No. 9 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 14 Santa Clara and No. 4 Stanford at Haas Pavilion
Oct. 6, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Oct. 8 Santa Clara, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Oct. 11 Stanford, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 3 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: Nationally No. 9 ranked and Pac-10 leading California (14-0, 6-0) hosts a pair of nationally ranked Bay Area opponents this week. The Bears face No. 14 Santa Clara (11-5, 2-0 WCC) Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and No. 4 Stanford (12-2, 6-0) Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal, which has established a new school record for consecutive victories with its 14-0 start (old record was 11 set from Sept. 15-25, 1982), take on a Bronco squad which lost to the Bears, 3-1, in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament in Santa Barbara. Cal also hosts Stanford, a team tied with the Bears for first place in the Pac-10 standings. Cal has not defeated Stanford since Oct. 1, 1982, and will be looking to snap a streak of 40 straight losses to the Cardinal. With the No. 4 and No. 9 ranked teams in the nation squaring off, the Bears will be looking to surpass the school's all-time volleyball attendance record of 3,125, set Oct. 15, 1999. Cal features 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 (6.00), 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 (13.35).
CAL'S ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATES: The Bears feature three legitimate All-America candidates - junior outside hitter Jerkov, junior middle hitter Camille Leffall and freshman setter Carter. Leffall is having an outstanding junior campaign, leading Cal with a .408 hitting percentage, 68 total blocks, and is the school record-holder with a .370 career hitting percentage. Last week against the Arizona schools, she combined for 23 kills, 10 blocks and a .525 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy is also playing well after redshirting last season. Abernathy leads the Bears with 22 service aces and is second on the team with 151 kills and 181.5 points.
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 40 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 (70-60, .538 at Cal; career 369-227, .619) 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 SANTA CLARA AND STANFORD: The Bears have an 27-6 all-time record against No. 14 Santa Clara (11-5, 2-0 WCC, last week won 3-1 at Gonzaga, 3-0 at Portland). Cal won twice in 2002, 3-2, at Santa Clara Nov. 19 and, 3-1, in the NCAA First Round Dec. 6 at UC Santa Barbara. The Broncos, coached by Jon Wallace (fifth year at SC), are led by 6-0 senior middle blocker Becky Potter (260 kills, .293). Cal has a 4-52 all-time record against No. 4 Stanford (12-2, 6-0, last week won at Arizona State, 3-0, at Arizona, 3-1). The Bears lost both matches in 2002, 3-0, at Stanford Sept 20, and, 3-2, at Cal Nov. 22. The Cardinal, coached by John Dunning (third year at Stanford), is led by 6-1 junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (240 kills, .336).
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 seven 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. 14 Santa Clara, No. 25 Long Beach State and faced No. 22 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 during 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 (6.00 kpg), second in points (6.68 ppg), eighth in digs (3.17 dpg) and ninth in service aces (.41 apg). Leffall is second in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.48 bpg) and fifth in hitting percentage (.408), while Abernathy is third in service aces (0.50 pg), 10th in kills (3.43 kpg) and 10th in points (4.12 ppg). Cal's freshman setter Carter is first in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.35) and Davis is ninth in digs (3.11 dpg). As a team, the Bears lead the Pac-10 in digs with 16.11 digs 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 .370 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.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES: 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 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.
CAL CAREER LEADERS Kills Name Total Years 1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00 10. Mia Jerkov 965 2001-
Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads the team with 22 service aces and is second on the squad with 151 kills and 181.5 points...is third in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.50), 10th in kills (3.43) and 10th in points (4.12)...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 34 total blocks, third with 105 digs and fourth with 91 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 614 assists, 93 digs and 13service aces...is first in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.35)...had a career-high seven kills Oct. 3 at Arizona State...had a career-high 67 assists Sept. 26 vs. Washington...had a career-high 10 digs Sept. 19 at Oregon State...had 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 is second on the team with 140 digs (ninth in Pac-10, 3.11 dpg)...had nine digs Oct. 3 at Arizona State...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: Led the team with 22 kills and 18 digs Oct. 3 at Arizona State, and had a team-high 14 kills and eight digs Oct. 4 at Arizona...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 .317 and leads the team with 276 kills, 307.5 points and 146 digs...is first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (6.00), second in points per game (6.68), eighth in digs per game (3.17) and ninth in service aces per game (.41)...has led the Bears in kills in 13 of 14 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 (.408, fifth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (68), and is third in points (154.5)...is second in the conference in blocks per game (1.48)...last week at Arizona State and Arizona hit a combined .525 (23 kills, two errors, 40 attempts)...had a season-high 14 kills and 23 attempts Oct. 23 at Arizona State...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 .370 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Has a .329 hitting percentage with nine service aces, 68 digs and 31 total blocks...hit .375 (eight kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Oct. 4 at Arizona...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 Highs
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
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. three teamsBlock Assists 7 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 7 vs. Hofstra, 8/30
Samantha CarterKills 7 at Arizona State, 10/3Attempts 11 at Arizona State, 10/3Assists 67 vs. Washington, 9/26Service Aces 5 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 10 at OSU, 9/19; at ASU, 10/3Block Solos 1 vs. six teamsBlock Assists 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31Total Blocks 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31;at ASU, 10/3
Amanda FoxKills 6 vs. two teamsAttempts 17 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Service Aces 1 at Arizona State, 10/3Digs 9 vs. New Hampshire, 9/11Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Assists 2 vs. Hofstra, 8/30; at ASU, 10/3Total Blocks 2 vs. Hofstra, 8/30; at ASU, 10/3
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. CSN, 9/6; at ASU, 10/3Block Solos 2 vs.Nevada, 9/12Block Assists 3 vs. CSN, 9/6; at Arizona, 10/4Total Blocks 3 vs. CSN, 9/6; at Arizona, 10/4
Camille LeffallKills 14 at Arizona State, 10/3Attempts 23 at Arizona State, 10/3Service 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 17 at Arizona State, 10/3Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 13 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 3 vs. five teams