When: 11 AM PT
TV/Online: Pac-12 Oregon (online for subscribers only)
Score update: Cal Volleyball twitter (@CalVolleyball)
Did you notice that it's the new Pac-12 Networks with a "S" there at the end for plural? Starting at 11 AM PT today, there will actually be TWO simultaneous Cal athletic events on the Pac-12 Networks. This is the thread for the Cal Volleyball match vs. Oregon State on the Pac-12 National. Over on Pac-12 Bay Area, it will be a huge soccer bout between No. 23 Cal Women's Soccer hosting No. 1 Stanfurd.
The volleyball Golden Bears are coming off a huge upset win over No.2 Oregon at Eugene on Friday night (during the same time as the football game) that may hopefully turn the season around. With that win, the Bears now have a much easier path to at least a .500 record (required to be considered for the NCAA tournament...Cal is currently on a school best 10 in a row streak). However, to achieve this, the Bears would need to take care of business in winnable matches like the one today against the Oregon State Beavers and their 3-10 conference record. The Beavers are in a midst of a 5 match losing streak.
Now before we feel too comfortable about this, it's probably prudent to remember that just last year when the Bears were like the Oregon of this year, achieving the highest ranking in program history, the Bears did at one point drop a surprising match at home; the culprits of that upset, were of course these Oregon State Beavers. On the more recent matchup this year, the Bears were able to sweep the Beavers in 3.
Bears welcomed back junior Adrienne Gehan back into the starting lineup (who was injured in the first set of the Oregon match earlier this year) on Friday and she responded with an efficient 15 kill, 7 digs, and 4 blocks performance. Bears were able to beat Oregon (who probably were looking past the Bears toward their match against Furd today) with some timely blocking. We would need more of that (and health).
ROLL ON YOU BEARS!