SEATTLE – Bella Bergmark California recorded a career-best 16 kills with .517 hits as he gave Washington all he could handle in a 23-25, 25-20, 12-25, 23-25 loss at Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday night.
Claire Hoffman counted a game-high 17 kills for Washington (14-3, 7-2 Pac-12).
Cal made 54 digs into Washington’s 46.
How was it:
On offense, Cal got off to a strong start and went over .500 as a team, leading 14-11 at the start of the first game. The home team came out of the timeout and made the score 17, but Cal took a 20-19 lead after Grote used the block for a kill. Bergmark took the fifth inning to make the opening 23-22 Bears, but UW took the final three points to take a 1-0 lead in the game.
After reaching .310 as a team in the first, Cal stayed hot in the net to start the second as he started an 11-9 lead by Taumoepeau’s kill. The bears took back-to-back blocks from Bergmark and Annalea Maeder, outscored 15-10 at the media break and extended from there, outpacing a second 25-19 .364 offensive efficiency.
The Huskies responded from the first serve on the third run and had a 2-1 advantage with a 14-4 lead and a 25-12 win in the set when Cal used a timeout.
Once again, Cal fought back and took a 9-3 lead to open fourth in a kill from Schmidt to force the first UW timeout. Washington showed his courage there, but regained the advantage with 10 of the next 13 points and Cal could not close the gap as the Huskies took the set and the game.
Next: The Bears head to Washington State, 22 for 12 noon for the first time against the Cougars at the Bohler Gym on Sunday, October 24.