Sept. 19, 1997
Cal Beaten by No. 14 Texas A&M
South Bend, Ind. - When your team hitting percentage for a match is -.084 and the most kills that any member of your team has is seven, you're not likely going to win a volleyball match.
That's how things went for the Bears volleyball team as they fell to the 14th ranked Texas A&M Aggies 15-3, 15-4 and 15-8 in the first round of play at the Tournament of Champions at Notre Dame.
Despite Michelle Wickman's efforts with seven kills, eight digs and a .150 hitting percentage, all team highs, Cal couldn't overcome the superb play of the entire Aggies team. In particular the efforts of Kristie Smedstrud and Cindy Lothpeich, who had 10 kills apiece and hit .643 and .529 respectively. In fact, A&M hit .390 as a team to go along with 13 blocks, as opposed to Cal's 2 blocks.
Cal falls to 5-4 on the year and will look to rebound in round two of the tournament as they face off against New Mexico, a 15-6, 15-12, 15-12 loser to Notre Dame.