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Cal Volleyball vs. Furd in the Big Spike Gamethread

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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!

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