No. 13 Cal Volleyball Visits No. 1 Washington and Washington State
Oct. 19, 2004
BERKELEY, CA -
Oct. 22 at Washington, Bank of America Arena, Seattle, WA 7 p.m.Oct. 23 at Washington State, Bohler Gym, Pullman, WA 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 13-ranked California (10-6, 5-2) has the opportunity to again play the role of 'giant killer' as the Golden Bears visit No. 1 ranked Washington (15-0, 7-0) Friday in Seattle. Cal has a three-match win streak over the Huskies and recently upended then-No. 2-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion USC, 3-0, Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. Last year, the Bears defeated the Huskies, 3-1, at home and, 3-2, at Bank of America Arena. Washington went on to advance to the NCAA regional final in Long Beach. The Huskies will be without All-American Sanja Tomasevic, who broke her right hand in practice last week, but feature freshman outside hitter Christal Morrison, who was the Oct. 18 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Cal counters with seniors Camille Leffall and Gabrielle Abernathy, and freshman Angie Pressey. The Bears' trio accounted for 82 of Cal's 119 kills (69 percent) last week versus Oregon and Oregon State. So far this year, the Bears' six losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 20 UC Santa Barbara, No. 16 Texas A&M, at No. 3 Hawaii, at No. 19 Santa Clara, at No. 11 Stanford, at No. 12 UCLA).
CAL SENIOR LEADERS LEFFALL AND ABERNATHY: The Bears have been paced this season by middle hitter Leffall and outside hitter Abernathy. Leffall shined against the Oregon schools last weekend, recording a career-high 15 kills versus Oregon, and had 12 kills versus Oregon State. She finished the week hitting .429 (3.86 kills per game) and has now hit .300 or better in six-straight matches, and 12 of 16 matches, this season. Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 382 total blocks - 52 blocks behind Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93. She is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .357 career hitting percentage and has the most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player. Abernathy leads Cal in kills (203) and service aces (20) this season, and is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,068). She led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 (18k, 5e, 40att) in the victory at USC, and earlier this season tied a school record with nine service aces versus Arizona State Sept. 23. Abernathy has recorded double figures in kills in 13 of 16 matches this season, including eight consecutive matches, and is eighth in the Pac-10 in points per game (4.44).
TOP YOUNG BEARS: Besides Cal's top two seniors, the Bears feature some outstanding sophomores and freshmen. Sophomore libero Jillian Davis established a school record with 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 32 digs versus San Jose State on Oct. 11, 1988. Davis leads the Pac-10 with 5.52 digs per game (262) and her 33 digs at Stanford were the most by any conference player this season. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey is second on the team with 173 kills and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.93). Pressey's 22 kills versus Arizona Sept. 24 marked the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter has recorded 708 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.36 assists per game. She is also seventh in the conference in service aces per game (20, 0.38). As a freshman, Carter set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Cal is bolstered by the solid play of juniors Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown as well. Powers has started every match of her college career, is second on the team in blocks (53) and recorded a career-high three block solos versus Oregon State Oct. 16. Brown is second on the team in digs (125) and had a season-high 17 digs versus Oregon Oct. 15. She has recorded 771 career digs, eighth among current Pac-10 players.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (91-73, .555 at Cal; career 390-240, .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 WASHINGTON AND WASHINGTON STATE: The Bears have a 20-21 all-time record against No. 1-ranked Washington (15-0, 7-0 in 2004; 23-9 in 2003), winning the last meeting, 3-2, Oct. 24, 2003, in Seattle. The Huskies are coached by Jim McLaughlin (fourth year at UW) and are led by 6-2 freshman outside hitter Christal Morrison (203 kills, 4.23 kpg, Oct. 18 Pac-10 Player of the Week). Cal has a 20-22 all-time record against Washington State (3-17, 0-7 in 2004; 9-20 in 2003). The Bears won the last meeting, 3-1, Oct. 23, 2003, in Pullman. The Cougars are coached by Brian Heffernan (first year at WSU) and are paced by 6-1 sophomore outside hitter Kelly Rosin (287 kills, 3.88 kpg).
