No. 12 Cal Volleyball Visits No. 11 Stanford in Pac-10 Showdown

Sept. 30, 2004

BERKELEY, CA -

Oct. 1 at Stanford, Burnham Pavilion, Stanford, CA 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: No. 12-ranked California (7-4, 2-0) is pitted against No. 11 Stanford (9-3, 2-0) in a match between two top Bay Area volleyball schools Friday at Burnham Pavilion on the Stanford campus. Friday's match is part of the Lexus Gauntlet series, a contest between Cal and Stanford to determine which university will have the most success against its rival in head-to-head competition this year. The Bears are tied with Washington and Stanford for first place in the Pac-10 after defeating Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona last week at Haas Pavilion - the first time Cal has defeated both the Arizona schools at home since 1992. On Tuesday, the Bears lost at No. 13 Santa Clara, 3-0. So far this season, Cal's only losses have come against ranked teams, losing 3-0 to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 Texas A&M Sept. 10-11 at the Golden Bear Invitational, and 3-0 at No. 6 Hawaii Sept. 17. The Bears' match at Stanford will be televised on a delayed basis (Saturday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m.) by Fox Sports Net with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Sinjin Smith (color) announcing. Cal and the Cardinal split matches last season, with the Bears winning 3-2 at Haas Pavilion Oct. 11 - Cal's first victory over Stanford since 1982. The Bears' last win at Stanford was Nov. 15, 1979 (3-1) at Burnham Pavilion.

ABERNATHY DOMINANT VERSUS ARIZONA SCHOOLS: Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy had arguably the best Pac-10 series of her career in Cal's 3-1 victory over Arizona State and 3-2 win over then-No. 14 Arizona. Abernathy had a team-high 18 kills and tied a school record (with Brook Coulter at Oregon Oct. 16, 1998) with nine service aces versus ASU. She had five service aces alone in game three versus the Sun Devils, hit .333 for the match (18k, 6e, 36att) and added four block assists. Versus Arizona, Abernathy out-dueled her sister, Jennifer (21 kills to 13 kills), and hit .415 (21k, 4e, 41att). She ended the week with a combined .377 hitting percentage (39k, 10e, 77att). Abernathy leads the Bears with 133 kills (3.69 kpg), 17 service aces (fourth in the Pac-10) and 162.0 points this season. She now has 998 career kills, ninth on the Cal all-time career kill list, and is only two shy of 1,000 career kills.

OTHER TOP BEARS: Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey, senior middle hitter Camille Leffall, junior middle hitter Alicia Powers, sophomore setter Samantha Carter and sophomore libero Jillian Davis are five more Bears excelling this season. Pressey, the daughter of former Villanova and Golden State Warrior basketball standout Paul Pressey, paced Cal with a career-high 22 kills versus Arizona. She was also the Bears' kill leader at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational, hitting .345 with 15 kills against Hawaii, and recording 18 kills with a .353 hitting percentage against UC Irvine. Pressey is now fourth in the Pac-10 with 3.96 kills per game. Leffall hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) versus Arizona State Sept. 23 and also had stellar hitting percentages against the Wahines and the Anteaters. She hit .600 versus Hawaii (13k, 1e, 20 att) Sept. 19 and .500 against UC Irvine (9 k, 1e, 16att) Sept. 17. Leffall has a .365 hitting percentage on the year, which currently ranks sixth in the Pac-10, and is the Cal school record-holder with a .355 career hitting percentage. Powers is third on the team with 100 kills and has a .307 hitting percentage. She finished with 10 kills and no errors in 18 attempts for a .556 hitting percentage against Arizona State. Carter has recorded 488 assists in 11 matches and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.56 assists per game. As a freshman, she set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Davis is another Bear who is among the conference leaders in a statistical category. She has a team-high 189 digs and is second in the Pac-10 with 5.25 digs per game.

CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Cal's No. 10 preseason ranking is only the fourth time in school history the Bears have been preseason ranked. Cal was ranked No. 24 at the start of last season, No. 12 in 1983 and No. 9 in 1989. The Bears finished with a No. 12 national ranking last year after falling to Georgia Tech, 3-1, in the NCAA Regional in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Bears have been ranked 53 times, including in all 17 weekly polls last season, reaching as high as a No. 5 ranking on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal has ever been ranked at the end of a season was 10th in 1982.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (88-71, .553 at Cal; career 387-238, .619) is in his sixth season at Cal. He was named both 2003 Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year and 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. 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.

CAL VERSUS STANFORD: The Bears have a 5-53 all-time record against No. 11 Stanford (9-3, 2-0 in 2004, 25-7 in 2003). The Bears lost to the Cardinal in the last meeting, 3-1, Nov. 7, 2003, at Stanford. The Cardinal is coached by John Dunning (fourth year at Stanford) and is led by 6-1 senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (240 kills, 5.33 kpg, .324 hitting percentage). Last season, Cal defeated the Cardinal for the first time since 1982, winning, 3-2, Oct. 11 at Haas Pavilion. The last time the Bears won a match at Stanford was, 3-1, Nov. 15, 1979 in Cal's final match of the '79 season at Burnham Pavilion.

