No. 8 Cal Volleyball Upends Long Beach State, 3-1

Nov. 29, 2003

LONG BEACH, CA - Behind junior All-American Mia Jerkov's 33 kills, the No. 8 ranked Cal volleyball team (23-6) defeated host Long Beach State (19-10), 3-1 (30-26, 30-20, 29-31, 30-26) Saturday evening at the Long Beach State Baden Thanksgiving Tournament. The Bears' win over the 49ers gave Cal its 23rd victory of the season, the second-most single season wins in school history (behind the Bears' 28-12 record in 1982). Cal's 23-6 regular season mark also gives the Bears their best single-season winning percentage (.793) in school history.

Cal will find out details of NCAA postseason play this Sunday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN News.

Jerkov was again outstanding for the Bears as she not only led Cal with 33 kills, she had two block solos and hit .400 (33 kills, seven errors, 65 attempts) for the match. It was the 12th time in her college career she has had 30 or more kills in a match. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy also played well, recording 13 kills and a team-high four service aces. Freshman setter Samantha Carter added 66 assists, a team-high 12 digs and eight block assists, while sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers had 10 block assists and sophomore outside hitter Jenna Brown chipped in 11 kills.

'We really came out smoking in games one and two,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'Then we had some mental lapses in game three and let them (Long Beach State), and their crowd, get back into the match. We were able regain control in game four and get the win. Long Beach State is really a quality opponent.'

The Bears have now won 20 or more matches in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1981-83. Cal was 20-12 in 2002, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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