Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 16 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State
Nov. 4, 2002
Fri. Nov. 8 vs. Arizona, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Sat. Nov. 9 vs. Arizona State, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal volleyball team (15-8, 5-8) hosts the Arizona schools in two crucial matches this week at Haas Pavilion, entertaining No. 16 ranked Arizona (12-8, 7-5) Friday and No. 23 Arizona State (10-7, 6-6) Saturday. The Bears are vying for their first NCAA Regional appearance since 1989 and probably need to win at least two of their five remaining Pac-10 contests to advance to postseason. After competing against the Arizona schools, Cal travels to WSU and Washington Nov. 15-16 and host Stanford Nov. 22 to wrap-up league play. The Bears have been without their top player, Mia Jerkov (out with a left ankle sprain, but is expected back for Arizona and ASU), in four of their last five matches, going 2-3 in those contests, including losing 3-0 at USC and UCLA last weekend. In Jerkov's absence, a top player for Cal against the L.A. schools was freshman outside hitter Jenna Brown, who tallied 19 kills and 26 digs and currently leads the Bears with 261 digs. Cal captured three straight tournaments - the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational - to begin the 2002 season. The Bears also won a school-record 27 straight games and tied a school-record (with the 1989 team) by opening the year with nine straight match victories. Since Sept. 16, Cal has received votes in both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Top 25 polls.
JERKOV - ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE: Mia Jerkov (pronounced YAIR-cove), a 6-3 sophomore outside hitter from Split, Croatia, was named the Oct. 21 AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week after breaking the school record with 39 kills Oct. 17 versus Washington and then recording 38 kills Oct. 18 versus Washington State. For the two matches against the Washington schools, Jerkov tallied 77 kills and 42 digs, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the second time this season as well (also Sept. 9). It is the first time in school history a Bear volleyball player had earned national player of the week honors and it was also the first time a Cal player had consecutive matches with 30 or more kills. She was also tournament MVP in all three of the Bears' tournament titles this season. Despite missing four matches, Jerkov still has a team-leading 415 kills, and a team-best 6.01 kills, 3.35 digs and 0.41 service aces per game. She also leads the Pac-10 in both total kills (415) and points (462.0, combining kills, service aces and blocks). Jerkov 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 .275 hitting percentage, and had her first triple-double Oct. 22 at Saint Mary's (10th triple-double in school history). Also against Saint Mary's, junior middle blocker Heather Diers tied a school record with 11 total blocks (one block solo and a career-high 10 block assists). 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 .364 hitting percentage (third in the Pac-10). 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 this season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Sept. 7, 2001. Noonan has tallied 1,024 assists and was selected all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. She now has 1,859 career assists, fourth on the Cal all-time assist list.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (51-56 at Cal, career 350-223, .611) is in his fourth season as Cal's head coach. Feller came to the Bears after a stint as assistant coach for 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.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: The Bears have a 7-28 all-time record against No. 16 Arizona (12-8, 7-5), which last week lost to Washington, 3-0 and defeated WSU, 3-2, in Tucson. Cal defeated Arizona, 3-0, in the last meeting between the two schools, Oct. 12 in Tucson, upsetting the then-No. 20 ranked Wildcats for the first time since 1995. Arizona is led by 6-2 freshman outside hitter Kim Glass (357 kills). The Bears have a 10-27 all-time record against No. 23 Arizona State (10-7, 6-6), which last week fell 3-0 at WSU and 3-1 at Washington. Cal has lost four straight matches to the Sun Devils, last defeating ASU, 3-1, Sept. 29, 2000 in Berkeley. The Sun Devils are led by 5-11 junior outside hitter Juliana Escobar (290 kills).
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.
JENNA BROWN: Had a team-high 14 digs Nov. 1 at USC and a team-high 14 kills with 12 digs Nov. 2 at UCLA...recorded 22 kills and 12 digs Oct. 26 vs. Oregon...had a career-high 24 kills Oct. 17 vs. Washington...had 21 kills and 19 digs 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...leads the team and is 10th in the Pac-10 with 261 digs (3.03 dpg)...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: Was the Oct. 21 AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week, as well as the Pac-10 Player of the week...broke a school record with 39 kills and had a career-high 26 digs with a .346 hitting percentage Oct. 17 vs. Washington...followed with 38 kills and 16 digs Oct. 18 vs. WSU...is the first Cal volleyball player to ever be named national player of the week and is the first Bear to record back-to-back 30 kill matches...is only the fifth Cal volleyball player to have 30 or more kills in a match...has had four 30 plus kill matches this season...had 26 kills and a .340 hitting percentage Oct. 12 at Arizona...had 28 kills and 21 digs Oct. 11 at Arizona State...had 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 32 kills and 26 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...followed with a team-high 25 kills and 17 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...was MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, UNLV Gameworks Classic and SMU DoubleTree Invitational...was named Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week...despite missing four matches, is first in the Pac-10 in kills (415) and points (462.0 combining kills, service aces and blocks), sixth in digs (231) and ninth in service aces (28)...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...is averaging 6.01 kills per game with a .259 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: Tallied six block assists Nov. 2 at UCLA...had 10 kills with no errors in 21 attempts (.476) Oct. 26 vs. Oregon...recorded eight kills with a .438 hitting percentage and six block assists Oct. 18 vs. WSU...had a .353 hitting percentage Oct. 11 at ASU and five block assist Oct. 12 at Arizona...had 13 kills with a .520 hitting percentage (13 kills, no errors, 25 attempts) Oct. 4 vs. UCLA...was a member of both the Gameworks Classic and Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...leads Cal with a .364 hitting percentage, 84 total blocks and 1.05 blocks per game...is third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks per game...had 13 kills Sept. 14 at SMU...had a season-high .615 hitting percentage Sept. 7 vs. Ball 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 .372 hitting percentage.
