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Cal Falls To ASU

Mar 14, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. – Lydia Grote led California with 13 kills in a 17-25, 17-25, 24-26 defeat against Arizona State at Desert Financial Arena Sunday afternoon.  

The Bears got eight kills on .533 hitting from Bella Bergmark and Katarina Pantovic added seven kills with four digs. Kendall Jensen added 24 assists and 10 digs for Cal (1-15).

Arizona State (4-10) was led by a match high 17 kills from Iman Isanovic.

Bergmark got the Bears going early on with some big swings from the middle as she had two kills on her first two attacks, but ASU scored five of six points to take a 13-6 advantage. Cal got to within five at 15-10 until four of the next five points went to the Devils and they kept it going, taking the first frame, 25-17.  

ASU opened the second set by scoring the first five points, but Cal answered with an 8-3 run to tie the score at eight and force the first ASU timeout. Grote started to heat up with four kills halfway through the second and the teams were tied, 13-13. The Devils used a 6-1 run to take the lead, 21-15, forcing the first Cal timeout of the set. The Bears weren't able to mount the comeback as Arizona State took the set, 25-17.

Grote continued her strong outing in the third, tallying three straight kills as the Bears built a 9-5 lead to force the first ASU timeout. Bergmark and Pantovic recorded back-to-back kills, giving Cal a 13-9 advantage. The Sun Devils fought back, using a run of four straight to take a 16-15 lead as Cal used its first timeout. The Bears wouldn't go away, taking a 22-21 lead on a kill from Sydney Lilomaiava and again at 23-22 on a double block by Lilomaiava and Bergmark. Arizona State followed with a Marta Levinska kill to tie and scored three of the final four points to take the win, 26-24.

The Bears return to Berkeley for a two-match weekend with Arizona beginning Friday, March 19. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks.  

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