BEARS HAVE TOUGH 2004 SCHEDULE: Competing in what is arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation - the Pac-10, the Bears' 2004 schedule includes 10 teams ranked in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Poll. Cal will take on No. 2 Washington, No. 3 USC, No. 10 UCLA, No. 11 Stanford and No. 17 Arizona in league play. The Bears also face some extremely talented foes in non-conference action. Cal defeated then-No. 14 Kansas State, 3-0, Sept. 3 in Houston, and fell to now No. 8 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 14 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at sixth-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 and at No. 13 Santa Clara Sept. 28. The Bears defeated four teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 last season (No. 13 Washington Sept. 26, No. 14 Santa Clara Oct. 8, No. 4 Stanford Oct. 11, at No. 10 Washington Oct. 24). The Bears were the only team to take two-time defending national champion USC to five games last season, coming back from a 2-0 deficit before falling to the Trojans, 15-13, in game five at Haas Pavilion Oct. 18, 2003.

CAL PLAYERS AMONG ACTIVE PAC-10 CAREER LEADERS: The Bears have four players; Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and junior outside hitter Jenna Brown, who are among the Top-10 Pac-10 active career leaders. Leffall has the most career total blocks (358) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (78) and seventh-most career kills (998). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,043 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 2,802 assists. Brown has the eighth-most digs among current Pac-10 players (711). Leffall is currently tied for fourth (with Diana Yovino-Young, 1984-87) on the Cal all-time total block list, Abernathy is ninth on the Bears' all-time kill list and Carter is fifth on the Bears' all-time assist list.

BEARS ON TELEVISION: Cal will be on television three times this season. The Bears will be televised again by Fox Sports Net Thursday, Nov. 4 when defending NCAA champs USC visits Haas Pavilion (replay time TBA). Cal will also be aired live when CSTV Sunday Night Spikes: AVCA Match of the Week features Stanford at Cal, Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

CAL IMPRESSIVE IN 2003: In 2003, the Bears' 25-7 record was the best winning percentage (.781) in school history. Cal recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83 and qualified for the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. The 2003 Cal volleyball team hosted the school's first-ever NCAA postseason event at Haas Pavilion. Cal started the season with a school-record 16-straight victories, and won a school-record 12 Pac-10 matches. The Bears defeated Stanford for the first time since 1982 before a record Cal volleyball crowd of 3,021. Cal earned its highest national volleyball ranking ever at No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003, after defeating Santa Clara and then-No. 4 Stanford in back-to-back five-game matches at Haas Pavilion. The Bears featured 6-3 outside hitter Mia Jerkov, a two-time All-America, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 selection, who recorded 30 or more kills in a match 14 times and is the school-record holder for single-season kills (701) and points (785.5). Jerkov had been AVCA Division I National Player of the Week twice, Pac-10 Player of the Week six times and MVP in five-straight regular season tournaments, while leading the Pac-10 in kills the past two seasons. She had one season of eligibility left, but is staying in Croatia to compete with her national team.

DID YOU KNOW? The Golden Bears featured Holly McPeak, the 1987 National Freshman of the Year, who has played beach volleyball in the last three summer Olympics and won a bronze medal with partner Elaine Youngs at the 2004 Athens Games. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey's father, Paul, is a former player and assistant for the Golden State Warriors from 1992-94. Pressey's mother, Elizabeth, played basketball at the University of Tulsa.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:

Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads the team in kills (133), service aces (17, 4th in Pac-10, 0.47 pg) and points (162, 10th in Pac-10, 4.50 pg)...had 11 kills Tuesday at Santa Clara...hit .415 with a team-high 21 kills Sept. 24 vs. Arizona...had 18 kills, four block assists and tied a school-record with nine service aces (with Brook Coulter, at Oregon Oct. 16, 1998) Sept. 23 vs. Arizona State...had 15 kills at No. 6 Hawaii Sept. 17...recorded 15 kills vs. No. 15 Kansas State Sept. 3...is ninth on the Cal all-time kill list (998) and only two shy of 1,000 career kills.

Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 74 digs and fifth on the squad with 59 kills...tallied three block assists Tuesday at Santa Clara...had a season-high four block assists vs. No. 17 Arizona Sept. 24...hit .400, with 10 digs and had a season-high 11 kills vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...recorded 10 kills with a season-high 11 digs Sept. 19 vs. UC Irvine...hit .357 with 10 digs Sept. 3 vs. No. 15 Kansas State...has 711 career digs, eighth among active Pac-10 players.

