No. 17 Cal Volleyball Upsets No. 2 USC, 3-0
Oct. 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA - In one of the biggest volleyball wins in Cal history, the No. 17-ranked Golden Bears (8-6, 3-2) upset No. 2-ranked and two-time NCAA champion USC (9-3, 4-2) 30-26, 30-27, 30-26, Saturday night at the Lyon Center. It was Cal's first win over the Trojans since 1991, snapping a 24-match losing streak, and the Bears' first victory over USC in Los Angeles since Nov. 21, 1986. It was also the Trojans' first 3-0 loss since they fell at Arizona Oct. 25, 2001, and USC's first 3-0 home loss since Oct. 8, 1999 versus Stanford.
Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy was Cal's hitting star with 18 kills and hit .325 (18k, 5e, 40att) for the match. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey added 14 kills and a team-high 18 digs, while senior middle hitter Camille Leffall had 10 kills, sophomore libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 18 digs and sophomore setter Samantha Carter finished with 47 assists. The Bears hit .286 for the match and out-blocked USC, 13.5 to 4.0.
'We played almost flawlessly,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, whose Bears were the only team to take the undefeated Trojans to five games last season before losing 3-2 Oct. 18 at Haas Pavilion. 'We hung it all out there tonight. We are right back in the thick of things after losing three straight matches to ranked teams. It was quite a match.'
Cal will next host the Oregon schools, facing Oregon Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., and Oregon State Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.