No. 8 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0
Sept. 10, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 8-ranked Cal women's volleyball team (4-1) saw an impressive tournament streak come to an end as the Golden Bears lost 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-22) to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (5-0) Friday night in the Golden Bear Invitational at Haas Pavilion. Before the lost to the Gauchos, Cal had captured 18 consecutive tournament matches and six straight tournament titles since the 2002 season. UCSB ended up winning the 2004 Golden Bear Invitational after defeating No. 14 Texas A&M, 3-0, on Friday. The Bears will now host Texas A&M in the tournament's final contest Saturday at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears had fallen to UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, the last time the two teams had met - a NCAA Second Round contest, Dec. 7, 2002 in Santa Barbara. The last time Cal lost in a regular season tournament was Sept. 8, 2001 when it lost to Tennessee, 3-0, in the Golden Bear Classic in Haas Pavilion.
The Gauchos were led by the hitting of Janine Sandell, Bethany Johansen and Megan Blackshire. Sandell and Johansen registered 10 kills apiece and Blackshire finished with a .421 hitting percentage, recording nine kills with only one error in 19 attempts. Setter Ashley Dutro tallied 37 assists and Kristin Nelson paced the Gauchos with 16 digs.
Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy led the Bears with 12 kills and freshman Angie Pressey chipped in 11 kills. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter had 41 assists and Jillian Davis had a team-high 14 digs. As a team, UC Santa Barbara outhit Cal, .230 to .120.
The Gauchos were relentless as the Bears had taken leads in each of the three games, but could not control the contest. Cal had a 14-7 lead in game two and a 12-8 lead in game three, but each time UC Santa Barbara would take advantage of Bear mistakes and make runs to get back into the lead. The closest Cal got was 27-27 on a kill by senior Camille Leffall in game two, but a Bear hitting error, a block by the Gauchos and a final kill by Blackshire ended the game.
Cal will next host No. 14-ranked Texas A&M, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the final match of the Golden Bear Invitational.