Women's Volleyball vs. Arizona 9/30/11

Above the Net

Around the Pac-12 There were no real surprises around the Pac-12 this weekend, which is reflected in the national polls. Five of the six of the Pac-12 squads held their positions in the coaches’ poll, including four in the top five. Despite winning both weekend tilts against Arizona State and
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Volleyball vs. ASU

Higgins shines as Bears survive desert storm

When Adrienne Gehan went down with an ankle injury on Sept. 16 against Colorado, outside hitter Christina Higgins knew she had to be the one to fill the void. “I felt like it was my chance to step up,” Higgins said This weekend, the freshman proved that she is more
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Bears maul Wildcats in straight-set win

It’s rare that Cal volleyball coach Rich Feller gets fired up on the sidelines. As an Arizona pass off a Christina Higgins slam fell out of bounds near his feet, the calm and collected coach let out a roar with an emphatic fist pump. Higgins’ violent swing knotted up the
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Volleyball vs. Colorado

Bears turn inward after crushing losses

Coming off its first two losses of the season, the No. 4 Cal volleyball team added another layer of training this week — and another coach. In addition to honing their technical skills, the Bears are focusing on their psychological approach to the game with the help of mental training
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After two losses this weekend, Cal places fourth in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.

Pac-12 Power Rankings

No. 1: UCLA (11-2, 4-1 in the Pac-12) It’s hard to imagine a more perfect start to the 2011 season than what the Bruins have orchestrated. Two weeks after dismantling rival USC on its home court, then-No. 7 UCLA played host to No. 1 Cal and No. 2 Stanford and
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Bears see no mercy in City of Angels

Trailing USC two sets to none, the No. 1 Cal volleyball team found itself down 14-13, looking for any opportunity to claw its way back into the match. When the Trojans sent over a ball that should have been an easy dig for libero Robin Rostratter, the Bear’s defensive leader
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No. 1 Bears suffer season’s first loss

For the second consecutive year, USC handed the Cal volleyball team its first loss of the season. On Friday night, the No. 7 Trojans swept the No. 1 Bears, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Cal (13-1, 3-1 in the Pac-12) struggled to gain any momentum
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The Big Spike Cal vs Stanford womens volleyball

Extra tidbits for Cal’s matchup with USC

Gehan Injury Update: Adrienne Gehan suffered a dislocated left ankle last Friday night against Colorado. An MRI revealed ligament damage, though she did not break anything. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter is on crutches with a boot on her foot.

The Bears, who sit atop the Pac-12 standings, are leading the conference in hitting percentage.

No. 1 Bears head to L.A. for first Pac-12 trip

Memories of the Galen Center on the USC campus are particularly vivid for some members of the Cal volleyball team. “We had match point,” junior Correy Johnson said. “And we lost it ourselves. We had a hitting error into the net on match point.” The Trojans handed the Bears their
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The Big Spike Cal vs Stanford womens volleyball

Extra points from Cal’s weekend wins

Recharging batteries The Bears wrapped up a seven-game home stand that spanned eight days on Saturday with a win over Utah. While Cal has only dropped one set this year – the first against Stanford last Tuesday – the Bears looked sluggish against the Utes and Colorado this weekend.