Friday, 22 September 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Bears Drop Pac-12 Opener – California Golden Bears Athletics


BERKELEY California volleyball incurred its first loss of the 2023 season on Tuesday night, falling to 11-1 after a 0-3 sweep by No. 4 Stanford in front of a sizeable Haas Pavilion crowd that included at least 1100 students – the program’s largest number in at least five years. The Golden Bears put on a gritty performance, holding the Cardinal (8-2) to their second-worst hitting percentage of the season at .228; however, the visitors posted a solid defensive outing of their own to keep Cal to .076 on the match.
Freshman Maggie Li led the court with 10 kills – her 10th double-digit performance this year – and added nine digs to her stat line. Junior Annalea Maeder posted her fifth double-double of the season (20 assists, 10 digs), while classmate Ellie Hamm recorded four blocks and senior Tara DeSa paced the team with 14 digs.
Stanford started off the match with two quick kills, but an aggressive slam from Li prevented the Cardinal from stringing together a true run; she later forced ties at 3-3 and 8-8, but Stanford soon found its footing and raced out to an eight-point lead (9-17). A big block from Hamm and redshirt sophomore Ava Mehrten, along with a solo stop from sophomore Mikayla Hayden, kept the Cardinal from increasing its advantage further; two points later, senior Sam Taumoepeau posted a kill and an ace to start a late 4-0 run from Cal. Eventually, Stanford put away Set 1, 18-25, marking the first time all season that the Bears had dropped a first set.

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