No. 9 Cal Volleyball Travels to Arizona State and Arizona

Sept. 30, 2003

BERKELEY, CA -

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Oct. 3	at ASU, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ 7 p.m.Oct. 4	at Arizona, McKale Center, Tucson, AZ 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: Nationally No. 9 ranked and Pac-10 leading California (12-0, 4-0) will face another challenge this week, as the Bears travel to Arizona State (6-6, 1-2) Oct. 3 and Arizona (6-7, 0-3) Oct. 4. Cal, which has established a new school record for consecutive victories with its 12-0 start (old record was 11 set from Sept. 15-25, 1982), faces a Sun Devil squad led by first-year coach Brad Saindon. The Bears also face a Wildcat squad that fell out of the national rankings for the first time in 86 weeks, but are led by last year's Pac-10 and AVCA Freshman of the Year, Kim Glass. Cal split its matches against both the Sun Devils and the Wildcats last season, and all three schools went on to compete in the 2002 postseason. The Bears feature junior All-American Mia Jerkov (pronounced YAIR-cove), the Sept. 8 and Sept. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week, who leads the conference in kills per game (6.15) and points (6.87 ppg), and was the MVP of the Colorado State Coors Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational this season. Jerkov has also led Cal to five consecutive regular-season tournament titles, carrying over from last season, and has been named tournament MVP in all five of those competitions. Another conference leader for the Bears is freshman setter Samantha Carter, who tops the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.41).

CAL DEFEATS THE WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: Last weekend, Cal defeated Washington State, 3-0, and Washington, 3-1, at Haas Pavilion. Against the Cougars, the Bears recorded 14 service aces, with Jerkov and sophomore Jenna Brown tallying four service aces apiece. Jerkov finished the match with a team-high 13 kills, while sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers had nine kills with no errors in 13 attempts for a .692 hitting percentage. Against the No. 13 ranked and previously unbeaten Huskies, Jerkov exploded for 30 kills and had 10 digs. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy added 17 kills and junior middle hitter Camille Leffall had 11 kills with no errors in 19 attempts for a .579 hitting percentage. It was the eighth time in Jerkov's college career she had recorded 30 or more kills in a match.

BEARS' TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: Besides Cal winning 17 straight tournament matches, capturing five tournament titles in a row, and Jerkov earning five tournament MVP honors, the Bears also have won an impressive 51-of-53 games in their last six tournaments - 2002 Golden Bear Invitational, 2002 UNLV Gameswork Classic, 2002 SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the 2003 UC Irvine Tournament (which had no tournament champion), the 2003 Colorado State Coors Classic and the 2003 Golden Bear Invitational. Abernathy and Carter joined Jerkov as members of the Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Leffall, joined Jerkov as a member of the Coors Classic All-Tournament Team.

CAL'S NO. 9 AVCA RANKING: The Bears, one of only three undefeated teams in the Top 10 (with No. 1 USC and No. 5 Georgia Tech), have steadily moved up in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll, going from a No. 24 preseason ranking to their current No. 9 spot. Cal's No. 9 ranking is the second highest ranking in school history. The Bears ranked as high as eighth in the Sept. 26, 1989 poll, and ranked 10th in the final 1982 poll. Cal has been ranked a total of 39 times in the AVCA Top 25 poll. The Bears' No. 24 preseason ranking was only the third time in school history Cal had been preseason ranked in women's volleyball. The Bears were ranked No. 12 in the 1983 preseason poll and No. 9 in the 1989 preseason poll.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (68-60, .531 at Cal; career 367-227, .618) is in his fifth season as Cal's head coach. Feller came to the Bears after a stint as assistant coach for the USA National Team (1997-98) 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. He is the first volleyball coach to lead the Bears to NCAA postseason and an AVCA national ranking since Dave DeGroot in 1989.

CAL VERSUS ARIZONA STATE AND ARIZONA: The Bears have an 11-27 all-time record against Arizona State (6-6, 1-2 Pac-10, last week topped then No. 22 Arizona, 3-2, Sept. 26 in Tempe). The Bears split last year's meetings, losing, 3-2, at ASU Oct. 11 and winning, 3-0, at Cal Nov. 9. The Sun Devils, coached by Brad Saindon (first year at ASU), are led by 5-11 senior outside hitter Juliana Escobar (151 kills, 147 digs). Cal has a 7-29 all-time record against Arizona (6-7, 0-3, last week lost to Arizona State, 3-2, in Tempe). The Bears split last year's matches, winning, 3-0, at Arizona Oct 12, and losing, 3-0, at Cal Nov. 8. The Wildcats, coached by David Rubio (12th year at Arizona), is led by 6-2 sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass (266 kills, 132 digs).

