It was all Golden Bears. Cal won the three sets 25-13, 25-18, 25-18, and other than briefly trailing in the second set 9-6, they were barely threatened. Carli Lloyd had her customary 38 assists. Tarah Murrey racked up 16 kills and a .382 attack rate. Adrienne Gehan (7 kills, .294 attack rate), Correy Johnson (6 kills, .429 attack rate), Shannon Hawari (6 kills, .750 attack rate), Kat Brown (5 kills, .308 attack rate) spread the wealth around on offense.
Cal had 43 kills to North Carolina's 32, and only 8 attack errors to North Carolina's 22. They also managed 55 digs to North Carolina's 39, led by 20 from Robin Rostratter, 10 from Lloyd, 9 from Murrey, and 5 from both Erin Freeman and Meagan Schmitt. The defense was where Cal made their presence felt--20 blocks for the Golden Bears (5 from Lloyd and Brown, 4 from Hawari), and only 2 for North Carolina.
The seventh seeded Golden Bears moves onto the third round in Seattle, where they'll take on the tenth seeded Minnesota Gophers. The road should only get tougher for Cal, and they'll need our support every step of the way. GO BEARS!
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This should be a stiffer test than Cal's first round beatdown of Utah State. GO BEARS!