Cal Volleyball Travels to No. 5 Ranked UCLA and No. 3 Ranked USC

Oct. 9, 2001

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Fri., Oct. 12 at UCLA Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA 7 p.m.Sat.,Oct. 13 at USC Lyon Center, Los Angeles, CA 7:30 p.m.

BEARS FACE HIGHLY RANKED LA SCHOOLS: The Cal women's volleyball team (5-7, 1-5 in the Pac-10) has a huge challenge ahead as the Golden Bears travel to No. 5 ranked UCLA Friday, Oct. 12 and No. 3 ranked USC Saturday, Oct. 13. Cal has never defeated the Bruins in women's volleyball (0-40) and has a 6-28 all-time mark versus the Trojans, last defeating USC in 1991 (3-2, Nov. 15, 1991 in Berkeley). But, the Bears are playing better, splitting a pair of matches against the Oregon schools last weekend at Haas Pavilion, defeating Oregon, 3-0, before falling to Oregon State, 3-1. On Monday, Cal fell to No. 7 ranked Arizona, 3-1 at Haas Pavilion.

MIA JERKOV SHINES IN DEBUT: Cal now features 6-3 Mia Jerkov (YAIR-cove), a standout from Croatia who immediately made her presence known against the Ducks and the Beavers. Versus Oregon, Jerkov only played half the match, still recuperating from playing at the European Championship in Bulgaria the week before, but finished with seven kills, seven digs and one block solo after coming into the match midway through game two. Against Oregon State, she led the Bears with 15 kills and had three service aces and 12 digs. Jerkov then recorded 10 kills with two service aces and eight digs Monday versus Arizona. She was originally scheduled to played against the Arizona schools Sept. 14-15, but due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the matches were postponed and she went back to play with the Croatian National Team.

LAST WEEK'S TOP PLAYERS: Other top players for Cal against Oregon were sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy with 10 kills, senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee's eight kills and seven kills apiece from Leah Young and Camille Leffall. Leffall, a freshman middle blocker, had an impressive .538 hitting percentage for the match (seven kills, no errors, 13 attempts). She leads the Bears with a .396 hitting percentage, which is the top hitting percentage for Pac-10 freshmen. Against OSU, McNamee added 12 kills, 27 assists and seven digs and sophomore Ashleigh Turner recorded three service aces and had a team-high 15 digs. Junior middle blocker Reena Pardiwala had a solid match Monday versus Arizona, finishing with a .455 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 22 attempts). Pardiwala is currently seventh in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (16, 0.39) and has a .320 hitting percentage. McNamee is seventh in the conference in assists per game (422, 10.29) and Leffall is fourth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.396).

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (31-37 at Cal, career 330-204, .618) is in his third season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller 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.

CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: The Bears have a 0-40 all-time record against No. 5 ranked UCLA (9-2, 4-1, versus Stanford Oct. 11) and a 6-28 all-time record versus No. 3 ranked USC (10-1, 5-0, versus Stanford Oct. 12). The last time Cal defeated the Trojans was 3-2, Nov. 15, 1991 in Berkeley. The Bruins are led by 6-0 senior outside hitter Kristee Porter (200 kills, 102 digs, 20 service aces, 25 total blocks). In 2000, the Bears lost to UCLA, 3-1 Sept. 22 in Berkeley and 3-0 Oct. 20 in Los Angeles. The Trojans, who are on a nine match winning streak, are led by 6-1 sophomore outside hitter April Ross (137 kills, 107 digs, 22 total blocks). Against USC last season, Cal lost 3-0 Sept. 23 in Berkeley and 3-0 Oct. 19 in Los Angeles. The Bears have lost 18 straight matches to the Trojans.

2001 Player Notes

CAL CAREER LEADERSKills Name Total Years 1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00

Attempts Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 4801 1987-90 2. Tiffany Rochelle 4772 1986-89 3. Alicia Perry 3729 1997-00

Assists Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 2. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89 3. Candace McNamee 3086 1998- 10. Caity Noonan 835 1999-

Digs Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90 2. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89 3. Jessica Dinaberg 1238 1994-97

Hitting Percentage Name Total Years 1. Sylvie Monnet .293 1983 2. Reena Pardiwala .266 1998- 3. Wei Meng .256 1985-86

GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Leads the Bears in kills per game (139, 3.47)...had a team-high 12 kills Sept. 20 at UW...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 vs. Tennessee...was named to the IKON Husky Classic All-Tournament team Aug. 31-Sept. 2... has led Cal in kills in seven of the team's 12 matches...had a season-high 22 kills in the IKON Husky Classic final vs. UConn.

ASTRID GONZALEZ: In first collegiate match had a team-high 17 digs Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire...recorded nine kills Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire and Sept. 2 vs. Connecticut...had a career-high 11 assists and two service aces Oct. 6 v. OSU.

