Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 3 Ranked USC, 3-0

Oct. 13, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (5-9, 1-7) lost to No. 3 ranked USC (12-1, 7-0), 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-19), Saturday night at the Lyon Center on USC's campus. The Bears were led by freshman Mia Jerkov's 13 kills, while junior Reena Pardiwala also had a strong night, recording nine kills, a team-high .615 hitting percentage (nine kills, one error, 13 attempts) and a team-high 11 digs.

USC was led by sophomore April Ross, last season's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, who had 13 kills. The Trojans are alone in first place in the Pac-10 with a 12-1 overall record, 7-0 in league play.

The Bears were extremely competitive in game one before losing 30-25. Cal had a 20-19 lead on a kill by senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee before USC went on a 4-0 run. The Bears were able to keep it close after that point, but were never able to recapture the lead. Jerkov was impressive for Cal in game one with six kills and Pardiwala had five digs.

The Bears also played well in game two, playing the Trojans even before taking a 23-22 lead on a kill by Jerkov and a 24-23 lead on a kill by junior outside hitter Leah Young. The game was finally tied, 26-26, before the Trojans finally went on a 4-0 run to win 30-26. Game three wasn't as close as the first two games, but Cal still had some good stretches, going on a 5-0 run to get within 27-18 on a pair of Pardiwala kills, an service ace by McNamee and two USC hitting errors. However, the Bears ran out of gas, losing the game and the match, 30-19.

'The way our team sustained our level of play and effort, I felt we won some battles tonight,' said head coach Rich Feller. 'Overall, I think we had a good effort this weekend playing against two of the top teams in the nation in UCLA and USC.'

The Bears will next travel to San Jose State, Tuesday, Oct. 16 for a 7 p.m. match in San Jose. Cal will then host Washington State, Friday, Oct. 19 and Washington, Saturday, Oct. 20. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Bears will try to avenge earlier loses this season to the Cougars and Huskies, as Cal fell to the two teams, 3-0, Sept. 20 and 21 in Seattle and Pullman.

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