No. 17 Cal Volleyball Hosts NCAA First and Second Rounds

Nov. 30, 2004

BERKELEY, CA -

Dec.2 Sacramento State vs. Saint Mary's, Haas Pavilion 5 p.m.Pacific at California, Haas Pavilion 7 p.m.Dec. 3 NCAA Tournament Second Round, Haas Pavilion 7 p.m.

BEAR NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES: No. 17-ranked California (16-11, 11-7 in the Pac-10) has been chosen one of 16 host sites for the 64-team NCAA Volleyball Tournament for the second year in-a-row. The Golden Bears will host NCAA first and second rounds Dec. 2-3 at Haas Pavilion. On Dec. 2, Sacramento State (25-7) from the Big Sky Conference will face No. 14-ranked Saint Mary's (23-3) from the West Coast Conference at 5 p.m. Then Pacific (19-9) from the Big West Conference will meet Cal at 7 p.m. The winners of the Dec. 2 matches will play at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 for a chance to advance on to the NCAA round of 16, Dec. 10-11 in Seattle, Wash. As a result of the Bears' solid 2004 campaign, they earned a third consecutive NCAA berth - a feat Cal has not accomplished since the 1987-89 seasons. The Bears have proven they are capable of beating the nation's best as they defeated two-time defending NCAA champion USC, 3-0 in Los Angeles, Oct. 9; and topped Bay Area rival Stanford, 3-2, Oct. 31 at Haas Pavilion. This year, Cal's 11 losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 16 UC Santa Barbara, No. 18 Texas A&M, at No. 2 Hawaii, at then-No. 13 Santa Clara, at No. 6 Stanford, at No. 15 UCLA, at No. 5 Washington, No. 8 USC, No. 15 UCLA, No. 5 Washington, at No. 21 Arizona). In fact, the Bears have played 15 matches against teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25, more than any other school in the nation. Cal is 4-11 against those ranked teams, and 12-0 against non-ranked teams. The Bears won 11 Pac-10 matches this season, the second-most conference wins in school history, tying Cal's 11-7 league mark in 1987.

CAL'S POSTSEASON HISTORY: Cal volleyball will be competing in the NCAA postseason for the eighth time in school history, and will be hosting an NCAA Tournament match for the third time since 1982 (Cal defeated Pepperdine, 3-0, Dec. 5, 1982). Last season, the Bears defeated both Saint Mary's and Michigan, 3-0, Dec. 5-6, 2003 in Haas Pavilion, before advancing to the Round of 16 in Honolulu, HI, where Cal lost 3-1 to Georgia Tech, Dec. 12 to end the year 25-7. In 2002, the Bears defeated Santa Clara, 3-1, in a NCAA first round match before falling to UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, in the second round in Santa Barbara. Prior to 2002, Cal's last NCAA visit was in 1989 when it defeated Florida State, 3-1, in Tallahassee, before falling to Texas, 3-0, in Austin. The Bears also participated in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament in 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1988, finishing tied for ninth in the nation three times (1982 out of 28 teams, 1983 out of 28 teams and 1989 out of 32 teams). Cal has a 6-7 all-time record in NCAA volleyball postseason play. The Bears competed in the 1981 AIAW National Championship as well, placing 10th out of 12 teams, and the 1991 NIVC, tying for fifth place out of 20 teams.

LEFFALL AND PRESSEY FIRST TEAM ALL-PAC-10: Cal had two players - senior middle hitter Camille Leffall and freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey - earn 2004 first team All-Pac-10 honors. Pressey was also selected to the 2004 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Leffall is hitting .394 (fourth in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 107 blocks. She shined in the Bears' Oct. 31 win over Stanford, recording a career-high 21 kills with a .425 hitting percentage. From Sept. 28-Nov. 5, Leffall hit .300 or better in 11-straight matches, and has hit .300 or better in 20 of 27 matches overall. She is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 427 total blocks - seven blocks shy of Cara Dane's school-record 434 blocks from 1990-93. Leffall is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .365 career hitting percentage and has the second-most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player. She was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2001 and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2003. Pressey was the Nov. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week after her stellar performance in Cal's victory over Stanford. 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 leads the Bears with 321 kills and currently ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.87), and is eighth in the conference in points per game (4.30). Pressey's selection represents the fourth consecutive year a Cal volleyball player has been named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. She is also the first Bear freshman to ever be named to the All-Pac-10 volleyball team.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (97-78, .554 at Cal; career 396-245, .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 last season. 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. He was an assistant coach at Pacific from 1980-83.

CAL VERSUS NCAA OPPONENTS: Cal will play Pacific (19-9, 13-5 in the Big West, 24th consecutive NCAA appearance) for the first time since the Sept. 6, 1994 season-opener when the Bears lost, 3-0, in Berkeley. Cal's Rich Feller was an assistant at UOP from 1980-83. Cal has a 6-26 all-time record against Pacific. The Tigers, coached by Jayne McHugh (fourth year at UOP), are led by 6-1 junior outside hitter Ashley Groothuis (445 kills) and have won six straight matches entering the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have a 10-1 all-time record against No. 14-ranked and No. 10 nationally seeded Saint Mary's (23-3, 12-2 in the WCC), including defeating the Gaels 30-20, 30-21, 30-23 in the 2003 NCAA first round last year at Haas Pavilion. Saint Mary's is coached by Jon Stevenson (third year at SMC) and is paced by 6-0 senior outside hitter Lindsay Bogason (328 kills). Cal is 9-3 all-time against Sacramento State (25-7, 11-3 in the Big Sky), but fell to the Hornets in the last meeting between the two schools, 3-0, Oct. 27, 1998 in Sacramento. Sacramento State, coached by Debby Colberg (29th year at Sac. State), is led by 5-7 senior outside hitter Sandra Bandimere (492 kills).