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 most career total blocks (382) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (81) and sixth-most career kills (1,068). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,263 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 3,006 assists. Brown has the eighth-most digs among current Pac-10 players (771). Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time total block list (52 short of Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93), Abernathy is seventh 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 Friday, and again face No. 6 USC, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA and No. 23 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. 20 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 16 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at third-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 (3-0), at No. 19 Santa Clara Sept. 28 (3-0) and at No. 11 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 24 consecutive weeks, 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 two-time defending NCAA champion 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 produced 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. Cal's Sept. 17 match at Hawaii attracted 6,840 fans, the eighth largest crowd to watch a collegiate volleyball match this season.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads Cal in kills (203), service aces (20, 9th in Pac-10, 0.37 pg) and points (239.5, 8th in Pac-10)...recorded 13 kills with a .321 hitting percentage vs. OSU Oct. 16 and had 13 kills vs. UO Oct. 15 tallied a team-high 18 kills at USC Oct. 9...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. ASU Sept. 23...had 15 kills at Hawaii Sept. 17...recorded 15 kills vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...is seventh on the Cal all-time kill list (1,068).
Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 125 digs ...finished with a season-high 17 digs and five block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...had a season-high five block assists at UCLA Oct. 8...tallied a season-high 14 kills with 13 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...hit .400, with 10 digs and had 11 kills vs. ASU Sept. 23...recorded 10 kills with 11 digs vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 771 career digs, eighth among active Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 708 assists and is tied for first on the team with 20 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.36) and seventh in service aces per game (0.38)...hit .667 (4k, 0e, 6att) vs. OSU Oct. 16 and had a season-high five blocks vs. UO Oct. 15...had 47 assists and a career-high two block solos at USC Oct. 9...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. ASU 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 2,263 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 298 digs (first in Pac-10, 5.52 dpg)...has led Cal in digs in every match this season...had 20 digs vs. UO Oct. 15...recorded 22 digs at UCLA Oct. 8...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. ASU Sept. 23...finished with 22 digs vs. Texas A&M Sept. 11...averages 18.6 digs per match this season and already has 696 digs in 48 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 (.371, 3rd in the Pac-10) and total blocks (62, 6th in the Pac-10, 1.19 bpg)...hit .409 (12k, 3e, 22att) vs. OSU Oct. 16...finished with a career-high 15 kills and hit .444 (15k, 3e, 27att) vs. UO Oct. 15...had 10 kills and five total blocks at USC Oct. 9...tallied a career-high 15 kills and had seven total blocks at UCLA Oct. 8...had 14 kills and six total blocks, with a career-high 31 kills attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...led 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. ASU Sept. 23...hit .500 (9k, 1e, 16att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19 and .600 (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 most career blocks (382) among current Pac-10 players and is second 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 .357 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is second on the team with 53 total blocks...had a career-high three block solos vs. OSU Oct. 16 and a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...recorded six total blocks at USC Oct. 9...had a season-high 14 kills with a career-high 30 kill attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...finished with seven kills and a .462 hitting percentage (7k, 1e, 13att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...hit .556 (10k, 0e, 18att) vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...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 12 kills at Houston Sept. 5...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with five block assists vs. Maryland Sept. 4...had two service aces and hit .333 (9k, 3e, 18att) vs. UC Davis Sept. 1...has started every match of her Cal career.
Angie Pressey: Is second on the team with 173 kills and leads the Bears with 3.93 kills per game (6th in the Pac-10)...recorded a team-high 15 kills with no errors in 27 attempts (.556) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had 14 kills vs. UO Oct. 15...tallied 14 kills and had a career-high 18 digs at USC Oct. 9...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) 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 HighsCareer highs in italics
TEAMKills 79 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 210 at Stanford, 10/1Hitting Pct. .372 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Assists 72 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 92 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 5 at USC, 10/9; vs. OSU, 10/16Block Assists 25 vs. Oregon, 10/15Team Blocks 13.5 at USC, 10/9
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. five 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. seven teamsDigs 17 vs. Oregon, 10/15Block Solos 1 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19; vs. OSU, 10/16Block Assists 5 at UCLA, 10/8; vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 5 vs. three teams
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 2 at USC, 10/9Block Assists 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15
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 15 at UCLA, 10/8; vs. Oregon, 10/15Attempts 31 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Block Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at UCLA, 10/8Total Blocks 7 at UCLA, 10/8
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 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15
Angie PresseyKills 22 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 54 vs. Arizona, 9/24Service Aces 1 vs. Oregon, 10/15; vs. OSU, 10/16Digs 18 at USC, 10/9Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9