No. 25 Cal Hosts No. 13 UCLA and No. 12 USC to Open Pac-10 Play
Sept. 20, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Sept. 23 UCLA, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.Sat., Sept. 24 USC, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 25-ranked California (7-2) has a huge challenge this week as the Golden Bears begin their 2005 Pac-10 slate hosting No. 13 UCLA (7-2) and No. 12-ranked USC (4-4) at Haas Pavilion. The USC-Cal match will be televised on Comcast SportsNet (www.comcastsportsnet.com for viewing information) with Randy Rosenbloom (play-by-play) and Kirk Anderson (color) announcing. Cal will be looking for the first-ever victory over the Bruins in women's volleyball (0-47). The Bears did, however, upset the 2004 national semifinalist Trojans last year in Los Angeles, 3-0, for the first victory over USC since 1991, and the first win in Los Angeles since 1986. Cal enters its Pac-10 schedule with a 7-2 mark, winning all seven of its matches by 3-0 margins, while losing its two matches by 3-2 scores. Besides a season-opening win over UC Davis, the Bears have competed in three tournaments, winning the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas; and placing second in the Golden Bear Invitational (3-2 loss to No. 14 San Diego) and the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational in Reno, Nev. (3-2 loss to Nevada). Cal has been paced by sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey and junior setter Samantha Carter, who have garnered all-tournament honors in all three of the Bears' tournaments this season.
CAL FALLS IN ANOTHER TIGHT MATCH: The Bears started off the season winning 15-straight games in a 5-0 start before losing, 3-2, to San Diego in the finals of the Golden Bear Invitational and 3-2 to Nevada in the opener of the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational. Cal was able to rebound with 3-0 victories over Montana State and Akron, led by Pressey and Carter. Pressey concluded the tournament with 56 kills, including tying a career-high with 25 kills versus Nevada, hitting .392 (25k, 5e, 51att). She also hit .417 (19k, 4e, 36att) versus Montana State and .556 (12k, 2e, 18att) versus Akron. Pressey is currently hitting .373 on the year with a team-high 139 kills and 4.63 kills per game. She is also second on the team with 67 digs. Carter finished with 150 assists during the Nevada tournament, including a season-high 65 assists versus the Wolf Pack, while junior libero Jillian Davis, the MVP of the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, had a season-high 27 digs against Nevada. As a team, Cal has an impressive .302 hitting percentage (second in the Pac-10), while limiting its opponents to a .150 hitting percentage. The Bears also have 67 service aces on the year (second in the Pac-10), compared to 28 for their opponents.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: The Bears have four different players who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is the conference leader in kills per game (139, 4.63), is third in points (158.0, 5.27pg), eighth in hitting percentage (.373) and 10th in service aces (11, 0.37pg). Carter is the Pac-10 leader in service aces (23, 0.73pg) and is third in assists (413, 13.32apg). Sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard is fifth in the conference in blocks (34, 1.26bpg) and seventh in hitting percentage (.387). Davis is fifth in the Pac-10 in digs (132, 4.26pg). The Bears also have players who are among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second behind Washington's Courtney Thompson with 3,317 career assists and is fourth with 74 career service aces. Senior middle hitter Alicia Powers is fourth among conference career leaders with 337 career blocks and seventh with 71 career service aces. Senior outside hitter Jenna Brown is fourth with 937 career digs and seventh with 894 career kills. Davis is sixth among Pac-10 active career leaders with 856 digs.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (105-81, .565 at Cal; career 404-248, .620) is in his seventh season at Cal. Feller won his 100th game as the Bears' coach Sept. 2 at Texas State, and earned his 400th career victory Sept. 3 versus Morgan State. In 2003, he was named both the Pacific Region and 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 Cal after two years as an assistant for the USA National Team (1997-98) and 14 years as head coach at Colorado State (1983-96, eight NCAA Tournaments).
CAL VERSUS UCLA AND USC: The Bears have a 0-47 all-time record against No. 13 UCLA (7-2), falling to the Bruins, 3-0, Oct. 8, 2004, in Los Angeles; and 3-2, Nov. 5, 2004 in Berkeley. UCLA is coached by Andy Banachowski (39th year at UCLA) and is led by 6-1 junior middle blocker Nana Meriwether (119 kills, .391 hitting percentage, 52 total blocks). Cal has a 7-34 all-time record against No. 12 USC (4-4), defeating the Trojans, 3-0, Oct. 9, 2004, in Los Angeles; and losing 3-1, Nov. 4, 2004, in Berkeley. USC is coached by Mick Haley (fifth year at USC) and is led by 6-5 senior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas (121 kills, .300 hitting percentage, 20 total blocks). The Trojans were the 2002 and 2003 NCAA champions.
