Bears Easily Dismiss Oregon





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At least some seniors at Cal will end their careers with a win at home this year.

The Cal volleyball team (11-15, 6-12 in the Pac-10) finished up its last homestand with a quick 3-0 win against Oregon. The Ducks (10-17, 2-16 in the Pac-10) fell in under an hour and a half to a very powerful, very focused Bears' squad Friday night.

"This was a great way to go out," senior Alicia Perry said. "We all played really well and just focused on what we had to do."

Perry was one of three Cal players who played at home for the last time. Laurel Kokaska and Tala Banatao were also saying farewell to a very enthusiastic crowd in the Recreational Sports Facility Field House.

"The fans here have always been great," Kokaska said. "There's nothing like the RSF crowd."

Perry led Cal with 14 kills and nine digs, finally getting back to her usual productive self. Also helping the Bears was junior Candace McNamee, who added 11 kills on an amazing .833 hitting percentage. This was the second game in a row that McNamee has been outstanding, the last being a triple-double against Oregon State.

The first game against the Ducks was barely worth calling a game. Cal finished with a 15-2 win and held Oregon to a .000 hitting percentage. The Ducks had seven kills and seven errors on 29 attempts and could barely manage to stay with a Bears team that hit a blistering .394.

The second game was less lopsided, with a 15-6 final outcome. While Oregon still hit a dismal .100, it was not as bad as the first game.

The excitement and intensity came to a crescendo in the final game, a 15-9 decision. The momentum was clearly in Cal's favor, mostly due to an amazing feat of athleticism by sophomore Leah Young.

On a misdirected dig, Young sprinted out of bounds and dove, making a one-handed save to keep the ball alive. Then, still on the same play, Young took a set from McNamee and placed a kill perfectly between two blockers and into the wide-open middle of the floor.

"After I dove, I just didn't want them to get the chance to score," Young said. "I went up for the kill and just thought, 'Make sure you get this one in.'"

Young finished with 11 kills on .471 hitting, the second game in a row that she has had more than 10 kills and hit above .450.

Cal finished its Pac-10 play tied for seventh overall. Oregon State also finished 6-12 this season.

While it is unlikely that they will receive a berth in the NCAA Tournament, the Bears still have several more games to play. The fate of the season does not rely on this week's tournament, but it is still important for team morale.

The Bears travel to New Mexico to play in the UNM-Domino's Albuturkey Classic, Nov. 24-25. They will face Northern Arizona Friday night at 5 p.m. If Cal wins, they will face the winner of the New Mexico-USF match.

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