No. 7 Cal Volleyball Tops Arizona State, 3-1

Sept. 29, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - In only her second collegiate match, freshman Cat Dailey paced the No. 7-ranked California volleyball team with a team-high 19 kills as the Golden Bears (13-1, 2-1) defeated Arizona State (9-4, 1-1), 3-1 (30-28, 20-30, 30-19, 30-26), Friday night at Haas Pavilion. Cal was also led by junior standout Angie Pressey's 17 kills.

Dailey, from Newport Beach, had missed the first 12 matches of the season with a broken little finger in her left hand. She saw her first action of the season last Friday at Washington State, recording three kills and five digs in two games, but started tonight's match and responded not only with a team-high 19 kills, but added 17 digs, a service ace and four total blocks. Dailey replaced fellow freshman Hana Cutura, who sat out the ASU match to rest a sore right foot.

Pressey finished the match with 17 kills and 12 digs, while senior setter Samantha Carter added 48 assists, a service ace and 14 digs. Senior libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 18 digs, sophomore Morgan Beck had nine kills and six block assists, and junior Ellen Orchard and senior Natalie Smart chipped in eight kills apiece. Orchard also had a season-high nine block assists.

The Sun Devils were led by 12 kills from Nicole Morton, 10 kills and 20 digs by Margie Giordano and 22 digs from Sydney Donahue.

Cal had a tough battle with ASU as they were able to slip by in game one, 30-28, behind Dailey's six kills. AGiordano kill got the Sun Devils within 29-28, but Smart was able to finish off the first game with a kill. ASU dominated game two, 30-20, as the Bears struggled with a -.022 hitting percentage (8k, 9e, 46att). Cal rebound impressively in game three, out-hitting the Sun Devils, .324 (17k, 5e, 37) to .056 (10k, 8e, 36att), and then maintain the lead the entire fourth game to win 3-1. Orchard, Beck and Dailey had some key blocks in game four, and an Orchard kill finally put the match away, 30-26.

The Bears will next host Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

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