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Cougars Upset No. 23 Cal

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team’s thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 23 California at Berkeley Nov. 24 was a noteworthy contest by a program on the rise.

Sophomore Kate Sommer had a banner day with a career-high 36 digs which is the second-most in WSU all-time history and tied for the most digs in a match for the conference in 2013. Sommer was one of five Cougars with double-digit digs at Cal as WSU racked up a total of 107 after digging up 108 balls the week before in the 3-2 win over No. 4 USC. WSU’s defense was phenomenal in the final three sets as the Cougars won the digs battle 70 to 60, and also out-blocked the Golden Bears eight to two.

WSU’s offensive effort was spectacular too as freshman Kyra Holt tallied a career-high 28 kills and was accorded her fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor.

To say the Cougars’ win at No. 23 California was special is an understatement. Prior to the three sets won Nov. 24, WSU had only won three sets in the previous 10 years at Berkeley. This was WSU’s first win over Cal since 2002, when the Cougars eventually advanced to the Elite Eight. This was also the first win at Cal since the 2001 NCAA tournament team and the first WSU win on a ranked opponent’s home court since the 2002 season.

The 2013 WSU team has now defeated three Top 25 teams, the most since the 2009 NCAA tournament team. The Cougars have had eight five-set battles in the conference this year, the most for any Pac-12 team. With the victory over Cal, Washington State moved to a 18 wins, the most since the 24 wins in 2002.

WSU celebrates Senior Night Nov. 27, taking on Oregon at 7 pm. in Bohler Gym. WSU wraps up the season at No. 5 Washington Fri., Nov. 29 in an 8 p.m. match in Seattle. The WSU at UW match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.