Freshman Sabrina Blackwell partners with sophomore Katarina Milosavljevic for the Bears.

Bears Host Santa Clara, Visit Sac St. To End 2014

Cal Plays Final Home Match Of Season Friday Against The Broncos
By Cal Athletics on Wed, April 16, 2014

Friday, April 18
4 p.m. PT - Santa Clara (6-8) at Cal (3-5)
Clark Kerr Sand Courts - Berkeley, Calif.

Saturday, April 19
At Sacramento State
2 p.m. PT - Cal vs. San Jose State (0-10)
5 p.m. PT - Cal vs. Sac State (2-8)
Sacramento Softball Complex - Sacramento, Calif.

BERKELEY – The inaugural season of Cal sand volleyball comes to a close this weekend when the Bears host Santa Clara in their final home match of the year Friday and then travel to Sacramento State on Saturday to take on San Jose State and Sac State. Cal and Santa Clara will meet at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts on Friday at 4 p.m. The Bears play the Spartans in Sacramento on Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by a match against the host Hornets at 5 p.m.

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; every 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. TBA

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 and Caroline Olson are the only players on the roster that don’t play for the Bears’ indoor squad.

Last Time
The Bears split a pair of matches last Saturday at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts, falling to Sac State 3-2 then coming back to edge Cal Poly, 3-2. Cal’s No. 3 team of Nikki Gombar and Maddy Kerr continued their surge with wins in both matches, and the pair has now won four of its past five, with its only loss coming to No. 9 Saint Mary’s. The Bears’ senior duo of Adrienne Gehan and Joan Caloiaro also took two matches Saturday, one at the No. 1 spot and one at the No. 2 spot. Sophomores Sarah Cole and Lara Vukasovic shared the 1 and 2 spots with Gehan/Caloiaro and split a pair of matches, winning against Cal Poly and dropping a tough three-set match against Sac State. Also Saturday, freshman Katie Curci made her college debut, teaming up with Emily Lunt in a loss against Sac State.


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