No. 13 Cal Volleyball Upsets No. 12 Santa Clara, 3-2
Nov. 15, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Behind a balanced offensive attack, the No. 13-ranked California women's volleyball team (18-7) took a big step towards a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, upsetting No. 12-ranked Santa Clara (22-3), 3-2 (30-21, 25-30, 30-18, 24-30, 15-10), Tuesday night in a non-conference match at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears were led by 15 kills apiece from senior Jenna Brown and sophomore Angie Pressey, while senior Alicia Powers and freshman Morgan Beck chipped in 14 kills apiece.
Senior Brown, in her last regular season home match at Haas Pavilion, was impressive, hitting .467 (15k, 1e, 30att) for the evening. Powers also played well, hitting .310 (14k, 5e, 29att) for the contest. Fellow senior Alexis Kollias had 14 digs, Pressey also led the Bears with a career-high 25 digs, and junior libero Jillian Davis added 20 digs. Junior setter Samantha Carter finished with 58 assists and 15 digs.
Santa Clara was paced by Anna Cmaylo's 13 kills and 12 kills from Kim McGiven and Brittany Lowe. Lowe also led the Broncos with 22 digs.
In a hard-fought, back-and-forth match, Cal finally took control in the fifth game with an impressive .429 hitting percentage (10k, 1e, 21att). A service ace by Powers gave the Bears a 7-5 cushion in game five, followed by back-to-back kills by Pressey. A McGiven kill later got Santa Clara within, 12-9, but Cal was able to score three of the next four points on kills by Brown and Pressey, and a service error by the Broncos Caroline Walters, for the final 15-10 score.
The Bears will next travel to No. 5-ranked Stanford for the Big Spike, Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. Cal wraps up its regular season, Nov. 25-26 versus USC and UCLA in Los Angeles.