Cal Volleyball Travels to No. 22 Arizona State and No. 20 Arizona
Oct. 7, 2002
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri. Oct. 11 at Arizona State, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ 7 p.m.Sat. Oct. 12 at Arizona, McKale Center, Tucson, AZ 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal volleyball team (11-3, 2-3) has a big weekend ahead as it collides with a pair of nationally ranked opponents on the road, No. 22 ranked Arizona State (7-3, 3-2) and No. 20 ranked Arizona (7-6, 2-3). Last weekend the Bears lost two matches at Haas Pavilion, but represented themselves well against No. 13 UCLA and No. 1 USC. Cal fell to the Bruins, 3-1, yet took the top-ranked Trojans to the wire before losing, 3-2. It was the first time Cal had won a game against USC since 1998 and the first time the Bears had won two games against the Trojans since a 3-2 loss in 1993. Sophomore Mia Jerkov led the Bears with a career-high 32 kills and an impressive .353 hitting percentage against USC. Freshman Jenna Brown also excelled against the Trojans, collecting a career-high 21 kills and a team-high 19 digs, while junior setter Caity Noonan tallied 68 assists. The Bears out-hit the Trojans, .306-.295. Cal captured three straight tournaments - the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational - to begin the 2002 season. Cal also won a school-record 27 straight games and tied a school-record (with the 1989 team, the last time Cal made NCAA postseason) by opening the year with nine straight match victories. The Bears have been led by three-time tournament MVP Jerkov, who has led Cal in kills in every match this season. The Bears have received votes in both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Top 25 polls and have already surpassed last year's victory total (10-18).
JERKOV - ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE: Mia Jerkov (pronounced YAIR-cove), a 6-3 sophomore outside hitter from Split, Croatia, was named 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 275 kills, 156 digs and 26 service aces. She is averaging a team-best 5.73 kills, 3.25 digs and 0.54 service aces per game. Jerkov also leads the Pac-10 in both kills (275) and points (316.0, combining kills, service aces and blocks). She is in contention to be Cal's first All-America volleyball player since Sylvie Monnet earned the honor in 1983.
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 .282 hitting percentage, 13 service aces and 37 total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall has been a member of the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams as well, and is leading Cal with a .414 hitting percentage. 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 629 assists and was selected all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. She now has 1,464 career assists, moving up to fourth on the Cal all-time list.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (47-51 at Cal, career 346-218, .613) 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 10-26 all-time record against No. 22 Arizona State (7-3, 3-2), last falling to the Sun Devils 3-2, Nov. 25, 2001 in Berkeley. Cal has a 6-28 all-time record against No. 20 ranked Arizona (7-6, 2-3), last losing to the Wildcats, 3-0, Nov. 16, 2001 in Tucson. The Bears have lost 12 straight matches to Arizona, last defeating the Wildcats, 3-0, Oct. 27, 1995 in Tucson.
CAL FEATURE IDEAS: Mia Jerkov - Top Cal player, member of the Croatian National Team and potential 2004 Olympian; father, Zeljko, is a seven-foot former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia. Caity Noonan - Bear setter, returns from ACL surgery, is top grass doubles player in offseason. Camille Leffall - Was Pac-10 All-Freshman in 2001 - first Cal newcomer to make All-Pac-10 since 1996; is Bear record-holder for single-season hitting percentage. Leah Young - Lone senior on 2002 squad who is three-time all-tournament this season; 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 on www.calbears.com.
Cal Player Notes
JENNA BROWN: Had a career-high 21 kills and 19 digs with a .302 hitting percentage Oct. 5 vs. USC...tallied 20 kills, 44 attempts and 17 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...had 12 kills and 30 kill attempts Sept. 20 at Stanford...had a career-high 15 digs and three block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...is second on the team with 152 digs...had 10 kills Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a career-high three service aces Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...has started every match as a true freshman...hails from Friendswood, Texas.