BEARS' 2005 STANDOUTS: Cal will be paced this season by the 5-8 Pressey, a 2004 first team All-Pac-10 selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, plus upperclassmen Powers, Brown, Carter and Davis. Powers, a 6-2 middle hitter, was a 2004 Pac-10 honorable mention selection and is seventh on the Bears' all-time career block list (337). Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, has 937 career digs, fourth most among active Pac-10 players. Carter, a 6-0 junior setter, was a 2004 Pac-10 honorable mention selection and is second among current Pac-10 players and fourth on Cal's all-time list with 3,317 career assists. Davis is a 5-9 junior libero, who sat out the majority of last season with an injury (ACL) to her left knee, but still set a school record with 33 digs versus national champion Stanford in 2004 and has 8563 career digs in 59 matches.
CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY: The Bears' senior class of Alicia Powers, Jenna Brown and Alexis Kollias has a chance to be the first group in school history to make NCAA appearances in all four years of their eligibility. Powers has started every match of her Cal career (99), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 99 contests. Kollias replaced an injured Davis last season and shined, recording a career-high 31 digs against Saint Mary's in the NCAA Second Round. The three seniors have led the Bears to a four-year mark of 69-33 (.676).
KEY NEWCOMERS: The Bears bring in a 2005 freshman class ranked fifth in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. Morgan Beck, a 6-3 outside hitter from San Clemente High School (Coto De Caza, Calif.), was a member of the 2005 USA Junior National Team that competed at the Under-20 World Championships this past July 23-31 in Ankara, Istanbul, Turkey. Beck was selected the nation's 26th top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com and was first team All-CIF Southern Section as a senior. Bryte Nielson is a 5-11 left-handed setter/outside hitter from Los Gatos High School (Saratoga, Calif.) Nielson was a four-time first team all-league selection, a second team All-Central Coast Section as a senior, and was selected the nation's 97th top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. Kat Reilly, a 6-2 middle hitter from Plano East Senior High School (Plano, Texas), was the 2004 District 8-5A Most Valuable Player and was rated the nation's 13th top high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Cal's No. 19 preseason ranking is only the fifth time in school history the Bears have been preseason ranked. Cal was ranked No. 10 at the start of last season, No. 24 in 2003, No. 9 in 1989 and No. 12 in 1983. The Bears finished with a No. 19 national ranking last year after falling to Saint Mary's, 3-2, in the NCAA Second Round in Haas Pavilion. The Bears have been ranked a total of 68 times since 1982, 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 HAVE TOUGH 2005 SCHEDULE: Competing in arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation - the Pac-10, the Bears' 2005 schedule includes seven teams ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Poll, with five of those opponents coming from the Pac-10. Cal will take on No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, No. 12 USC, No. 13 UCLA and No. 15 Arizona in league play. The Bears have also faced some talented foes in non-conference action. Cal defeated Florida A&M, a team that finished 28-3 in 2004, 3-0, Sept. 8, and fell to the-No. 20 San Diego, 3-2, Sept. 10 at the Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears host No. 18 Santa Clara, Nov. 15 at Haas Pavilion.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES: Sept. 23 vs. UCLA, Cal hosts UCLA in the Pac-10 season-opener, looking to defeat the Bruins for the first time in school history (0-47). Oct. 21 vs. Stanford, the Bears host Bay Area rival and 2004 NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal in 'The Big Spike.' Cal has defeated the Cardinal in each of the past two years at Haas Pavilion. The 'Big Spike' with be televised on Comcast SportsNet (viewing details TBA).
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.
CAL CAREER LEADERS
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (98), kills per game (3.38) and points (110.5, 3.79pg)...had a career-high 15 kills vs. Albany Sept. 4 and vs. Akron Sept. 17...had a career-high two service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3 and a career-high four total blocks vs. San Diego Sept. 10...was a member of the Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey this summer.
Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 33 total blocks (1.06pg) and third with 78 kills (2.52pg) and points (99.0, 3.19pg)...had a season-high 13 kills, 28 kill attempts and a block solo vs. San Diego Sept. 10...had two service aces at Texas State Sept. 2 and vs. Montana State Sept. 17...had six total blocks vs. Albany Sept. 4...was a member of the 2005 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament team...has 937 career digs, fourth among active Pac-10 players, and 894 career kills, seventh among active Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 413 assists (third in the Pac-10, 13.32pg) and is first in the Pac-10 with 23 service aces (0.74pg) and third on the squad with 62 digs...had a season-high 65 assists and four total blocks at Nevada Sept. 16...had a season-high 11 digs vs. Albany Sept. 4...tied a school record with nine service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3 (only Cal player with nine service aces in a three-game match)...was selected all-tournament at CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, Golden Bear Invitational and Circus Circus/Molten Invitational...is second among current Pac-10 players and fourth on the Cal all-time list with ,317 career assists...set a school record as a freshman with 1,555 single-season assists...was a member of the 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 last year.
Jillian Davis: Leads the team with 132 digs (fifth in Pac-10, 4.26pg)...had a career-high three service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...was named tournament MVP of the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, registering 42 digs in the three matches...had a season-high 27 digs at Nevada Sept. 16...averages 14.7 digs per match this season and already has 856 digs in 59 career matches...set a school record last year with 33 digs at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 47 digs (1.68pg) and seven service aces on the year...had a career-high four service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...had a season-high 13 digs vs. San Diego Sept. 10...recorded a career-high 31 digs last season in the NCAA second round vs. Saint Mary's.