NCAA TOURNAMENT TICKET INFO: Advance ticket sales will be available on www.calbears.com. Tickets will also be available at the door and are all general admission. Two-day adult ticket - $10. Two-day ticket for youth/seniors/students with valid ID - $6. Single day adult ticket - $7. Single day youth/seniors/students with valid ID ticket - $5. For more ticket information call 1-800-GO-BEARS.

ABERNATHY, CARTER AND POWERS ALSO HONORED: Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, junior middle hitter Alicia Powers and sophomore setter Samantha Carter were selected honorable mention All-Pac-10 by the league coaches. Abernathy, a 5-11 outside hitter from Antioch, Calif., leads Cal in points (377.0) and service aces (32), is second in kills (320), and is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,185) and kill attempt list (3,068). She led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 hitting percentage (18k, 5e, 40att) in its victory Oct. 1 at USC. Earlier this season, Abernathy tied a school record with nine service aces versus Arizona State Sept. 23. She has recorded double figures in kills in 19 of 27 matches this season, and is third in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (0.34). A 6-0 setter from Orlando, Fla., Carter has recorded 1,214 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.64 assists per game. She is also fifth in the conference in service aces per game (0.33, 29 total) and three times this season she has had four service aces in a match. 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 (91 consecutive starts), has 261 kills and is second on the team in blocks (97, 10th in the Pac-10, 1.03 bpg). The 6-2 middle hitter from Clayton, Calif. was outstanding in Cal's win over Stanford, recording 16 kills with 19 digs. The Bears' 2004 contingent of five Pac-10 all-conference honorees is the most in school history.

BEARS' 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 27 matches played this season, Cal has four players with over 200 kills - Pressey (321), Abernathy (303), Leffall (272) and Powers (261). A fifth player, junior outside hitter Jenna Brown, has 197 kills, 223 digs and 72 blocks. She has recorded 869 career digs, seventh among current Pac-10 players, and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2002. Leffall, Powers and Brown have competed in all three of the Bears' NCAA Tournament teams from 2002-04. Cal has 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 (427) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (93) and seventh-most career kills (1,185). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,769 assists, which is the third-most career assists of anyone in the Pac-10.

CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Cal's No. 10 preseason ranking was only the fourth time in school history the Bears had 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 30 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. The Bears' highest ranking this season was No. 8 on Sept. 16.

BEARS 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 in 2002 and 2003. She had one season of eligibility left, but stayed 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 13th largest crowd to watch a collegiate volleyball match this season.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:

Gabrielle Abernathy: Was named honorable mention All-Pac-10...leads team in points (377.0) and service aces (32, 3rd in Pac-10, 0.34 pg), and is second in kills (320)...had 11 kills, a .429 hitting percentage and five service aces vs. WSU Nov. 18...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 (1,185).

Jenna Brown: Has 197 kills, 223 digs and 72 blocks...hit .500 (10k, 2e, 16att) vs. WSU Nov. 18...had a season-high 14 kills at OSU Nov. 11...hit .344 (13k, 2e, 32 att) Nov. 4 vs. USC...had 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...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 869 career digs, seventh-most among active Pac-10 players.

Samantha Carter: Was named honorable mention All-Pac-10...has 1,214 assists and is second on the team with 29 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.64) and fifth in service aces per game (0.33)...finished with 61 assists and a season-high 14 digs at OSU Nov. 11...had 62 assists with four service aces vs. UCLA Nov. 5...had with 64 assists vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had 50 assists with six total blocks at WSU Oct. 23...tallied 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 third among current Pac-10 players and fourth on the Cal all-time list with 2,769 career assists...in 2003, set a school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Alexis Kollias: Has played in all 27 matches and 92 of 94 games...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...has 210 digs this season, and 322 digs for her career.

Camille Leffall: Was selected first team All-Pac-10...leads Cal in hitting percentage (.394, 4th in the Pac-10) and total blocks (107, 5th in the Pac-10, 1.20 bpg)...hit .615 (8k, 0e, 13att) at ASU Nov. 27...hit a season-high .688 (11k, 0e, 16att) at UO Nov. 12...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...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 (427) 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 .365 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Was named honorable mention All-Pac-10...is second on the team with 97 blocks (10th in Pac-10, 1.03 bpg)...had 12 kills with six block assists vs. UW Nov. 19...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...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...has started every match of her Cal career (91).

Angie Pressey: Was named first team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Freshman...leads team with 321 kills (3.87 kills per game, 7th in the Pac-10)...is also eighth in Pac-10 in points per game (4.30)...tallied a team-high 21 kills Nov. 11 at OSU...had 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 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 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. .395 at Oregon, 11/12Assists 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 Stan, 10/1; at OSU, 11/11Attempts 32 vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 1 vs. 10 teamsDigs 17 vs. Oregon, 10/15Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 7 vs. Washington, 11/19Total Blocks 7 vs. Washington, 11/19

Samantha CarterKills 9 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 16 at Houston, 9/5Assists 65 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 4 vs. three teamsDigs 14 at Stan, 10/1; at OSU, 11/11Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/9; vs. WSU, 11/18Block Assists 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15

Camille LeffallKills 21 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 40 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. OSU, 10/16; at OSU, 11/11Block 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. three teamsDigs 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 2 at OSU, 11/11Digs 20 vs. USC, 11/4Block Solos 3 at Arizona State, 11/27Block Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9Total Blocks 6 at Arizona State, 11/27

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