CAMILLE LEFFALL: Is first on the team and fourth in the Pac-10 with a .396 hitting percentage...also leads Cal in total blocks (31) and blocks per game (0.77)...hit .538 (seven kills, no errors, 13 attempts) Oct. 5 vs. Oregon...had an impressive .833 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 12 attempts) Sept. 7 vs. Florida Atlantic...also had a career-high eight total blocks vs. FAU...in first collegiate match Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire, had a .667 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 15 attempts) and four total blocks...had a .438 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 16 attempts) with seven total blocks Sept. 2 vs. UConn.

MIA JERKOV: In first collegiate action Oct. 5 vs. Oregon, had seven kills, seven digs, a service ace and a block solo in half a match...had a team-high 15 kills with three service aces and 12 digs Oct. 6 vs. Oregon State...recorded 10 kills with two service aces and eight digs Oct. 8 vs. Arizona.

CANDACE MCNAMEE: Tallied 73 assists and was a member of the Golden Bear Classic (Sept. 7-8) all-tournament team for the second year in a row...leads Cal and is sixth in the Pac-10 in service aces (20, 0.49)...is also seventh in the Pac-10 in assists (422, 10.29)...had a career-high five service aces Oct. 2 vs. SMC and a season-high 12 kills Oct. 6 vs. OSU...is seventh in the Pac-10 in assists per game (422, 10.29)...was named all-tournament at the UConn IKON Husky Classic, finishing 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 vs. New Hampshire...had 60 assists and four service aces Sept. 2 vs. UConn...has had three triple-doubles in her college career...has 3086 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list.

CAITY NOONAN: Had a team-high 15 digs Sept. 7 vs. Florida Atlantic, despite leaving the match early in the third game with an injured left knee (torn ACL, out for the season)...had three service aces in the season opener Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire...recorded 13 digs Sept. 2 vs. UConn.

REENA PARDIWALA: Is seventh in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (16, 0.39) and has a .320 hitting percentage...is also second on the team with 96 digs and 27 total blocks...hit .455 Oct. 8 vs. Arizona (11 kills, one error, 22 attempts)...had 16 kills and four service aces Sept. 7-8 at the Golden Bear Classic, including a .714 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 14 attempts) Sept. 7 vs. 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 Classic...had a team-high 15 kills Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire and a team-high 19 digs and .591 hitting percentage (14 kills, one error, 22 attempts) Sept. 1 vs. UMass...is currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list with a .266 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.

ASHLEIGH TURNER: Had a career-high 15 digs Oct. 6 vs. Oregon State...had a team-high 12 digs Sept. 28 versus Stanford...is the team leader with 105 digs and has 11 service aces...had 25 digs and recorded three service aces during the IKON Husky Classic...had two service aces Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire and had 11 digs Sept. 2 versus UConn...led the Bears with 31 service aces last season as a freshman.

LEAH YOUNG: Had a team-high 14 kills Sept. 21 at WSU...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 UMass...also had 14 kills and a career-high two service aces and 11 digs Sept. 2 vs. UConn.

JESSICA ZATICA: Had a career-high eight kills, 24 attempts and 10 digs Sept. 8 versus Tennessee...had a career-high three service aces Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic.

2001 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics

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 UConn, 9/2, vs. UO, 10/5Block Assists 12 vs. three teamsTeam Blocks 10 at Connecticut, 9/2

INDIVIDUAL

GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 22 at Connecticut, 9/2Attempts 43 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Digs 10 vs. Arizona, 10/8Block Solos 1 vs. UMass, 9/1, vs, Oregon, 10/5Block Assists 3 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 3 vs. three teams

CANDACE MCNAMEEKills 12 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Attempts 32 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Assists 60 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 5 vs. Saint Mary's, 10/2Digs 10 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 3 at Washington State, 9/21Total Blocks 3 vs. three teams

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 2 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Oregon, 10/5Block Assists 6 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Total Blocks 6 vs. Oregon State, 10/6

LEAH YOUNGKills 14 vs. three teamsAttempts 41 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 2 at Connecticut, 9/2Digs 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. Saint Mary's, 10/2Block Assists 4 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Total Blocks 4 vs. Oregon State, 10/6

CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 11 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 16 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Stanford, 9/28Block Solos 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Block Assists 5 at Connecticut, 9/2Total Blocks 8 vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7

MIA JERKOVKills 15 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Attempts 52 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Service Aces 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Digs 12 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Block Solos 1 vs. Oregon, 10/5Block Assists 0Total Blocks 1 vs. Oregon, 10/5

ASTRID GONZALEZKills 9 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 36 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 11 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Service Aces 2 vs. NHU, 8/31, vs. Oregon, 10/5Digs 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 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Digs 15 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0

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