No. 10 Cal Volleyball Defeats Yale, 3-0
Sept. 16, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 10-ranked California volleyball team, behind 19 kills from junior Angie Pressey and 16 kills from freshman Hana Cutura, completed its pre-Pac-10 schedule undefeated, upending Yale, 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-21), Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears, who improved to 11-0, won three tournaments (Cal Molten Classic, Florida International Tournament, Golden Bear Invitational) and defeated Pacific and Yale to conclude their non-conference slate. Yale fell to 3-2 on the year.
'This has been a very good preseason for us,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, who also led the Bears to undefeated non-conference records in 2002 and 2003. 'We definitely got tested, playing some good teams both at home, and on the road. We were able to notch it up a bit every time we played. I think we are in good shape heading into conference competition.'
Pressey finished the match with 19 kills and only four errors in 38 attempts for a .395 hitting percentage. Cutura hit .560 (16k, 2e, 25att) for the contest and was especially impressive in game one when she had 10 kills and only one error in 11 attempts (.818). Another notable performance for the Bears was the play of junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard, who had eight kills with no errors in 13 attempts for a .615 hitting percentage. Orchard also had a team-high two service aces. Senior Samantha Carter added 43 assists, sophomore Morgan Beck had 10 digs and senior libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 14 digs. As a team, Cal out-hit the Bulldogs, .430 to .160.
The Bears will enter Pac-10 play with a huge challenge, as they take on defending national champion and No. 4-ranked Washington on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Seattle. The Bears will then travel to Pullman Wash., to take on Washington State on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.