No. 13 Cal Volleyball Defeats No. 18 Pepperdine, 3-0, to Win Golden Bear Invitational

Sept. 9, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The 2006 California volleyball team improved its record to 9-0 and won its third tournament of the year with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-19) victory over No. 18 Pepperdine (4-4) in the championship match of the Golden Bear Invitational, Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion. Bolstered by 12 kills from tournament MVP Angie Pressey, and a team-high 18 kills from freshman standout and fellow all-tournament selection Hana Cutura, the Golden Bears upended their first ranked opponent of the 2006 campaign.

Other all-tournament selections for the Bears included senior setter Samantha Carter, who finished with four kills, 35 assists and seven digs against the Waves, and sophomore Morgan Beck, who added seven kills and 13 digs. Senior libero Jillian Davis paced Cal with 18 digs. The Bears out-hit Pepperdine, .422 to -.025. Cal won the tournament by defeating Colorado State, 3-1, Friday night, and defeating American University, 3-0 (30-19, 30-20, 30-17) Saturday in a noon match. The Bears have now won nine regular-season tournaments in the last five years, including also winning the Cal Molten Classic and the Florida International Tournament in Miami, Fla. Pressey and Carter have now earned all-tournament honors in six consecutive tournaments carrying over from last season. It was the second tournament MVP honor for Pressey this season (Co-MVP with Cutura during the Cal Molten Classic).

Other Saturday matches included Pepperdine topping American University, 3-0 (30-25, 30-21, 30-18) at noon. In the 4:30 third-place match, Colorado State defeated American University, 3-2 (30-26, 15-30, 30-27, 30-32, 15-10). Pepperdine is coached by Nina Matthies, who son, Marty, is a standout on Cal's No. 1 ranked men's water polo team.

In the championship match against the Waves, the Bears rolled through the first two games, winning 30-17 and 30-18. In game three, however, Cal had to battle back from a 9-1 deficit. The Bears finally tied the contest, 12-12 on blocks by junior Ellen Orchard and Carter. Cal finally got its first advantage, 14-13, on an Orchard kill, and eventually rattled off its final five points on an Orchard kill, a Beck kill, a kill by Cutura, a service ace from Beck and a kill by Orchard.

'I couldn't ask for a better preseason,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'The way we came back after being down 9-1 in game three was very impressive. We were able to turn it around and eliminate any chance of Pepperdine being able to come back.'

Cal will next travel to Pacific, Thursday, Sept. 14 for a 7 p.m. match in Stockton, before returning to Haas Pavilion, Saturday, Sept. 16 for a 7 p.m. match versus Yale.

2006 Golden Bear Invitational ResultsSept. 8  4:30 p.m. match -Pepperdine defeated American University3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-17)7:00 p.m. match -California defeated Colorado State3-1 (30-16, 30-26, 19-30, 30-25)

Sept. 9 12:00 p.m. match -Pepperdine defeated Colorado State3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-20, 30-17)12:00 p.m. match -California defeated American University3-0 (30-19, 30-20, 30-17)

4:30 p.m. Third Place match -Colorado State defeated American University3-2 (30-26, 15-30, 30-27, 30- 32, 15-10)7:00 p.m. Championship match -California defeated Pepperdine3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-19)

Tournament Co-MVP - Angie Pressey, CalAll-TournamentKekai Crabbe, Pepperdine (Defensive Standout)Sophia Milo, PepperdineHana Cutura, CalMorgan Beck, CalSamantha Carter, CalJamie Strauss, Colorado State

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