Monday, 11 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Bears Host Oregon State, No. 6 Oregon

Bears Host Oregon State, No. 6 Oregon

Cal defeated Oregon State and lost to Oregon in their last meeting with the Beavers and Ducks.

Cal Looks To Get Back On Track At Home

BERKELEY – California volleyball will host its final two-game homestand this week with a pair of competitive opponents coming to town. The Golden Bears (15-10, 4-10 Pac-12) will face Oregon State (9-15, 4-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT for its annual Military Tribute Night, followed by a matchup with No. 6 Oregon (21-4, 11-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Fans can watch Thursday’s match on Pac-12 Bay Area. There will be no stream on Saturday.
Cal is 51-30 all-time against the Beavers, including a five-set win earlier this year in Corvallis, Oregon. In that matchup, Oregon State outside hitter Mychael Vernon led both teams with 23 kills; she currently ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 344 on the year. The Beavers have proven themselves a tough out this season, having forced five sets in 10 matches this year and securing a win over then-No. 6 Washington State on the road. They are one of the conference’s top statistical teams in digs (second), kills (third) and assists (third).
The Bears lead the all-time series over the Ducks, 53-34, but have lost the past eight of those matches. Oregon is on a four-game winning streak and ranks among the nation’s top-10 squads with 14.16 kills per set, 13.21 assists per set, 2.78 blocks per set and a .289 hitting percentage. Four Ducks rank among Division I’s top-50 players in a combined seven statistical categories, including middle blocker Kara McGhee, who posted 14 kills on .667 hitting against Cal in the last matchup between the two teams to bolster her top-four season percentage of .444.
Cal’s last win against a top-10 team at home was on Oct. 14, 2011 with a four-set victory over No. 2 Washington. Their last overall top-10 victory happened one year later on Nov. 2, 2012 against No. 2 Oregon, which went to five sets.
Freshman outside hitter Maggie Li has already cemented her name in the Cal record books as she is the first player in program history to win Pac-12 honors in consecutive weeks, as well as the Bears’ first five-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. She earned Cal’s first Pac-12 weekly honor since 2019 – and its first rookie honor since 2018 – after the Bears’ first three matches of…

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