No. 7 Cal Volleyball Loses at No. 6 Stanford, 3-0
Oct. 6, 2006
STANFORD, CALIF. - The No. 7-ranked California volleyball team fell at No. 6 Stanford, 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-21), Friday night in the Big Spike at Maples Pavilion. The Golden Bears dropped to 14-2 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10, while Stanford improved to 13-2 and 4-1 in conference. Cal was led by junior Angie Pressey's 13 kills, while Cynthia Barboza and Kristin Richards paced the Cardinal with 13 kills apiece. The Bears two losses this season by 3-0 scores have come on the road against teams ranked higher in the AVCA Top 25 poll - No. 4 Washington on Sept. 21 in Seattle, and now No. 6 Stanford at Stanford.
Cal was plagued by 16 service errors and hit .143 for the match. Besides Pressey's 13 kills, another top hitting performance was by senior middle hitter Natalie Smart, who recorded eight kills with on two errors in 14 attempts for a .429 hitting percentage. Senior setter Samantha Carter finished with 33 assists and Pressey had a team-high 10 digs. Freshman Hana Cutura recorded two service aces and junior Ellen Orchard added seven kills.
Stanford had the advantage the entire match, hitting an impressive .354 for the contest behind Barboza's and Richard's strong hitting attack. The Bears hit .143 for the match.
'This match was a good measuring stick for us,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'This shows us that, although our two losses have come against teams ranked higher than us, we still have a lot of work to do. We have a long ways to go because Stanford is exactly the type of team we are going to have to beat in order to move on to the NCAA round of 16.'
Game one was a struggle for Cal. The Bears got within 9-7 on a Cutura kill, but Stanford built up a 24-15 advantage before Cal could make another run. The Bears rattled off four straight points on a pair of Pressey kills, a blocking error by Stanford and an ace by Orchard, to get within, 24-19, but the Cardinal scored six of the next seven points to win 30-20. Cal was plagued by six service errors and were out-hit, .355 to .139. Pressey led the Bears with six kills in game one.
The Bears played better in game two, but still fell short, 30-22. Cal had got within 21-18 on a kill by Smart. Stanford responded with a 5-0 run until a Pressey kill made it, 26-18. Again the Cardinal pulled away at the end behind a pair of Barboza kills and a final hitting error by Cutura. The Bears had five service errors in game two.
Game three was more of the same as Cal was able to tie it, 16-16, on a kill by freshman Cat Dailey, but was able to score only five more points - on a Stanford service error, kills by Orchard and Pressey, block assists by Smart and Morgan Beck, and a service error by Barboza. Kills by Barboza, a pair of kills by Richards and a final kill by Erin Waller sealed the win for the Cardinal.
The Bears will next travel to No. 3-ranked UCLA and No. 4-ranked USC, Oct. 12-13, in Los Angeles. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.