The Broncos committed nine of their season-high 15 service errors in the match??s first two frames, but rallied through game five, holding off one match-point opportunity for the Bears and serving twice for the victory, but was unable to overcome 17 California blocks, including the match-winner by Heather Diers and Jessica Zatica.
SCU took an early 6-2 lead to begin the night, but allowed Cal to take an early advantage and finished the frame with a kill from Leah Young, who finished with a career-high 19.
In game two, the reverse happened, with the Bears taking the early lead before two tough serves by sophomore setter Kelli Sousa forced Cal to return the ball over with easy bumps that set up two Broncos plays that resulted in kills by Muratore and senior outside hitter Merrin Thompson down the middle for a 17-16 lead. Cal tied it it again at 24 and used three blocks to close the frame with a two-game lead at intermission.
Sophomore middle blocker Becky Potter returned from the break on fire, and registered five kills and two blocks to begin the Bronco rally. Game four was much of the same, with the Broncos outhitting Cal .316 to .048 in the frame.
The Broncos took the early lead in game five, up 8-5 as the teams switched sides, but Bear Gabrielle Abernathy posted five kills as Cal rallied to tie the match at 8 and again at 11, 12 and 13. The Broncos held off one Cal match point with a kill by Potter and a back-row kill by Thompson set up SCU??s first match point. But Young answered it with a kill to tie the match at 15. Senior outside hitter Jami Bari recorded a kill off the block to set up a second Bronco match point, but an SCU serving error tied the match at 16, setting up Cal??s winning block.