No. 14 Cal Volleyball Travels to Oregon State and Oregon

Nov. 9, 2004

BERKELEY, CA -

Nov. 11 at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 7 p.m.Nov. 12 at Oregon, McArthur Court, Eugene, OR 8 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: No. 14-ranked California (12-9, 7-5) will look to get back on the winning track as the Golden Bears travel to Oregon State Thursday and Oregon Friday for a pair of Pac-10 matches. Cal, which fell to No. 6 USC and No. 16 UCLA last week, will be attempting to defeat the Beavers for the fourth consecutive time and the Ducks for the 12th straight time. The Bears are trying to qualify for their third consecutive NCAA berth - a feat they have not accomplished since the 1987-89 seasons. Earlier this year, Cal defeated Oregon, 3-1, Oct. 15, and Oregon State, 3-0, Oct. 16 at Haas Pavilion. So far this year, the Bears' nine losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 18 UC Santa Barbara, No. 13 Texas A&M, at No. 2 Hawaii, at No. 22 Santa Clara, at No. 11 Stanford, at No. 16 UCLA, at No. 1 Washington, No. 6 USC, No. 16 UCLA). Cal's biggest wins this season were defeating USC in Los Angeles, Oct. 9, and upending Bay Area rival Stanford, 3-2, Oct. 31 at Haas Pavilion.

CAL'S BALANCED ATTACK: The Bears have done an admirable job of replacing the offensive prowess of two-time All-American Mia Jerkov, who recorded a school-record 701 kills last year. With 21 matches into the season, Cal has four players with over 200 kills - senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy (262), freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey (251), senior middle hitter Camille Leffall (218) and junior middle hitter Alicia Powers (205). Abernathy is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,127) and led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 (18k, 5e, 40att) in its victory at USC Oct. 9. Earlier this season, she tied a school record with nine service aces versus Arizona State Sept. 23. Abernathy has recorded double figures in kills in 16 of 21 matches this season and is fifth in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (0.35). Pressey was selected Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 25-31, after her stellar performance in Cal's 3-2 victory over Stanford, Oct. 31. She recorded 25 kills, 13 digs and two block solos, tallying six of her career-high 25 kills in the deciding fifth game against the Cardinal. Pressey currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.92), and her 25 kills versus Stanford marks the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season. Leffall continues to put up impressive numbers as she is hitting .395 (third in the Pac-10, 17th nationally) and leads the team with 82 blocks. She shined against Stanford as well, recording a career-high 21 kills with only four errors in 40 attempts (.425). She has now hit .300 or better in 11-straight matches, and 17 of 21 matches, this season. Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 402 total blocks - 32 blocks shy of Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93. She is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .364 career hitting percentage and has the second-most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player.

CONSISTENT CARTER, POWERS AND BROWN: A huge key to the Bears' success the past few years (NCAA appearances in 2002 and 2003) has been the play of sophomore setter Samantha Carter, junior middle hitter Alicia Powers and junior outside hitter Jenna Brown. Carter has recorded 933 assists on the year and is second (14th nationally) in the Pac-10 with 13.52 assists per game. She is also fourth in the conference in service aces per game (0.38, 26 total) and three times this season she has had four service aces in a match, including last Saturday versus UCLA. As a freshman, Carter set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Powers has started every match of her college career, has 205 kills and is second on the team in blocks (76). She was outstanding versus Stanford Oct. 31, recording 16 kills with 19 digs, and in the last match versus UCLA recorded 15 kills, 13 digs and three block solos. Brown is third on the team in digs (170) and blocks (51), and had 13 kills with 13 digs versus UCLA. She has recorded 816 career digs, seventh among current Pac-10 players, and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2002. The Bears did suffer a blow when sophomore libero Jillian Davis injured her left knee (ACL) in practice Oct. 28. Davis had established a school record with 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, and had led the Pac-10 with 5.43 digs per game (326 total, now second in the Pac-10 and 23rd nationally with 5.43 dpg). Junior Alexis Kollias replaced Davis and responded with 19 digs versus Stanford Oct. 31, and a career-high 23 versus USC, Oct. 4.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (93-76, .550 at Cal; career 392-243, .617) 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 OREGON STATE AND OREGON: Cal has a 29-16 all-time record against Oregon State (10-12, 4-9 in 2004, 16-16 in 2003). The Bears won the last meeting, 3-0, Oct. 16, in Berkeley. The Beavers are coached by Nancy Somera (sixth year at OSU) and are paced by 5-10 senior outside hitter Allison Lawrence (323 kills, 3.89 kpg). The Bears have a 39-12 all-time record against Oregon (9-14, 1-12 in 2004, 3-24 in 2003), winning the last meeting, 3-1, Oct. 15, in Berkeley. Cal has a 11-match winning streak over the Duck, with the last loss coming Nov. 15, 1998 (3-1) at Cal. The Ducks are coached by Carl Ferriera (fifth year at UO) and are led by 6-1 junior outside hitter Kelly Russell (265 kills, 3.53 kpg).

BEARS 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 (402) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (87) and seventh-most career kills (1,127). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,488 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 3,209 assists. Brown has the seventh-most digs among current Pac-10 players (816).

CAL HAS 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 again face No. 1 Washington (0-1) and No. 21 Arizona (1-0) in league play, and have twice played No. 6 USC (1-1), No. 11 Stanford (1-1) and No. 16 UCLA (0-2). 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. 18 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 13 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at second-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 (3-0) and at No. 22 Santa Clara Sept. 28 (3-0).

