Cal Volleyball Falls to Washington, 3-0, in Pac-10 Opener
Sept. 20, 2001
SEATTLE, WA - The University of California women's volleyball team (3-3, 0-1) fell to host Washington (6-2, 1-0), 3-0 (33-31, 30-16, 30-20), in the Pac-10 opener Thursday evening at the Bank of America Arena on the University of Washington campus. It was a disappointing start of the conference schedule for Cal, which had a four-match winning streak over the Huskies coming into the match.
As a team, the Bears struggled with a .113 hitting percentage and had seven service errors. Sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy led Cal with a team-high 12 kills and sophomore Jessica Zatica recorded a team-high eight digs. Washington was paced by Lisa Underhill's 16 kills and .842 hitting percentage (16 kills, no errors, 19 attempts).
'I felt pretty good with how we were playing in the first game...I thought we were gaining confidence and consistency' said Bear coach Rich Feller. 'Then, when we lost that first game at the end it set us back and we never got it going again.'
Cal let game one slip away and it came back to haunt the Bears. Cal held a two-point advantage for most of the contest, but let Washington tie the game, 23-23. From that point, there were eight ties, with the last tie being at 31-31 on a kill by the Bears Leah Young. Unfortunately, the Huskies were able to score the next two points on a block and a UW kill to win, 33-31. Abernathy led Cal with five kills with no errors in six attempts for a .833 hitting percentage in game one.
Game two was even more of a struggle for the Bears, falling behind early, 11-4. Cal was able to come back to tie the contest, 12-12, on a block by Abernathy, but the Bears allowed Washington to go on another run and was never able to recover, losing 30-16. Cal struggle with its hitting in the second game, getting 11 kills with 11 errors in 41 attempts for a .000 hitting percentage.
The third game was not a whole lot better for the Bears. Cal was behind the whole game, getting within two points only twice, 10-8, on a kill by Zatica, and 13-11 on a Husky hitting error. The Bears couldn't muster any momentum, though, and ended up losing the game and the match, 30-20.
The Bears will next travel to Washington State, Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bohler Gym in Pullman, WA.