Cal Volleyball Loses at UCLA, 3-0

Nov. 2, 2002

LOS ANGELES, CA - Still without its top player, Mia Jerkov, the University of California women's volleyball team (15-8, 5-8) lost to No. 18 UCLA (13-10, 6-7), 3-0 (30-23, 32-30, 30-24) Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. Jerkov, who has sat out four of the Bears' last five matches nursing a sprained left ankle, was the Oct. 21 AVCA National Player of the Week, but has not played at 100 percent in two weeks.

Cal is now 0-44 all-time versus UCLA.

The Bears were led by freshman Jenna Brown's team-high 14 kills with 12 digs. Junior Lisa Collette added a career-high 10 kills, freshman Alicia Powers chipped in a team-high 16 digs and junior setter Caity Noonan finished with 35 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore Camille Leffall had six block assists.

In game one Cal got within 27-22 on a kill by senior Leah Young, but UCLA outscored the Bears, 3-1, the rest of the way to win 30-23. Collette and Brown led Cal with four kills apiece.

The Bears played better in game two, paced by Brown's seven kills. Cal played tougher and was able to tie the contest, 28-28, on a kill by Brown; 29-29, on a kill by Young and then a service error by UCLA's Cira Wright tied game two, 30-30. But, the Bruins were finally able to win, 32-30, when Young slipped on a UCLA tip and Collette's kill attempt was blocked.

The closest the Bears were able to get in game three was 19-17 on a kill by Collette. Besides a kill by Leffall and another kill by Collette, Cal's only other points came on a UCLA hitting error and a Bruin service error, falling 30-24.

Cal will next host the Arizona schools, taking on No. 14 Arizona Friday, Nov. 8 and No. 19 Arizona State Saturday, Nov. 9. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.

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