Spikers End Season With Tourney Title





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Cyndi Lauper must have had the Cal volleyball team in mind when she wrote her classic, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

"Fun" was the only word that Bears sophomore Reena Pardiwala could use after her team's 3-0 victory in the championship game of the UNM/Domino's Albuturkey Classic this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M.

"We were playing like we just wanted to have fun," Pardiwala said. "It was our last game and the fact that we went out well - that's what made it fun."

The Bears (13-15, 6-12 in the Pac-10) won the tournament by beating Northern Arizona Friday night and host New Mexico Saturday.

The Lobos (10-17, 5-9 in the Mountain West Conference) were swept, 3-0 (15-9, 15-8, 16-14) due mostly to the stellar play of Cal senior Alicia Perry.

Perry, who was named to the all-tournament teams of both tourneys the Bears played in this season, was selected the Most Valuable Player in this one.

"(This tournament) was a great way to end the season and the career of Alicia Perry," Cal coach Rich Feller said.

Perry earned the honors by leading the Bears with 16 kills and 14 digs against UNM. She finishes her career as the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 kills (1348) and 1,000 digs (1131).

But Perry was not the only reason the Bears rolled over the Lobos. Other Bears stepped in to seal the victory, especially in the third and final game.

Pardiwala, who was also named to the all-tournament team, finished with 13 digs, five block assists and 11 kills on .667 hitting. Leah Young added 10 kills and five block assists.

.But while it may have been a fun game, it was also close at times.

The Bears built a healthy 7-2 lead that withered away to an 8-8 tie in the first game. But three kills and a block by Young helped spark a 7-1 run that finished the game.

In the second game, the Bears had a 12-1 lead which was almost squandered as the Lobos brought it back to 13-8. But a Cal timeout brought its focus back, and the Bears scored twice more to seal the game.

But the third game came down to the wire. New Mexico had a 14-10 lead, but lost five different chances to score the game point.

"We realized it was coming down to the close," setter Candace McNamee said. "The chance to close it in three - that just made it all even sweeter."

The game was finally put away on a pair of blocks by Perry and a kill by Pardiwala.

"We were out there to play volleyball and have fun doing it," Pardiwala said. "It was a nice way to end the season."

On Friday night against Northern Arizona, the Bears chopped down an outmatched Lumberjacks team, 3-0 (15-7, 15-12, 15-9). Perry led the Bears again with 12 kills and 14 digs. Pardiwala added 12 digs and 7 kills on .417 hitting.

"We were expecting them to be a strong team," Young said. "They ended up being easier than we thought. We were very prepared and played really well."

CAL SIGNS BALKAN RECRUIT

Cal coach Rich Feller announced that 6-foot-3 outside hitter Mia Jakov signed a National Letter of Intent last week.

The native of Split, Croatia, will join Cal next season after spending two years with the Croatian Junior National Team and a year with the Senior National Team.

She has competed in several Junior World Championships in addition to this past summer's World Championship in Japan.

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