No. 17 Cal Volleyball Visits No. 10 UCLA and No. 2 USC

Oct. 5, 2004

BERKELEY, CA -

Oct. 8 at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA 7 p.m.Oct. 9 at USC, Lyon Center, Los Angeles, CA 5 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: No. 17-ranked California (7-5, 2-1) travels to Los Angeles to embark on what is arguably the toughest road trip in college volleyball. On Friday, the Bears face No. 10 UCLA (10-3, 3-1), a team Cal has never defeated in women's volleyball. On Saturday, the Bears challenge No. 2 USC (8-2, 3-1), the two-time defending national champions and a team the Bears have not upended since 1991 (24 straight losses). However, Cal was the only school to take the Trojans to five games last season. So far this year, the Bears' only losses have come against ranked teams (3-0 to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and No. 15 Texas A&M Sept. 10-11 at the Golden Bear Invitational, 3-0 at No. 4 Hawaii Sept. 17, 3-0 at No. 12 Santa Clara Sept. 28 and 3-2 at No. 14 Stanford Oct. 1). Cal is in the midst of an incredibly difficult four-match stretch. Last week the Bears had to play at No. 12 Santa Clara and at No. 14 Stanford, and now Cal is forced to play at No. 10 UCLA and at No. 2 USC. The Bears will finally return home to host unranked Oregon, Oct. 15, and Oregon State, Oct. 16, at Haas Pavilion.

CAL SHINES DESPITE LOSS AT STANFORD: The Bears had several standout performances in their 3-2 loss at Stanford Oct. 1. Cal was bidding to defeat the Cardinal at Stanford for the first time since 1979. Sophomore libero Jillian Davis established a school record with 33 digs, surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 32 digs versus San Jose State on Oct. 11, 1988. Freshman Angie Pressey led the Bears with 18 kills against the Cardinal, while junior Jenna Brown, senior Camille Leffall and senior Gabrielle Abernathy had 14 kills apiece. Junior Alicia Powers added 12 kills and sophomore setter Samantha Carter had a season-high 65 assists, four service aces and 14 digs. Abernathy's 14 kills versus the Cardinal gave her 1,012 career kills, only the ninth player in school history to surpass 1,000 kills.

TOP BEARS: Davis, Pressey, Leffall, Abernathy, Powers and Carter have all excelled this season. Davis is currently first in the Pac-10 with 5.41 digs per game and has led the Bears in digs in every match this season. She has been Cal's starting libero every since her freshman year and has already tallied 620 digs in 44 career matches. Pressey, the daughter of former Golden State Warrior basketball player Paul Pressey, paced Cal with a career-high 22 kills versus Arizona Sept. 24, as well as leading the Bears with her 18 kills at Stanford. She was also Cal's 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 - earning all-tournament honors. Leffall hit a team-high .323 (14k, 4e, 31att) at Stanford and also earned all-tournament honors in Hawaii. Leffall has a .360 hitting percentage on the year, which currently ranks fifth in the Pac-10, and is Cal's school record-holder with a .354 career hitting percentage. Abernathy leads the Bears with 147 kills this season, and besides earning her 1,000 kill in the match at Stanford, tied a school record with nine service aces versus Arizona State Sept. 23. Powers is third on the team with 112 kills and has a .293 hitting percentage, while Carter has recorded 553 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.56 assists per game. As a freshman, Carter set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (88-72, .550 at Cal; career 387-239, .618) 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 UCLA AND USC: The Bears have a 0-45 all-time record against No. 10 UCLA (10-3, 3-1 in 2004, 24-9 in 2003), losing to the Bruins in the last meeting, 3-1, Nov. 14, 2003, in Los Angeles. UCLA is coached by Andy Banachowski (38th year at UCLA) and is led by 6-3 senior middle blocker Brynn Murphy (138 kills, 3.07 kpg). Cal has a 6-34 all-time record against No. 2 USC (8-2, 3-1 in 2004, 35-0 in 2003). The Bears fell to the Trojans in the last meeting, 3-0, Nov. 15, 2003, in Los Angeles. USC is coached by Mick Haley (fourth year at USC) and is paced by 6-1 senior outside hitter Keao Burdine (134 kills, 3.53 kpg). Last season, Cal was the only team to take two-time defending national champion USC to five games, coming back from a 2-0 deficit before falling to the Trojans, 15-13, in game five at Haas Pavilion Oct. 18, 2003. The Bears have lost 24 straight matches to USC. The last time Cal won a match versus the Trojans was, 3-2, Nov. 15, 1991 in Berkeley. The last time the Bears defeated USC in Los Angeles was 3-1, Nov. 21, 1986.

