No. 24 Cal Volleyball Tops UC Irvine, 3-0
Aug. 31, 2003
IRVINE, CA - The No. 24 ranked Cal women's volleyball team (2-0), led by 14 kills, 14 digs and four service aces by junior All-American Mia Jerkov, defeated host UC Irvine, 3-0, Sunday night in the final match of the UC Irvine Tournament at Crawford Court in Irvine, Calif. The Bears upended the Anteaters; 30-19, 30-21 and 30-26 and have now won 11 straight regular season tournament matches and 33 consecutive games in those 11 tournament matches carrying over from the 2002 season.
Cal started off last year 9-0, winning all of its matches in three games during the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. Even though the Bears went 2-0 at the 2003 UC Irvine Tournament, defeating Hofstra, 3-0, Saturday and UC Irvine, 3-0, Sunday, they did not play the entire tournament field and no team was deemed tournament champions.
Besides Jerkov's 14 kills and 14 digs, other top Cal players included sophomore outside hitter Jenna Brown, sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers and freshman setter Samantha Carter. Brown tallied 11 kills with a .474 hitting percentage and nine digs. Powers had nine kills in 12 attempts with no errors for a .750 hitting percentage, while Carter recorded 40 assists with eight digs and a team-high five services.
As a team, the Bears hit .333 in each of the three games and had a total of 15 service aces.
'We played really well as a team,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'We had a good execution of our game plan. We blocked well and were extremely competitive on defense. I am real proud of how our team came together for this tournament.'
The Bears will next travel to the Colorado State Coors Classic, Sept. 5-6 in Fort Collins, Colo. Cal faces Seton Hall Friday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m, before taking on Cal State Northridge at 10 a.m. and host Colorado State at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Feller was the coach at Colorado State from 1983-96, leading the Rams to a 299-167 overall record (.642) and eight NCAA Tournament appearances.