Oct. 4, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California women's volleyball team (11-2, 2-2) was not able to break its losing streak against UCLA, falling to the No. 13 ranked Bruins (10-5, 3-2), 3-1 (31-29, 26-30, 30-21, 30-23) Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears were attempting to defeat UCLA in women's volleyball for the first time in school history and now have gone 0-43 versus the Bruins since the first match between the two schools in 1980.
Sophomore Mia Jerkov led the Bears with a team-high 21 kills and 20 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall also played well, collecting a .520 hitting percentage with 13 kills, no errors in 25 attempts. Junior setter Caity Noonan registered 51 assists for Cal. UCLA was paced by sophomore outsider Heather Cullen's 16 kills and sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman had a match-high 28 digs.
The Bears let their chance for an upset slip in the first game when they held a 29-23 advantage and were not able to put the game away, eventually losing 31-29. Cal did a nice job of bouncing back with a 30-26 win in game two, but the Bears were only able to get within 17-16 in game three and let UCLA break a 23-23 tie and go on a 7-0 run to win game four.
Cal will next host No. 1 ranked USC, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.