No. 10 California downs No. 6 Stanford
Murrey leads charge for Golden Bears with 23 kills in victory
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 10 California repeated history on Friday night -- notching a 3-1 upset of sixth-ranked Stanford. Just as it went down in the first meeting of the year, the Cardinal took the first set before the Golden Bears came storming back with three consecutive set victories -- 24-26, 29-27, 25-23, 25-14.
"We were playing so consistently," Cal head coach Rich Feller said. "We weren't giving up any easy points. We made some adjustments on the block."
The match concluded the regular season for both squads with Cal finishing things out with a 26-6 overall record and a 16-6 Pac-12 record. The Cardinal end their conference season at 21-7 and 15-7 in the Pac-12.
Cal had three notch double-digit digs -- Robin Rostratter with 25, Marlee Davis with 16 and Erin Freeman with 11.
"Our defensive players really played really well," Feller said. "We were keeping balls in play, making good plays out of scramble plays so that wears you down after awhile."
Playing in her final conference match against the Cardinal, Tarah Murrey paced the Bears with 23 kills. Correy Johnson was next in line with 16 kills. Johnson and Kat Brown both hit .500. Shannon Hawari chipped in 12 kills, swinging .375. Brown and Hawari each amassed five blocks with Johnson adding four.
The Bears out hit the Cardinal .306-.233, and out blocked Stanford 11-7. There were 41 ties and 17 lead changes across the four sets of play.
After trailing for half of the first set, a pair of blocks from Correy Johnson and Kat Brown combined with a Stanford error made for a 24-22 Cal lead. But four unanswered points tied things at 24 and then solidified the 26-24 Stanford win. Set two saw four lead changes and 15 ties -- seven of which came after the teams broke the 20-point barrier -- before two Tarah Murrey kills broke a 27-27 stalemate to earn the 29-27 set victory for the Golden Bears to even the match at 1-1.
Following a 22-22 standoff in set three, the Bears forged ahead and never looked back to win 25-23 and move ahead 2-1 in the match. Set four was a Bear of a different color as Cal lead for the duration and the Bears played errorless ball in the final stanza.