No. 18 Cal Volleyball Defeats Arizona State, 3-0
Nov. 11, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - On a night when junior setter Samantha Carter became the school's all-time career assist leader, the No. 18-ranked California women's volleyball team (17-7, 10-5) defeated Arizona State (7-17, 2-12), 3-0 (31-29, 30-17, 32-30), Friday at Haas Pavilion. Carter finished the match with 38 assists to go along with six kills (6k, 1e, 11att., .455 hitting percentage) and a team-high 23 digs. Her 38 assists gives her 4,045 for her career, surpassing Sienna Curci's 4,008 assists from 1989, 91-93.
For the second night in-a-row, freshman Morgan Beck paced the Bears with a team-high 16 kills, and sophomore Angie Pressey chipped in 11 kills. It was also Senior Night for Cal's three seniors - Jenna Brown (eight kills, 16 digs), Alexis Kollias (13 digs) and Alicia Powers (10 kills). Junior libero Jillian Davis added 20 digs and sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard notched a team high eight total blocks.
The Sun Devils were led by Margie Giordano's 14 kills and libero Sydney Donahue had an impressive 37 digs.
Even though the Bears won the match, 3-0, games one and three were extremely tight, with Cal having to go extra points to win 31-29 in game one, and 32-30 in game three. In the third game, the Bears were down 28-26 after a kill by the Sun Devils Kristin Trayser. Cal battled back to tie the contest, 28-28 on block assists by Beck and Orchard, and then took a 29-28 lead on blocks by Brown and Orchard. A service error by Pressey and Davis allowed ASU to tie the game at 29 and 30, but Cal finally sealed to win after a Sun Devil service error by Alison Lund and a kill by Beck for the final 32-30 margin.
The Bears will next host No. 10-ranked Santa Clara, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, before traveling down to No. 4 Stanford, Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.