Bryte Nielson: Has recorded 16 assists and 23 digs on the year...had a season-high five assists vs. Florida A&M (Sept. 8) and vs. Akron (Sept. 17)...had service aces at Texas State (Sept. 2) and vs. Akron...tallied a season-high six digs at Nevada Sept. 16.
Ellen Orchard: Leads Cal in total blocks (34, fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.26pg) and is second with a .387 hitting percentage (seventh in the Pac-10)...is also fourth on the team with 72 kills (2.67pg)...had a season-high 13 kills at Texas State Sept. 2...has had 11-kill matches vs. Albany (Sept. 4), at Nevada (Sept. 16) and Montana State (Sept. 17) as well...had a career-high seven block assists vs. Albany Sept. 4 and vs. San Diego Sept. 10, and a career-high eight total blocks vs. San Diego Sept. 10...as a freshman, had a career-high 14 kills last year in the Bears' NCAA first round victory over Pacific...is second on the school's all-time career hitting percentage list with a .332 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .347 and is third on the team with 26 total blocks (0.96pg)...has 69 kills and is fourth on the team with 92.0 points (3.29pg)...has recorded a season-high 13 kills vs. UC Davis (Aug. 27), at Texas State (Sept. 2) and vs. Albany (Sept. 4)...has also recorded two service aces in three different matches this year...had a season-high seven total blocks at Nevada Sept. 16...has started every match of her Cal career (102)...is fourth among current Pac-10 players with 337 career blocks (seventh on the Cal all-time list), and seventh among current Pac-10 players with 71 career service aces...is sixth on the Bears' all-time career hitting percentage list (.242)...was honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season.
Kat Reilly: Is hitting a team-best .545 on the year (19k, 1e, 33att)...had a career-high seven kills in nine kill attempts (.778) vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...had a career-high four total blocks vs. UC Davis Aug. 27, and vs. Akron Sept. 17.
Angie Pressey: Leads the Bears in kills (139) and is first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.63), is third in points per game (158.0, 5.27pg), eighth in hitting percentage (.373) and 10th in service aces per game (0.37pg)...tied a career-high with 25 kills, and had a career-high four block assists at Nevada Sept. 16...had a career-high 56 kill attempts vs. San Diego Sept. 10...recorded a career-high six service aces vs. UC Davis Aug. 27...was selected all-tournament at CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, Golden Bear Invitational and Circus Circus/Molten Invitational...was first-team All-Pac-10 (first Cal freshman ever named first-team All-Pac-10) and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last year.
2005 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 9-19
TEAMKills 78 at Nevada, 9/16Attempts 191 at Nevada, 9/16Hitting Pct. .367 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Assists 71 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 19 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 71 at Nevada, 9/16Block Solos 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 28 at Nevada, 9/16Team Blocks 16.0 at Nevada, 9/16
Morgan BeckKills 15 vs. Albany, 9/4; vs. Akron, 9/17Attempts 36 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 5 vs. four teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Jenna BrownKills 13 vs. San Diego, 9/10Attempts 28 vs. San Diego, 9/10; at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 2 at Texas State, 9/2; vs. Mont. St., 9/17Digs 7 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 6 vs. Albany, 9/4Total Blocks 6 vs. Albany, 9/4
Samantha CarterKills 6 vs. Montana State, 9/17Attempts 10 vs. San Diego, 9/10; at Nevada, 9/16Assists 65 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 11 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 0Block Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16Total Blocks 4 at Nevada, 9/16
Jillian DavisService Aces 3 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 27 at Nevada, 9/16
Alexis KolliasService Aces 4 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 13 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Bryte NielsonKills 1 vs. five teamsAttempts 2 vs. UC Davis, 8/27; vs. Morgan St., 9/3Assists 5 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8; vs. Akron, 9/17Service Aces 1 at Texas State, 9/2; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 6 at Nevada, 9/16Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 13 at Texas State, 9/2Attempts 24 vs. Albany, 9/4Service Aces 1 vs. Montana St.; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 1 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10; vs. Mont. St., 9/17Block Assists 7 vs. Albany, 9/4; San Diego, 9/10Total Blocks 8 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Alicia PowersKills 13 vs. three teamsAttempts 31 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 7 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8; vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 7 at Nevada, 9/16Total Blocks 7 at Nevada, 9/16
Kat ReillyKills 7 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Attempts 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. Akron, 9/17Block Solos 0Block Assists 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/27; vs. Akron, 9/17Total Blocks 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/27; vs. Akron, 9/17
Angie PresseyKills 25 at Nevada, 9/16Attempts 56 vs. San Diego, 9/10Service Aces 6 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Digs 16 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 1 at Nevada, 9/16Block Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16Total Blocks 5 at Nevada, 9/16