Cal Volleyball (9-1, 0-1) Visits Oregon (11-5, 0-2) and Oregon State (5-5, 0-2)
Sept. 23, 2002
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri. Sept. 27 at Oregon, McArthur Court, Eugene, OR 7 p.m.Sat. Sept. 28 at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The California volleyball team (9-1, 0-1) will try to extend a six-match winning streak over Oregon (11-5, 0-2) and break a four-match losing streak to Oregon State (5-5, 0-2) when the Bears travel to the Northwest this weekend. Cal lost its first match of the season last week at No. 4 ranked and defending national champ Stanford, 3-0, after capturing three straight tournaments - the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. The Bears have received votes in both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Top 25 polls and are one win away from equaling last season's victory total (10-18). Cal won a school-record 27 straight games to start the season and tied a school-record (with the 1989 team, the last time Cal made NCAA postseason) by starting off a season with nine straight match victories. Cal has been led by three-time tournament MVP Mia Jerkov, who had a team-high 13 kills and seven digs at Stanford. The Bears also received a stellar match from freshman Jenna Brown, who had a career-high 12 kills and 30 kill attempts against the Cardinal. Senior Leah Young also performed well at Stanford with 10 kills and seven digs. Cal has a solid .282 team hitting percentage (fifth in the Pac-10) compared to a .119 hitting percentage (first in the Pac-10) for its opponents. The Bears are also second in the conference in service aces (69, 2.30 per game).
JERKOV - THREE-TIME TOURNAMENT MVP: Mia Jerkov, a 6-3 sophomore outside hitter from Split, Croatia, was tournament MVP for all three tournaments Cal entered this season. Jerkov was also named the Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week. It was her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the Bears' 14th Player of the Week honor all-time. On the season, Jerkov has a team-leading 165 kills and 22 service aces. She has a .280 hitting percentage, is averaging a team-best 5.69 kills and 0.76 service aces per game and has led Cal in kills in every match this season as well. Jerkov leads the Pac-10 in both kills (165) and points (197.5, combining kills, service aces and blocks).
OTHER BEAR NOTABLES: Senior outside hitter Leah Young joined Jerkov as a member of the all-tournament teams for the Golden Bear, UNLV Gameworks and SMU DoubleTree Invitationals. Young, the Bears' lone senior, has a .310 hitting percentage, 12 service aces and 26 total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall has been a member of the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams and is leading Cal with a .452 hitting percentage and 32 total blocks. Last season Leffall was named to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and established a school record with a .381 hitting percentage (163 kills, 44 errors, 312 attempts). Junior setter Caity Noonan returned to action after sitting out most of last year after tearing the ACL in her left knee Sept. 7, 2001. Noonan has been solid as the Bears setter, tallying 381 assists and was selected all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. She now has 1216 career assists, moving up to eighth on the Cal all-time list.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (45-49 at Cal, career 344-216, .614) is in his fourth season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller came to the Bears 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 the University of Denver, 3-1, Sept. 4, 1999.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: The Bears have a 34-12 all-time record against Oregon, last defeating the Ducks, 3-1, Nov. 1, 2001 in Eugene. Cal has a six-match winning streak versus Oregon. The Bears have a 25-15 all-time record against Oregon State, falling to the Beavers in the last meeting, 3-0, Nov. 2, 2001 in Corvallis. Cal has lost four straight matches to OSU, last defeating the Beavers, 3-0, Oct. 29, 1999 in Corvallis.
CAL FEATURE IDEAS: Mia Jerkov - Top Cal player, member of the Croatian National Team and potential 2004 Olympian, father, Zeljko, is a seven-footer former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia. Caity Noonan - Bear setter, returns from ACL surgery, is top grass doubles player in the offseason. Camille Leffall - Was Pac-10 All-Freshman last season - first Cal newcomer to make All-Pac-10 since 1996, is Bear record-holder for single-season hitting percentage. Leah Young - Lone Cal senior on 2002 squad, uncle, Michael, is former football star at UCLA and grandfather, Gene Smith, played basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers, is the writer of the Bear volleyball diary, three-time all-tournament this season.
JENNA BROWN: Tallied a career-high 12 kills and 30 kill attempts Sept. 20 at Stanford...had a career-high 15 digs and three block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...finished the SMU DoubleTree Invitational with 17 kills and 38 digs...is second on the team with 87 digs...had 24 kills, 23 digs and three service aces at the UNLV Gameworks Classic...had 10 kills Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a career-high three service aces Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...finished with 12 kills, 20 digs and two service aces during the Golden Bear Invitational...has started every match as a true freshman...hails from Friendswood, Texas.
