No. 21 Cal Volleyball Falls to No. 20 University of San Diego in Golden Bear Invite
Sept. 10, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 21-ranked California women's volleyball team (5-1) lost a hard-fought match to No. 20-ranked University of San Diego (6-1), 3-2 (22-30, 30-23, 30-25, 28-30, 15-11) Saturday evening in the championship match of the sixth annual Golden Bear Invitational at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears were led by sophomore Angie Pressey's 22 kills and senior Jenna Brown's 13 kills and .357 hitting percentage (13k, 3e, 28att). Freshman Morgan Beck also played well towards the end of the contest, recording 11 kills; while sophomore Ellen Orchard added 10 kills with a .381 hitting percentage and eight total blocks.
Tournament MVP Kristen Carlson paced San Diego with 22 kills and added 14 digs. The Toreros captured the Golden Bear Invitational by defeating Florida A&M, 3-2, on Friday. Cal had defeated Florida A&M, 3-0, on Thursday before falling to the University of San Diego on Saturday. It was the Bears' first loss of the 2005 season after winning 15 consecutive games to start the year 5-0.
Cal's junior setter Samantha Carter finished the match with 53 assists, and Jillian Davis and Alexis Kollias had 15 and 13 digs, respectively. Besides Carlson's 22 kills, Christie Dawson added 17 kills and Moira McCarthy had 15 kills for the Toreros. Carter, Pressey and Brown were selected to the all-tournament team for Cal. Dawson and Lindsay Sherburne, who had 68 assists on the evening, joined Carlson on the all-tournament team for San Diego. Florida A&M's Adriana Kostadinova was also selected all-tournament.
Cal had started off the match well, outhitting San Diego, .485 to .139 in game one, paced by Brown's six kills and no errors. But, the Toreros came roaring back to take games two and three, 30-23 and 30-25, as the Bears hit .146 and .091. Cal hung tough to force a fifth game by winning game four, 30-28. In game five, a service ace by Pressey tied the contest, 7-7, but that was as close as the Bears would get before falling 15-11 on Dawson's final kill.
Cal will next travel to the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational in Reno, Nev., Sept. 16-17. On Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., Cal plays host Nevada. The Bears then play Montana State at 12 p.m. and Akron at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.
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