SALT LAKE CITY – After staving off 11 set points in the first set Thursday night, the third set was easy for the No. 22 Cal women’s volleyball team.
The Bears overcame a 24-19 deficit in the first set and a 24-20 disadvantage in the third to record a 31-29, 25-19, 28-26 Pac-12 Conference victory over Utah.
After Cal (15-7, 8-5 Pac-12) tied the first set up at 24-24, the Utes had five more set points before the Bears closed it out on a Utah attack error and a block by Lara Vukasovic and Christina Higgins. Cal erased the 24-20 deficit in the third, and then the Utes staved off three set points before the Bears polished off the match.
“Not only does it say a lot about our toughness and perseverance, but our mentality as a team,” said Cal sophomore outside hitter Michelle Neumayr, who had a career-high 12 kills. “We’re just a really calm and collected team. We come out and play the first point the same as when it’s 24-19. I think that really helped us with the comeback.”
“Getting through that first half of Pac-12 really gave me a taste of what it’s like,” Neumayr said. “I feel like I’m getting every day. Getting more experience under my belt has really helped me a lot.”