CAL AGAINST THE AVCA TOP 25: Competing in what is arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation - the Pac-10 - the Bears' 2003 schedule includes six teams currently ranked in the USA Today/AVCA Poll. Cal will take on No. 1 USC, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, No. 13 Washington, No. 16 Santa Clara and faced No. 25 Colorado State. Cal competes against a total of 13 teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, including Cal Poly, New Hampshire and Nevada, the three teams that competed at Cal for the 2003 Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears upset five teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 last season (at No. 16 Arizona Oct. 12, No. 11 Washington State Oct. 18, then-No. 23 Arizona State Nov. 9, at then-No. 22 Washington Nov. 16, at No. 14 Santa Clara Nov. 19). The Bears were 7-4 last year in five-game matches, including losing to No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 5 and No. 3 ranked Stanford Nov. 22 in five games at Haas Pavilion. Cal upset No. 14 ranked Santa Clara twice last season, 3-2 Nov. 19 at Santa Clara, and 3-1 Dec. 6 in the first round of the NCAA Regional at UC Santa Barbara.

ALL-AMERICAN Mia Jerkov: Cal returns four starters, five seniors and a total of 11 players from the last year's 20-12 NCAA Regional squad, including 6-3 outside hitter Jerkov, the Bears' first All-American volleyball player since Sylvie Monnet in 1983. Jerkov was also first team All-Pacific Region and first team All-Pac-10. She was voted the MVP in all three of the Bears' 2002 tournament titles and was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week, including becoming the school's first-ever AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 21. In 2002, Jerkov recorded 30 or more kills in six matches, was the Pac-10 leader in points (635.0, combining kills, blocks and service aces) and kills (578), and established school records for single-season kills (578), single-match kills (39) and kill attempts (91).

Jenna Brown ACCOLADES: Sophomore outside hitter Jenna Brown, the Bears' 2002 leader in digs (365, 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.07 digs per game), is another Cal athlete to earn postseason accolades as she was named to the 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Brown is the 14th Bear freshman in school history to have earned conference all-freshman honors. In 2000, Abernathy was honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman and in 2001, Leffall was named Pac-10 All-Freshman. Brown also trained with the USA National A2 squad this summer in Colorado Springs.

BEARS AMONG PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: The Bears feature five players - Jerkov, Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and freshman libero Jillian Davis - who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Jerkov is first in the conference in kills (6.15 kpg), first in points (6.87 ppg), ninth in service aces (.46 apg) and 10th in digs (3.08 dpg). Leffall is second in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.49 bpg) and ninth in hitting percentage (.382), while Abernathy is third in service aces (0.57 pg), eighth in kills (3.62 kpg) and ninth in points (4.41 ppg). Cal's freshman setter Carter is first in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.41) and Davis is eighth in digs (3.34 dpg). As a team, the Bears lead the Pac-10 in digs with 16.72 digs per game, and service aces with 2.10 service aces per game.

CAL PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Besides the 2002 team posting its best record since 1989 with a 20-12 mark, several current Cal players notched their names in the school's career and single-season list. Jerkov established a single-season kill record (578), surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 568 kills set in 1988. Jerkov was also third on the single-season kill attempt list (1,400) and established school records for kills in a match (39 Oct. 17 versus Washington) and kill attempts in a match (91 Nov. 22 versus Stanford). Middle hitter Heather Diers tied a school record with 11 total blocks and the Bears established a new school record with 40 total team blocks Oct. 22 versus Saint Mary's. Leffall (2001- ) is currently the school record-holder with a .364 career hitting percentage and set a school mark for single-season hitting percentage (.381) as a freshman in 2001. Leffall also had 11 total blocks in a match, accomplishing the feat as a freshman, Oct. 23, 2001 versus Santa Clara.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Samantha Carter, 5-11 setter, FR - Bishop Moore HS (Apopka, FL) - Six-time AAU All-American; named nation's 28th top recruit by Student Sports magazine; two-time all-state selection...Natalie Smart, 6-2 middle hitter, FR - Durango HS (Las Vegas, NV) - Member of USA Junior National Team; named nation's 50th top recruit by Student Sports magazine; 2002 all-conference and Sunset Region MVP...Amanda Fox, 6-3 outside hitter, FR - El Molino HS (Forestville, CA) -Member of USA National Youth Team; nation's 53rd top recruit by Student Sports magazine; 2001 and 2002 league MVP.

