No. 12 Cal Volleyball Loses to No. 5 UCLA, 3-1

Nov. 10, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - In a hard-fought contest, the No. 12-ranked California women's volleyball team fell to No. 5-ranked UCLA, 3-1 (23-30, 30-23, 32-30, 30-28), Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Bruins improved to 25-2 overall and 12-2 in the Pac-10, and the Golden Bears dropped to 17-7 and 6-7 in league play. UCLA was led by Nana Meriwether's 18 kills, while Cal was paced by junior Angie Pressey's match-high 20 kills and senior libero Jillian Davis' match-high 29 digs.

Freshman Hana Cutura added 17 kills; junior Ellen Orchard had 14 kills, a .323 hitting percentage and an impressive nine total blocks; sophomore Morgan Beck had 12 kills and freshman Kristen Kathan had a career-high 15 digs for the Bears. Cal's senior setter, Samantha Carter, added 61 assists and 12 digs. Other top performances for UCLA included Katie Carter with 16 kills and Ali Daley added 12 kills. Setter Nellie Spicer finished with 56 assists.

The Bears jumped out to an impressive start, winning game one, 30-23, behind Pressey's six kills. Cal also limited UCLA's offensive attack as the Bruins hit -.026 in game one (9k, 10e, 38att) with three service errors. UCLA returned the favor in game two, winning 30-23, with Meriwether knocking down nine kills.

With the match tied 1-1, the Bears were unable to steal a game three win. Cal was up 29-25 after a service error by the Bruins' Meghan Schoen to be one away from game point, but yielded a kill to Meriwether and solo block to Katie Carter to make the score, 29-27. After a Bear timeout, Cutura's kill attempt went wide, Spicer notched a service ace and UCLA's Colby Lyman had a kill to make the score, 30-29, UCLA. Cutura came back with a kill to knot the score at 30-30, but the Bruins finished Cal off, 32-30, behind kills from Meriwether and Daley.

Game four was another close battle that the Bears fell just short. A Cutura kill tied game four, 26-26. Spicer followed with a kill, and Rachell Johnson and Carter had block assists, to give the Bruins a 28-26 advantage. From that point, Cal was able to get within one point twice, at 28-27 on a Pressey kill, and 29-28 on a Cutura. Unfortunately for Cal, Carter finished off the match with a kill for UCLA to win, 30-28.

The Bears will look to rebound when they host No. 6-ranked USC, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

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