No. 5 Cal Gets 3-0 Sweep Over UCSB at Cal Molten Classic

Aug. 31, 2008

BERKELEY - The No. 5 California volleyball team (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) completed a 3-0 sweep of UC Santa Barbara (25-15, 25-14, 25-21) today at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. on the final day of the 2008 Cal Molten Classic. The Golden Bears were led by all-tournament MVP and outstanding setter sophomore Carli Lloyd, who notched 34 assists on the day (66 over two matches) and added eight kills without an error. Lloyd also dug 10 balls and had five total blocks in an all-around tournament effort.

Junior outside hitter Hana Cutura led all players with 12 kills (4e, 26att) and hit .308 against the Gauchos (1-1, 0-0 Big West), earning a spot on the all-tournament team. Cutura also collected one of the Bears' three service aces and nearly logged a double-double, coming up with nine digs. Junior Kristen Kathan took defensive standout honors on the all-tournament team and led the way once again with 12 digs for the match.

Senior middle hitter Kat Reilly was the most prolific attacker for the Bears, coming up with eight kills on 10 attacks without registering a single error. Reilly also added two assists and two block assists to her final stat line.

As a team, the Bears hit .438, nabbing 46 kills on 89 attacks with just seven errors. Senior outside hitter/middle hitter Morgan Beck recorded seven kills of her own without an error on 14 attacks to hit .500. And senior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon came up with five kills on eight attacks (1e, .500). The Cal freshmen also saw plenty of playing time today as outside hitter Tarah Murrey put down three kills on seven attacks (1e, .286) and middle hitter Shannon Hawari had five kills on 11 attacks (1e, .364).

The Bears pulled away from the Gauchos in the third set after facing a nine-all tie. Leading 23-18, the Bears gave up three of the next four points to allow UCSB back within three at match-point. A set to the left side of the court by Lloyd put Solomon in position to close out the match; which she did with a kill to the center of the Gaucho court.

In set two, the Bears led the entire way, opening up a seven-point lead at 14-7. The Bears paused again at 21-14 but pulled away to take the final three points, the last of which came on a rotation error by the Gauchos. Leading 19-12 in the first set, sophomore defensive specialist/libero Meagan Schmitt came into the match and served four-consecutive points to help Cal pull away and eventually take the 25-15 win.

Cal stays at home for another week to host DePaul, James Madison and UC Riverside in the 2008 Golden Bear Invitational at Haas Pavilion from Sept. 5-6. Please check for more information, match times and Gametracker updates.

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