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Cal Volleyball vs. Santa Clara Gamethread

Winner of 18 straight sets to open the season, the Bears will look to continue their early dominance. Up next for the Golden Bears tonight are the Santa Clara Broncos as the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational continues.


7 p.m. PT - Santa Clara (4-3) vs. No. 23 Cal (6-0)
Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif.
Cal All-Time Series vs. the Broncos: 31-7
Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (9-14-2007)

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Cal Volleyball easily dispatched Cal Poly on Thursday night in 3 sets. Up next are the Santa Clara Broncos who defeated Kansas State (Cal's opponent on Saturday) in 3 sets on Thursday. Can the streaking Bears (18 straight sets to open the season) make it 21 in a row?

A quick recap of Thursday's action against Cal Poly (coached by former Cal Assistant Coach Sam Crosson):
Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan had 16 kills and 9 digs and junior opposite hitter Christina Higgins added 10 kills and four blocks as Cal beat the Mustangs, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16 during the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational.
The much more consistent play of the Bears this season have been attributed to the stabilization in the back row.

The Bears, who have yet to drop a set this season, are now hitting .349 as a team. A primary reason for the efficient offense has been pinpoint passing from Kerr, Gehan, Michelle Neumayr, Mary McKennon and Sarah Cole in the back row.

"Without the passing, we wouldn’t be successful whatsoever," said Cal senior setter Joan Caloiaro, who dished out 27 assists. "I made sure I told the passers the reason we are doing so well is because of them. I barely have to move and there are plenty of options. That’s why we are doing really well."

Looking slightly ahead, the Bears will open up conference play in 1.5 week at home against Furd in another edition of the Big Spike (on Pac-12 Networks). We shall see if the Bears are good enough to make a lot of noise in the conference and contend for the conference crown.