World news – Cal volleyball stays at the end of Pac-12 looking for the first win against Arizona State


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There is no single definition of what a great team is and no perfect formula for how to make one. But one thing that is absolutely necessary is to have people who understand others and are good at working with them.

And as the weeks go by and Cal volleyball continues to sit on the end of the Pac-12, one thing for sure can be said about the team: It has phenomenal team chemistry.

« Our communication, the way we work with each other is incredible. I have the feeling that I can challenge my teammates and they can challenge me, and it’s become that culture that we’re here, doing that for each other and leaving everything on the pitch. « said outside batsman Makana Meyer.

While the team’s communication has grown significantly throughout the season, it has Cal was not enough last weekend as both games were lost to Oregon State. Those losses may have been tough, but the games were definitely exciting.

On Friday, Blue and Gold lost in an exciting M atch with just five sentences. After the bears had won the first set with 25:22, the beavers grabbed a massive lead and took the second set with 25:13. In the third set there were several back and forth rallies, with the OSU participating 25:19 emerged victorious. Unlike previous games where they had a tendency to run out of steam, the Bears refused to step back and grabbed the fourth set at 25:20.

The fifth set was thrilling as the ball got down (and the score) moved back and forth and the fate of the game was uncertain. The final kill of the match by middle blocker Lydia Grote was followed by two consecutive points from the Beavers, who won the set at 16:14.

However, it was a big night for libero Jessica Houghton. Houghton dug 20 balls at field level, underscoring the teams’ efforts to improve serve.

On Sunday, Grote scored a match high of 16 kills, building their lead for the team’s top kills this season out. Still, it wasn’t enough when OSU beat Cal 3-0.

OSU newcomer Anastasija Svetnik was named Pac-12 Newbie of the Week for her performance at Haas. Svetnik is the second OSU newcomer this season to receive this award. Mychael Vernon, who scored 18 kills on Friday, was the first.

Next weekend, Blue and Gold will have another chance of victory when they face the State of Arizona. The team will head to the Desert Financial Arena for a double game on Friday at 2pm. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

Last weekend, the two teams sat together at the end of the Pac-12, where they will stay this weekend.

But as always, the bears are focused on running on their side of the Network rather than worrying about others.

« Volleyball is ultimately a very reactionary game because you have a network that separates your team from the other team, so you can’t physically force them to do anything You just have to react to what they give you, « Meyer said.

Although the Sun Devils have a slightly higher hit percentage, 0.187 versus 0.135, and 2-10 versus the 1-13 record are the bears, neither team has a clear edge on paper when the weekend goes ahead.

« We’re all just looking for a win and I think we really have some in the coming weeks good opportunities to get one, « said Grote.

This weekend you can e would be their best chance so far, as blue and gold want to take home their second win of the season.

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