Cal Volleyball (3-2) Hosts Arizona State (4-3) and No. 3 Ranked Arizona (5-0)
Sept. 10, 2001
Sept. 14 vs. Arizona State, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Sept. 15 vs. Arizona, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (29-32 at Cal, career 328-199, .622) is in his third season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller took over the Bears coaching reins when he was hired in December 1998. He came to Cal after a stint as an assistant coach on the USA National Team and 14 years as head coach at Colorado State (1983-96) where he led the Rams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 Top 25 national rankings. Feller earned his 300th career victory when the Bears defeated Denver, 3-1, Sept. 4, 1999.
BEAR NOTES: The California women's volleyball team (3-2), fresh off of placing second at its own Golden Bear Volleyball Classic last weekend, opens Pacific-10 Conference play this Friday at 7 p.m. against Arizona State and Saturday night at 7 p.m. against No. 3 ranked Arizona at Haas Pavilion.The Bears have now placed second in two tournaments this season, Sept. 2 at the IKON Husky Classic in Storrs, CT, losing to host UConn, 3-2, and last weekend falling to Tennessee, 3-0, during the Golden Bear Classic final.Cal had three players, senior setter Candace McNamee, junior outside hitter Leah Young and sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, selected to the Golden Bear Classic all-tournament team. The Bears defeated Florida Atlantic, 3-0, in the opening round Sept. 7, before falling to Tennessee in the championship match. McNamee tallied 73 assists in the two matches, while Young and Abernathy combined for 42 kills. It was the second year in a row McNamee was a Golden Bear Classic all-tournament selection and McNamee and Abernathy were all-tournament at the IKON Husky Classic.The ASU, Arizona matches will mark the debut of Cal's 6-3 Croatian standout Mia Jerkov. Jerkov has yet to play for the Bears because of her commitment to playing for both the Croatian National and Junior National teams. As the team captain for Croatia's Junior National Team, she was the leading scorer (74 points, 61 kills, seven service aces and six blocks), during the preliminary rounds (four matches) of the 2001 World Junior Championships last week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Jerkov has been a member of the Croatian Junior National Team since 1998 and a member of the Croatian National Team since in 2000. She competed in this past summer's World Cup in Japan and was named the Best Under 18 Attacker for Croatia in both 1999 and 2000.Cal has been paced by middle blockers Reena Pardiwala and Camille Leffall. Pardiwala had 16 kills and four service aces, while Leffall added 15 kills during the Golden Bear Classic. Leffall is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.507) and ninth in blocks per game (22, 1.22). Pardiwala is currently second in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (18, 0.67) and fifth in hitting percentage (.440). McNamee is third in the conference in assists per game (237, 13.17).
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 10-24 all-time record against Arizona State (4-3). Last season the Bears won 3-1 Sept. 29 at ASU and lost, 3-0, Oct. 28 at Cal. ASU is led by 6-2 junior middle blocker Julia Leddy (82 kills, .403 hitting percentage). Sun Devil head coach, Patti Snyder-Park, was an assistant at Cal from 1984-88. The Bears have a 6-26 all-time record against No. 3 ranked Arizona (5-0), last defeating the Wildcats, 3-0, Oct. 27, 1995 in Tucson, AZ. Arizona is led by 6-2 junior outside hitter Lisa Rutledge (69 kills, .380 hitting percentage).
2001 Player Notes
CAL CAREER LEADERSKills Name Total Years1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-892. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-903. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00
Attempts Name Total Years1. Lisa Arce 4801 1987-902. Tiffany Rochelle 4772 1986-893. Alicia Perry 3729 1997-00
Digs Name Total Years1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-902. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-893. Jessica Dinaberg 1238 1994-97
Hitting Percentage Name Total Years1. Sylvie Monnet .293 19832. Reena Pardiwala .273 1998-3. Wei Meng .256 1985-86
GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Leads the Bears and is seventh in the Pac-10 in kills per game (76, 4.22)...was named to the Golden Bear Classic All-Tournament team after tallying 24 kills in the two matches...had a career-high four service aces Sept. 8 versus Tennessee...was named to the IKON Husky Classic All-Tournament team Aug. 31-Sept. 2... has led Cal in kills in each of the team's first five matches of the season...had a season-high 22 kills in the IKON Husky Classic final versus UConn...started last season being named to the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invitational all-tournament team in Reno, NV.
