No. 14 Cal Volleyball Loses at No. 7 Hawaii, 3-0

Sept. 17, 2004

HONOLULU, HI - No. 7-ranked Hawaii (7-0) swept through No. 14 California (4-3) 30-20, 34-32 and 30-26 in front of a crowd of 6,840 in the first night of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Golden Bears, despite solid matches from freshman Angie Pressey and senior Camille Leffall, have now lost three matches in a row, all in three games. Cal had started the season 4-0, winning 12 consecutive games.

Pressey finished the evening with a team-high 15 kills with only five errors in 29 attacks for a .345 hitting percentage. Leffall finished with a season-high .600 hitting percentage on 13 kills with only one error in 20 attempts. Senior Gabrielle Abernathy also recorded 15 kills, sophomore setter Samantha Carter tied a season-high with 49 assists and sophomore libero Jillian had a team-best 19 digs. Hawaii outhit Cal, .336 to .239.

Alicia Arnott led the way for the Rainbow Wahine, putting away 16 kills with a .389 hitting percentage. Victoria Prince hit .462 with 14 kills and six blocks, while Susie Boogaard added 14 kills and three blocks. Kanoe Kamana`o had 54 assists, seven digs, four blocks and two kills.

Hawai`i jumped out to a big 7-2 lead to start game one on the strength of two big blocks by Kamana`o. But the Bears came right back, going on a 5-1 run to cut it to 8-7. UH then reeled off seven of the next nine points, taking a 15-9 lead into the media timeout. The Rainbow Wahine continued to roll out of the break, pushing their edge to 20-11 before closing out Cal 30-20. Hawai`i hit an amazing .459 with 20 kills and three blocks in the first game.

Cal came out firing to start game two, taking an early 7-4 edge before taking a 15-13 lead into the media timeout. The Bears kept their edge around two to three points until Prince took over, putting away one kill and three blocks in a 6-0 UH run that put the Rainbow Wahine up 26-23. But Cal was able to mount a comeback, as they held off two UH game points to get to a 30-29 game point of their own. The two teams traded points until a Cal hitting error gave the Rainbow Wahine a 34-32 win in the second game.

UH dominated early in the third game before the Bears fought back to tie the score at 24-24. But Hawai`i came up big in the end, going on a 6-2 run to end the match with a 30-26 game three victory.

Cal will next play UC Irvine at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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