Nov. 3, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The California Golden Bears volleyball team, ranked 18th nationally, came from a two-game deficit to defeat Washington State 23-30, 27-30, 30-12, 30-19, 15-10 Thursday night at Bohler Gym.
California (15-6, 8-4) had four players in double-figure kills led by Angie Pressey's 20 kills. Alicia Powers had a team-high eight blocks while Jillian Davis had 24 digs. Samantha Carter had 59 assists. Powers and Jenna Brown both had a trio of service aces.
Jen Barcus' 15 kills led Washington State (8-17, 1-11) while Brittany Johnson and Kelly Rosin each added 10 kills. Te'Ara Epps had a match-high 11 blocks as the Cougars out-blocked the Golden Bears 21 to 13.5 for the match. Setter Maureen Perez had 47 assists and Jalen Pendon had 12 digs.
WSU won the first two games and kept Cal at hitting percentages of .105 and .062. But the Bears came roaring back after the break and captured the third, fourth and fifth games in deciding fashion with hitting percentages at .393, .389 and .500.
"I think that since we were up two-zero we expected them to just roll over and die. Just give it to us instead of us earning it," Barcus said. "Being able to handle situations like that comes with maturity. It's disappointing because we had a big opportunity and let it slip through our hands."
Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said, "In games one and two I couldn't be more proud of our team's effort. They came out and were very aggressive and executed and doing things that we worked on all week in practice with respect to shot selection, hitting the ball at high hands and really going at the blockers than trying to poke it around them. Really did a nice job of attacking Cal for two games not just at the net but also at the service line. As we've seen, we have ability to let the lights go out and when that happens, we start looking around at each other not knowing how to respond to that. Rather than focusing on the things we worked on all week, we became more outcome mode; thinking about winning and losing versus what do we need to do right here, right now."
Washington State hosts No. 4 Stanford (20-4, 9-3) Friday night at Bohler Gym.
No. 18 California (15-6, 8-4) def. Washington State (8-17, 1-11) 23-30, 27-30, 30-12, 30-19, 15-10 KILLS - WSU 52 (Barcus 15), CAL 74 (Pressey 20) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .132, CAL .238 ASSISTS - WSU 50 (Perez 47), CAL 70 (Carter 59) DIGS - WSU 43 (Pendon 12), CAL 68 (Davis 24) BLOCKS - WSU 21 (Epps 11), CAL 13.5 (Powers 8) SERVICE ACES - WSU 6 (Owens, Rosin, Weishaar 2 each), CAL 10 (Powers. Brown 3 each) Attendance: 513.