Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Cal Athletics

SEATTLE - The No. 4-ranked California volleyball team (22-2, 12-2 Pac-10) defeated No. 11 Washington (18-6, 7-6 Pac-10) in four sets (15-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21) at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 12, as the Golden Bears swept the season series against the Huskies for the first time since 2003; the seventh time in program history.

Junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey led Cal with her seventh double-double of the season as she logged 23 kills (7e, 57att, .281) and 10 digs. Murrey's performance moved her ahead of Morgan Cecil (1986-89) into 11th at Cal for career kills. She now has 1,059. When the dust settled, the Bears had handed the Huskies their first home loss of the season. The victory is also Cal's third in a row as the visiting team in Seattle.

The Bears were able to attack at a .216 rate in the match (50k, 21e) on 134 attempts as senior setter Carli Lloyd put up 37 assists. Lloyd turned in an all-around performance as she added four kills (0e, 10e, .400), a service ace, five blocks and a career-high matching 18 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. Her blocking total moved her ahead of Diana Yovino-Young (1984-87) into seventh at Cal in all-time career blocks with 359. She is the only setter among Cal's top ten.

Sophomore opposite hitter Correy Johnson added 11 kills for the Bears (6e, 25att, .200) and middle hitter Kat Brown led all players with seven blocks. Sophomore libero Robin Rostratter had 12 digs and two service aces and senior defensive specialist Meagan Schmitt tied her career high with 11 digs.

The Huskies were led by senior outside hitter Kindra Carlson's 22-kill evening (4e, 51att, .353). Carlson added 10 digs for a double-double and four blocks. Washington also relied on senior outside Becky Perry for offense as she logged 15 kills (9e, 41att, .146). Senior setter Jenna Hagglund dished out 45 assists to go with 10 digs as the Huskies posted a .212 hitting percentage (54k, 23e, 146att).

Washington never trailed in the first set as the Huskies posted a scorching .619 hitting percentage on 21 swings (13k) without an error. Three Washington blocks and three service aces allowed the Huskies to earn 19 of their points. The Bears had trouble defending Carlson as she unloaded with seven kills (0e, 8att, .875). On the other side of the net, Cal was able to nab 12 kills (6e, 26att) for a .231 attack rate, but errors and miscommunication left the Bears with little chance for a comeback in a 25-15 defeat. The Huskies went in front early, 12-7, but the Bears made a short run to pull within two points at 14-12 on a service ace by Rostratter. Washington then went on a 6-0 run on serves by sophomore middle blocker Kelcey Dunaway to lead, 20-12, before it finished the Bears off.

The Huskies led the second set by as many as seven points, but the Bears battled back to earn a 20-all tie as Murrey crushed a cross-court shot to the ground. Until then, Cal had registered just five kills and had five errors (.000). Six Washington service errors allowed Cal to climb back into the set, but it was Murrey who powered the Bears to their first lead since 4-3 with four kills in six plays. Washington responded to push Cal once more as Carlson logged her 15th kill of the evening to get the Huskies within one at 24-23. But Lloyd found Johnson running on a slide play to set the Bears' final point in a 25-23 come-from-behind victory. Cal finished with 11 kills (5e, 33att, .182) and four blocks while Washington earned 17 kills (8e, .231) on 39 attempts.

The third set saw six ties before the Bears took a 7-1 run on serves by Schmitt to lead, 13-7. Washington didn't waver as Perry put two shots off the Cal block to pull the Huskies within a point at 14-13; part of a 4-0 UW run. A couple of miscues by the Bears gave the Huskies a 17-16 lead, but Brown slammed an overplayed dig to the ground to give Cal a 20-19 lead. Brown got up on two blocks in a row to pull the Bears out to a 23-19 advantage. Murrey teed off on the Washington block to give Cal set-point before a UW error sealed its fate in a 25-21 loss. The Bears posted 12 kills (4e, 33att) for a .242 hitting percentage and held the Huskies to a .132 attack rate (13k, 8e) on 38 swings.

Cal maintained control of the fourth set as Murrey guided the Bears to a 25-21 win with eight kills (2e, 16att, .375) and a service ace. It was Murrey's ace that broke Cal free for a 5-3 lead. Lloyd's ace gave the Bears a four-point advantage at 13-9, but a pair of Perry kills got Washington within two points at 15-13. The Huskies stayed within striking distance even as Johnson's cut-shot put the Bears ahead, 21-18. A pair of Perry kills brought the Huskies to within two at 23-21, but Johnson fooled the Washington block with a tip-shot for set-point. The Bears won the final rally as freshman outside hitter Adrienne Gehan got up, high, to stuff an attack by Perry. Cal put up a .214 hitting percentage with 15 kills (6e, 42att) and held Washington to a match-low .083 rate (11k, 7e, 48att).

The Bears head out to the Palouse to face Washington State (6-17, 0-13 Pac-10) in a 7 p.m. PT match on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Bohler Gymnasium in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars fell in four sets to No. 2 Stanford, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, earlier tonight. Cal has won the last 15 matches against WSU. Please visit CalBears.com for more information.