MIA JERKOV: Had a career-high 32 kills with 14 digs and a .353 hitting percentage Oct. 5 vs. USC...finished with 21 kills with 20 digs Oct. 4 vs. UCLA...had a career-high 32 kills, 81 attempts and 26 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...followed with a team-high 25 kills and 17 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...led the Bears with 13 kills and seven digs Sept. 20 at Stanford...was MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, UNLV Gameworks Classic and SMU DoubleTree Invitational...was named Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week...is first in the Pac-10 in kills (275) and points (316.0 combining kills, service aces and blocks), fourth in service aces (26) and seventh in digs (156)...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 5.73 kills per game with a .246 hitting percentage...had 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: Tied a season-high 13 kills with a .520 hitting percentage (13 kills, no errors, 25 attempts) Oct. 4 vs. UCLA...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 .414 hitting percentage (122 kills, 31 errors, 220 attempts) and has 46 total blocks and 1.07 blocks per game...is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.414) and 10th in blocks per game (1.07)...is second on the team with 2.84 kills per game...had a season-high 13 kills with 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 .395 hitting percentage.
CAITY NOONAN: Finished with 68 assists Oct. 5 vs. USC and 51 assists Oct. 4 vs. UCLA...had a career-high 73 assists Sept. 28 at Oregon State...had a season-high 16 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...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 third in the Pac-10 with 629 assists and ninth with 22 service aces...is averaging 12.84 assists per game and has a .310 hitting percentage (42 kills, seven errors, 113 attempts)...had a career-high five service aces Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...had 49 assists Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...also had six kills in six attempts vs. Ball State...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 1,464 career assists, fourth on the Cal career assist list.
ALICIA POWERS: Had a career-high nine kills with a .412 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 17 attempts) Sept. 28 at Oregon State...is first on the team with 47 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 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: Had 12 kills and only one error in 37 attempts Oct. 5 vs. USC...had a season-high 18 kills, 43 attempts with 11 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...had a career-high 15 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...was a member of the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...has a .282 hitting percentage (133 kills, 36 errors, 344 attempts), 13 service aces and 37 total blocks...had a career-high seven block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had 13 kills 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 10/7)Career highs in italics
TEAMKills 86 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 214 at Oregon State, 9/28Hitting Pct. .392 at UNLV, 9/6Assists 83 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 15 vs. N. Arizona, 8/30Digs 86 at Oregon State, 9/28Block Solos 3 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 28 vs. Tulane, 9/14Team Blocks 14.0 vs. Tulane, 9/14
JENNA BROWNKills 21 vs. USC, 10/5Attempts 44 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 3 vs. Ball State, 9/7Digs 19 vs. USC, 10/5Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 at Oregon, 9/27Total Blocks 4 at Oregon, 9/27
JENNA GRIGSBYKills 1 vs. Texas Tech, 9/8Attempts 1 vs. three teamsService Aces 1 vs. three teamsDigs 12 vs. Ball State, 9/7Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
MIA JERKOVKills 32 at UO, 9/27, vs. USC, 10/5Attempts 81 at Oregon, 9/27Service Aces 7 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 26 at Oregon State, 9/28Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 5 at Oregon State, 9/28Total Blocks 5 at Oregon State, 9/28
CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 13 at SMU, 9/14, vs. UCLA, 10/4Attempts 25 vs. UCLA, 10/4, vs. USC, 10/5Service 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. two teams
CAITY NOONANKills 6 vs. Ball State, 9/7Attempts 14 at Oregon State, 9/28Assists 73 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 5 vs. UTSA, 9/13Digs 16 at Oregon, 9/27Block Solos 0Block Assists 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Total Blocks 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30
ALICIA POWERSKills 9 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 19 vs. UCLA, 10/4Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 16 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 6 vs. two teams
LEAH YOUNGKills 18 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 43 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 15 at Oregon, 9/27Block Solos 1 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Block Assists 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14