Cal Volleyball Loses at No. 22 Arizona State, 3-2
Oct. 11, 2002
TEMPE, AZ - The University of California women's volleyball team (11-4, 2-4) let a great opportunity to upset No. 22 ranked Arizona State (8-4, 4-3) slip away, losing 3-2 (27-30, 21-30, 30-27, 30-26, 15-10) Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ. The Bears had jumped out to a 2-0 lead, only to let the Sun Devils comeback to win the final three games and spoil a chance for Cal win a Pac-10 match on the road.
Sophomore Mia Jerkov led the Bears with a team-high 28 kills and 21digs, and senior Leah Young had a career-high 24 kills and a .432 hitting percentage (24 kills, five errors, 44 attempts). Freshman Alicia Powers also had a team and career-high 21 digs, while Camille Leffall registered eight kills and a .353 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 17 attempts).
In game one the Bears never trailed and had a 27-20 advantage, but let ASU make a 5-0 run to get within 27-25. Cal broke the Sun Devils' run on a kill by Brown, then shared a couple of points before a Jerkov kill won the game for the Bears, 30-27. Jerkov led Cal with four kills and five digs in game one.
The Bears played well in game two, never trailing and winning, 30-21. Young was outstanding in the second game, recording eight kills with no errors, including four of Cal's last six points. Following a kill by Young, the Bears put game two away with block assists from Caity Noonan and Powers.
Cal lost game three, 30-27, but not before putting up a battle. The Bears trailed, 29-22, and then went on a 5-0 run with the help of three ASU mistakes and kills by Jerkov and Leffall to get within, 29-27. Finally the Sun Devils' Juliana Escobar got a kill to end game three. Cal lost game four, 30-26. The Bears were down 24-19, but were able to fight back to get within, 28-26, before Jerkov's kill attempt went long and then Jerkov was called for a ball-handling error to end game four.
Cal did not play particularly well in game five, losing 15-10. The Bears did get within 9-8 on a solo block by Jerkov and 12-10 on a kill by Young, but never really threatened to win the match.
Cal will next travel to No. 20 ranked Arizona, Saturday, Oct. 12 in Tucson.
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