Cal Volleyball Visits No. 8 UCLA and No. 1 Ranked USC
Nov. 9, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Nov. 14 at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA 7 p.m.Nov. 15 at USC, Lyon Center, Los Angeles, CA 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: Nationally No. 9 ranked California (19-4, 10-4) embark on what is arguably the nation's toughest road trip as the Bears face No. 8 UCLA (20-5, 11-4) and No. 1 ranked USC (24-0, 15-0) in Los Angeles. Cal will attempt to defeat the Bruins for the first time in school history (0-45) and top the undefeated and defending NCAA champion Trojans for the first time since Nov. 15, 1991. The Bears are the only team to force USC to five games this season, losing Oct. 18 at Haas Pavilion before a crowd of 2,313. 2003 has been a record-breaking year for Cal - starting the season with 16 consecutive wins, defeating Stanford for the first time since 1982 before a record crowd of 3,021 at Haas Pavilion Oct. 11, and earning their highest national ranking ever (No. 5 on Oct. 13). The Bears feature junior All-American Mia Jerkov (pronounced YAIR-cove), the Oct. 13 Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, and the Sept. 8, Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Jerkov, who has been conference player of the week four of the 11 weeks it's been presented this season, has led Cal in kills in 21 of the team's 23 matches. She now has 1,180 career kills, and is among the top of the conference in points (6.47) and kills per game (5.78), and was the MVP of the Colorado State Coors Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational. Jerkov has led Cal to five consecutive tournament titles, carrying over from last season, and has been tournament MVP in all five of those competitions. She was featured in the Oct. 27 edition of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd. Another conference leader is freshman setter Samantha Carter, who is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.13).
CAL'S ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATES: The Bears feature three All-America candidates in junior outside hitter Jerkov - a bona fide National Player of the Year candidate - junior middle hitter Camille Leffall and freshman setter Carter. Leffall is leading Cal with a .361 hitting percentage, 106 total blocks, and a school record .360 career hitting percentage. Carter is a strong candidate for Freshman All-America honors, starting every match as Cal's setter, tallying 1,129 assists, 16 service aces, 178 digs and 47 total blocks in 23 matches.
YOUTH EXCELS FOR THE BEARS: Besides Carter, Cal has also received quality minutes from freshman libero Jillian Davis and freshman outside hitter Amanda Fox. Davis leads the team with 294 digs and had a season-high 28 digs last Friday, Nov. 7 at Stanford - the second most single-match digs of any Pac-10 player this season. Fox recorded a career-high 14 kills Friday at Stanford and had 11 kills Oct. 18 versus No. 1 ranked USC. Sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers is also having an impressive year, hitting .291 and is second on the team with 73 total blocks. At WSU Oct. 23, Powers hit .414 with a career-high 14 kills.
CAL'S NO. 9 AVCA RANKING: The Bears have steadily been among the top teams in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll, going from a No. 24 preseason ranking to their current No. 9 spot. Cal's Oct. 13 No. 5 ranking was the highest in school history. The Bears' No. 24 preseason ranking was the third preseason ranking in school history (No. 12 in 1983 and No. 9 in 1989).
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (75-64, .540 at Cal; career 374-231, .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), leading the Rams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 Top 25 national rankings. He is the first coach to lead the Bears to NCAA postseason and an AVCA national ranking since Dave DeGroot in 1989.
CAL VERSUS UCLA AND USC: Cal has a 0-45 all-time record against No. 8 UCLA (20-5, 11-4, last week lost at Arizona, 3-0, and defeated Arizona State, 3-0). The Bears lost to UCLA, 3-2, at Cal Oct. 17. The Bruins, coached by Andy Banachowski (37th year at UCLA), are led by 6-3 junior middle blocker Brynn Murphy (341 kills, .310 hitting percentage). Cal has a 6-33 all-time record against No. 1 USC (24-0, 15-0, last week won at Arizona, 3-1, and Arizona State, 3-0). The Bears have lost 23 straight to the Trojans, including, 3-2, at Cal Oct. 18. The Trojans, coached by Mick Haley (third year at USC), are led by 6-1 senior outside hitter April Ross (273 kills, .321 hitting percentage).
