No. 10 Cal Volleyball Rallys to Defeat Pacific, 3-2

Sept. 14, 2006

STOCKTON, CALIF. - In its toughest match of the 2006 season, the No. 10-ranked California volleyball team had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Pacific, 3-2 (24-30, 21-30, 30-18, 30-22, 15-4), Thursday evening at the Alex Spanos Center in Stockton. The Golden Bears, who improved to 10-0, were led by junior Angie Pressey's season-high 23 kills, 17 digs and .450 hitting percentage (23k, 5e, 40att). Cal was also led by freshman Hana Cutura's 20 kills, and a season-high 61 assists from senior setter Samantha Carter. Pacific fell to 1-9 on the year.

The Bears struggled early in the contest as they only hit .047 in game one (12k, 10e, 43att) and .083 (12k, 9e, 36att) in game two. With the threat of losing its first match of the season, Cal rebounded by hitting .405 (20k, 5e, 37att) in the 30-18 win in game three, .516 (22k, 6e, 31att) in the 30-22 victory in game four, and .444 (5k, 1e, 9att) in the 15-4 game five win.

Other key players for the Bears were sophomore Morgan Beck, who responded with 12 kills and a .320 hitting percentage (12k, 4e, 25att); junior Ellen Orchard, with nine kills, two service aces and eight total blocks; and senior libero Jillian Davis with a team-high 19 digs. The Tigers were led by sophomore outside hitter Alexa Anderson's 16 kills.

Cal will next return to Haas Pavilion, Saturday, Sept. 16 for a 7 p.m. match versus Yale to conclude its non-conference schedule.

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