Samantha Carter: Has 488 assists and is second on the team with 13 service aces and third on the squad with 72 digs...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.56)...finished with 38 assists, a service ace and two block assists Tuesday at Santa Clara...had 52 assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24 and a season-high 59 assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with a career-high nine kills, a .562 hitting percentage (9k, 0e, 16att) and a season-high 11 digs at Houston Sept. 5...hit .833 (5k, 0e, 6att) with four service aces vs. UC Davis Sept. 1...is second among current Pac-10 players and fifth on the Cal all-time list with 2,043 career assists...set a school record last year as a freshman with 1,555 single-season assists...was a member of the 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Jillian Davis: A sophomore, has started every match since her freshman year as the Bears' libero...leads the team with 189 digs (second in Pac-10, 5.25 dpg)...has led Cal in digs in every match this season...tallied 16 digs Tuesday at Santa Clara...had a season-high 24 digs vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with 22 digs vs. No. 14 Texas A&M Sept. 11...averages 17.2 digs per match this season and already has 587 digs in 43 career matches.

Amanda Fox: Had a season-high 12 kills, 12 digs, two block solos, four block assists and six total blocks at Houston Sept. 5...recorded 10 kills with eight digs vs. Maryland Sept. 4.

Camille Leffall: Leads Cal in hitting percentage (.365, sixth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (38)...led the team with 12 kills and hit .455 (12k, 2e, 22att) Tuesday at Santa Clara...had a season-high six block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with five block assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...hit .500 (9k, 1e, 16att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19 and .600 (season-high 13k, 1e, 20att) at Hawaii Sept. 17 to earn Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational all-tournament honors...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) vs. No. 14 Texas A&M Sept. 11...recorded six total blocks at Houston Sept. 5...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) with two block solos vs. No. 15 Kansas State Sept. 3...has the second-most career blocks (358) among current Pac-10 players and is tied for fourth on the Cal all-time block list...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 .355 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Is hitting .307 and is second on the team with 28 total blocks...finished with seven kills with three block assists and a .462 hitting percentage (7k, 1e, 13att) Tuesday at Santa Clara...had four block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24...hit .556 (10k, 0e, 18att) vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with four block assists and hit .500 (11k, 1e, 20att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...was named to the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after recording 17 kills against No. 8 UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 Texas A&M Sept. 10-11...hit .400 (12k, 2e, 25att) with a season-high 12 kills at Houston Sept. 5...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with a season-high five block assists vs. Maryland Sept. 4...had two service aces and hit .333 (9k, 3e, 18att) vs. UC Davis Sept. 1.

Angie Pressey: Has 107 kills and leads the Bears with 3.96 kills per game (fourth in the Pac-10)...is also ninth in the Pac-10 in points per game (4.30)...had a career-high 22 kills, 54 kill attempts and four block solos vs. No. 17 Arizona Sept. 24...hit .353 (18k, 6e, 34att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19 and .345 (15k, 5e, 29att) with a season-high 11 digs at No. 6 Hawaii Sept. 17 to earn Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational all-tournament honors...recorded 12 kills with 11 digs vs. No. 15 Kansas State Sept. 3...had a team-high 13 kills in the season-opener vs. UC Davis Sept. 1.

2004 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics

TEAMKills 68 vs. ASU, 9/23; UA, 9/24Attempts 175 vs. Arizona, 9/24Hitting Pct. .328 vs UC Irvine, 9/19Assists 63 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 62 at Houston, 9/5Block Solos 4 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Block Assists 20 vs. two teamsTeam Blocks 13.0 at Houston, 9/5

INDIVIDUAL

Gabrielle AbernathyKills 21 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 41 vs. two teamsService Aces 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 9 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4

Jenna BrownKills 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Attempts 23 vs. Texas A&M, 9/11Service Aces 1 vs. five teamsDigs 11 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19Block Solos 1 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19Block Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24

Samantha CarterKills 9 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 16 at Houston, 9/5Assists 59 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Service Aces 4 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 11 at Houston, 9/5Block Solos 1 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19Total Blocks 3 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19

Amanda FoxKills 12 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 39 at Houston, 9/5Service Aces 1 vs. three teamsDigs 12 at Houston, 9/5Block Solos 2 at Houston, 9/5Block Assists 4 at Houston, 9/5Total Blocks 6 at Houston, 9/5

Camille LeffallKills 13 at Hawaii, 9/17Attempts 24 vs. two teamsService Aces 0Digs 1 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. Arizona, 9/24Total Blocks 6 at Houston, 9/5; vs. Arizona, 9/24

Alicia PowersKills 12 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 25 at Houston, 9/5Service Aces 2 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 8 at Hawaii, 9/17Block Solos 1 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Block Assists 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4Total Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4

Angie PresseyKills 22 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 54 vs. Arizona, 9/24Service Aces 0Digs 11 vs. two teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24

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