Cal Volleyball Loses at Arizona State, 3-1

Nov. 17, 2001

TEMPE, AZ - The University of California women's volleyball team (8-17, 3-14) fell to Arizona State (9-15, 4-12), 3-1 (30-24, 31-29, 25-30, 30-25) Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The Bears were led by 18 kills by sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy, 15 kills by junior Leah Young and 11 kills apiece by sophomore Heather Diers and freshman Camille Leffall. Junior Reena Pardiwala led Cal with 15 digs.

Diers and Leffall also recorded solid hitting percentages with .320 (11 kills, three errors, 25 attempts) and .600 (11 kills, two errors, 15 attempts). Diers was replacing Jessica Zatica, who had dislocated her right shoulder Friday during practice. Arizona State was paced by Jodi Smith's 21 kills.

In the first game, Cal trailed most of the way, falling 30-24. The Bears got within 27-23 on a kill by Young and a pair of Arizona State errors, but the Sun Devils countered by blocking kill attempts by Diers and Leffall. Leffall was able to record a kill to make the score 29-24, before ASU ended the game with a kill.

Cal lost a tough game two, 31-29, after coming back from a 25-22 deficit. A kill by Young tied the contest, 29-29, but a kill by the Sun Devil's Cheryl Anglin and a mishandled pass by the Bears on the following play gave ASU the win.

Cal did a good job of coming back and controlling game three, winning 30-25. The Bears broke away from a 5-4 lead to jump ahead 9-4 behind kills by Leffall, senior Candace McNamee and Diers, and never looked back. The Sun Devils got within 29-25 at the end of the game, but a kill by Abernathy sealed the win.

In game four Cal held a 12-9 lead after a McNamee kill, but let up and allowed ASU to go on a 7-0 run and never fully recovered. The Bears did get within 29-25 on a kill by Diers, but a Smith kill ended the game and the match, 30-25.

Cal will next travel to San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Gym on the USF campus, before hosting Auburn Nov. 24 and Arizona State Nov. 25 at Haas Pavilion. Both the Auburn and Arizona State matches will begin at 3 p.m.

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