IMPORTANT HOME DATE: Oct. 11 vs. Stanford - The Bears host Bay Area rival and 2002 national runner-up Stanford Cardinal at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be attempting to draw the largest volleyball crowd in school history (3,125) when it hosts Stanford. Oct. 17 vs. UCLA - Cal has never defeated the Bruins in women's volleyball and will be trying to break a 0-44 mark.

2002 REVIEW: The 2002 Cal volleyball team had one of the best seasons in school history, finishing 20-12, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989 and defeating six opponents ranked in the AVCA Top 25. The Bears defeated No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-1, in the NCAA first round match before falling to No. 7 ranked UC Santa Barbara, 3-0. Cal's 20 victories in 2002 was only the fourth time in school history the Bears had won 20 or more matches in a season (20-21 in 1981, 28-12 in 1982 and 22-20 in 1983). Last year, Cal made its eighth postseason appearance and sixth NCAA appearance.

DID YOU KNOW? The Golden Bears featured Holly McPeak, the 1987 National Freshman of the Year, and Lisa Arce, Cal teammates from 1987-89. Both have gone on to be standout Olympic beach volleyball players. Mia Jerkov's father, Zeljko, is a seven-foot former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia, helping his country to a silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics (losing to the United States) and a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

2003 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 11. Mia Jerkov 929 2001-

Hitting Percentage

Name Total Years 1. Camille Leffall .364 2001- 2. Reena Pardiwala .276 1998-01 3. Mia Jerkov .256 2001-

Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads the team with 21 service aces and is second on the squad with 134 kills and 163.0 points...is third in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.57), eighth in kills (3.62) and ninth in points (4.41)...had a season-high 17 kills Sept. 26 vs. Washington...had 12 kills and .310 hitting percentage Sept. 18 at Oregon...was named to the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after tallying 34 kills in three matches...had 10 kills and eight digs Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...had a team-high 17 kills and a .424 hitting percentage Sept. 12 vs. Nevada...had a career-high seven service aces Sept. 11 vs. New Hampshire...recorded 17 kills Aug. 30 vs. Hofstra in season-opener.

Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 29 total blocks, third with 93 digs and fourth with 85 kills...had a career-high four service aces Sept. 25 vs. WSU...had a season-high 12 kills Sept. 18 at Oregon...had a career-high three service aces Sept. 6 at Colorado State...recorded a season-high 15 digs Sept. 6 vs. CS Northridge...had a season-high 11 kills Aug. 31 at UC Irvine.

Samantha Carter: Has been the Bears' starting setter in every match as a true freshman...has tallied 523 assists, 76 digs and 12 service aces...is first in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.41)...had a career-high 67 assists Sept. 26 vs. Washington...had a career-high 10 digs Sept. 19 at Oregon State and 56 assists Sept. 18 at Oregon...was a member of the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after recording 110 assists in the three matches...had 47 assists Sept. 6 at Colorado State...had a career-high five service aces and four total blocks Aug. 31 at UC Irvine.

Jillian Davis: As a true freshman has started every match as the Bears' libero and leads the team with 127 digs (eighth in Pac-10, 3.34 dpg)...had 11 digs Sept. 25 vs. WSU...recorded a team-high 15 digs Sept. 19 at Oregon State...had a career-high 26 digs Sept. 18 at Oregon...had nine digs Sept. 12 against Nevada and 10 digs Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly during the Golden Bear Invitational...had 11 digs against both CS Northridge and Colorado State Sept. 6 at the Colorado State Coors Classic...tallied 10 digs Sept. 5 vs. Seton Hall at the Colorado State tournament.

