Sabrina Blackwell (15) and Katarina Milosavljevic make up the Bears' No. 3 team.

Cal Continues Early-Season Homestand Against USF

Bears Welcome Dons To Clark Kerr Sand Courts For Friday Matinee
By Cal Athletics on Tue, March 18, 2014

Friday, March 21
3:30 p.m. PT - USF (0-0) at Cal (1-1)
Clark Kerr Sand Courts - Berkeley, Calif.

BERKELEY – The Cal sand volleyball team continues its inaugural season Friday when it hosts USF at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts. The Bears are coming off the first win in school history, a 5-0 sweep of San Jose State last Friday. Cal is playing its first season ever of sand volleyball, with a roster made up almost primarily of its indoor team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

The Format
NCAA sand volleyball competition consists of five doubles matches, with the school that wins at least three matches getting the overall victory. Matches are a best-of-three format, with the first two sets played to 21 points and a potential decisive third set played to 15. The teams switch sides after every seven points; five points in the third set.

Cal's Pairings
1. Adrienne Gehan (6-3, Sr., Dallas, Texas)/Joan Caloiaro (5-11, Sr., Saratoga, Calif.)
2. Sarah Cole (5-11, So., San Jose, Calif.)/Lara Vukasovic (6-5, So., Zagreb, Croatia)
3. Katarina Milosavljevic (6-1, So., Cupertino, Calif.)/Sabrina Blackwell (5-7, Fr., San Jose, Calif.)
4. Maddy Kerr (5-7, Fr., San Diego, Calif.)/Nikki Gombar (6-0, Fr., Rome, Italy)
5. Emily Lunt (5-8, Fr., Santa Barbara, Calif.)/Caroline Olson (5-9, Fr., La Quinta, Calif.)

Vukasovic/Cole Perfect So Far
Cal’s No. 2 team of sophomores Lara Vukasovic and Sarah Cole have yet to drop a set in two matches this season. In the Bears’ season-opener at Pacific, Vukasovic and Cole beat the Tigers’ Kimmy Whitson and Anne-Sophie Bauer, 21-16, 21-18. The duo then came back with a 21-14, 21-4 victory over San Jose State’s Lauren Jacobsen and Megan Powers last Friday.

Next Time
After a week off, the Bears will return to action on Friday, April 4 when they visit No. 10 Stanford at 4 p.m.

A Look At The Bears
The Bears’ lineup features an All-American and two other players that garnered All-Pac-12 honors during the 2013 indoor season. Senior Joan Caloiaro was an AVCA All-American honorable mention while senior Adrienne Gehan was named to the All-Pac-12 honors. Maddy Kerr was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Freshman Emily Lunt Team. Caroline Olson are the only players on the roster that don’t play for the Bears’ indoor squad.

Cal’s Indoor Team To Take European Tour
The Bears indoor team is taking an international trip to Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland next spring. The trip will be from May 24-June 7 and and Cal will play matches against various club and nationally sponsored teams from the different countries it visits, while getting a cultural education in the process. Under NCAA rules, teams are permitted to take a foreign tour once every four years. The tour will be paid for exclusively through fundraising efforts. To make a donation to Cal Volleyball, visit or contact Associate Director of Annual Giving Kevin McCormick at or 510-642-2427.


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