No. 9 Cal Volleyball Falls at No. 8 Stanford, 3-1
Nov. 7, 2003
STANFORD, CA - Despite an outstanding match from freshman Amanda Fox, the No. 9 ranked Cal volleyball team (19-4, 10-4) fell to No. 8 Stanford (18-5, 11-3), 3-1 (30-25, 23-30, 30-26, 30-19) Friday evening at Maples Pavilion. Fox recorded a career-high 14 kills, but it wasn't enough as the Bears lost for the 24th straight time at Maples Pavilion. Cal hasn't won at Stanford since 1979. The Bears had defeated the Cardinal, 3-2, on Oct. 11 at Haas Pavilion, topping Stanford for the first time since 1982.
The Cardinal were led by junior Ogonna Nnamani's 26 kills and .355 hitting percentage. Besides Fox, Cal's other top hitters included junior Mia Jerkov's 13 kills (two service aces, 16 digs) and sophomore Alicia Powers' 10 kills. Freshman libero Jillian Davis had a career-high 28 digs. Junior Camille Leffall added nine kills and a team-high seven block assists for the Bears.
Cal did a nice job of coming back from a 26-20 deficit in game one. The Bears got within 26-24 on kills by Jerkov, Leffall and Fox, but then Stanford's Nnamani took over. After Nnamani and Fox shared kills, the Cardinal star finished the first game off with three straight kills for the 30-25 win. Fox led the Bears with five kills and only one error in nine attempts (.444) in game one.
Cal played well in game two, winning 30-23. The Bears hit .378 for the game and were led by six kills from Powers, and four kills from Fox and Jerkov. Cal was able to extend its 25-22 advantage on a kill and service ace by Powers, and kills from Jerkov, Leffall and finally a kill from Fox to seal the game two win. It was the first time the Bears had won a game in a match at Stanford since 1996.
The Bears were not able to pull out game three, losing 30-26. Cal was able to get within 28-25 and 29-26 on kills by Fox, but Kristen Richards was able to put game three away for the Cardinal with a kill from the left side. Stanford dominated game four, winning 30-19, with Nnamani finishing the game off with a kill and two block solos.
The Bears will next visit No. 6 ranked UCLA, Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Cal will then face No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA champion USC, Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center. Earlier this season, the Bears fell to both UCLA and USC in five games, Oct. 17 and 18 at Haas Pavilion.
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