No. 15 Cal Escapes No. 16 Arizona in Four Sets
Oct. 24, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - California volleyball senior outside hitter Hana Cutura earned 32 points for the Golden Bears as No. 15 Cal (11-7, 4-4 Pac-10) defeated No. 16 Arizona (15-4, 4-4 Pac-10) in four sets (25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16) tonight (Oct. 23) at Haas Pavilion. Cutura logged a career-high 31 kills on 47 attacks with just one error for a .638 attack percentage and posted her sixth double-double of the season with 11 digs on Dig for the Cure night.
Senior libero Kristen Kathan led all players with a season-high 21 digs and moved ahead of Jessica Dinaberg (1994-97) into fourth place all-time at Cal in career digs with 1,258. Sophomore outside hitter Tarah Murrey posted 14 kills (10e, 40att, .100) and added five digs and four blocks for the Bears; while freshman opposite hitter Correy Johnson had 10 kills (2e, 17att, .471) with four blocks. Junior setter Carli Lloyd tied her season-high with 59 assists and added eight digs and senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley added seven kills (3e, 14att, .286).
Arizona was led by junior outside hitter Whitney Dosty's 14 kills (4e, 31att, .323). Sophomore middle blocker Courtney Karst added 12 kills (3e, 29att, .310) while senior libero Alanna Resch paced the Wildcats with 14 digs.
The Bears posted a .331 attack percentage as they logged 66 kills (20e, 139att) and out-blocked the Cats, 11.0-6.0 to hold Arizona to a .155 attack rate (48k, 26e, 142att) in the match.
Junior defensive specialist Meagan Schmitt notched Cal's second service ace of the night to register the final point of the match and seal the fourth set, 25-16. Cal trailed just once and went ahead by as many as 10 points at 20-10 when an Arizona attack went into the net. Cutura tallied eight of her kills in the fourth with her final point coming on a sky-ball from Lloyd that she crushed to the middle of the court for an 18-9 lead. Cal held the Cats to a .000 attack percentage on 35 attacks (9k, 9e) and set itself up for the win by getting 12 kills (6e, 29att, .207) and two service aces.
The Wildcat offense came out swinging in the first set as Arizona climbed in front by seven points at 14-7. Cal was not shaken as it responded with a 7-1 run on Kathan and Lloyd serves to trail, 15-14. The Bears eventually caught the Cats at 17-all as Murrey and freshman middle hitter Kat Brown teamed up to stuff a Dosty attack. Lloyd dumped a pass from Cutura on the next play to give the Bears their first lead since being up, 1-0. Cal continued to press and held a one-point edge at 20-19 when Johnson went up to send a ball down the line. Freshman defensive specialist Robin Rostratter came in next and served out the set to give the Bears a 25-19 victory. Cal put up 16 kills (4e, 38att) for a .316 attack percentage and stifled a once-hot Arizona attack by holding the Wildcats to 13 kills (9e, 39att) and a .103 attack rate.
Cal surrendered 15 kills to the Wildcats in the second set (4e, 34att, .324) and gave up a 77 percent sideout rate to fall, 25-21. Arizona was able to tie the match at one set apiece even though the Bears had 17 kills (6e, 35att) and put up a .314 attack rate. The Bears forced the set into ties seven times but came up short as Arizona went ahead, 21-16. A kill by Cutura brought the Bears within three points at 22-19, but the Wildcats put the set away on a kill, 25-21.
The Bears never trailed in the third set, largely due to the 10 kills they got from Cutura (0e, 12att, .833). Cal posted 21 kills as a team (4e, 37att, .459) and dug up 18 Arizona attacks to hold the Wildcats to a .206 attack rate (11k, 4e, 34att). Gathering momentum as Kathan served for the first five points of the set, the Bears stayed their distance and earned an eight-point lead at 17-9 on one of Cutura's kills. Cal led by eight again at 21-13 as Johnson and Lloyd connected on a slide play. The Bears closed the set, 25-16, as Cutura knocked down her ninth and 10th kills of the stanza.
Cal returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 25, in a 1 p.m. match against Arizona State (11-8, 1-6 Pac-10). Fans with Cal vs. Washington State football ticket stubs will receive free admission. Comcast SportsNet California will also carry the match live with Roxy Bernstein calling the action and Krista Blunk providing color commentary. Please check your local listings for times and availability.