Cal Volleyball Defeats Oregon, 3-1

Nov. 1, 2001

EUGENE, OR - The University of California women's volleyball team (8-12, 3-9) topped Oregon (8-15, 0-12), 3-1 (30-21, 27-30, 30-28, 30-23) Thursday night at McArthur Court. The Bears were led by 21 kills by sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy, 15 kills by junior Leah Young (.361 hitting percentage), 13 kills by junior Reena Pardiwala and 11 kills and 40 assists by senior Candance McNamee. Abernathy also led Cal with a career-high five service aces and added 13 digs.

As a team, the Bears recorded an impressive 13 service aces and recorded 67 digs. Pardiwala led Cal with 15 digs, sophomore Jenna Grigsby had a career-high 12 digs and freshman Mia Jerkov added 10 digs. The Bears now have a six match winning streak over the Ducks.

Oregon was led by senior Monique Tobbagi's 20 kills and 13 digs.

In game one, Cal broke away from a 4-4 tie to take a 9-4 lead behind an Oregon service error, a kill by McNamee, a kill by Pardiwala, a kill by freshman Camille Leffall and block assists from Leffall and McNamee. The Bears never trailed from that point on to win 30-21. Abernathy and Pardiwala had four kills apiece in game one for Cal and the Bears were helped by four Duck service errors and six Cal service aces.

The Bears let the second game slip away, 30-27. Cal got within 28-27 on a hitting error by Oregon, but a service error by Young and a kill by the Ducks ended game two. Abernathy paced the Bears with seven kills in the second game. Cal was able to squeak out game three, coming back from deficits of 19-10 and 25-21 to win 30-28. A Duck service error tied the contest at 28-28 and then Abernathy had back-to-back service aces to give the Bears the game three win.

Cal did a nice job of controlling game four, winning 30-23. The Bears broke away from a 18-16 lead with 6-0 run, helped by two McNamee kills, a kill by Leffall, a kill by Abernathy and blocks by McNamee and Leffall. Finally, back-to-back kills by Young ended the game and the match, 30-23.

'Looking at the stats after the match I was impressed with some of the things we did,' said head coach Rich Feller. 'We got out of synch in game two, but we were able to rebound and play better towards the end of the match. We tried some different line-ups and got some good results.'

Cal will next travel to Oregon State, Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.

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