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 again take on No. 1 USC, No. 8 UCLA and faced No. 7 Stanford (1-1), No. 11 Washington (2-0), No. 13 Santa Clara (1-0) and No. 15 Colorado State (1-0). 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 then 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.
BEARS' TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: Cal has won 17 straight regular season tournament matches and an impressive 51-of-53 games in those six tournaments - the 2002 Golden Bear Invitational, 2002 UNLV Gameswork Classic, 2002 SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the 2003 UC Irvine Tournament (no tournament champion), the 2003 Colorado State Coors Classic and the 2003 Golden Bear Invitational. Junior Gabrielle Abernathy (out with a stress fracture in her left foot, status is day-to-day) and Carter joined Jerkov as members of the 2003 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Leffall joined Jerkov on the 2003 Coors Classic All-Tournament Team.
CAL PLAYERS AMONG PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: The Bears feature five players - Jerkov, Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and Davis - who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Jerkov is first in the conference in kills (5.78 kpg), second in points (6.47 ppg), third in service aces (.47 pg) and seventh in digs (3.25 dpg). Leffall is fifth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.25 bpg) and sixth in hitting percentage (.361), while Abernathy is sixth in service aces (0.41 pg). Cal's freshman setter Carter is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.13) and Davis is fourth in digs (3.46 dpg).
2002 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 in 2002. 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.
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 .360 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.
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. Senior defensive specialist Ashleigh Turner's mother, Linda Lehde, played for UCLA's 1974 AIAW national championship team.
CAL CAREER LEADERS Kills Name Total Years 1. T. Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00 6. Mia Jerkov 1180 2001-
Gabrielle Abernathy: Is second on the team with 25 service aces, and third with 186 kills...is sixth in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.41)...is day-to-day with a stress fracture in her left foot (out since Oct. 18)...had 15 kills Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...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 with 34 kills in three matches...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.
Jenna Brown: Is third on the team with 56 total blocks, 198 digs and fourth with 180 kills...had a season-high 15 kills Oct. 24 at Washington...had 11 kills and 14 digs Oct. 17 vs. UCLA...recorded 14 kills with a .400 hitting percentage and a team-high 15 digs Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...had 13 kills Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...had a career-high four service aces Sept. 25 vs. WSU...had 12 kills Sept. 18 at Oregon...had three service aces Sept. 6 at Colorado State...had a season-high 15 digs Sept. 6 vs. CS Northridge.
Samantha Carter: Has been the Bears' starting setter in every match as a true freshman...has tallied 1129 assists, 178 digs and 16 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.13)...had a career-high four block assists Nov. 7 at Stanford...had a career-high 13 digs Oct. 18 vs. USC...had a career-high 70 assists Oct. 11 versus Stanford...tallied 65 assists and 12 digs Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...had a career-high seven kills Oct. 3 at Arizona State...had 67 assists Sept. 26 vs. UW...was a member of the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team with 110 assists in the three matches...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 294 digs (sixth in Pac-10, 3.46 dpg)...had a career-high 28 digs Nov. 7 at Stanford...had 17 digs Nov. 1 vs. ASU...had 16 digs Oct. 23 at WSU...recorded 23 digs Oct. 17 vs. UCLA and had 18 digs Oct. 18 vs. USC...had 14 digs Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...recorded 15 digs Sept. 19 at Oregon State...had 26 digs Sept. 18 at Oregon...had 11 digs against both CS Northridge and Colorado State Sept. 6 at the Colorado State Coors Classic.
