Bears Cut Down Cardinal in 4

Cal continues dominant run through Pac-10 play with upset of No. 2 Stanford

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STANFORD, CALIF. - The No. 5 Cal volleyball team upset No. 2 Stanford in four sets (21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16) to claim first place in the Pac-10 outright on Friday night.

The Bears (18-1, 8-1 in the Pac-10) outplayed the Cardinal (16-2, 7-2) in every facet of the game - finishing with more kills, assists, digs and blocks - in front of a boisterous crowd of 4,681 at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.

"We're capable of playing like that," Cal coach Rich Feller said. "I think we frustrated them a little bit. They're not used to that."

Cal couldn't take advantage of six Stanford service errors in the first set; however, for the remaining three sets, it was all Bears.

A 7-0 run broke open the second set for Cal, but the Bears' momentum did not carry over to the third set, as they fell behind 6-12.

They chipped away at the lead and eventually tied it at 16 before taking the set.

The fourth frame started off close, but Cal took off in the middle of the set. The Cardinal were never competitive after narrowing the score to 11-10.

Stanford called two timeouts in the midst of 5-1 Bear run, yet neither quelled Cal's momentum.

The Bears continued diving for saves on its side

and smashing the ball onto the other, and with no timeouts remaining, Cardinal coach John Dunning could only watch as his squad lost its first home match of the season.

Cal out-dug and out-blocked Stanford - a difficult thing to do against any team, let alone the second best team in the country.

Senior setter Carli Lloyd was particularly impressed by the play of her freshman back row teammates.

"Adrienne (Gehan) and Erin (Freeman) ... They were digging balls like no other," Lloyd said of the two, who totaled 14 of Cal's 61 digs.

Outside hitter Tarah Murrey finished with a double-double. The junior smashed a team-high 21 kills to go along with 12 digs.

However, Murrey got plenty of help from her teammates. Four other Bears registered at least eight kills.


Jonathan Kuperberg covers volleyball. Contact him at [email protected]

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