No. 16 Cal Volleyball Upends No. 14 Arizona, 3-2
Sept. 24, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - Powered by another outstanding night by senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, the No. 16-ranked California women's volleyball team (7-3, 2-0) upended No. 14 Arizona (8-4, 0-2) 20-30, 30-22, 30-16, 22-30, 15-13, Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
Abernathy, in a battle against her younger sister, Jennifer, finished with 21 kills with only four errors in 41 attempts for a .415 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey also played extremely well for the Golden Bears, notching a career-high 22 kills. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter tallied a season-high 52 assists and Jillian Davis had a team-high 17 digs.
Kim Glass led Arizona with 21 kills, while junior outside hitter Jennifer Abernathy added 13 kills.
The contest came down to the fifth and final game, which went back-and-forth. Cal had jumped out to a 9-4 lead, only to see the Wildcats come storming back. Arizona took an 11-9 lead on a block by Bre Ladd and a Jennifer Abernathy kill. But, the Bears were able to counter on a Pressey kill and blocks by Jenna Brown and Camille Leffall to make the score, 11-11. Cal then took a 13-11 lead on a Brown kill and a key service ace by Natasha Nguyen. A Wildcat kill by Glass made the score, 13-12, but Gabrielle Abernathy gave the Bears a 14-12 advantage with her 21st kill of the night. Sister Jennifer got Arizona within 14-13 with a kill, but Glass' final kill attempt went wide to give Cal the 15-13 win.
'This is a pretty satisfying win...playing at home and performing better and better each game.' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'It was also great to see Gabby (Abernathy) doing so well, in such important Pac-10 matches, as a senior.'
The Bears will next travel to No. 17-ranked Santa Clara Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center. Cal will then face No. 12-ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Burnham Pavilion on the Stanford campus.