No. 12 Cal Volleyball Topped by No. 6 USC, 3-0

Nov. 11, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 12-ranked Cal women's volleyball team lost to No. 6-ranked USC, 3-0 (30-23, 30-28, 30-25), Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. It was the first time the Golden Bears had lost a 3-0 match at Haas Pavilion since Sept. 11, 2004 versus Texas A&M (a span of 35 matches). Top hitter for the Trojans was Asia Kaczor, who led all players with 23 kills. Cal was led by junior Angie Pressey's 12 kills. The Bears dropped to 17-8 overall and 6-8 in the Pac-10. USC improved to 23-3 and 12-3 in conference.

Cal struggled against the Trojans, who were fresh off their 3-0 upset of No. 2-ranked Stanford the night before. Besides Kaczor's 23 kills and .326 hitting percentage (23k, 8e, 46att), Diane Copenhagen added 12 kills and Jessica Gysin added 10 kills for USC. For the Bears, senior Natalie Smart and junior Ellen Orchard chipped in nine kills apiece. Smart also had a .571 hitting percentage (9k, 1e, 14att), while Orchard had a team-best five block assists.

The Bears' most competitive game was game two. A set error by the Trojan's Taylor Carico got Cal within 27-26, but a service error by Pressey made the score, 28-26. A kill by Bear freshman Mindi Wiley again got Cal within one, 28-27, only to have Kaczor respond with another one of her kills for a 29-27 advantage. Another Bear freshman, Hana Cutura, rallied with a kill to make the score, 29-28, but the following service error by Cal freshman Cat Dailey gave USC the game two win, 30-28.

The Bears did a nice job of continuing to battle in game three after falling behind 16-3 at one point. Cal was able to come back to get within, 28-25, on a Cutura kill, but senior setter Samantha Carter was called for being in the net on a block attempt, and USC's Copenhagen finished the match off with a kill for the 30-25 game three win.

The Bears will next travel to Oregon State, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, and Oregon, Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at McArthur Court in Eugene.

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