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Cal hopes to prolong hot start

Friday September 20, 2002

The Cal women’s volleyball team is undefeated this season – in fact, they haven’t even lost a game. At 9-0 with three tournament championships to their credit, the Bears are off to the best start in school history. But they face their biggest challenge of the season today when they face defending national champion Stanford. 

The Bears have been led by outside hitter Mia Jerkov, a sophomore who has won MVP honors at all three tournaments. A member of the Croatian national team, Jerkov has a team-high 152 kills and 21 service aces, both of which are the top marks in the Pac-10 as well. 

Stanford will be welcoming back USA team member Logan Tom, who has been away from the team due to national team commitments. Tom, last season’s college Player of the Year, is the most decorated player on a star-studded Stanford squad that is ranked fourth in the country. 

“We’re going to go down to Stanford and try to pull off a huge upset,” Cal head coach Rich Feller said Thursday. “We’ll try to take a game to start things off and go from there.” 

– Compiled from staff reports