REENA PARDIWALA: Leads Cal and is second in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (12, 0.67) and is fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.440)...had 16 kills and four service aces last weekend at the Golden Bear Classic, including an impressive .714 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 14 attempts) Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic...recorded 39 kills and had a .441 hitting percentage at the IKON Husky Classic...also led the Bears with eight service aces and recorded 33 digs at UConn...had a team-high 15 kills Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire and a team-high 19 digs and .591 hitting percentage (14 kills, one error, 22 attempts) Sept. 1 versus Massachusetts...is currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list with a .273 hitting percentage...had a school record single season .298 hitting percentage (219 kills, 80 errors, 466 attempts) and had a team-high 95 total blocks last season.
CANDACE MCNAMEE: Tallied 73 assists and was a member of the Golden Bear Classic all-tournament team for the second year in a row...is third in the Pac-10 in assists per game (237, 13.17) and ninth in service aces per game (eight, 0.44)...was named all-tournament at the IKON Husky Classic at UConn, finishing the three matches with 164 assists, seven service aces and 10 kills...had a .556 hitting percentage (five kills, no errors, nine attempts) with 54 assists Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...had 60 assists and tied a career-high with four service aces Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...has had three triple-doubles in her college career...currently has 2901 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list.
LEAH YOUNG: Was named to the Golden Bear Classic All-Tournament team after recording 16 kills, including 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage (10 kills, two errors, 20 attempts) in the championship match against Tennessee...it was the first all-tournament honor of her college career...had 39 kills and 23 digs at the IKON Husky Classic...recorded 14 kills with a .423 hitting percentage (14 kills, three errors, 26 attempts) Sept. 1 against Massachusetts...also had 14 kills and a career-high two service aces and 11 digs Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...is currently third on the team with a .271 hitting percentage (55 kills, 16 errors, 144 attempts).
CAMILLE LEFFALL: Leads the Bears and is currently second in the Pac-10 with a .507 hitting percentage (40 kills, six errors, 67 attempts)...also leads Cal and is ninth in the conference in blocks per game (22, 1.22)...had an impressive .833 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 12 attempts) Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic...also had a career-high eight total blocks against FAU...in first collegiate match Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire, recorded a .667 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 15 attempts) and had four total blocks...had a .438 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 16 attempts) with seven total blocks Sept. 2 versus Connecticut.
ASTRID GONZALEZ: In first collegiate match after redshirting last season, had a team-high 17 digs Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...currently leads the team with 47 digs and recorded nine kills Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire and Sept. 2 versus Connecticut.
CAITY NOONAN: Is ninth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (44, 2.93)...had a team-high 15 digs Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic, despite leaving the match early in the third game with an injured left knee (status TBA)...had three service aces in the season opener Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...recorded 13 digs Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...is currently 10th on the Cal career assist list with 835 assists.
ASHLEIGH TURNER: Had 25 digs and recorded three service aces during the IKON Husky Classic...had two service aces Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire and had 11 digs Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...led the Bears with 31 service aces last season as a freshman.
2001 University of California Volleyball Season Highs
TEAMKills 71 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 189 at Connecticut, 9/2Hitting Pct. .354 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Assists 63 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 12 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 78 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 4 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Assists 12 at UConn, 9/2, vs. FAU, 9/7Team Blocks 10 at Connecticut, 9/2
GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 22 at Connecticut, 9/2Attempts 43 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Digs 8 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Block Solos 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Block Assists 3 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7Total Blocks 3 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7
CANDACE MCNAMEEKills 5 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 60 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 at Connecticut, 9/2Digs 10 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 2 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 3 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, vs. Tennessee, 9/8
REENA PARDIWALAKills 15 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 24 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 3 vs. three teamsDigs 19 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Assists 4 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Total Blocks 4 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1
LEAH YOUNGKills 14 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 41 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 2 at Connecticut, 9/2Digs 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 0Block Assists 2 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Total Blocks 2 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1
CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 11 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 16 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 0Digs 1 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Tennessee, 9/8Block Solos 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Block Assists 5 at Connecticut, 9/2Total Blocks 8 vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7
CAITY NOONANKills 1 vs. UMass, 9/1, vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7Attempts 6 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 3 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 15 vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
ASTRID GONZALEZKills 9 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 36 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 1 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, vs. Umass, 9/1Service Aces 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 17 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Block Solos 0Block Assists 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Total Blocks 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1
ASHLEIGH TURNERKills 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 7 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0