Abernathy: Sweet 16 'was one of our goals'

Dec. 11, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - - Outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, who is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (0.41), had 15 kills in No. 8 Cal's second-round NCAA Tournament win over Michigan on Dec. 6. The Golden Bears play Georgia Tech in the round of 16 on Friday at 5 p.m. (HST) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Q) At the beginning of the season, was reaching the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 a realistic goal?

'Yes, it was. It was one of our goals. Before the season, the team got together, and each class presented a goal for the season. The freshman had it as their goal to make it to the Sweet 16.'

Q) Did you get a chance to watch Georgia Tech play when both of your teams were at the Long Beach State Baden Thanksgiving Tournament in November?

'We got a chance to watch and scout them a little bit. They're fast offensively and a really energetic and upbeat team. They're a pretty good team. I think if we play our best we can beat them.'

Q) What do you think of your own individual play this season?

'I think I started off the season up and down. I would have a good game one day and an okay game another day. The last few games I've done pretty well. I'm pretty happy.'

Q) A stress fracture in your left foot knocked you out of a few matches this year. Does it still bother you?

'It still kind of hurts. I'm dealing with it. There are only a few games left in the season. I have all spring to rest it.'

Q) Will you miss any finals while you're in Hawaii?

'I got extensions on all my papers. I had two finals pushed back to next week, to Monday and Tuesday.'

Q) What's your toughest final?

'I have an anthro paper I have to write. The reading's really in-depth, and I haven't had a chance to go through it recently. That might be pretty hard. But I'll get it. It's really hard. We have so much studying to do. Everyone's freaking out. This is a lot of stress on top of school.'

Q) Have you ever been to Hawaii before?

'No, I haven't. I'm so excited.'

Q) If you have any free time, what do you want to do there?

'I definitely want to go shopping, for clothes. I don't know where. I like going to different kinds of stores. I'm a shopper.'

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