No. 7 Cal Volleyball Falls at No. 3 UCLA, 3-0
Oct. 12, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Despite an outstanding match by sophomore outside hitter Morgan Beck, the No. 7-ranked California volleyball team fell at No. 3 UCLA, 3-0 (30-26, 30-17, 32-30), Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Golden Bears dropped to 14-3 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins remained undefeated, improving to 20-0 and 7-0 in conference play. Cal was led by Beck's match-high 16 kills, while Katie Carter and Nana Meriwether led UCLA with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Beck also had an impressive .467 hitting percentage (16k, 2e, 30att).
The Bears three losses this season, all 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, No. 6 Stanford at Stanford on Oct. 6, and now UCLA in Los Angeles. Cal next faces No. 4-ranked USC Friday at the new Galen Center on the USC campus.
The Bears were out-hit .270 to .096 for the match. Besides Beck's 16 kills, other top Cal performances were 22 digs by senior libero Jillian Davis, eight kills and 15 digs by junior Angie Pressey, seven kills and a service ace by junior Ellen Orchard, and 36 assists from senior setter Samantha Carter.
Cal lost a heartbreaker in game three. An Orchard kill gave the Bears a 29-28 advantage. UCLA's Rachell Johnson countered with a kill, but Cal again took the lead, 30-29, on a Katie Carter service error. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Bruins' Kaitlin Sather and Meriwether followed with back-to-back kills, and a hitting error on Pressey gave UCLA to final game three win, 32-30.