No. 13 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 2 Stanford, 3-1
Nov. 3, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - In a spirited match in front of a crowd of 2,689, the No. 13-ranked California volleyball team lost a 3-1 battle to No. 2-ranked Stanford, 3-1 (30-26, 30-21, 28-30, 30-28), Friday night at Haas Pavilion. After losing to first two games, the Golden Bears were able to capture game three, 30-28, and were nip-and-tuck in game four before falling, 30-28. The Bears dropped to 17-6 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal, winners of 10-straight matches, improved to 20-2 overall and 11-1 in conference play.
Stanford was paced by sophomore Cynthia Barboza's match-high 17 kills and three service aces, plus 16 kills from senior Kristin Richards and 14 kills from sophomore Foluke Akinradewo. Junior setter Bryn Kehoe added 51 assists. Cal was led by 16 kills apiece from junior Angie Pressey and freshman Hana Cutura, and senior setter Samantha Carter's 54 assists. Senior Jillian Davis had a match-best 19 digs.
After falling behind, 2-0, the Bears rebounded in game three. A kill by Pressey gave Cal a 26-25 lead, followed by a Barboza hitting error to place the Bears on top, 27-25. Stanford came back on a Pressey service error and a service ace by Barboza to knot the game, 27-27. Cutura followed with a kill and then Richards' kill attempt went wide for a 29-27 Cal lead. Richards rallied with a kill to make the score, 29-28, but the Bears won on the next point, 30-28, when a bad pass led to a setting error by Kehoe.
In game four, Cal got within 29-28 on a Pressey service ace, but a Richards' kill sealed the Cardinal win, 30-28.
'I think the way we came back tonight shows our team that we have the ability to compete with the top teams in our conference,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'I feel our team learned a lesson, and hopefully we can start the match off against the Los Angeles schools the way we finished the match tonight against Stanford.'
The Bears will return to Haas Pavilion Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 for 7 p.m. matches against No. 5-ranked UCLA and No. 6-ranked USC.