No. 11 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 4 USC, 3-1

Nov. 4, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The No. 11-ranked California volleyball team (12-8, 7-4) lost a hard-fought contest to No. 4-ranked and two-time defending national champion USC (15-3, 10-2), 3-1 (30-24, 31-33, 30-25, 30-24), Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears, who earlier had upset the Trojans, 3-0, in Los Angeles Oct. 9, had a balanced offensive attack with four players recording double figures in kills. But, USC prevailed behind senior Keao Burdine's 19 kills, and 18 kills and a .484 hitting percentage (18k, 3e, 31att) from junior Staci Venski.

The Bears were led by freshman Angie Pressey's 14 kills and 20 digs. Junior Jenna Brown added 13 kills with 13 digs, and Camille Leffall and Alicia Powers chipped in 11 kills apiece. Leffall and Brown recorded impressive hitting percentages at .474 (11k, 2e, 19att) and .344 (13k, 2e, 32), respectively. Junior libero Alexis Kollias finished with a career-high 23 digs to lead the Bears, and sophomore setter Meredith Hasson had a career-high 51 assists. Hasson, who did an outstanding job replacing starting setter Samantha Carter, also notched four kills with no errors in seven attempts and had seven digs. Carter was suspended for the USC match for breaking team rules.

The closest game of the match was the Bears' 33-31 game two victory. A kill by Leffall gave Cal a 30-29 lead, but Pressey's next kill attempt went into the net to tie the contest at 30-30. A service error by USC's Kimi Freeburg, one of 14 service errors by the Trojans on the evening, gave the Bears a 31-30 advantage. USC's Sarah Florian kept the game alive with a kill, but she followed with another service error to put Cal up, 32-31. Finally, the Bears captured their long game of the evening on block assists by Brown and Powers.

Cal will next host No. 16 UCLA, Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Bears will be looking for their first victory in school history versus UCLA (0-46).

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