Cal Volleyball vs. Furd in the Big Spike Gamethread

The Bears will look to defend their homecourt against Furd tonight in the Big Spike. - Cal Volleyball Twitter

One of the biggest match of the season for Cal Volleyball is also the Pac-12 opener. Can the Bears pull off a big upset over Furd to start out the season right? GO BEARS!

7:30 p.m. PT - No. 7 Stanford (7-2) at Cal (7-2)
Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif.
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Twitter
Cal All-Time Series vs. the Cardinal: 12-64

For some biased Furd coverage: KZSU will have the call

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From the weekly gamenote:

Big Spike History
The Cardinal leads the all-time series 64-12, but the rivalry has been much more competitive in recent years. Before last season, the Bears had won four in a row over Stanford and still have won six of the past 10 between the teams.

Probable 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 Conference kick off for Cal Volleyball tonight against Bay Area rival Stanfurd. Bears are coming off two disappointing upset losses after starting the year off with 22 straight set victories. A win tonight over Furd would be a great way to start conference play.

Bears got away from their solid fundamentals displayed earlier in the season.

From the Daily Cal article on tonight's Big Spike:

"There was a little uneasy feeling as soon as (the Aggies) were starting to get ahead, and we went into sort of a panic mode," said senior Adrienne Gehan. "It just can't happen again, and I don't think it will happen against Stanford."

"I think maybe there was an air of overconfidence against Davis," said Feller. "Hopefully (the lack of fluid passing) was a bit of an anomaly and something we just didn't take care of when we should have."

Furd's two losses came from 4 set losses to national title contenders Florida and Texas early in the year. The Cardinal did have some issue with St. Mary's in their last match (a 4 set win).

The 7th ranked Furd are led by returning first team All-Americans in senior Carly Wopat. The offense is led by setter Madi Bugg with 5 players averaging 2+ kills per set.

GO BEARS!

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