BEARS' 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 2003, 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. The Bears have been ranked 27 consecutive weeks, including all 17 weeks last season, reaching as high as a No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal has ever been ranked at the end of a season was 10th in 1982.

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 11th largest crowd to watch a collegiate volleyball match this season.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:

Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads Cal in kills (262), points (308.5) and service aces (26, 5th in Pac-10, 0.35 pg)...had a team-high 17 kills and a season-high 12 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 5...had three service aces vs. Stanford Oct. 31...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 UO Oct. 16, 1998) vs. ASU Sept. 23...had 15 kills at Hawaii Sept. 17...had 15 kills vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...is seventh on the Cal all-time kill list (1,127).

Jenna Brown: Is third on the team with 170 digs and 51 blocks...hit .344 (13k, 2e, 32 att) Nov. 4 vs. USC...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...had a season-high 14 kills with 13 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...hit .400 with 11 kills vs. ASU Sept. 23...had 10 kills and 11 digs vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 816 career digs, seventh-most among active Pac-10 players.

Samantha Carter: Has 933 assists and leads the team with 26 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.52) and fourth in service aces per game (0.38)...had 62 assists with four service aces vs. UCLA Nov. 5...finished with 64 assists vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had 50 assists with six total blocks at WSU Oct. 23...hit .667 (4k, 0e, 6att) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had 47 assists and a career-high two block solos at USC Oct. 9...had 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...had a career-high nine kills, a .562 hitting percentage (9k, 0e, 16att) with 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 fourth on the Cal all-time list with 2,488 career assists...set a school record as a freshman with 1,555 single-season assists and was a member of the 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Alexis Kollias: Has played in all 21 matches and 72 of 74 games for the Bears this season...had 22 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 6 and a career-high 23 digs vs. USC Nov. 4...took over the libero position for the injured Jillian Davis, recording 19 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had eight digs vs. Arizona Sept. 24...has 149 digs this season, and 261 digs for her career.

Camille Leffall: Leads Cal in hitting percentage (.395, 3rd in the Pac-10) and total blocks (82, 6th in the Pac-10, 1.15 bpg)...hit .400 (12k, 2e, 25att) with eight total blocks vs. UCLA Nov. 5 and .474 (11k, 2e, 19att) vs. USC Nov. 4...finished with a career-high 21 kills and a .425 hitting percentage (21k, 4e, 40att) vs. Stanford Oct. 11...had 11 kills with no errors in 17 attempts (.647) at UW Oct. 22...hit .409 (12k, 3e, 22att) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had 15 kills and hit .444 (15k, 3e, 27att) vs. UO Oct. 15...had 15 kills with seven total blocks at UCLA Oct. 8...recorded 14 kills and six total blocks at Stanford Oct. 1...led team with 12 kills and hit .455 (12k, 2e, 22att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...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...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) with two block solos vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has the second-most career blocks (402) 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 set a school record with a .381 single-season hitting percentage...is the school record-holder with a .364 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Is second on the team with 76 blocks...had 15 kills, 13 digs and three block solos vs. UCLA Nov. 5...hit .343 with a season-high 16 kills and 19 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...hit .421 (10k, 2e, 19att) at WSU Oct. 23...had a career-high three block solos vs. OSU Oct. 16 and a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...had 14 kills at Stanford Oct. 1...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 with 17 kills against UC Santa Barbara and Texas A&M Sept. 10-11...hit .400 (12k, 2e, 25att) at Houston Sept. 5...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with five block assists vs. Maryland Sept. 4...has started every match of her Cal career.

Angie Pressey: Is second on the team with 251 kills and leads the Bears with 3.92 kills per game (4th in the Pac-10)...had 12 kills with 16 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 5 and a team-high 14 kills with a career-high 20 digs vs. USC Nov. 4...was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 1 after recording a career-high 25 kills with two block solos and 13 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had six of her 25 kills in game five vs. the Cardinal...had a team-high 14 kills at WSU Oct. 23...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 18 digs at USC Oct. 9...had a team-high 18 kills at Stanford Oct. 1...had 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 Highs

TEAMKills 82 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 210 at Stanford, 10/1Hitting Pct. .372 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Assists 77 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 92 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 6 vs. UCLA, 11/5Block Assists 25 vs. Oregon, 10/15Team Blocks 17.0 vs. UCLA, 11/5

INDIVIDUAL

Gabrielle AbernathyKills 21 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 42 at Stanford, 10/1; vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 12 vs. UCLA, 11/5Block Solos 1 vs. six teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4

Jenna BrownKills 14 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 32 vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 1 vs. eight teamsDigs 17 vs. Oregon, 10/15Block Solos 1 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19; vs. OSU, 10/16Block Assists 5 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 5 vs. four teams

Samantha CarterKills 9 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 16 at Houston, 9/5Assists 65 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 4 vs. three teamsDigs 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 21 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 40 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Block Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 7 vs. UCLA, 11/5Total Blocks 8 vs. UCLA, 11/5

Alicia PowersKills 16 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 44 vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 2 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 19 vs. Stanford, 10/31Block Solos 3 vs. OSU, 10/16; UCLA, 11/5Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15

Angie PresseyKills 25 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 54 vs. Arizona, 9/24Service Aces 1 vs. Oregon, 10/15; vs. OSU, 10/16Digs 20 vs. USC, 11/4Block Solos 2 vs. Stanford, 10/31Block Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9

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