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Sports Shorts

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday September 10, 2001



The California women’s volleyball team (3-2) lost to Tennessee (4-1), 30-24, 30-28, 30-23, Saturday night in the championship match of the second annual Golden Bear Volleyball Classic in Haas Pavilion. In the earlier consolation match, Rice (4-3) defeated Florida Atlantic (0-6), 30-23, 30-25, 30-21.  

Tennessee’s Janelle Hester was the tournament MVP after recording 18 kills and a .361 hitting percentage (18 kills, five errors, 36 attempts) against the Bears. The Lady Volunteers were also led by Ariana Wilson’s 13 kills and .722 hitting percentage (13 kills, no errors, 18 attempts). Wilson joined Hester on the all-tournament team, along with senior setter Erica Lear.  

Cal was led by sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy’s 13 kills and junior Leah Young added 10 kills for the Bears. Abernathy, Young and senior setter Candace McNamee were all selected to the all-tournament team. It was the second year in a row McNamee has earned all-tournament honors at the Golden Bear Classic.  

The Bears will next begin Pac-10 play, facing Arizona State Friday, Sept.14 at 7 p.m. and No. 5 ranked Arizona Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Next weekend also marks the debut of Cal’s outstanding freshman Mia Jerkov, who is currently playing for her native Croatia at the World Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  


RANCHO CORDOVA – The California men’s cross country team won the Sacramento Invitational four-mile race Saturday at Lake Natoma. The Golden Bears posted 31 points to outdistance Santa Clara (43).  

The Santa Clara women (42 points) held off host Sacramento State (56) in the five-kilometer race. The Cal women finished third with 61 points.  

Martin Conrad paced the Cal men by finishing third in a time of 21:24. Santa Clara posted a one-two finish with Mike Helms placing first (20:59) and Thomas Chapman taking second (21:21).  

Also finishing in the top 10 for Cal were Adam Shaffer (6th, 21:29), John Burke (7th, 21:41) and Tyler Noesen (8th, 21:41). The Bears other scorer was David Spence, who finished 16th in 22:34.  

Cal’s Erin Belger took top honors in the women’s competition with a time of 18:44. St. Mary’s Allegra Porter clocked in just behind Belger in 18:50. Erin Donley and Sarah Buick were the Bears next best finishers, taking 11th (20:00) and 12th (20:26).  

Up next for Cal is the Fresno State Invitational, Sat., Sept. 15.  


STOCKTON – No. 4 Cal water polo jumped out to a 1-0 start Saturday, toping No. 10 Pacific 13-6 in Chris Kjeldsen Pool on the Pacific campus.  

After jumping out to an early lead, it looked as if Pacific might pose a threat to the Bears, the Tigers rallying from 2-0 and 4-1.  

In the third period, the Bears put the game away for good. Already holding a 6-2 lead, the Bears ran off 5 goals to Pacific’s 2 to push their lead up to 11-4.  

Joe Kaiser led the way for the Bears, notching 4 scores, and Mike West put away two.