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Cal Topped By Arizona

Mar 19, 2021

BERKELEY – California got a match high nine kills from Lydia Grote in a 19-25, 15-25, 17-25 defeat to Arizona on Friday night at Haas Pavilion.  

Katarina Pantovic had five kills and seven digs for the Bears and Bella Bergmark tallied four kills and four blocks. Kendall Jensen added 19 assists for Cal (1-16). 

Arizona (8-9) was led by seven kills from Paige Whipple. 

The teams traded points early on in the opening frame with Cal taking an 11-10 lead on a Grote kill. The Wildcats went on to score 10 of the next 12 points to take a seven-point advantage and the Bears couldn't recover as UA took the set, 25-19.

Arizona used another run to start the second, scoring 10 straight points for a 12-3 lead. Bergmark ended the run with a kill and Cal pulled within 14-7 on a Makana Meyer service ace and Arizona attack error. The Bears couldn't get closer from there with the Cats taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Digging another hole at 10-2 in the third, the Bears went on two scoring runs of four straight to make it 18-14 on a Grote kill, but couldn't get closer than four as Arizona closed out the match.  

The Bears get another chance against the Wildcats on Sunday, March 21, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. from Haas Pavilion. The match will be available via Cal live stream.   

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