No. 10 California Hands No. 8 Huskies First Loss of the Season
Oct. 11, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - Angie Pressey had 25 kills and the No. 10 California Golden Bears rallied from a 2-1 game deficit for a 3-2 win to hand the eighth-ranked Washington Huskies their first loss of the season in Pac-10 volleyball action on Thursday night. The Huskies had started the 2007 season with 16 straight wins and led 2-1 after three games against Cal, but the Golden Bears fought back to win in five games (28-30, 30-25, 30-15, 24-30, 11-15). Washington drops to 16-1 and 5-1 in the Pac-10, while California improves to 13-4 and 3-3 in the Pac-10.
The Huskies had four players reach double-digits in kills, led by Christal Morrison's 21, but the Golden Bears limited to the Huskies to just a .243 hitting percentage, which equaled their season-low set last week on Oct. 4 in a 3-0 win over Arizona State.
After dropping a close decision in the first game, 28-30, the Huskies rebounded to win the second game, 30-25, and the third game in convincing fashion, 30-15. In game three, the Huskies had their best hitting mark of the night at .353, the only time they hit over .300 in a game, and California registered only seven kills in 33 attacks to go with seven attack errors for a .000 hitting clip.
California began to turn the tables in the fourth game, amassing 18 kills and hitting .209 while UW had 11 kills and hit just .116, their lowest mark of the match.
In the final game, the Golden Bears opened up a six-point lead at 10-4, before the Huskies mounted a comeback. Washington scored seven of the game's next 10 points, three of which came on kills by Morrison, to pull within two points at 13-11. But the Huskies committed a service error and an attack error to give the Golden Bears the last two points they needed for the 11-15 win.
Morrison hit .370 to lead the Huskies and teammate Stevie Mussie finished with a double-double, taylling 18 kills and 10 digs. Jessica Swarbrick added 12 kills and hit, Becky Perry had 10 kills and Jenna Hagglund had 60 assists, finishing one off her season-high. Also for Washington, Tamari Miyashiro had 27 digs, while Perry, Swarbrick and Alesha Deesing each had six total blocks.
Besides Pressey's match-high 25 kills, Cal also got 21 kills from Hana Cutura, 16 kills from Ellen Orchard, and 65 assists from Carli Lloyd. Four Golden Bears players reached double-digits in digs, led by Kristen Kathan's 22.
The Huskies face their second-straight ranked opponent when they face No. 2 Stanford tomorrow night in Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford is the last undefeated team in the Pac-10 (17-0, 6-0 Pac-10) after sweeping Washington State tonight.
NOTES: Washington outhit Cal on the night, .253 to .216, but Cal had more kills, 77 to 68 ... The Golden Bears win snapped a six-game losing streak to the Huskies ... UW still leads the all-time series, 26-22 ... Morrison's 21 kills were a season-best for the senior All-American ... Miyashiro's 27 digs marked a season-best for the Huskies ... Washington had 189 total attacks on the night, their most of the season ... Morrison just missed out on her sixth double-double of the season, finishing with eight digs.