No. 11 Cal Volleyball Tops Arizona State, 3-1
Oct. 28, 2006
TEMPE, ARIZ. - Led by junior Angie Pressey's season-high 25 kills and a solid .280 team hitting percentage, the No. 11-ranked California volleyball team topped Arizona State, 3-1 (24-30, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27), Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Golden Bears were also led by 13 kills apiece from freshman Hana Cutura and sophomore Morgan Beck, and senior Jillian Davis had a match-high 25 digs. Davis is now Cal's all-time career leader with 1,633 career digs, surpassing Lisa Arce's 1,602 digs from 1987-1990. The Bears improved to 17-5 overall and 6-5 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils fall to 11-11 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
With Friday's 3-1 victory at Arizona, it was the first time since 1989 that Cal had swept the Arizona schools, both at home and on the road.
Another key player for the Bears was senior setter Samantha Carter, who finished with a season-high 65 assists and 11 digs. Junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard had a solid match with 10 kills, a .348 hitting percentage and a team-best seven total blocks (three solo blocks, four block assists). Pressey and senior Natalie Smart (six kills, two errors, 11 attempts) both had .364 hitting percentages.
Nina Reeves led the Sun Devils with 18 kills, and setter Marina Mercer had 55 assists.
'Tonight was like a heavyweight battle with both teams counter-punching,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'Both teams gave each other their best shots. This was a big victory for us. It is never easy to win a pair of Pac-10 matches on the road.'
The Bears will next return to Haas Pavilion for the Nov. 3 Big Spike at 7 p.m. against No. 3-ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford.