Sept. 30, 2012
Post Match Press Conference
TUCSON, Ariz. - Correy Johnson finished with a match-high 15 kills to lead California (8-6, 2-2 Pac-12) to a 3-1 (25-22, 13-25, 20-25, 14-25) victory over Arizona (9-6, 1-3 Pac-12) on Sunday inside the McKale Center.
Johnson had just one error on 24 swings for a .583 hitting percentage and finished with a match-high 16.5 points. Meanwhile, Cal out-hit Arizona .364 to .182 and out-blocked the Wildcats, 11-5.
Arizona sophomore Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the only Wildcat with double-figure kills as she finished with 14 for the match with nine digs. Rachel Rhoades (San Diego, Calif.) was the most efficient Arizona player in the match as she recorded eight kills on 15 swings with no errors for a .533 hitting percentage. Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) finished with a match-high 16 digs to lead the Arizona defense.
The Wildcats got off to a bit of a sluggish start in the first set as they trailed by as much as six at 21-15. However, they quickly turned it around as they won nine consecutive points to take a 24-21 advantage. After Cal ended the run with a point to make it 24-22, Kingdon clinched the set for the Cats with a kill.
Cal opened the second set on a 13-3 run and the Wildcats were never able to get back into it. The Bears cruised to a 25-13 victory in the set to tie the match at a set apiece. Cal hit .385 in the set and Arizona was absolutely shut down as the Cats hit -.032 in the frame.
The two teams battled neck and neck through the early portion of the third set to a 9-9 tie. Cal broke the tie with three consecutive points to take the 12-9 advantage. Arizona was never able to put a rally together as Cal went on to take the set, 25-20. The Golden Bears hit a strong .436 in the set.
Much like the third set, Cal jumped out to a decisive early lead that Arizona was never able to overcome. Cal led 15-6 to start the set and the Bears went on for a 25-14 victory to clinch the match.
The Wildcats hit the road for the first time in Pac-12 play with a trip to Los Angeles to face USC and UCLA next weekend.
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