No. 9 Cal Defeats No. 7 UCLA For First Ever Victory At Pauley Pavilion
Oct. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The No. 9 California volleyball team (17-5, 7-4 Pac-10) played its second five-game match in as many nights to defeat No. 7 UCLA (16-6, 6-5), pulling out the 3-2 victory (27-30, 30-20, 27-30, 30-27, 17-15) tonight at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Senior outside hitter Angie Pressey led the way for the Golden Bears with 26 kills, hitting .224 (11e, 67att) setting a career high, the second night in a row with her 67 attacks. Pressey was one dig shy of posting her second consecutive double-double, putting up nine. Sophomore Kristen Kathan also dug up 25 balls to preserve many crucial Cal points. Junior outside hitter/middle hitter Morgan Beck put up a stellar .424 hitting percentage, notching 18 kills on the night (4e, 33att) and sophomore outside hitter Hana Cutura added 21 kills (10e, 58att) hitting .190 for the match. The Bears tied a season high with 10 service aces as a team and put up 16 total team blocks to pull out the win.
Game five began with UCLA taking the first three points but a Pressey kill ended the Bear drought. Cal tied the game at four as the teams began to trade points. The Bears took an 11-8 lead but that was all the Bruins would give them as they stormed back to tie the game at 13. Both teams battled hard down the stretch until a Cat Dailey service ace gave the Bears game and match point. A Pressey kill sealed the deal for the Bears as they seized the programs first-ever victory at Pauley Pavilion.
Each team hit for about .130 in the fourth game, each tallying 16 kills. After the Bruins held the lead for most of the start of the game, two consecutive Pressey kills tied the match at 17, giving Dailey the serve. A seven point run, buoyed by serves from Dailey, three of which were aces, gave Cal a five-point lead. It was a block assist by Mindi Wiley and Carli Lloyd that set the Bears up with four chances to win the game but the Bruins didn't make it easy for Cal. A Cutura kill through a couple of UCLA blocks finally closed the books on game four, sending the match to a fifth and deciding game.
In game three, the teams traded points for a while before the Bruins got out to as much as an eight point lead. Cal hit well from the field, putting down 17 kills on 44 attacks (5e, .273) while holding UCLA to .200 (17k, 7e, 50att). Down eight and reeling, the Bears used an eight-nothing run on Kristen Kathan serves to tie the match up at 26. The tie wasn't enough to keep Cal afloat, however, as UCLA closed out the Bears to take a 2-1 lead into game four.
The Bears notched 17 kills in game two (4e, 35att) to hit for .371. More importantly, Cal played strong defense at the net to hold the Bruins to .050 (12k, 10e, 77att). With the score knotted up at five, a Cutura kill down the left sideline gave Cal a lead that the Bears ran up to seven at 20-13. Using strong hitting in the second chapter, the Bears ran their lead up to eight at 28-20 forcing a UCLA timeout. Returning from the bench, Cal poured it on, scoring the final two points on a Cutura kill and finally, an Ellen Orchard service ace to tie the match up at a game a piece.
The Bruins opened up a 5-1 lead to start the match and built their lead to seven at one point but the Bears battled back to earn a tie at 18-all. An overpass gave Morgan Beck an easy kill that tied the score up again at 21 before the Bruins took off on a 5-2 run. The lead the Bears surrendered was too much to overcome as UCLA finished off the first game 30-27.
The Bears will return home to play host to Oregon State in a 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 match before taking on the Oregon Ducks on Friday, Nov. 2, also at 7 p.m. Check CalBears.com for GameTracker updates.