Palo Alto grad Rich Feller recorded his 600th career coaching victory as the California women's volleyball team downed North Carolina, 25-20, 25-28, 25-20, in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night in Madison, Wisc.
The Bears (18-12) reached the second round for the first time since earning their way to the championship match in 2010. The Tar Heels beat Cal in each of the past two NCAA tournaments.
California meets national No. 12 seed Wisconsin, which swept Milwaukee earlier in the day, on Saturday night for berth in the Illinois Regional, set to begin Dec. 13 in Champaign, IL.
The Bears were one of eight Pac-12 Conference schools to win their opening round game. Arizona State was the first casualty, losing in five sets to BYU on Friday.
Washington powered past Alabama State, Arizona downed New Mexico State, Oregon beat Miami, USC topped New Hampshire, Colorado defeated Iowa and Utah bettered Yale.
Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Neumayr, a resident of nearby Burlingame, led Cal with 11 kills and recorded a .391 hitting percentage.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper and her UCLA teammates are headed for the national championship match after getting by top-ranked Virginia in penalty kicks on Friday.
The Bruins (21-1-3) won the tiebreaker 4-2 to advance to face Florida State (23-1-3) on Sunday in the championship game. The Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in the first semifinal.
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