Short-Handed Cal Done In By No. 17 Utah
SALT LAKE CITY – California fought on the road before falling in straight sets to No. 17 Utah 14-25, 9-25, 13-25 Thursday night at the Huntsman Center.
The short-handed Bears were led by six kills from Sydney Lilomaiava. Tara DeSa added a match best 10 digs for Cal (7-21, 0-17 Pac-12).
Dani Drews tallied a match-high 13 kills for the Utes (19-7, 12-5 Pac-12).
How It Happened:
Cal kept it close to start the match, making it a 5-4 Utah lead on a kill from Sam Taumoepeau. The Utes went on a 9-0 run from there to make it 14-5 before a Lydia Grote kill ended the run. The home team went on to close out the set as the Bears got another kill each from Taumoepeau and Grote along with back-to-back blocks by Leah Schmidt.
Trailing 10-6 in the second, another Ute run did in the Bears as they scored 11 of 12 points on the way to a 25-9 win. California used a 5-1 run of its own in the third to pull within 16-7, but couldn't get closer down the stretch as Utah finished off the set and the match.
Up Next: The Bears travel to Colorado for an 11 a.m. PT first serve against the Buffs on Sunday, Nov. 21 at the CU Events Center.