Cal Falls To No. 17 WSU
Pullman, Wash. – California was paced by 11 kills from Lydia Grote in a straight set 14-25, 16-25, 19-25 defeat to No. 17 Washington State Friday night at Bohler Gym.
Katarina Pantovic returned from missing the last match with an injury to record four kills and four digs and Makana Meyer added four kills for the Bears. Isabel Potter notched 21 assists for California.
Cal fell to 1-10 on the season, while WSU improved to 7-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first set on Grote's first kill of the night, but WSU scored the next five to force a Cal timeout. A kill from Makana Meyer and a Cougar error made the score 10-7, WSU, until the Cougs scored five of the next six points and Cal couldn't recover as the home team took the opening frame.
WSU took the early lead to begin the second at 8-3, before Cal got within 10-6 on a Grote kill. Three straight points for the Bears on kills from Meyer, Sydney Lilomaiava and Pantovic made it 12-9, Cougars, before another run of five straight from the Cougs put it out of reach to go up 2-0 in the match.
The third set was back-and-forth early with ties at each point until 8-8. Washington State took a 13-9 advantage, but the Bears weren't done, as they made it 17-16 on a block from Bella Bergmark and an ace by Gabby Bellizzi. WSU scored the next point and two was as close as Cal could get from there as the Cougars took the match.
The Bears travel to Pullman for two matches with Washington State beginning Friday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. PT.