Golden Bears Head to USF for Final Spring Tournament

April 28, 2010

BERKELEY - The California volleyball team will wrap up spring competition with three two-set matches at the 2010 San Francisco Spring Tournament. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. PT at the War Memorial Gym (2335 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco) on Saturday, May 1. Three teams will join host USF in Pool A; including squads from Stanford, Sonoma State and San Jose State. The Golden Bears will compete out of Pool B against the Academy of the Arts, Saint Mary's College and Cal Poly.

Cal will take on the Academy of the Arts to open the day at 9:30 a.m. The Bears draw Cal Poly in their second match scheduled for 1 p.m. Then, Cal concludes the day with a 3 p.m. match against Saint Mary's College. All matches will be two sets scored to 25 points without a deciding third set.

Cal's spring roster features two-time All-American setter Carli Lloyd. She is flanked by outside hitter Tarah Murrey. The two were USA A2 teammates in the summer of 2009 and helped guide the Bears to their third consecutive NCAA regional final appearance last fall. Defensive specialist Meagan Schmitt is the third of three upperclassmen on the roster. Rounding out the ten-member team are six sophomores and one early-enrollee. In the middle, the Bears will have Shannon Hawari, Kat Brown and Tia Gaffen. Attacking from the opposite position is Correy Johnson; with Elly Barrett at setter and Robin Rostratter at defensive specialist. The first early-enrollee in Cal history is incoming freshman outside hitter Lauren Loerch.

The Bears (21-11, 11-7 Pac-10) finished fourth in the conference and received the No. 8 ranking in the final 2009 AVCA poll. Cal earned its school-record eighth consecutive bid to the NCAA championship tournament. As the ninth-seeded team, Cal advanced to the Gainesville Regional final where it fell in three sets to three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State. The Bears moved into the NCAA regional final for the third time in three years; making them just one of four teams to accomplish the feat; joining Nebraska, Texas and Penn State. Cal's fourth straight appearance in the regional semifinal was also a new school record. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and received her third selection to the AVCA All-America team where she was joined by Lloyd in her second appearance.

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