No. 6 California Defeats Arizona In 3-0 Sweep
Nov. 16, 2007
BERKELEY - The No. 6 California volleyball team (21-6, 11-5 Pac-10) defeated Arizona (10-18, 3-12) in a three-game sweep (30-25, 38-36, 30-22) tonight at Haas Pavilion. The Bears are now one win from tying their school record for conference wins of 12 with two games remaining on the schedule.
Cal was led by senior outside hitter Angie Pressey's 19 kills (7e, 36att, .333) who put together her 10th double-double of the season, adding 11 digs to her stat line. Sophomore outside Hana Cutura added 12 kills for the Bears, who hit .207 on the night with 51 total kills and 27 errors. Senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard also hit .333 tonight with nine kills on 18 attacks. Her seven blocks (two solo) gave the Bears a total of 14.5 team blocks on the night.
The Bears ran out to a 16-10 lead in game three on the back of six consecutive points with sophomore libero Kristen Kathan handling the serve. A Cutura kill down the left hand side gave Cal an eight-point lead that a service ace from freshman setter Carli Lloyd would extend to nine. Pressey's kill off the tip would give Cal game and match point when a Wildcat attack went long and sealed the match for the Bears.
Game two was decided on a Kathan service ace after Pressey put the Bears in position to win with a block solo during a sequence in which she jumped twice within two seconds. Notching 8.5 total team blocks in the second, the Bears came back from a seven-point deficit to earn a tie at 29. Cal held Arizona to .111 hitting for game two (18k, 13e, 45att). The teams traded points down the stretch with Cal holding the lead five times before the Pressey block. The Wildcats initially jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead and held the Bears at bay for most of the game until Cal made a push to knot things up at 13.
The match started off in a sluggish pace with seven ties leading up to 12 before the Bears went on a five-point run. The Wildcats kept the game close, making short runs at Cal to come within two at one point, but an overpowering Cutura kill gave the Bears a lead of four that the would eventually extend to six at 28-22. A Lloyd service ace gave Cal game point but Arizona wouldn't be turned away that easily, taking the next three points before a service error ended game one, giving the first win to the Bears. Cal registered 19 kills in the first stanza and with only eight errors, the Bears hit .275 (40att).
The Bears will be home tomorrow night for their final Haas Pavilion match of the season at 7 p.m. Cal will host Arizona State for Senior Night. Pre-match ceremonies to honor seniors Angie Pressey and Ellen Orchard are scheduled.