No. 7 Cal Volleyball Defeats Arizona, 3-1
Sept. 30, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - In an exciting collegiate match, the No. 7-ranked California volleyball team came back from a game one loss to defeat Arizona, 3-1 (28-30, 30-26, 30-18, 31-29), Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. Cal's victory over the Wildcats established a school-record 13th consecutive home victory, carrying over from the 2005 season, and surpassing the Golden Bears' 12 wins from Nov. 17, 1978 through Oct. 26, 1979. Cal won its final four home matches last season, and has won nine-straight at Haas Pavilion this year. The Bears improved to 14-1 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10, while Arizona fell to 9-6 and 0-3 in conference.
Cal was led by junior standout Angie Pressey's team-high 18 kills and 15 digs, 15 kills from freshman Cat Dailey and 11 kills from sophomore Morgan Beck. Beck also had an impressive .409 hitting percentage (11k, 2e, 22att). The Bears received an impressive performance from junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard as well. Orchard hit .412 for the match, with eight kills and only one error in 17 attempts, and added eight block assists. Senior setter Samantha Carter finished with 51 assists and senior libero Jillian Davis notched 14 digs.
After losing game one, 30-28, Cal was able to win the next two games, 30-26 and 30-18. Game four was a battle, however. The Wildcats' Randy Goodenough, who finished with an Arizona team-high 15 kills and three service aces, gave the Wildcats a 27-26 lead with back-to-back service aces. Goodenough's service error then tied the contest, 27-27, but a Dailey hitting error gave the Wildcats a 28-27 advantage. A Brooke Buringrud service error allowed Cal to tie the game at 28-28. Arizona took the lead again on block assists by Dominique Lamb and Stephanie Butkus, yet a block by Dailey and Orchard knotted the game, 29-29. From there, the Bears pulled away on kills by Dailey and Orchard for the 31-29 win.
'We really had to battle the last two matches, but that is because all the teams in the Pac-10 are good,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'For us to be able to come out on top with a brand new starter (Cat Dailey, who replaced an injured Hana Cutura) shows people how deep we are. When we get everybody healthy, we have a chance to be pretty good.'
The Bears will next travel to No. 6-ranked Stanford for the Big Spike on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.