Volleyball Extends Perfect Start

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Six matches into the season, the Cal volleyball team has been perfect, literally.

The Bears (6-0) have not lost a single match, or a single game, and after winning the Gameworks Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. this weekend, they haven't lost a tournament, either.

"Our goal before the season was to go 9-0 (in non-conference play)," junior Jenna Grigsby said. "But we didn't expect to not lose a game. It's been unbelievable."

The Bears mowed through Texas Tech in in yesterday's title game, 30-22, 30-19, 30-22, to win Cal's second tournament in a row after taking the Golden Bear Invitational last weekend.

Sophomore Mia Jerkov dominated, finishing the tournament with 54 kills, 26 digs, seven service aces, and her second straight Most Valuable Player award of the season. Jerkov was the tournament MVP at last week's invite.

"Mia is awesome, she has just been playing really well," Grigsby said. "But she's not focusing on the kills-it's on the team effort."

Cal's Camille Leffall and Leah Young were selected to the All-Tournament Team along with Jerkov.

Cal began the tournament defeating host UNLV 30-22, 30-19, 30-23.

Junior Caity Noonan had a solid effort with a season-high 37 assists and three service aces.

"It's a great two weekends in a row," Noonan said. "The whole team's been playing pretty well. We are looking forward to 9-0."

The Bears came through with another straight-game win in the second game, dispatching Ball State 30-20, 30-19, 30-23.

Jerkov had 20 kills in the match, while Noonan eclipsed her season-high assists total from the match before, this time dishing out 49.

Defensive specialist Grigsby chipped in a team-high 12 digs, her own career best.

"We played pretty consistently," Cal coach Rich Feller said. "For the most part we executed our game plan. We still have some things we need to concentrate on, but if we continue to work hard, we will continue to get better."

The Bears are off to their best start since the 1993 season, when they started off 7-0, winning 21 straight games.

Cal will look to break that mark at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational in Dallas, Tex. this weekend.

The Bears are more than halfway to breaking the school mark of 11 consecutive wins, set during 1982 season when the Bears finished ninth in the nation.

"We want to finish this out," Grigsby said. "We want to go in there and not lose a match. But we won't be disappointed if we lose a game."


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