Volleyball Stopped by No. 10 California

Oct. 12, 2007

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The 10th-ranked California volleyball team, riding the emotional high after upsetting No. 8 and previously undefeated Washington in five games Thursday night, defeated Washington State with scores of 30-18, 30-22, 31-29, Friday night at Haas Pavilion on the Berkeley campus.

The Cougars (9-12, 0-7) were led offensively by Jackie Albright and Brittany Johnson with nine kills each. Tara West added three aces, and both Johnson and West had three blocks apiece. Maureen Perez had 29 assists and Kelly Hyder added 11 digs.

California (14-4, 4-3) was led by Ellen Orchard who had match-highs with 11 kills, a .526 hitting percentage, and 10 blocks. Carli Lloyd added eight blocks and 40 assists. Kristen Kathan contributed 12 digs, Cat Dailey added three aces, and Hana Cutura had nine kills.

Cal out-blocked the Cougars 16 to five for the match.

Cal advanced from an 8-all tie to make a 22-10 run and win game one 30-18. The Golden Bears hit .359 in this game with 17 kills and 3 errors on 39 total attacks. WSU hit .025 with 9 kills and 8 errors on 40 attacks in the opener. The second game was more of the same Bears hit .344, and WSU struggled to overcome the Bears' strong defense, hitting -.051.

In the third game, the Cougars went up 19-17 and as Cal fought back, WSU went toe-to-toe in the battle. The game was tied two more times before Cal went on a three-point run to lead 24-21. A kill and then an ace from West followed by a block from Johnson tied the game at 24. The teams traded points three more times to knot up the game at 27. Back-to-back points from a kill from Orchard and a block by Orchard and Lloyd put Cal serving for the game, 29-27. West and Perez combined to block Cutura and then achieved the 11th tie of the game at 29-all when Cutura committed an attack error. After a Cal timeout, Faleti was called in the net and once again the Golden Bears served for the game and match. Cutura slammed the kill and ended the Cougar come-back.

'Game one was a little tough as we gave away stretches of points but then we settled down in game two and played better,' WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'In game three, we were in a position to win at the end but ended up making a couple of errors and took ourselves out of it. Overall, we served very well and in the end I thought the team battled hard in game three unfortunately in game two we were a little inconsistent.'

Next week, Washington State returns home to take on No. 4 USC and No. 5 UCLA in Thursday and Friday matches on Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym.

No. 10 California (14-4, 4-3) def. Washington State (9-12, 0-7) 30-18, 30-22, 31-29KILLS - WSU 33 (Albright 9, Johnson 9), CAL 49 (Orchard 11)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .035, CAL .279ASSISTS - WSU 32 (Perez 29), CAL 46 (Lloyd 40)DIGS - WSU 36 (Hyder 11), CAL 39 (Kathan 12)BLOCKS - WSU 5 (West 3, Johnson 3), CAL 16 (Orchard 10)SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (West 3), CAL 8 (Dailey 3)Attendance:  755.
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