MIA JERKOV: Led the Bears with 13 kills and seven digs Sept. 20 at Stanford...was the MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational...was named Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week...is first in the Pac-10 in kills (165) and points (197.5 combining kills, service aces and blocks) and fourth in service aces (22)...had 51 kills, 20 digs and two service aces at the DoubleTree Invitational...had 54 kills, 26 digs and seven service aces at the UNLV tournament...tallied 48 kills, 24 digs and 12 service aces at the Golden Bear Invitational...has led the Bears in kills in every match this season and is averaging 5.69 kills per game with a .280 hitting percentage...had a career-high 21 kills Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had 20 kills Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...had a career-high three total blocks Sept. 8 vs. Texas Tech...had a career-high seven service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona...had a team-high 19 kills with 10 digs Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...is a member of the Croatian National Team and a potential 2004 Olympian.
CAMILLE LEFFALL: Had a .400 hitting percentage (six kills, two errors, 10 attempts) Sept. 20 at Stanford...was a member of both the Gameworks Classic and Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...leads Cal with a .452 hitting percentage (86 kills, 20 errors, 146 attempts) and has 32 total blocks and 1.10 blocks per game...is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.452) and eighth in total blocks (32)...is second on the team with 86 kills and 2.97 kills per game...had a season-high 13 kills and 22 attempts Sept. 14 at SMU...hit .562 (11 kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a season-high two block solos Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...had 11 kills Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a season-high .615 hitting percentage (10 kills, two errors, 13 attempts) Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...had a .438 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team last season and established a school record with a .381 single-season hitting percentage...is the Cal career leader with a .404 hitting percentage.
CAITY NOONAN: Tallied 37 assists and hit 1.000 (four kills in four attempts) Sept. 20 at Stanford...was named all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, recording 118 assists and six service aces in three matches...is fourth in the Pac-10 with 381 assists... is averaging 12.70 assists per game and has a .422 hitting percentage (29 kills, two errors, 64 attempts)...had a career-high five service aces Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...had a season-high 10 digs Sept. 14 at SMU... tallied 134 assists in the three matches at the Gameworks Classic...had a season-high 49 assists Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...also had six kills in six attempts vs. Ball State...had 103 assists during the Golden Bear Invitational... had two service aces and 34 assists Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...redshirted last season after tearing her ACL in her left knee...has 1216 career assists, eighth on the Cal career assist list.
ALICIA POWERS: Leads the team and is 10th in the Pac-10 with 92 digs...is second on the team with 31 total blocks...had a career-high 16 digs Sept. 14 at SMU...had a career-high six block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a team-high 10 digs and six total blocks Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona and had 11 digs Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...had a .400 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 15 attempts) and a career-high eight kills Aug. 30 vs. Tennessee-Martin...has started every match as a true freshman...attended Carondelet High School and is from nearby Clayton, CA.
LEAH YOUNG: Finished with 10 kills and a team-high seven digs Sept. 20 at Stanford...was a member of the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...has a .310 hitting percentage (86 kills, 25 errors, 197 attempts), 12 service aces and 26 total blocks...had a career-high seven block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a season-high 13 kills, 26 attempts and a .423 hitting percentage Sept. 14 at SMU...had a .421 hitting percentage (10 kills, two errors, 19 attempts) Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a .400 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 15 attempts) and a career-high three service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona...had a .615 hitting percentage (eight kills, no errors, 13 attempts) and a team-high 11 digs Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...is the lone senior on the Bears' 2002 squad.
2002 University of California Volleyball Season Highs (as of 9/23)Career highs in italics
TEAMKills 58 vs. Ball State, 9/7Attempts 131 at SMU, 9/14Hitting Pct. .392 at UNLV, 9/6Assists 49 vs. two teamsService Aces 15 vs. N. Arizona, 8/30Digs 64 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 3 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 28 vs. Tulane, 9/14Team Blocks 14.0 vs. Tulane, 9/14
JENNA BROWNKills 12 at Stanford, 9/20Attempts 30 at Stanford, 9/20Service Aces 3 vs. Ball State, 9/7Digs 15 vs. Tulane, 9/14Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 3 vs. three teams
JENNA GRIGSBYKills 1 vs. Texas Tech, 9/8Attempts 1 vs. Texas Tech, 9/8Service Aces 1 vs. threeteamsDigs 12 vs. Ball State, 9/7Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
MIA JERKOVKills 21 vs. Tulane, 9/14Attempts 48 vs. Tulane, 9/14Service Aces 7 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 12 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 3 vs. two teams
CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 13 at SMU, 9/14Attempts 22 at SMU, 9/14Service Aces 1 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Digs 2 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. UTSA, 9/13Block Assists 7 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Total Blocks 7 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30
CAITY NOONANKills 6 vs. Ball State, 9/7Attempts 10 vs. two teamsAssists 49 vs. Ball State, 9/7Service Aces 5 vs. UTSA, 9/13Digs 10 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 0Block Assists 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Total Blocks 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30
ALICIA POWERSKills 8 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Attempts 15 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 16 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 1 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 6 vs. two teams
LEAH YOUNGKills 13 at SMU, 9/14Attempts 26 at SMU, 9/14, at Stanford, 9/20Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 11 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Block Solos 1 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Block Assists 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14