Cal Volleyball Hosts San Francisco in 2002 Home Final

Nov. 25, 2002

BERKELEY, CA -

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Tue. Nov. 26 vs. San Francisco, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The Cal volleyball team (18-11, 7-11) continues to be in contention for its first NCAA Regional appearance since 1989 after upsetting then-No. 11 Santa Clara, 3-2, last week in Santa Clara and then taking No. 4 ranked Stanford to five games before falling 3-2. The Bears will wrap-up the 2002 regular season Tuesday when they host San Francisco (6-24) in Haas Pavilion. With the Nov. 19 victory over the Broncos, Cal has now upset five teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 this season (No. 12 Arizona Oct. 12, No. 11 Washington State Oct. 18, then-No. 23 Arizona State Nov. 9, then-No. 22 Washington Nov. 16, No. 13 Santa Clara Nov. 19). The Bears are also 7-4 this season in five-game matches. Against Santa Clara, Cal was without the services of its kill leader, sophomore Mia Jerkov, but were led by senior outside hitter Leah Young, who responded with a career-high 29 kills and 18 digs. Jerkov returned to lead the Bears with 37 kills, 21 digs and a school record 91 kill attempts versus Stanford. It was the sixth time this season Jerkov has recorded 30 or more kills. The Bears' victory over Santa Clara gave them their 18th win overall - the most victories for Cal since 1989. 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 the AVCA Top 25 poll.

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 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 five matches, Jerkov has a team-leading 517 kills (second most single season kills in Cal history), and a team-best 5.88 kills and 3.44 digs per game. She also leads the Pac-10 in both total kills (517) and points (568.5, 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 .267 hitting percentage, and had her first triple-double Oct. 22 at Saint Mary's. She is currently eighth on the Cal career list in both kills (972) and kill attempts (2,755). 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 .342 hitting percentage (fifth 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 1,307 assists (fifth in the Pac-10, fourth on the Cal single-season list) and was selected all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. She now has 2,142 career assists, fourth on the Cal all-time assist list. Even though a junior athletically, Noonan will be graduating this spring with a degree in political science. Noonan, Young, Diers, Jerkov and junior Jenna Grigsby were all recently named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (54-59 at Cal, career 353-226, .610) 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 OPPONENT: The Bears have a 32-0 all-time record against San Francisco (6-24), which last week fell 3-1 to No. 14 Santa Clara Nov. 23 at USF. Cal defeated the Dons in the last meeting between the two schools, 3-0, Nov. 20, 2001 in San Francisco. San Francisco is led by 5-9 junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger (492 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.

PLAYER NOTES

JENNA BROWN: Finished with a career-high five total blocks Sept. 19 at Santa Clara...had 17 kills and a career-high 23 digs Nov. 16 at UW...had a team-high 14 kills Nov. 2 at UCLA...recorded 22 kills and 12 digs Oct. 26 vs. UO...had a career-high 24 kills Oct. 17 vs. UW...had 21 kills and 19 digs Oct. 5 vs. USC...tallied 20 kills, 44 attempts and 17 digs Sept. 28 at OSU...had 12 kills Sept. 20 at Stanford...had 15 digs and three block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...leads the team with 338 digs (3.10 dpg, 10th in Pac-10)...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. UW...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 to record back-to-back 30 kill matches...recorded 37 kills, 21 digs and a school record 91 kill attempts Nov. 22 vs. Stanford...has had six 30 plus kill matches this season...tallied 34 kills with 24 digs Nov. 16 at UW...had 20 kills with a .472 hitting percentage Nov. 9 vs. ASU...had 26 kills and a .340 hitting percentage Oct. 12 at UA...had 28 kills and 21 digs Oct. 11 at ASU...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 UO...followed with a team-high 25 kills and 17 digs Sept. 28 at OSU...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 five matches, is first in the Pac-10 in kills (517, second on Cal's single season list) and points (568.5 combining kills, service aces and blocks) and fourth in digs (303)...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 5.88 kills per game...had 21 kills Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had 20 kills Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...had a career-high seven service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona...is a member of the Croatian National Team and a potential 2004 Olympian.

CAMILLE LEFFALL: Finished with 10 kills Nov. 16 at UW...had 10 kills and a .533 hitting percentage Nov. 9 vs. ASU...tallied six block assists Nov. 2 at UCLA...had 10 kills and a .476 hitting percentage Oct. 26 vs. UO...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 UA...had 13 kills with a .520 hitting percentage Oct. 4 vs. UCLA...was a member of both the Gameworks Classic and Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...leads Cal with a .342 hitting percentage, 97 total blocks and .93 blocks per game...is fifth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage...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 .358 hitting percentage.

CAITY NOONAN: Had 72 assists with 11 digs Nov. 19 at Santa Clara and 66 assists with 16 digs Nov. 22 vs. Stanford...tallied 72 assists with 20 digs Nov. 16 at UW...recorded 71 assists Oct. 17 vs. UW and had 68 assists with a career-high 26 digs Oct. 18 vs. WSU...had 56 assists and 12 digs Oct. 11 at ASU...finished with 68 assists Oct. 5 vs. USC and 51 assists Oct. 4 vs. UCLA...had a career-high 73 assists Sept. 28 at OSU...was named all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, recording 118 assists and six service aces...is fifth in the Pac-10 with 1,307 assists (fourth on Cal single season list, 12.10 apg)...had a career-high five service aces Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...redshirted last season after tearing her ACL in her left knee...has 2,142 career assists, fourth on the Cal career assist list.

ALICIA POWERS: Had eight kills and a career-high 22 digs Nov. 16 at UW...had 21 digs Oct. 11 at ASU...had a career-high nine kills with a .412 hitting percentage Sept. 28 at OSU...is second on the team with 76 total blocks and third with 296 digs...had 16 digs Sept. 14 at SMU...had a career-high six block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a team-high 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 a career-high 29 kills and 18 digs Nov. 19 at Santa Clara...tallied 17 kills Nov. 16 at UW...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. UO...had 24 kills with a .432 hitting percentage Oct. 11 at ASU...had 18 kills with 11 digs Sept. 28 at OSU...had 15 digs Sept. 27 at UO...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 348 kills, 3.16 kills per game and third with 74 total blocks...had seven block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a career-high three service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona.

2002 University of California Volleyball Season Highs (as of 11/25)

TEAMKills 91 at Washington,11/16Attempts 240 at Washington, 11/16Hitting Pct. .392 at UNLV, 9/6Assists 83 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 15 vs. N. Arizona, 8/30Digs 108 at Washington, 11/16Block 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 91 by Mia Jerkov vs. Stanford, 11/22Hitting 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

INDIVIDUAL

JENNA BROWNKills 24 vs. Washington, 10/17Attempts 59 vs. Washington, 10/17Service Aces 3 vs. Ball State, 9/7Digs 23 at Washington, 11/16Block Solos 1 vs. six teamsBlock Assists 5 at Santa Clara, 11/19Total Blocks 5 at Santa Clara, 11/19

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 91 vs. Stanford, 11/22Service 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 28 at Washington, 11/16Service Aces 1 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Digs 2 vs. nine 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 20 at Washington, 11/16Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 22 at Washington, 11/16Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 6 vs. two teams

LEAH YOUNGKills 29 at Santa Clara, 11/19Attempts 67 at Saint Mary's, 10/22Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 18 at Santa Clara, 11/19Block 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

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