No. 13 Cal Falls to No. 5 Stanford in Big Spike
Nov. 18, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - The thirteenth-ranked California women's volleyball team lost to fifth-ranked Stanford, 3-2 (30-24, 26-30, 30-27, 24-30, 15-10), on Friday night at Maples Pavilion. The Golden Bears had rebounded from a 2-1 deficit to win game four, 30-24, but Stanford broke out to a 5-0 lead in game five to help decide the match. Sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey had 18 kills to lead the Bears, whose record falls to 18-8 (10-6 Pac-10). Stanford, the defending national champion which swept the regular-season series with Cal, improves to 23-5 (12-4).
Cal got strong performances from junior setter Samantha Carter, who had a game-high 60 assists, freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck, who had 17 kills, senior outside hitter Jenna Brown, who recorded 12 kills and 13 digs, and junior libero Jillian Davis, who tied Stanford's Kristin Richards with a game-high 19 digs. Richards also led the Cardinal with a game-high 22 kills.
Down 2-1 after game three, the Bears raced out to a 10-1 advantage in game four and scored the game's final four points, including the deciding kill by Beck, to send the match to a fifth game. After falling behind early in the final stanza, Cal closed to within 12-10, before a Cal service error and two Cal attack errors gave Stanford the win.
The Bears wind up the regular season next week, when they travel to Los Angeles to play USC at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, and play UCLA at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26.