Dec. 6, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Siena volleyball was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by California Friday evening in Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The Bears won 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-20) behind a .407 hit percentage. Junior Burgandy McCurty led all players with 16 kills.
Cal (24-6) won the first set 25-18 as they put away their first six attempts of the set and out-hit the Saints .355 to .185. Burgandy McCurty led the Saints with five kills in the first set. Cal's Carli Lloyd registered 14 assists.
The Bears jumped out to a 8-1 lead in the second set. Siena got it going with two kills from McCurty, one from Emily Kruglik and two Bears errors to make it 12-6. But Cal took over and finished the set 13-4 to win it 25-10. They finished 15 of their 21 attempts while Siena had seven kills and seven errors.
Siena (20-13) battled in the third set, keeping it close throughout, but lost 25-20.
Senior Emily Kruglik had six kills and a hit percentage of .462. Senior April London had 22 assists and finishes atop the school's record book with 5,356 for her career. Kau'i Robello added six digs, two kills and one assist. Senior Kelly Hummel had a game-high two aces.
Tarah Murrey and Hana Cutura led the Bears with 11 and 10 kills respectively.
Cal out-hit Siena .407 to .138 and held a 34-19 margin in digs.
Siena has never won a set or match in five NCAA appearances.
Cal moves on to play New Mexico State in the Second Round tomorrow night.