No. 8 Cal Volleyball Topped By Oregon, 3-1
Oct. 19, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 8-ranked California volleyball team saw a couple of streaks come to an end as the Golden Bears fell to Oregon, 3-1 (30-28, 13-30, 35-33, 30-25), Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears have now lost four matches in a row, dropping to 14-5 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10. The Ducks improved to 15-3 overall and 5-3 in conference play. Despite junior Angie Pressey's 17 kills and 15 kills apiece from sophomore Morgan Beck and freshman Hana Cutura, Cal's lost to Oregon, which broke a 14-match winning streak over the Ducks, as well as snapping a school-record 13-straight wins at Haas Pavilion.
Besides her 17 kills, Pressey added 17 digs. Cal senior setter Samantha Carter had a match-high four service aces and 55 assists, while senior libero Jillian Davis had a season-high 28 digs. Beck finished with a career-high eight total blocks as well.
Oregon was led by Neticia Enesi's 13 kills, and 12 kills each from Sonja Newcombe and Mira Djuric. It was the Ducks' first victory over the Bears since Nov. 15, 1998 (3-1 at Cal's Recreational Sports Facility). The last home loss for Cal was 3-2 to Oregon State on Oct. 27 of last season.
Oregon was able to rally at the end of games one, three and four. In game one, a setting error by the Duck's Nevena Djordjevic allowed Cal to tie the contest, 27-27, but a hitting error by Cutura and a kill by Kristen Bitter gave UO a 29-27 advantage. A Beck kill got the Bears to 29-28, but Bitter finished off game one with another kill for the 30-28 win.
Cal was able to dominate game two, 30-13, hitting .536 as a team (16k, 1e, 28att) and registering two solo blocks and 10 blocks total. However, Oregon came back and was able to pull out an intense third game victory. Block assists by Pressey and Beck gave the Bears a 33-32 advantage, but kills by Bitter and Newcombe, and a hitting error by Beck finished Cal, 35-33.
It was more of the same in game four for the Bears as they were close, but could not stop the Ducks. After trailing the entire fourth game, a Pressey kill finally tied the contest at 19-19. That was as close as Cal could get as UO outscored the Bears, 11-6, the rest of the way with block assists by Bitter and Newcombe sealing the win, 30-25.
The Bears will next try to rebound when they host Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.