Volleyball Falls 3-1 at #7 Cal

Sept. 29, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Entering a tough stretch in which they will face four straight Top Ten teams, the Devils opened their Pac-10 road schedule Friday night in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears. Arizona State battled, but ultimately the #7 Bears were too much, as they beat ASU 3-1 at Haas Pavilion. The loss snaps ASU's three match win streak, dropping their record to 9-4, 1-1 in Pac-10 play.

The two teams started the match with a hard fought first game. The Bears were able to fight off eight ties and twice comeback after trailing to claim a 30-28 win. The Devils came out hot in game two, taking it 30-20 to even things up at a game apiece. But the seventh ranked Golden Bears quickly regrouped on their home floor, never trailing on their way to a 30-19 game three win. Game four was another nail biter, as the two teams were tied seven times. The lead changed hands twice as well, but in the end it was California who was able to pull away to win the game 30-26 and the match 3-1.

The Sun Devils were led by the 12 kills of Nicole Morton, and got help from Margie Giordano and Nina Reeves, who each registered ten kills. Giordano registered a double-double, adding 20 digs to her ten kills. Sydney Donahue led the Sun Devil defense with 22 digs.

ASU continued their trend of playing strong at the net, totaling 15.5 blocks in the match. Colette Meek led the way with seven, while Tierra Burnley added six of her own. The Devils hit .151 in the loss, while the Bears hit .186. Cal was led by the 19 kills and 17 digs of Cat Dailey.

The Sun Devils continue their Pac-10 road swing tomorrow night when they head to Palo Alto to take on the #6 Stanford Cardinal. ASU will look to exorcise their Maples Pavilion demons, as they have not won on Stanford's home floor since 1982, a string of 23 straight matches. The Devils and the Cardinal will get things underway at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

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