Cal Volleyball Loses 3-2 Heartbreaker to Washington

Oct. 17, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - Despite Mia Jerkov's school record 39 kills, the University of California women's volleyball team (12-5, 3-5) lost a heartbreaker to Washington (12-5, 4-4), 3-2 (18-30, 30-27, 25-30, 30-25, 15-12), Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Washington-Cal match was tentatively scheduled to be shown on Fox Sports Net, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., but due to the World Series, will now be shown Oct. 19 at 2 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.

The loss to Washington was the first time the Bears had lost to a team not ranked in the AVCA Top 25. It was also the third five-game loss of the season for Cal.

Sophomore Jerkov was outstanding for the Bears as she recorded a school-record 39 kills, surpassing the former kill mark of 36 set by Lisa Arce against Oregon, Oct. 28, 1989. Jerkov finished with 39 kills with 12 errors in 78 attempts for a .346 hitting percentage. Freshman Jenna Brown chipped in 24 kills, while junior setter Caity Noonan added 71 assists.

Washington was paced by 23 kills by Sanja Tomasevic and 19 kills by Paige Benjamin.

Cal will next host No. 17 Washington State Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

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