BERKELEY, Calif. — No. 1 Cal team successfully defended its home turf with a 3-1 victory against No. 2 Stanford in the 73rd Big Spike on Tuesday night.
The Golden Bears dropped the first set before storming back to win three consecutive sets (23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-21) en route to the match victory in front of a season-high 3,854 fans that absolutely rocked Haas Pavilion.
With the Pac-12 Conference opening win, Cal improves to 11-0 and 1-0 in conference play. The Bears dealt Stanford its first loss of the year, moving the Cardinal to 6-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12.
Tarah Murrey led her Bears with 15 kills for 17.0 and made 12 digs. Elly Barrett set a season and career high with 41 assists. Barrett also blasted her previous best of 10 digs in a match with 17 versus Stanford. Robin Rostratter also hit a career high of 29 digs, improving upon her prior career best of 27 and a previous season high of 19.
Set one was a see-saw battle that saw 13 ties and two lead changes before Stanford earned the 25-23 win. With the win in set one, Stanford stopped Cal’s 30-set winning streak, which was the best in Cal program history.
The Bears righted their course second set, opening on a 6-1 run and proceeding to lead for its entirety en route to a 25-16 set two win. In set three, the Cardinal built a 10-5 lead before it completely disintegrated, thanks to the Bears out hitting Stanford, .290 to -.025. Though the Cardinal out blocked the Bears in set four, Cal emerged victorious 25-21, with 14 kills spread amongst six different Bears.