No. 8 Cal Volleyball Falls at No. 4 Washington, 3-0

Sept. 21, 2006

SEATTLE, WASH. - The No. 8-ranked California volleyball team (11-1) lost its first match of the 2006 season, falling to No. 4-ranked and defending national champion Washington, 3-0 (30-17, 30-16, 30-24), in its Pac-10 opener Thursday evening at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle. The Golden Bears were led by junior standout Angie Pressey's 14 kills with a .393 hitting percentage (14 k, 3e, 28att).

Cal struggled against the Huskies as it was out-hit in all three games - .147 (13k, 8e, 34att) to .438 (16k-2e-32att) in game one, .118 (11k-7e-34att) to .455 (18k-3e-33att) in game two, and .162 (16k-10e-37att) to .345 (14k-4e-29att) in game three.

Washington was paced by Steve Mussie's 19 kills and a dominating .500 hitting percentage. Mussie had 19 kills with only one error in 36 attempts. Christal Morrison added 10 kills and senior setter Courtney Thompson had a match-high 44 assists for the Huskies. Besides Pressey, Cal's other top performers were junior Ellen Orchard and sophomore Morgan Beck, who recorded eight kills apiece. Senior setter Samantha Carter added 37 assists, and senior libero Jillian Davis had a team-best 12 digs.

The Bears will try to rebound as they next travel to Pullman Wash. to take on Washington State on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Bohler Gym.

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