No. 9 Cal Volleyball Upends No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-2
Oct. 8, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 9 ranked California volleyball team (15-0) remained undefeated on the season with a hard-fought 3-2 victory (28-30, 34-32, 26-30, 30-25, 15-9) over No. 14 Santa Clara (11-6) Wednesday evening at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears were led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov's team-high 34 kills, 18 digs and three service aces. It was the ninth time in Jerkov's college career she has had 30 or more kills in a match. It was also her third 30 plus kill match of the year. Jerkov has now led Cal in kills in 14 of Cal's 15 matches this season.
Other top players for the Bears were junior Camille Leffall and sophomore Jenna Brown, with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers had a career-high nine kills with a .389 hitting percentage as well. Cal's freshman setter Samantha Carter finished with 65 assists and a career-high 12 digs.
The Broncos were led by senior Becky Potter's 19 kills. Potter also had 13 digs and 11 total blocks for the first triple-double of her college career. Santa Clara was plagued by 16 service errors.
In a battle of two nationally ranked Bay Area teams, Santa Clara and Cal battled in a match that lasted nearly three hours. The Broncos won game one, 30-28, but the Bears were able to make a comeback in game two, rebounding from a 27-20 deficit to win 34-32. Cal broke a 32-32 tie on a kill by Brown and a service ace by Powers. Jerkov recorded 13 kills in the second game to pace the Bears.
In game three, Cal had a 23-20 lead, but the Broncos went on an 8-0 run and won, 30-26. After the Bears were able to control game four, 30-25, they were able to keep the momentum in the five and deciding game, jumping out to a 10-3 lead. Santa Clara got within, 12-8, but a pair of Jerkov kills and a kill by Powers, finally ended the contest.
The Bears next host No. 4 Stanford in a match for the Pac-10 lead on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be looking to defeat the Cardinal for the first time since Oct. 2, 1982 and snap a 40-match losing streak to Stanford. The Bears are also looking to top Cal's all-time attendance mark for woman's volleyball, surpassing the crowd of 3,125 that saw the Bears play Arizona State on Oct. 15, 1999 in the first athletic event at Haas Pavilion.