Cal Volleyball vs. Washington on Pac-12 Networks Open Thread

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Another week of Pac-12 Volleyball, another ranked opponents for the Bears. The formerly 1st but now 6th ranked Washington Huskies will host our sturdy Golden Bears tonight. Can the Bears pull off another road upset win? GO BEARS!

7:30 p.m. PT - Cal (10-5, 3-3 Pac-12) at No. 6 Washington (13-1, 5-1)
Alaska Airlines Arena - Seattle, Wash.
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Audio: CalBears.com, Live Stats, Twitter: @CalVolleyball
Cal All-Time Series vs. the Huskies: 29-31
Last meeting: L, 3-2 (11-7-2012)

Bears were only able to split their two matches at home last week, against Colorado (3-0 win) and Utah (1-3 loss). This week, the Bears travel up to Washington state for matches against University of Washington tonight and Washington State on Saturday night (same time as the Football game). According to senior Outside HItter Adrienne Gehan's blog, the Bears are missing "four days of school (during midterms)".

The Washington Huskies only have one loss this season, which took place in the altitude of Boulder, Colorado. Not surprisingly, given their success, the Huskies are 2nd in the country with 1.98 and 7th in hitting percentage with 0.309.

The key for the Bears, is to return to the solid play that was amiss in Sunday's Utah match. With the solid blocking from the Utes, the Bears appeared flustered after having their hitting attempts blocked. If the Bears can show the same intangibles as they had down in LA two weeks ago, showing the same fight and mental toughness even if they fall behind, they just might be able to surprise UW.

Probable Cal Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown
12 Joan Caloiaro S 5-11 Sr. Saratoga, Calif.
5 Adrienne Gehan OH 6-3 Sr. Dallas, Texas
18 Michelle Neumayr OH 6-1 So. San Mateo, Calif.
23 Christina Higgins OPP 6-2 Jr. Inglewood, Calif.
1 Lillian Schonewise MB 6-3 So. Papillion, Neb.
4 Lara Vukasovic MB 6-5 So. Zagreb, Croatia
9 Maddy Kerr L 5-7 Fr. San Diego, Calif.

Pac-12 VolleyBALL STANDINGS

Teams Conf Overall
USC 6-0 16-1
STANFORD 5-1 12-3
WASHINGTON 5-1 13-1
ARIZONA 3-3 13-5
CALIFORNIA 3-3 10-5
COLORADO 3-3 11-5
OREGON 3-3 10-6
UTAH 3-3 14-4
ARIZONA STATE 2-4 13-5
WASHINGTON STATE 2-4 15-4
UCLA 1-5 10-6
OREGON STATE 0-6 9-8

More Cal Volleyball 101:

This week, it's Outside Hitter Michelle Neumayr talking about serving:

And in case you missed it last week, Lara Vukasovic describe the role of the Opposite (which is held by Christina Higgins this season).

GO BEARS!

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