Cal Volleyball Wins 3-2 Gut Wrenching Match at Oregon

Sept. 27, 2002

EUGENE, OR - The University of California women's volleyball team (10-1, 1-1) captured a gut wrenching 3-2 victory (30-28, 25-30, 27-30, 36-34, 15-11) over Oregon (9-7, 0-3) Friday evening at McArthur Court in Eugene, OR. The Bears had to work extremely hard to defeat the Ducks, winning 36-34, in game four to starve off defeat and then went on to control game five, 15-11. Cal's 10 wins after 11 matches equals the total number of wins for the Bears last season went they went 10-18 overall and 3-15 in conference.

Sophomore Mia Jerkov led the Bears with a career-high 32 kills and 17 digs, while freshman outside hitter Jenna Brown chipped in a career-high 19 kills and had 10 digs. Senior Leah Young and junior Caity Noonan added 15 digs apiece. Noonan also had 40 assists.

Cal had to battle in game one, coming back from an early 12-7 deficit. The Bears were later able to jump to a 29-26 lead on a kill by Young and a service ace by Jerkov. Oregon was able to score twice to make it 29-28 on a tip over Cal's block and a hitting error by the Bears. Cal was finally able to win, 30-28, on a kill by Diers.

The Bears fell in game two, 30-25. Cal got within 26-25 on a hitting error by Oregon, but the Ducks went on a 4-0 run to capture game two. The Bears lost game three, 30-27 after falling behind 15-8. Cal was got within two points twice, at 28-26 with a kill by Jerkov, and 29-27 on a Duck service error, but Oregon tallied a kill to finish off game three. Jerkov led the Bears with 10 kills in game three.

Game four was a gut check as Cal pulled out the 36-34 win. There were 13 ties from the time the two teams were even at 19-19. Finally, Oregon made back-to-back hitting errors to send the match to game five. In game five the Bears took control early, jumping out to a 12-6 lead and putting the match away, 15-11, on a final kill by Noonan.

Cal will next travel to Oregon State, Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

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