No. 17 Cal Volleyball Wins Florida International Tournament
Sept. 2, 2006
MIAMI, FLA. - Behind the play of tournament MVP Hana Cutura and all-tournament selections Samantha Carter and Angie Pressey, the No. 17-ranked Cal women's volleyball team captured its second tournament of the 2006 season, defeating host Florida International, 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-26) Saturday night in the championship match of the Florida International Tournament in Miami, Fla. The Golden Bears improved to 6-0 and have won 18 straight games in those six match victories. Florida International fell to 4-2. Earlier Saturday, Cal defeated Oral Roberts, 3-0, and defeated Xavier, 3-0, Friday.
Cutura, a true freshman from Zagreb, Croatia, finished the three tournament matches with 39 kills. Against Florida International, she notched 11 kills with two service aces. Pressey, last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, paced Cal in the championship match versus FIU with 18 kills and only had two errors in 33 attempts for a .485 hitting percentage. Sophomore Morgan Beck added eight kills with one error in 18 attempts for a .389 hitting percentage. The Bears out-hit FIU, .364 to .183.
Carter finished the tournament with 129 assists, and with a service ace against FIU, she now has 96 career service aces, 10th on the Bears' all-time list. Both Carter and Pressey have now been named all-tournament in five consecutive tournament competitions, carrying over from the 2005 season.
In the morning match, Cal defeated Oral Roberts; 30-15, 30-28, 30-27. Pressey and Cutura paced the Bears with 13 kills apiece and Beck added 11 kills. Carter had 45 assists, and senior libero Jillian Davis had a team-high 24 digs. Senior Natalie Smart added six block assists.
'The team responded to every challenge during this tournament,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'We played better each game and each match. Florida International was a very good team and put on a nice event. I was impressed with our team. They dug in their heels whenever things got tough. We basically had the lead throughout. Morgan Beck was incredible even though she was selected to the all-tournament team. Ellen Orchard and Natalie Smart also played extremely well and our blocking was outstanding. Jillian Davis was great as well. It was a nice team effort.'
Cal will next host the Golden Bear Invitational, Sept. 8-9 at Haas Pavilion. The Bears play Colorado State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8; and will face American University at 12 p.m. and No. 18 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. Sept. 9.