Mia Jerkov: Was the Sept. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week after recording 43 kills and 20 digs against WSU and Washington...had 30 kills Sept. 26 vs. Washington, the eighth time in her career she had 30 or more kills in a match...recorded 23 kills against both Oregon State and Oregon Sept. 18 and 19, and finished the two matches with a .351 hitting percentage...was MVP of both the Colorado State Coors Classic and Golden Bear Invitational - her fifth consecutive tournament MVP honor, carrying over from 2002...is hitting .325 and leads the team with 240 kills and 268.0 points...is second on the team with 120 digs...is first in the Pac-10 in points per game (6.15) and kills per game (6.87), and ninth in service aces per game (.46) and 10th in digs per game (3.08)...has led the Bears in kills in 11 of 12 matches...was the Sept. 8 Pac-10 Player of the Week...tallied 51 kills and 32 digs during the Golden Bear Invitational...led the Bears with 68 kills and 30 digs at the Coors Classic, hitting .384 for the tournament...had 30 kills and a team-high 18 digs Sept. 6 vs. CS Northridge - the seventh time in her career she has recorded 30 or more kills in a match...had four service aces Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...Cal school record holder for single season kills (578) and kills in a match (39, Oct. 17 vs. Washington), set in 2002...is a member of the Croatian National Team and Cal's first All-American volleyball player since 1983.

Camille Leffall: Is leading the Bears in hitting percentage (.382, ninth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (58), and is third in points (126.0)...is second in the conference in blocks per game (1.49)...hit .579 (11 kills, no errors, 19 attempts) Sept. 26 vs. Washington...hit .429 (eight kills, two errors, 14 attempts) with seven total blocks Sept. 19 at Oregon State...hit .818 (nine kills, no errors, 11 attempts) Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...finished the Golden Bear Invitational with a .563 hitting percentage (19 kills, one error, 32 attempts)...was a member of the Sept. 5-6 Colorado State Coors Classic all-tournament team after recording 29 kills, 14 block assists and hitting .412 for the three matches...had a career-high three service aces Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...had a career-high 10 block assists Aug. 30 vs. Hofstra...was a member of the 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and established a school record with a .381 single-season hitting percentage...is the school record-holder with a .364 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Has a .345 hitting percentage with nine service aces, 59 digs and 26 total blocks...hit .692 with a career-high nine kills Sept. 25 vs. WSU...hit .385 (six kills, one error, 13 attempts) Sept. 18 at Oregon...had a .800 hitting percentage with a career-high nine kills with one error in 10 attempts Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...had a career-high nine kills Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...had a season-high 13 digs Aug. 30 vs. Hofstra...has started every match of her Cal career.

2003 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics

TEAMKills 77 vs. Washington, 9/26Attempts 162 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Hitting Pct. .433 vs. Seton Hall, 9/5Assists 74 vs. Washington, 9/26Service Aces 15 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 80 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Solos 5 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Assists 26 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Team Blocks 13.0 vs. Hofstra, 8/30

INDIVIDUAL

Gabrielle AbernathyKills 17 vs. three teamsAttempts 33 vs. Nevada, 9/12Service Aces 7 vs. New Hampshire, 9/11Digs 8 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Assists 3 at Oregon State, 9/19Total Blocks 3 at Oregon State, 9/19

Jenna BrownKills 12 at Oregon, 9/18Attempts 24 at Oregon, 9/18Service Aces 4 vs. Washington State, 9/25Digs 15 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Solos 1 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 7 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 7 vs. Hofstra, 8/30

Samantha CarterKills 4 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13, vs. Washington, 9/26Attempts 8 vs. Washington, 9/26Assists 67 vs. Washington, 9/26Service Aces 5 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 10 at Oregon State, 9/19Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31Total Blocks 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31

Amanda FoxKills 6 vs. two teamsAttempts 17 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Service Aces 0Digs 9 vs. New Hampshire, 9/11Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Assists 2 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 2 vs. Hofstra, 8/30

Mia JerkovKills 30 vs. CSN, 9/6; vs. Washington, 9/26Attempts 65 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Service Aces 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31; vs. WSU, 9/25Digs 18 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Solos 2 vs.Nevada, 9/12Block Assists 3 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Total Blocks 3 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6

Camille LeffallKills 11 vs. Washington, 9/26Attempts 19 vs. four teamsService Aces 3 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 3 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Solos 2 vs. New Hampshire, 9/11, at OSU, 9/19Block Assists 10 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 10 vs. Hofstra, 8/30

Alicia PowersKills 9 vs. three teamsAttempts 15 vs. Washington, 9/26Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 13 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 3 vs. four teams

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