No. 14 Cal Volleyball Defeats Washington State, 3-0

Nov. 18, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Behind senior Gabrielle Abernathy's 11 kills and five service aces, the No. 14-ranked California volleyball team (15-9, 10-5) defeated Washington State (4-24, 1-14), 3-0 (30-23, 30-21, 30-18), Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Bears also finished with a .305 team hitting percentage, including Abernathy's .429 hitting percentage (11k, 2e, 21att). Cal had strong hitting nights from junior outside hitter Jenna Brown (.500, 10k, 2e, 16att) and senior middle hitter Camille Leffall (8k, 2e, 11att) as well.

The Cougars top hitter was Jesse Camp with 11 kills. The Bears took advantage of WSU's eight service errors and a .127 team hitting percentage. Cal finished with eight service aces, including two by junior libero Alexis Kollias to go along with Abernathy's five aces. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter finished with 40 assists, two solo blocks and a service ace. Sophomore Natalie Smart came off the bench to register four kills with only one error in nine attempts.

The Bears will next host No. 1-ranked Washington, Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal has defeated the Huskies in three of the last four matches, but fell to the top-ranked Huskies in the last meeting, 3-0, Oct. 22 in Seattle. Friday's match will be the last regular season contest for the Bears' two seniors, Abernathy and Leffall, who are leading Cal in its quest for a third-straight NCAA postseason appearance.