No. 19 Cal Volleyball Wins Classic Honda Premier with 3-0 Victory Over Albany
Sept. 4, 2005
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS - The No. 19-ranked Cal women's volleyball team (4-0), behind the play of tournament MVP Jillian Davis, defeated Albany (4-1), 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-11) Sunday to capture the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas. The win gave the Golden Bears their seventh regular-season tournament since 2002.
Davis, a junior libero who sat out the majority of last season with a torn ACL in her left knee, paced Cal with 17 digs Sunday and ended the tournament with 44 digs. The Bears finished the Albany match with a .328 team hitting percentage, led by freshman Morgan Beck and sophomore Angie Pressey with 15 kills apiece. Beck had the best match of her college career as she had a season-high 15 kills with a .321 hitting percentage (15k, 6e, 28att). Pressey was impressive as well, hitting .393 (15k, 4e, 28att) and was second behind Davis with 16 digs.
Several other Cal players performed well. Senior middle hitter Alicia Powers hit .440 with 13 kills and two errors in 25 attempts. Senior outside hitter Jenna Brown had nine kills with two errors in 17 attempts for a .412 hitting percentage, and sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard had 11 kills and a team-high seven block assists. Junior setter Samantha Carter finished with a season-high 56 assists, and had three service aces and 11 digs.
Besides Davis being named tournament MVP, Pressey and Carter were selected to the all-tournament team.
'It was a pretty intense match against Albany,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, who on Friday had won his 100th match at the Bears' coach, and on Saturday captured his 400th career match. 'Game one and game two were very close. We actually came from behind in game two as they were serving for game point a couple of times. But, we hung in there and finished with some impressive numbers. Hitting .328 as a team is pretty darn good.'
Cal will next host the Golden Bear Invitational, Sept. 8-10 at Haas Pavilion. The Bears will host Florida A&M on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 9, No. 18-ranked University of San Diego will take on Florida A&M at 7 p.m.; and on Saturday, Sept. 10 Cal will play host to the University of San Diego at 7 p.m.