No. 10 Cal Volleyball Upsets No. 8 Washington, 3-2, Behind Pressey's 25 Kills
Oct. 11, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by senior All-American Angie Pressey's match-high 25 kills, the No. 10-ranked Cal women's volleyball team (13-4, 3-3) upset No. 8 Washington (16-1, 5-1), 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 15-30, 30-24, 15-11) Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears gave the Huskies their first loss of the season, and it was the first time Cal had defeated Washington since Oct. 24, 2003 in Seattle. Pressey was especially impressive towards the end of the contest, recording six of her 25 kills as the Bears hit .533 (10k, 2e, 15att.) in the fifth game.
After pulling out a hard-fought 30-28 win in game one, led by eight kills from Pressey and seven kills from fellow senior captain Ellen Orchard, the Bears dropped the next two games to the Huskies, 30-25 and 30-15. After seeming to lose momentum, Cal was able to make its comeback behind some spirited play off the bench. Sophomore Cat Dailey notched a pair of service aces in the Bears' 30-24 game four win, and sophomore Mindi Wiley and freshman Caitlyn Murphy also played well in games four and five. Then in the fifth game Pressey took over, giving Cal leads of 4-2, 7-3, 9-4 and 13-8 behind powerful kills. She had also recorded a solo block to give the Bears their 12th point in the 15-11 win.
'This match was big for us,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'Holding leads is not something that has been easy for us this season. It was a great comeback, and it showed what kind of depth we have. We had some great play off the bench. Cat, Mindi and Caitlyn brought our energy level up.'
Besides the play of Pressey, sophomore Hana Cutura added 21 kills and a career-high 16 digs. Sophomore libero Kristen Kathan had a team-high 22 digs, and Orchard finished with 16 kills and only two errors in 28 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Carli Lloyd was also instrumental in the upset, recording 65 assists with 12 digs.
Washington was led by Christal Morrison's 21 kills, and 18 kills from Stevie Mussie.
Cal will next host Washington State at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at Haas Pavilion.