standout Cynthia Barboza, but Barboza injured her left knee on the play and had to sit out the rest of the match. The extent of her injury was not known. The two teams battled back and forth with Bear senior Alexis Kollias tying the third game at 28 with a service ace. Kollias was then able to serve-up another ace on the very next play, and Pressey kept Cal's hopes alive with a kill to win game three, 30-28.

Game four was another tightly contested affair. A Pressey kill gave the Bears a 29-28 advantage, but Alicia Powers' serve went long to tie the game, 29-29. Stanford's Bryn Kehoe then recorded a service ace, only to have Pressey counter with another kill for a 30-30 tie. Finally, the Cardinal broke away on a kill by Nji Nnamani and a kill by Richards to win three games to one.

Other top performers for the Bears were junior libero Jillian Davis with a match-high 27 digs, sophomore Ellen Orchard added 11 kills, and senior Jenna Brown notched 18 digs for Cal.

The Bears will next host Oregon State, Thursday, Oct. 27, and Oregon, Friday, Oct. 28, in 7 p.m. Pac-10 matches at Haas Pavilion.

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