The Bears wrapped up their inaugural season Saturday with a pair of wins.
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Bears End Inaugural Season On High Note

Cal rolls past San Jose State, Sac State
By Cal Athletics on Sat, April 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO – The Cal sand volleyball team closed out the first season in school history on a high note Saturday, winning matches against San Jose State and Sac State at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

The Bears (5-6) defeated San Jose State 5-0 and Sac State 4-1.

Cal’s No. 2 team of sophomores Sarah Cole and Lara Vukasovic and No. 3 pairing of sophomore Nikki Gombar and Maddy Kerr didn’t drop a set all day, although Cole and Vukasovic were pushed hard by the Hornets’ Madeline Cannon and Sloan Lovett before prevailing 28-26, 21-19. Gombar and Kerr breezed to their two victories and finished the season having won seven of their final eight matches.

Seniors Adrienne Gehan and Joan Caloiaro, who make up Cal’s No. 1 team, finished their careers with a pair of victories as well. The duo was pushed to three sets by San Jose State before finally prevailing, 21-15, 19-21, 15-12 and then won in straight sets against the Hornets.

Most of the team also plays on the Bears’ indoor team, and the players will now get back into the gym to complete their spring workouts. After the spring semester concludes, the Bears will reconvene to prepare for their European tour. Cal will visit Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia from May 24-June 7 and play matches against various club and nationally sponsored teams. The trip is being paid for exclusively through fundraising efforts. To make a donation to Cal Volleyball and help support the Bears on this educational experience, click here or contact Associate Director of Annual Giving Kevin McCormick at or 510-642-2427.


Cal 5, San Jose State 0

No. 1: Adrienne Gehan/Joan Caloiaro (Cal) d. Megan Powers/McKensie Palassou, 21-15, 19-21, 15-12

No. 2: Sarah Cole/Lara Vukasovic (Cal) d. Lauren Jacobsen/Cori O’Donoghue, 21-9, 21-19

No. 3: Maddy Kerr/Nikki Gombar (Cal) d. Tyanna Roy/Kiely Pieper, 21-17, 21-16

No. 4: Sabrina Blackwell/Katarina Milosavljevic (Cal) d. Lindsay Skadeland/Sabrina Webb, 21-13, 21-14

No. 5: Emily Lunt/Caroline Olson (Cal) won by forfeit


Cal 4, Sac State 1

No. 1: Adrienne Gehan/Joan Caloiaro (Cal) d. Kayla Beal/Katie Aprile, 21-17, 22-20

No. 2: Lara Vukasovic/Sarah Cole (Cal) d. Madeline Cannon/Sloan Lovett, 28-26, 21-19

No. 3: Maddy Kerr/Nikki Gombar (Cal) d. Lauren Aikels/Chelcy Motes, 21-13, 21-10

No. 4: Morgan Stanley/Kendall LaVine (SJS) d. Katarina Milosavljevic/Sabrina Blackwell, 21-18, 16-21, 15-7

No. 5: Emily Lunt/Katie Curci (Cal) d. Lexie Skalbeck/Courtney Dietrich, 21-15, 21-16



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