Cal Volleyball @ UCLA on Pac-12 Network Open Thread

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#BeatLA is the hashtag of the weekend for the Cal Volleyball as they face both No.16 UCLA and No.2 USC while having to be at LA. Coming off their first conference win of the season with a 3 set victory over Arizona, can the Bears pull off a pair of upsets? GO BEARS!

UPDATE: Highlights from Pac-12 Networks


6 p.m. PT - Cal (8-3, 1-1 Pac-12) at No. 16 UCLA (9-4, 0-3)
Pauley Pavilion - Los Angeles, Calif.
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Audio: CalBears.com, Twiter: @CalVolleyball

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Yep, UCLA are 0-3 to start the conference. Between being beat by cross town rival USC to open the year, the Bruins lost a 5 setter to Colorado in Colorado. Unlike the Bears' schedule making this match their first of the week, the Bruins are actually playing their second of this week after being dominated in three sets by Furd on Wednesday night. This is either a great time or a bad time catch the Bruins.

After a shaky 3 match slide where their fundamentals betrayed them, the Bears appear to be back to form with the start of the conference play (even with a close 4 set loss to Furd at home). With the solid passing led by freshman libero Maddy Kerr, setter Joan Caloiaro is able to lead a balanced Cal offense that is not just Senior Adrienne Gehan.

UCLA's offense is run through freshman Jordan Robbins. Against Furd on Wednesday night, they never got on track and hit below 0.100 in the final two sets. National Champions two years ago, the Bruins still have seniors Kelly Reeves and Mariana Aquino who have the track record of being able to play at a very high level. It would be nice if they don't find their form for another week.

Probable Golden Bears 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.

GO BEARS!

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