No. 16 Cal Volleyball Defeats Valparaso, 3-0, in NCAA First-Round Action
Dec. 2, 2005
MADISON, WISC. - Led by a match-high 15 kills from sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey and 11 kills from freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck, the No. 16-ranked California women's volleyball team (19-10) powered past Valparaso (27-8), 3-0 (30-26, 30-24, 30-21), Friday night in an NCAA first-round match at the UW Field House on the University of Wisconsin campus.
The Golden Bears, making their school-record fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, now has an 8-8 all-time mark in NCAA postseason play. It was also Cal's fourth-straight year winning an NCAA opening-round contest. The Bears will now take on the winner of the No. 13-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and Loyola (Ill.) match in the NCAA second-round, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. CT.
Pressey added 12 digs to go along with her 15 kills and hit .294 (15k, 5e, 34att) for the match, while senior Jenna Brown and sophomore Ellen Orchard added nine and eight kills, respectively. Junior setter Samantha Carter finished with 43 assists, nine digs and hit .500 (5k, 1e, 8att), and junior libero Jillian Davis tallied a match-high 21 digs. Orchard also notched seven total blocks and senior Alicia Powers added five total blocks.
Valparaso was paced by Lauren Moulton's 11 kills. The Bears held the Crusaders to a .076 hitting percentage.
In the first game, the Bears had to come back from an early deficit, finally taking their first lead of the contest, 12-11, on a kill by Beck. The opening game continued to be tight until a Carter kill broke a 26-26 tie. Cal was then able to muster the next three points on block assists by Orchard and Carter, a kill by Orchard and a kill by Pressey. Pressey finished game one with six kills and only one error in 14 attempts for a .357 hitting percentage.
Game two had a similar pattern as game one. Cal struggled early before finally being able to tie the game, 18-18, on block assists by Powers and Pressey. Game two remained close until the Bears tallied six of final seven points on a kill by Brown, a pair of kills by Beck, block assists by Beck and Powers, a ball-handling error by the Crusaders' Katie Bova, and finally a game-winning kill by Powers.
The Bears played their best in game three, jumping out to a 3-0 advantage and never trailing. Valparaso did get within, 21-20, before Cal went on to score nine of the matches final 10 points to win game three, 30-21. Pressey and Orchard each had a pair of kills, and Orchard and Carter had block assists, in the Bears' final run.
'I am very pleased this match is behind us,' said Cal coach Rich Feller, who is now to only volleyball coach to lead the Bears to four-straight NCAA first-round victories. 'It was a good, hard-fought contest. I think both teams were a little tentative at first, but I was please that whenever the game got down to the wire, we were able to respond. Like I have said all year, we are a working class-type team. The team doesn't get down on themselves. Our passing tonight was as good as it has been all year. Even though we did not hit as well as we would have liked, we were able to come through. We are used to being pushed.'