CAITY NOONAN: Recorded 71 assists Oct. 17 vs. Washington and had 68 assists with a career-high 26 digs Oct. 18 vs. WSU...had 56 assists and 12 digs Oct. 11 at Arizona State...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...was named all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, recording 118 assists and six service aces...is fourth in the Pac-10 with 1,024 assists (12.05 apg)...had a career-high five service aces Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...redshirted last season after tearing her ACL in her left knee...has 1,859 career assists, fourth on the Cal career assist list.
ALICIA POWERS: Had a team-high 16 digs Nov. 2 at UCLA...had a career-high 21 digs Oct. 11 at Arizona State...had a career-high nine kills with a .412 hitting percentage Sept. 28 at Oregon State...is third on the team with 61 total blocks and 223 digs...had 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...had a .400 hitting percentage with eight kills Aug. 30 vs. Tennessee-Martin...has started every match as a true freshman.
LEAH YOUNG: Had her first triple-double (career-high 28 kills, 11 digs, 10 total blocks) Oct. 22 at Saint Mary's...tallied 22 kills with a .365 hitting percentage Oct. 26 vs. Oregon...had 16 kills Oct. 18 vs. WSU...had 24 kills with a .432 hitting percentage Oct. 11 at Arizona State...had 12 kills Oct. 5 vs. USC...had 18 kills 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...is second on the team with 269 kills, 3.13 kills per game and 69 total blocks...had seven block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a career-high three service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona...is the lone senior on the Bears' 2002 squad.
2002 University of California Volleyball Season Highs (as of 11/4)
TEAMKills 86 at OSU,9/28, vs.UW,10/17Attempts 220 vs. Washington, 10/17Hitting Pct. .392 at UNLV, 9/6Assists 83 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 15 vs. N. Arizona, 8/30Digs 95 vs. Washington, 10/17Block Solos 3 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 38 at Saint Mary's, 10/22Team Blocks 21.0 at Saint Mary's, 10/22
INDIVIDUALKills 39 by Mia Jerkov vs. Washington, 10/17Attempts 83 by Mia Jerkov vs. Washington State, 10/18Hitting Pct. .615 by Young vs. SJS, 8/31, Leffall vs. BSU, 9/7Assists 73 by Caity Noonan at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 7 by Mia Jerkov vs. Northern Arizona, 8/31Digs 26 by Jerkov vs. two teams, Noonan vs. WSU, 10/18Block Solos 2 by Camille Leffall vs. UTSA, 9/13Block Assists 10 by Heather Diers at Saint Mary's, 10/22Total Blocks 11 by Heather Diers at Saint Mary's, 10/22
JENNA BROWNKills 24 vs. Washington, 10/17Attempts 59 vs. Washington, 10/17Service Aces 3 vs. Ball State, 9/7Digs 19 vs. USC, 10/5Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 4 at Oregon, 9/27Total Blocks 4 at Oregon, 9/27
HEATHER DIERSKills 6 at Oregon, 9/27Attempts 14 vs. four teamsService Aces 0Digs 1 vs. NAU, 8/30, at USC, 11/1Block Solos 2 vs. Oregon, 10/26Block Assists 10 at Saint Mary's, 10/22Total Blocks 11 at Saint Mary's, 10/22
MIA JERKOVKills 39 vs. Washington, 10/17Attempts 83 vs. Washington State, 10/18Service Aces 7 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 26 at OSU, 9/28, vs. UW, 10/17Block Solos 1 vs. seven 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 26 at. UCLA, 11/2Service Aces 1 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Digs 2 vs. six teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. UTSA, 9/13Block Assists 7 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Total Blocks 7 vs. two teams
CAITY NOONANKills 6 vs. BSU, 9/7, vs. SMC, 10/22Attempts 14 at Oregon State, 9/28Assists 73 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 5 vs. UTSA, 9/13Digs 26 vs. Washington State, 10/18Block 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 21 at Arizona State, 10/11Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 6 vs. two teams
LEAH YOUNGKills 28 at Saint Mary's, 10/22Attempts 67 at Saint Mary's, 10/22Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 15 at Oregon, 9/27Block Solos 1 vs. NAU, 8/30, at SMC, 10/22Block Assists 9 at Saint Mary's, 10/22Total Blocks 10 at Saint Mary's, 10/22