Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 19 Santa Clara, Travels to No. 4 Stanford

Oct. 22, 2001


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Tue., Oct. 23 vs. Santa Clara Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Fri., Oct. 26 at Stanford Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA 7 p.m.

BEARS HOST SANTA CLARA, TRAVEL TO STANFORD: The Cal women's volleyball team (6-11, 2-8 in the Pac-10) faces a couple of teams ranked in the Top-25 this week when the Bears host No. 19 ranked Santa Clara Oct. 23 and travel to No. 4 ranked Stanford Oct. 26. Cal will try to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Broncos last season (Nov. 7) at Santa Clara and a 3-0 loss to the Cardinal Sept. 28 at Haas Pavilion. Last weekend, Cal was able to break a six-match losing streak when it defeated Washington, 3-0 (30-16, 33-31, 30-20), Oct. 20 at Haas Pavilion.

MIA JERKOV LEADS THE BEARS: Cal's 6-3 freshman standout Mia Jerkov (YAIR-cove) has now led the Bears in kills in six of the team's last seven matches, including a career-high 20 kills and 14 digs Oct. 19 versus WSU. Jerkov also led Cal in its victory over Washington with 19 kills and two service aces. She leads the Bears in kills per game at 4.17, and in conference only matches is fourth in total points (4.85 per game, kills, service aces, blocks), fourth in service aces (11, 0.48) and fifth in kills (96, 4.17). In Jerkov's collegiate debut Oct. 5 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.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS: The Bears had two of their better matches of the season last weekend versus Washington State and Washington. Even though Cal lost to the Cougars, 3-1, the Bears were competitive in all four games, winning game two by the score of 30-27 (first game victory for Cal since game two Oct. 6 versus Oregon State). Besides Jerkov's exploits, senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee and sophomore Ashleigh Turner had 13 digs apiece and freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall had a .615 hitting percentage against WSU. In the three-game win over Washington, sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy had a career-high 14 digs and junior Reena Pardiwala finished with a .400 hitting percentage. Statistically, Leffall is sixth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.364) and McNamee is sixth in the conference in service aces per game (23, .48) and is eighth in assists per game (577, 10.30). As a team, Cal is fourth in the conference in service aces (97, 1.70) and sixth in digs (861, 15.11).

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (32-41 at Cal, career 331-208, .614) 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 24-6 all-time record against No. 19 ranked Santa Clara (13-6, 5-2 in the West Coast Conference) falling to the Broncos last season, 3-0 (15-10, 15-1, 15-2) Nov. 7 at Santa Clara. The Broncos are led by 6-2 freshman middle blocker Toni Muratore (247 kills). Cal has a 4-49 all-time record versus No. 4 ranked Stanford (16-2, 9-1, hosts No. 17 ranked Pacific Oct. 23), falling to the Cardinal earlier this season, 3-0 Sept. 28 at Haas Pavilion. The last time Cal defeated Stanford was 3-1, Oct. 1, 1982 at the Cal Dolfin Invitational in Berkeley. Stanford is led by 6-1 junior outside hitter and 2000 Olympian Logan Tom (300 kills, 213 digs, 34 service aces).

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 3241 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 .269 1998- 3. Wei Meng .256 1985-86

GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Leads the Bears in kills with 174...had a career-high 14 digs Oct. 20 vs. UW...had 11 kills Oct. 12 at UCLA...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 14 matches...had a season-high 22 kills in the IKON Husky Classic final vs. UConn.

ASTRID GONZALEZ: Had a career-high 13 assists Oct. 12 at 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 sixth in the Pac-10 with a .346 hitting percentage...also leads Cal in total blocks (47) and blocks per game (0.85)...hit .615 Oct. 19 vs. WSU (nine kills, one error, 13 attempts)...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. 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: Has the team lead in kills per game (4.27)...has led the Bears in kills in six of the last seven matches...had a career-high 20 kills and 14 digs Oct. 19 vs. WSU...followed with a team-high 19 kills Oct. and two service aces Oct. 20 vs. UW...led the Bears with 12 kills Oct. 12 at UCLA and 13 kills Oct. 13 at 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 fifth in the Pac-10 in service aces (23, 0.41) also eighth in the Pac-10 in assists (577, 10.30)...had a career-high five service aces Oct. 2 vs. Saint Mary's and a season-high 12 kills Oct. 6 vs. OSU...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 3241 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list.

REENA PARDIWALA: Has a .317 hitting percentage...leads the team with 151 digs and is second with 17 service aces and 40 total blocks...had a .400 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 15 attempts) and nine digs Oct. 20 vs. UW...led the Bears with 14 digs Oct. 12 at UCLA and hit .615 (nine kills, one error, 13 attempts) with 11 digs Oct. 13 at USC...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. currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list with a .269 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 second on the team with 145 digs and has 15 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 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.

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 18 vs. two teamsTeam Blocks 11 vs. WSU, 10/19


GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 22 at Connecticut, 9/2Attempts 43 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Digs 14 vs. Washington, 10/20Block 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 13 vs. Washington State, 10/19Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 5 vs. Washington, 10/20Total Blocks 5 vs. Washington, 10/20

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 UConn, 9/2, vs. UW, 10/20Digs 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. Saint Mary's, 10/2Block Assists 4 vs. OSU, 10/6, at SJS, 10/16Total Blocks 4 vs. OSU, 10/6, at SJS, 10/16

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 6 vs. Washington, 10/20Total Blocks 8 vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7

MIA JERKOVKills 20 vs. Washington State, 10/19Attempts 56 vs. Washington State, 10/19Service Aces 3 vs. OSU, 10/6, vs.WSU, 10/19Digs 14 vs. Washington State, 10/19Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 2 vs. Washington State, 10/19Total Blocks 2 vs. WSU, 10/19, vs. UW, 10/20

ASTRID GONZALEZKills 9 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 36 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 13 at UCLA, 10/12Service 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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