No. 15 California Defeats No. 12 Minnesota 3-0

Sept. 8, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 15 California women's volleyball team (8-1) upended No. 12 Minnesota (4-3) with a 3-0 sweep (30-16, 30-21, 30-19) in the final match of the 2007 Golden Bear Invitational. The match and the win were the first of the season for Cal against a ranked opponent. Four Bears were selected to the All-Tournament team including co-captain senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard, the tournament's MVP.

The Bears went 3-0 in matches over the weekend to win their 12th regular season tournament in six years. Junior Morgan Beck and senior Angie Pressey led the Cal attack from the outside each recording 11 kills and hitting .333. Redshirt sophomore middle hitter Kat Reilly led the Bears in blocks with eight. Freshman setter Carli Lloyd put up 30 assists and contributed five kills (10att, 1e, .400) and received outstanding setter honors on the All-Tournament team.

The Bear defense stepped up again, sending back 22 blocks for points against the Gophers. Although Minnesota had been hitting well throughout the weekend, the Bears held their opposition to .019 hitting for the match, the lowest of Minnesota's season. California also notched nine service aces, four of them coming from Pressey.

In the 4 p.m. match. Utah State defeated Eastern Kentucky 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-16). The Aggies were led by freshman libero Christine Morrill who was honored as the tournament defensive standout and senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson.

The Bears will return to action against the Santa Clara Broncos on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Santa Clara, Cailf. California will also meet Notre Dame for a 4:30 p.m. match hosted by the Broncos on Saturday, Sept. 15.
2007 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament Team
Morgan Beck, Jr., California
Lauren Gibbemeyer, Fr., Minnesota
Jessy Jones, Sr., Minnesota
Amanda Nielson, Sr., Utah State
Ellen Orchard, Sr., California
Angie Pressey, Sr., California

Outstanding Setter
Carli Lloyd, Fr., California

Defensive Standout
Christine Morrill, Fr., Utah State

Tournament MVP
Ellen Orchard, Sr., California

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