No. 7 California Defeats Oregon State, 3-0
Nov. 26, 2008
Corvallis, Ore. - The seventh-ranked California women's volleyball team set a school record with its 13th conference win after a three-set victory (25-15, 25-21, 25-20) on the road against Oregon State at Gill Coliseum on Tuesday evening. Cal's previous high of 12 conference wins was reached three other times in program history. The win also helped the Golden Bears improve to 23-5 (13-4 Pac-10) and 7-3 on the road. Cal wraps up the regular season at No. 8 Oregon on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Cal, who has won 22 or more matches three straight seasons, has now won six straight matches over Oregon State since the 2006 season.
Hana Cutura, who had 1,300 career kills entering the match, paced the Bears with 14 kills - it was her third straight match in double-digit kills and the 22nd time in her last 23 matches. Cutura leads the Pac-10 at 4.45 kills per game.
Cal claimed game one, 25-15, thanks to Cutura's seven kills in the frame. The Bears held a slim 9-8 lead, before reeling off seven straight points (Cutura served all seven points) to take a commanding 16-8 lead. The Beavers closed the gap to 18-13, before Tarah Murrey registered a kill to put the Cal up by six (19-13). Cutura then posted back-to-back kills to help increase Cal's lead to 23-15, followed by an Am'ra Solomon kill and an OSU attack error to close the game. The Bears tallied a .333 attack percentage, while limiting the Beavers to a -.097 clip. Kat Reilly was in on three block assists in the frame.
The Bears grinded out a 25-21 win the second stanza to take a 2-0 advantage in the match. Oregon State kept things close in the second frame and found itself down 16-15, before evening the score at 18-18 and at 19-19, and taking a brief lead at 20-19. But Cal remained calm and tied the game at 20-20 after a Shannon Hawari kill. The Bears went up 22-20 on an OSU attack error, and tallied the last three points of the game, punctuated by a Solomon kill. Cal remained crisp offensively, registering a .368 attack percentage, while maintaining a dominant blocking game as Hawari tallied four block assists.
Cal jumped on Oregon State early in the third game and built a 5-2 lead after back-to-back Mindi Wiley kills. The Bears started to pull away midway through the game after reaching a 13-9 advantage on a Murrey kill down the line. After an OSU timeout, Kristen Kathan registered back-to-back aces to put the Bears up 15-9. Oregon State made a late run to trim the lead to 21-19, but the Bears eventually won the game on a big block, 25-20.
Oregon State fell to 14-16 and 3-14 in conference play.