No. 11 California Volleyball Falls To Colorado In 3-0 Sweep

Sept. 2, 2007

Boulder, Colo. - The No. 11 California women's volleyball team (5-1) lost their first match of the 2007 season against a surging Colorado Buffalo squad (3-2) on the final day of the Colorado Invitational in Boulder, Colo.

Although statistically close, the Bears would find themselves on the short end of three strongly contested games, falling 28-30, 25-30 and 28-30. The loss ended the Bears' bid to earn its twelfth consecutive regular season tournament crown. Cal would out-block the Buffaloes 30-4 over the course of the three-game match, but were done in by a season-high 17 service errors.

The Buffaloes put up a balanced attack with five players earning eight kills or more in the match. Led by sophomore outside hitter Mallori Gibson's 11 kills, Colorado earned its third win of the season, and first against a ranked opponent.

The Golden Bears received another well-rounded effort from senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard, who put up 10 kills (2e, 18att, .444) and added five blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Kat Reilly didn't slow down either, racking up seven blocks for the third straight matches while throwing in four kills of her own. For her efforts, Reilly would join senior outside hitter Angie Pressey as honorees on the Invitational All-Tournament Team.

California junior setter Bryte Nielson also made solid contributions, setting up her teammates for kills 13 times. Junior outside hitter Morgan Beck led the Bears with a season-high 10 digs.

The Bears will now return home and host their own tournament on Friday and Saturday. The 2007 Golden Bear Invitational, sponsored by The Renaissance Fund, will begin on Friday, Sept. 7, pitting No. 9 Minnesota against Eastern Kentucky in a 4:30 p.m. start, followed by Cal's match against Utah State at 7 p.m. For a full schedule, please visit CalBears.com.

2007 Colorado Invitational All-Tournament Team
Megan Nash, UNC-Wilmington
Schanell Neiderworder, UCF
Angie Pressey, California
Kat Reilly, California
Lauren Schaefer, Colorado
Kaitlyn Burkett, Colorado

Tournament MVP
Alex Buth, Colorado

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