Cal Volleyball Loses Tough 3-2 Match to No. 4 Ranked Stanford
Nov. 22, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Behind Mia Jerkov's 37 kills and 21 digs, the University of California women's volleyball team (18-11, 7-11) went neck-and-neck with No. 4 ranked and defending national champion Stanford (26-4, 15-3) before falling 3-2 (28-30, 30-20, 30-25, 28-30, 15-11) Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
It was the first time Cal had taken the Cardinal to five games since losing 3-2 Oct. 4, 1996 at Stanford. It was also the sixth time this season that Jerkov had tallied 30 or more kills. She now has 517 kills on the season, second-most single-season kills in school history, and she broke her own school record with 91 kill attempts in a single match. Tonight, Jerkov paced the Bears with eight kills in game one and 13 kills in game three.
Besides Jerkov's effort, senior Leah Young finished with 10 kills and freshman Jenna Brown added nine kills and 17 digs. Junior setter Caity Noonan played solidly as well, recording 66 assists and 16 digs. It was the final home Pac-10 match for Young and Noonan, as Noonan will be graduating this spring.
Middle blockers Camille Leffall and Alicia Powers also performed well for Cal, with Leffall hitting .556 (six kills, one error, nine attempts) and Powers hitting .353 (seven kills, one error, 17 attempts).
Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani led Stanford with 20 kills.
Cal will next host San Francisco to end the regular season, Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Bears have put themselves in position to earn their first NCAA berth since 1989 when they were 19-13 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10.