CAL PLAYERS AMONG ACTIVE PAC-10 CAREER LEADERS: The Bears have four players; Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and Brown, who are among the Top-10 Pac-10 active career leaders. Leffall has the second-most career total blocks (364) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (79) and seventh-most career kills (1,012). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,108 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 2,885 assists. Brown has the eighth-most digs among current Pac-10 players (724). Leffall is currently tied for third (with Lisa Arce, 1987-90) on the Cal all-time total block list, Abernathy is eighth on the Bears' all-time kill list and Carter is fifth on the Bears' all-time assist list.

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. 1 Washington, No. 2 USC, No. 10 UCLA, No. 14 Stanford and No. 21 Arizona in league play. The Bears also faced 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. 13 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 15 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at fourth-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 (3-0), at No. 12 Santa Clara Sept. 28 (3-0) and at No. 14 Stanford Oct. 1 (3-2).

CAL'S AVCA PRESEASON 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.

BEARS ON TELEVISION: The Cal-Stanford match at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion Oct. 1 was televised by Fox Sports Net. The Bears will be televised again by Fox Sports Net on 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 Cal in kills (147), service aces (18, 3rd in Pac-10, 0.44 pg) and points (177.0)...had 14 kills at Stanford Oct. 1... hit .415 with a team-high 21 kills vs. Arizona Sept. 24...had 18 kills, four block assists and tied a school-record with nine service aces (with Brook Coulter, at Oregon Oct. 16, 1998) vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...had 15 kills at Hawaii Sept. 17...recorded 15 kills vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...is eighth on the Cal all-time kill list (1,012).

Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 87 digs ...tallied a season-high 14 kills and 13 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...had a season-high four block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24...hit .400, with 10 digs and had 11 kills vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...recorded 10 kills with 11 digs vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 724 career digs, eighth among active Pac-10 players.

Samantha Carter: Has 553 assists and is second on the team with 17 service aces and third on the squad with 86 digs...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.49)...finished with a season-high 65 assists, four service aces and 14 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...had 52 assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24 and 59 assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with a career-high nine kills, a .562 hitting percentage (9k, 0e, 16att) and 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 2,108 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: Has started every match since her freshman year as the Bears' libero...leads the team with 222 digs (first in Pac-10, 5.41 dpg)...has led Cal in digs in every match this season...had a school record 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 32 digs set vs. San Jose State Oct. 11, 1988...had 24 digs vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with 22 digs vs. Texas A&M Sept. 11...averages 18.5 digs per match this season and already has 620 digs in 44 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 (.360, fifth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (44, eighth in the Pac-10, 1.13 bpg)...had a season-high 14 kills and six total blocks, with a career-high 31 kills attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...led the team with 12 kills and hit .455 (12k, 2e, 22att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...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. Texas A&M Sept. 11...recorded six total blocks at Houston Sept. 5...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) with two block solos vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has the second-most career blocks (364) among current Pac-10 players and is tied for third 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 .354 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Is hitting .293 and is second on the team with 31 total blocks...had a season-high 14 kills with a career-high 30 kill attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...finished with seven kills with three block assists and a .462 hitting percentage (7k, 1e, 13att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...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 UC Santa Barbara and 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 125 kills and leads the Bears with 4.03 kills per game (sixth in the Pac-10)...had a team-high 18 kills at Stanford Oct. 1...had a career-high 22 kills, 54 kill attempts and four block solos vs. 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 Hawaii Sept. 17 to earn Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational all-tournament honors...recorded 12 kills with 11 digs vs. 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 Highs

TEAMKills 79 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 210 at Stanford, 10/1Hitting Pct. .328 vs UC Irvine, 9/19Assists 72 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 92 at Stanford, 10/1Block 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 42 at Stanford, 10/1Service 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 14 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 29 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 1 vs. five teamsDigs 13 at Stanford, 10/1Block 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 65 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 4 vs. UC Davis, 9/1; at Stanford, 10/1Digs 14 at Stanford, 10/1Block 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. four 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 14 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 31 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. Arizona, 9/24Total Blocks 6 vs. three teams

Alicia PowersKills 12 at Houston, 9/5; at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 30 at Stanford, 10/1Service 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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