No. 18 Cal Volleyball Wins at Washington State, 3-2

Nov. 3, 2005

PULLMAN, WASH. - Led by the all-around play of senior middle hitter Alicia Powers, who had a career-high 18 kills, and 20 kills from sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey, the No. 18-ranked California women's volleyball team (15-6, 8-4) came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Washington State (8-17, 1-11), 3-2 (23-30, 27-30, 30-12, 30-19, 15-10), Thursday night at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash.

Senior captain Powers not only had her career-high in kills, but had a .400 hitting percentage (18k, 6e, 30att) and added eight total blocks and three service aces for the Golden Bears. Sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard chipped in 12 kills with four block assists and a .417 hitting percentage (12k, 2e, 24att), while freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck notched 10 kills. Cal junior setter Samantha Carter finished with 59 assists and junior libero Jillian Davis had a match-high 24 digs. Washington State was led by Jen Barcus' 15 kills. Cal has now defeated the Cougars in six-straight matches.

The Golden Bears struggle with their hitting in the first two games, losing 30-23 and 30-27, while mustering a team-hitting percentage of only .105 (16k, 12e, 38att) and .062 (16k, 13e, 48att). Cal was able to turn the match around, winning the games three and four by large margins (30-12, 30-19), while hitting .393 (14k, 3e, 28att) and .389 (19k, 5e, 36att), respectively. Finally, the Bears completed the comeback with a 15-10 victory in game five, hitting .500 (9k, 2e, 14att) for the final game.

The Bears will next travel to No. 2-ranked Washington, Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Cal took the Huskies to five games earlier this season, falling to Washington, 3-2, Oct. 7 at Haas Pavilion.

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