No. 8 Cal Volleyball Defeats Oregon State, 3-0

Oct. 20, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Behind 12 kills apiece from junior Ellen Orchard and freshman Hana Cutura, and 11 kills from sophomore Morgan Beck, the No. 8-ranked California volleyball team snapped a four-match losing streak with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-17) victory over Oregon State Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 15-5 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10. The Beavers fell to 3-15 overall and 0-9 in conference play.

After losing consecutive matches to No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 USC and Oregon, Cal played well against Oregon State, hitting .297 as a team, including .438 (18k, 4e, 32att) in game two. Orchard hit .450 for the match with 12 kills and only three errors in 20 attempts. Cutura hit .333 (12k, 4e, 24att) and Beck hit .381 (11k, 3e, 21att). Beck and Cutura also had three service aces apiece.

Other top performances for the Bears included senior setter Samantha Carter with 42 assists, senior libero Jillian Davis with a match-high 20 digs, senior middle hitter Natalie Smart with six block assists, and sophomore Am'ra Solomon came off the bench to record six kills with no errors in eight attempts for a .750 hitting percentage.

Oregon State was led by freshman Rachel Rourke's eight kills. The Bears limited the Beavers to a .083 hitting percentage (25k, 17e, 96att) for the match.

'It feels good to get back on the winning track,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'This win should give us back our confidence as we get ready to go down and play the Arizona schools next week. I was really impressed with the play of Morgan Beck. She is blocking middle and playing all over the court. She is doing everything we are asking of her and more. Am'ra also played well coming off the bench, and we finally got Mindi (Wiley, who saw her first action of the year after suffering a broken right thumb in preseason practice) some action. We are starting to get healthy and are able to show our depth.'

The Bears will next travel to Arizona, Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the McKale Center in Tucson, and to Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

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