No. 8 Cal Volleyball (4-2) Loses to No. 14 Texas A&M, 3-0
Sept. 11, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 8-ranked Cal women's volleyball team (4-2) fell to No. 14 Texas A&M (4-2), 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-20) Saturday night in the Golden Bear Invitational at Haas Pavilion. UC Santa Barbara ended up winning the 2004 Golden Bear Invitational after defeating Texas A&M, 3-0, on Friday and Cal, 3-0, on Saturday. The Aggies finished second in the tournament by going 1-1.
The Bears went 0-2 in their own invitational after winning 18-straight tournament matches and six consecutive tournaments since 2002. Cal had also started the 2004 season by winning its first four matches by 3-0 scores, only to lose to UC Santa Barbara and Texas A&M, 3-0.
The Aggies were led by Laura Jones 22 kills and .444 hitting percentage (22 kills, two errors, 45 attempts). Melissa Munsch and Kendra Felder were also stellar for Texas A&M. Munsch hit .400 with 12 kills and Felder hit .318 with 12 kills. Setter Kari Kelley finished with 43 assists.
Senior middle hitter Camille Leffall paced the Bears with a .529 hitting percentage on nine kills with no errors in 17 attempts. Junior Alicia Powers chipped in eight kills and sophomore libero Jillian Davis led Cal with 22 digs.
Similar to Friday night's loss to UC Santa Barbara, the Bears could not hold leads and finish off games. In game one, Cal at one point had a 21-14 lead, only see the contest tied at 26-26 before losing 30-27. Game two was knotted at 20-20 before the Bears ended up falling, 30-24.
Cal will next travel to the University of Hawaii for a pair of matches, facing the No. 11-ranked Rainbow Wahines on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m.
2004 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament Team
Tournament MVP- Ashley Dutro - UC Santa Barbara
Laura Jones - Texas A&MMelissa Munsch - Texas A&MKendra Felder - Texas A&MOlivia Waldowski - UC Santa BarbaraMegan Blackshire - UC Santa BarbaraAlicia Powers - California