Sunday, 3 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Cal Rebounds With Sweep Of Arizona


TUCSON, Ariz. – California volleyball earned its fourth Pac-12 win of the season on Sunday afternoon, posting a 3-0 victory over Arizona at McKale Center to clinch the season sweep of the Wildcats. It was Cal’s (15-8, 4-8 Pac-12) first sweep of a Pac-12 opponent since Nov. 7, 2019, which also came in Tucson.
The Golden Bears enjoyed a solid day on both sides of the net, out-hitting the Wildcats (6-17, 1-11) .313 to .141. Junior Annalea Maeder led the court with 28 assists, raising her career count to 2,314 for eighth-most in program history, and added two aces, four kills, four digs and a block to Cal’s totals. Sophomore Sophie Scott continued her top-blocking ways with a court-leading six, while senior Tara DeSa paced both squads with 16 digs as the only player to reach double-digits. Once again, freshman Maggie Li led the squad’s offense with 10 kills, six of those coming in the first set.
Cal and Arizona kept trading points to start, but a pair of early scoring runs for the Bears allowed them to build a four-point lead at 12-8 and maintain that advantage all the way through the first set thanks in no small part to Arizona’s five service errors. The Wildcats forced a Cal timeout after cutting their deficit to one point at 18-17, but the Bears turned the momentum right back around with three consecutive points – a block and two kills – to trigger an Arizona timeout before eventually clinching set one, 25-20.
The second set was Cal’s best offensively, finding the hardwood…

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