Nov. 8, 2009

SEATTLE - California volleyball senior outside hitter Hana Cutura posted her third 30-kill match of the season with a career-high 33 kills (10e, 77att, .299) to lead the No. 13-ranked Golden Bears (15-8, 8-5 Pac-10) to a five-set victory (23-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-23, 15-13) over No. 4 Washington (20-3, 10-3 Pac-10) Saturday, Nov. 7, at Bank of America Arena. Cal dealt the Huskies their first home-loss of the season and won its third-consecutive match against a ranked opponent as Cutura surpassed Lisa Arce (1987-90; 1,806 kills) and Tiffany Rochelle (1986-89; 1,814 kills) to become Cal's all-time career kills leader with 1,825.

Cutura's prolific performance also included eight digs and four blocks. She also moved ahead of Angie Pressey (2004-07) into third place at Cal in all-time career attacks with 4,244. Sophomore outside hitter Tarah Murrey matched her career-high with 19 digs and added eight kills (4e, 26att, .154). Senior libero Kristen Kathan dug up a season-high 23 balls and had one of the Bears' three service aces. Junior setter Carli Lloyd dished out a match-high 54 assists and was one dig short of a double-double with nine as she added five kills (1e, 12att, .333) and six blocks (two solo).

Freshman middle hitter Kat Brown matched her career high with a match-high eight blocks and junior defensive specialist Meagan Schmitt tied her career high for digs with 11. Freshman opposite hitter Correy Johnson tallied seven kills (4e, 19att, .158) with five blocks and senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley added eight kills (4e, 20att, .200) with three blocks. The Bears put up 65 kills (24e, 163att) in the match for a .252 attack percentage while the Huskies had 63 kills (24e, 177att) for a .220 attack rate. Cal out-blocked its opponent for the 16th time this year; this time to the tune of 17.0-9.5.

Washington junior outside hitter Kindra Carlson posted a new career high with 26 kills to lead the way for the Huskies (10e, 56att, .286) and added 12 digs. Senior libero Tamari Miyashiro led Washington with 17 digs and senior outside hitter Airial Salvo added 11 kills (7e, 45att, .089) for the Huskies.

The Bears raced out to a 3-0 lead in the final set on two kills by Cutura and Cutura's solo block of Carlson. The Huskies answered to get their fourth point and trailed, 7-4, on a cross-court kill by Carlson but Cal pushed back to go up by four points at 11-7 on Cutura's tip kill. Washington climbed to within two points at 11-9 as Salvo earned a kill but Salvo had her next attack sent back by Brown and Johnson. Brown and Johnson teamed up once more to block Carlson's attack and give the Bears a four-point lead at 13-9. Washington recorded three kills on the next four rallies and pulled to within a point at 14-13 as Cutura sent an attack out of bounds but the Bears silenced the crowd as Wiley blasted a kill to the ground when she connected with Lloyd on a slide play. The Bears earned 10 kills in the final set (3e, 27att) to log a .259 attack percentage and outpaced the Husky attack's .214 rate (10k, 4e, 28att).

The Bears burst out of the gate by taking the first four points of the match; three on kills by Cutura. Cal took a five-point lead, 8-3, but the Huskies kept on plugging away and caught the Bears at nine-all as part of a four-point run that gave Washington its first lead at 10-9. The Huskies built several three-point leads but the Bears maintained striking distance and knotted the set at 22-all as Lloyd dumped a pass from Kathan to earn a kill. The Bears took a 23-22 lead as Cutura logged her 11th kill of the set but the Huskies bounced back with two straight kills from senior outside hitter Jill Collymore and sophomore middle blocker Bianca Rowland before Cutura's attack error gave Washington the 25-23 victory. The Bears put up 16 kills on 38 attacks (7e) to post a .237 attack percentage with the Huskies earning 14 kills (4e, 41att) for a .244 attack rate.

Much like they did in the first set, the Bears opened the second firing on all cylinders as they ran off the first four points. Cal never trailed in the set and took a 9-7 lead as Cutura put in her 15th kill of the night. Washington threatened and pulled within two points at 11-9 on a kill but the Bears pushed back and went up by six points at 16-10 as Murrey took a kill off the Husky block. Cal led by six again at 22-16 when Murrey flipped the script and set Lloyd up for a kill on a perfect pass. The Bears earned set point on Cutura's 18th kill of the night for a 24-16 lead. The Huskies got two more points to keep the Bears on their toes before Johnson smacked an overplayed dig to the floor for the 25-18 win. The Bears attacked at a .306 rate in the second set with 15 kills (4e) on 36 attacks. Cal put up 6.5 blocks and dug up 18 balls to hold the Washington attack to a .075 percentage with 11 kills (8e, 40att).

Two straight kills by Cutura gave the Bears a 6-5 lead in the third set but the Huskies tied the score for the fifth time at six-all as Salvo earned a kill. Washington went ahead on the next play with a service ace and proceeded to rip off a four-point run to lead, 9-6, before Cutura blasted a kill off the Washington block for her 23rd of the night. Cutura's kill broke the all-time Cal record for career kills but the Bears couldn't hold on as the Huskies continued to press to take an 18-11 lead as Salvo served another ace. The Huskies earned set point at 24-13 and ended the set, 25-14, on a kill by Salvo. The Bears attacked at a .062 rate with nine kills (7e) on 32 attacks while the Huskies put up 14 kills (3e, 36att) for a .306 attack percentage.

The Huskies led, 5-2, in the fourth set as Collymore drew tape to slow down a serve that dropped for a service ace but the Bears pulled even at five-all as Wiley connected with Lloyd on a slide play for a kill. Cal took its first lead at 8-7 as Lloyd and Brown met at the net to deny an attack by Carlson. Cutura went down the line for a kill to give Cal the last lead it would need at 10-9. The Bears went ahead by as many as six points at 22-16 as Salvo sent an attack long. Washington wouldn't give up, however, as the Huskies pulled to within a point at 24-23 with two straight kills. The Bears returned to the court and passed to set Murrey up with the final kill and a 25-23 win. The Bears torched Washington with a .400 attack percentage (15k, 3e, 30att) while the Huskies put up a .281 attack rate with 14 kills (5e, 32att) in the fourth set.