Mia Jerkov: Was named Oct. 27 Pac-10 Player of the Week after combining for 52 kills, 34 digs and four service aces at WSU and UW...led the Bears with 24 kills Oct. 17 vs. UCLA and had a team-high 27 kills, four service aces and 20 digs Oct. 18 vs. USC...was named both the AVCA National and Pac-10 Oct. 13 Player of the Week after recording 31 kills with four service aces Oct. 11 vs. Stanford and 34 kills with 18 digs Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...it was the ninth and 10th time she has had 30 or more kills in a match...led team with 22 kills and 18 digs Oct. 3 at Arizona State...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...recorded 23 kills against both Oregon State and Oregon Sept. 18 and 19...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 .272 and leads the team with 491 kills, 550.0 points and is second with 276 digs...is first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (5.78), second in points per game (6.47), third in service aces per game (.47) and seventh in digs per game (3.25)...has led the Bears in kills in 21 of 23 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...had four service aces Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...is Cal school record holder for single season kills (578 in 2002) and kills in a match (39, Oct. 17, 2002 vs. Washington)...is a member of the Croatian National Team and is Cal's first All-American volleyball player since 1983.
Camille Leffall: Is leading the Bears in hitting percentage (.361, sixth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (106), and is second in points (274.0)...is fifth in the conference in blocks per game (1.25)...has seven block assists Nov. 7 at Stanford...had 13 kills and career-high three solo blocks Nov. 1 vs. ASU...had a career-high 30 kill attempts Oct. 24 at UW...had a career-high 15 kills Oct. 18 vs. USC...had 14 kills Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...Oct. 3-4 at Arizona State and Arizona hit a combined .525 (23 kills, two errors, 40 attempts)...had 14 kills Oct. 23 at ASU...hit .579 (11 kills, no errors, 19 attempts) Sept. 26 vs. UW...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 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 with 29 kills, 14 block assists and hitting .412 in 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 .360 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .291 with 18 service aces, 116 digs and 73 total blocks...had 10 kills Nov. 7 at Stanford...had 10 kills and seven total blocks Nov. 1 vs. ASU...had a career-high 14 kills Oct. 23 at WSU...had 14 digs and a career-high nine block assists Oct. 17 vs. UCLA...had nine kills with a .389 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 18 attempts) Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...hit .375 (eight kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Oct. 4 at Arizona...hit .692 with nine kills Sept. 25 vs. WSU...had a .800 hitting percentage with nine kills and one error in 10 attempts Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...had nine kills Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...has started every match of her Cal career.
2003 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics
TEAMKills 83 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 223 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Hitting Pct. .433 vs. Seton Hall, 9/5Assists 76 vs. three teamsService Aces 15 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 98 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 5 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Assists 27 vs. UCLA, 10/17Team Blocks 16.0 vs. ASU, 11/1
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 15 at Washington, 10/24Attempts 38 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 4 vs. Washington State, 9/25Digs 15 vs. CSN, 9/6; Stanford, 10/11Block Solos 1 vs. four 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 70 vs. Stanford, 10/11Service Aces 5 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 13 vs. USC, 10/18Block Solos 1 vs. eight teamsBlock Assists 4 at UCI, 8/31; at Stanford, 11/7Total Blocks 4 vs. four teams
Amanda FoxKills 14 at Stanford, 11/7Attempts 36 at Stanford, 11/7Service Aces 3 at Washington State, 10/23Digs 12 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13; vs. USC, 10/18Block Assists 6 at Stanford, 11/7Total Blocks 6 at Stanford, 11/7
Mia JerkovKills 34 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 88 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 4 vs. four teamsDigs 20 vs. USC, 10/18; at WSU, 10/23Block Solos 2 vs.Nevada, 9/12Block Assists 4 vs. UCLA, 10/17Total Blocks 4 vs. UCLA, 10/17
Camille LeffallKills 15 vs. USC, 10/18Attempts 30 at Washington, 10/24Service Aces 3 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 3 vs. CSN, 9/6; at Stanford, 11/7Block Solos 3 vs. Arizona State, 11/1Block Assists 10 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 10 vs. Hofstra, 8/30
Alicia PowersKills 14 at Washington State, 10/23Attempts 29 at Washington State, 10/23Service Aces 2 vs. five teamsDigs 14 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 9 vs. UCLA, 10/17Total Blocks 9 vs. UCLA, 10/17
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