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Bears Battle No. 10 Washington, Fall In Four

Oct 22, 2021

SEATTLE – Bella Bergmark recorded a new career-best 16 kills on .517 hitting as California gave No. 10 Washington all it could handle in a 23-25, 25-20, 12-25, 23-25 defeat on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Leah Schmidt set a new season best with 14 kills and Lydia Grote added 11 for the Bears (7-13, 0-9 Pac-12). Sam Taumoepeau also had a new career-high with 10 kills for California. 

Claire Hoffman tallied a match-high 17 kills for Washington (14-3, 7-2 Pac-12). 

Cal had 54 digs to Washington's 46 with Mima Mirkovic recording a match-high 19.

How It Happened:
Cal started strong offensively, hitting over .500 as a team through the start of the first on the way to a 14-11 lead. The home team rallied out of a timeout to tie the score at 17, but Cal retook the lead, 20-19, after Grote tooled the block for a kill. Bergmark hammered down her fifth kill of the opening frame to make it 23-22 Bears, but UW scored the final three points to take the set for a 1-0 lead in the match.

After hitting .310 as a team in the first, Cal stayed hot at the net to start the second on the way to an 11-9 lead on a kill from Taumoepeau. The Bears got back-to-back blocks from Bergmark and Annalea Maeder, leading to a 15-10 advantage at the media timeout and extended it from there, taking the second 25-19 behind .364 offensive efficiency.

The Huskies answered from first serve in the third, leading 14-4 as Cal used a timeout and cruised to a 25-12 win in the set for a 2-1 advantage in the match.

Cal fought back once again, taking a 9-3 lead to open the fourth on a kill from Schmidt to force the first UW timeout. Washington showed its mettle from there, however, scoring 10 of the next 13 points to regain the advantage and Cal couldn't close the gap down the stretch as the Huskies took the set and the match.

Up Next: The Bears travel to No. 22 Washington State for a 12 noon first serve against the Cougars on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Bohler Gym.

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