No. 12 Cal Volleyball Wins at Oregon, 3-0, to Open Pac-10 Play

Sept. 18, 2003

EUGENE, OR - The No. 12 ranked Cal women's volleyball team (9-0, 1-0) opened its 2003 Pac-10 schedule with a 3-0 victory (30-19, 30-24, 30-26) over Oregon (3-6, 0-1) Thursday evening at McArthur Court. The Bears were led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov, who paced Cal with 23 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Jenna Brown and junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy added 12 kills apiece, with Brown hitting .375 and Abernathy hitting .310 for the match.

Cal also had stellar performances from a pair of true freshman - setter Samantha Carter and libero Jillian Davis. Carter had a career-high 56 assists and Davis had a career-high 26 digs for the Bears.

With the victory over the Ducks, it is also marked the second year in a row the Bears have started off the season 9-0, which ties a school record for the best start with the 1989 and 2002 teams. Cal is also only one of four teams ranked in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 that is undefeated.

'This was a tough match,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, whose Bears hadn't defeated Oregon in three games since 2001, and went five games with the Ducks twice last season. 'Oregon played very well. I was glad to get out of here (Eugene) in three games. We haven't been able to do that very often against the Ducks.'

The Bears will next visit Oregon State, Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.

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