No. 15 California Volleyball Downs Utah State 3-0 To Open Golden Bear Invitational

Sept. 7, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 15 California women's volleyball team (6-1) opened the 2007 Golden Bear Invitational with a strong 3-0 sweep (30-14, 30-19, 30-28) of the Utah State Aggies (2-5) on Friday night at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears had solid contributions from the bench in the third and deciding game in which the reserves stayed on pace with the Utah State starters for most of the way before pulling out the victory. Nine Bears put up kills, led by junior outside hitter Morgan Beck's seven in only two games. Beck had another solid night on the court hitting .417 with only two errors.

Utah State relied heavily on senior opposite hitter Amanda Nielson's 31 attacks (11 kills) but the Bears were able to hold Nielson to a .065 hitting percentage. The Bear defense once again put a damper on their opponents' scoring attempts, posting 18 blocks in an all-around team effort. The Bears have also now held their opposition to a negative hitting percentage for the fourth time in seven matches.

Senior outside hitter Angie Pressey had another commendable outing, putting up seven kills (17att, 2e, .294) in only two games of play. Sophomore outside hitter Hana Cutura set a new career high, serving up four service aces.

The Bears have now opened each of their last six regular season tournaments with wins and are looking to win their 12th regular season tournament in six years.

Earlier in the evening the No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-2) defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (1-6) in a 3-0 sweep of their own (30-12, 30-18, 30-11) to open tournament play. Minnesota was led by junior outside hitter Kyla Roehrig who had 12 kills (20att, 3e, .450) as her team hit .398. The Golden Gophers held the Colonels to negative hitting percentages in each of those three games. Minnesota will play Utah State at noon tomorrow before meeting Cal in the Golden Bears' first match against a ranked opponent.

The Bears will take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in a noon match tomorrow and complete their tournament card later in the day with the 7 p.m. match against the No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers. The match-up of ranked teams will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet.

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