No. 15 Cal Volleyball Upends Oregon, 3-1
Nov. 17, 2006
EUGENE, ORE. - Led by a career-high 28 kills from freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura, the No. 15-ranked California women's volleyball team upended Oregon, 3-1 (30-27, 29-31, 30-16, 30-27) Friday night at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. The Golden Bears, who avenged an earlier 3-1 loss to the Ducks on Oct. 19 in Berkeley, improved to 19-8 overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10, while Oregon fell to 17-9 and 7-9 in conference.
Besides Cutura, who hit .386 (28k, 6e, 57att) for the evening to go along with her 28 kills, Cal was also led by junior Angie Pressey, who chipped in 18 kills and 15 digs. Junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard was again impressive with 12 kills and a team-high nine total blocks (two solo, seven block assists). Orchard's nine total blocks against the Ducks gives her 141 blocks this season, the second-most single-season block total in Cal school history. Sophomore Morgan Beck also notched 12 kills with 13 digs and five total blocks. Senior captains Samantha Carter and Jillian Davis posted 61 assists and 27 digs respectively.
Oregon was led by freshman Sonja Newcombe's 17 kills and Mira Djuric's 16 kills. As a team, the Bears out-hit the Ducks, .260 to .146. Cal has now won 17 or more matches in each of the last five years, as well as move ahead of Oregon in the Pac-10 standings to be alone in fifth place.
The Bears will next host Washington State, on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, before taking on No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in Cal's final regular-season match at Haas.
'Our team went off tonight,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'We had lots of blocks and lots of kills...we played extremely well. It was a very gratifying match for us. The team showed a will to win and never backed down. Every time Oregon pushed us, we pushed back. It was fun to see us be able to respond that way. It gives us a lot of confidence going into the final week of the regular season against the Washington schools.'