Cal Volleyball Loses at No. 4 Ranked USC, 3-0

Oct. 19, 2000

LOS ANGELES, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (9-8, 4-6) fell to No. 4 ranked USC (15-1, 9-1), 3-0 (15-12, 15-8, 15-5), Thursday night at the North Gym on the USC campus.

The Bears were led by senior outside hitter Alicia Perry with a team-high 14 kills and a .353 hitting percentage (14 kills, only two errors, 34 attempts). Perry now has 1201 career kills and 997 digs, only three digs away from being only the fourth player in Cal history to have 1000 kills and 1000 digs.

Junior setter Candace McNamee added nine kills with only two errors in 17 attempts for a .412 hitting percentage and had 26 assists. Sophomore setter Caity Noonan had a team-high 11 digs.

The Bears did a nice job of battling the Trojans in game one, tying the game eight different times, including 8-8 on a kill by Perry and 11-11 on a service ace by Noonan. Cal was also able to take leads at 10-8 and 12-11, before USC tied the contest 12-12 and then went on a 3-0 run to win, 15-12. Perry led the Bears with six kills in game one.

In game two, Cal was able to jump out to a 6-4 lead on block assists by sophomore middle blocker Reena Pardiwala and Perry. However, the Trojans went on a 5-0 run before a kill by Pardiwala got the Bears within 9-7. Cal got the next point to get to 9-8, but it was all USC after that as the Trojans won 15-8.

The Bears started off game three in a big hole, falling behind 9-0 before an ace by freshman Ashleigh Turner broke the ice. Cal got within 11-4 on a kill by Pardiwala, block assists by McNamee and freshman Heather Diers and a kill by Perry. The Bears only other point of the game came on a service ace by McNamee as Cal lost the game and the match, 15-5.

The Bears will next travel to UCLA, Friday, Oct. 20 for a 7 p.m. match at Pauley Pavilion.

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