No. 14 Cal Volleyball Visits Oregon and Oregon State
Sept. 27, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Sept. 29 at Oregon, McArthur Court, Eugene, Ore. 7 p.m.Fri., Sept. 30 at OSU, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 14-ranked California (9-2, 2-0) looks to maintain momentum this week as the Golden Bears travel to Oregon (10-3, 0-2) Thursday and Oregon State (5-3, 1-1) Friday for a pair of Pac-10 matches in the Northwest. The Cal-Oregon match will be televised on Fox Sports Net (shown Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Bay Area) with Cara Capuano (play-by-play) and Karch Kiraly (color) announcing. The Bears are coming off one of the biggest weekends in Cal volleyball history. The Bears defeated then-No. 13-ranked UCLA, 3-0, for the first win over the Bruins in school history, and then upended then-No. 12, USC, 3-2, for a first-ever sweep of the Los Angeles schools. As a result, Cal moved up 11 spots in the USA Today/AVCA rankings, going from 25th to 14th. Sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey was named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week, while the victories over the L.A. schools were milestones for Cal head coach Rich Feller, who is now the only coach to lead the Bears to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2003) and a win over UCLA. Feller also defeated USC's Mick Haley, head coach of the United State's national team when Feller was an assistant from 1997-98. This week, Feller will go up against another coaching associate as Oregon State's Taras Liskevych was the head coach at Pacific, where Feller was an assistant coach from 1980-83.
PRESSEY NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pressey, a 5-8 sophomore from Heathrow, Fla., was last week's conference player of the week after recording 19 kills in Cal's victory over UCLA, the school's first in 48 meetings, and a team-high 21 kills in the Bears' five-game win over USC. In addition, Pressey had two service aces, 21 digs (2.63 dpg) and four blocks (0.50 bpg) over the weekend. She is currently hitting .334 and is averaging 4.71 kills per game, pacing the Bears in kills in nine of 11 matches played this season. It was Pressey's second weekly honor and Cal's 21st Player of the Week honor all-time. As a freshman, she was the Nov. 1, 2004 Player of the Week and went on to be first-team All-Pac-10 and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. This season, Pressey has joined junior setter Samantha Carter as a member of three all-tournament teams - the CenturyTel/Honda Premier Classic in San Marcos, Texas; the Golden Bear Invitational and the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational in Reno, Nev. Pressey was not the only Bear to shine last week as senior outside hitter Jenna Brown notched 25 kills, including a season-high 16 kills versus USC, while senior Alicia Powers and sophomore Ellen Orchard added 22 kills apiece, and freshman Morgan Beck had 21 kills. Carter recorded 108 assists in the two matches and junior libero Jillian Davis had 35 digs.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: The Bears have four different players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is second in the conference in kills per game (179, 4.71) and points (202.5, 5.33pg). Carter is third in the Pac-10 leader in service aces (24, 0.62pg) and assists (521, 13.36pg). Orchard is eighth in the conference in blocks (39, 1.11pg) and hitting percentage (.374), and Davis is fifth in the Pac-10 in digs (167, 4.28pg). The Bears also have players among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second behind Washington's Courtney Thompson with 3,425 career assists and is fourth with 75 career service aces. Senior middle hitter Powers is fourth among conference career leaders with 343 career blocks and seventh with 72 career service aces. Brown is fourth with 951 career digs and seventh with 919 career kills, and Davis is sixth among Pac-10 active career leaders with 891 digs. As a team, Cal is third in the conference in hitting percentage (.287), opponent hitting percentage (.158), assists (586, 15.03pg), kills (655, 16.79pg) and service aces (75, 1.92pg).
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (107-81, .569 at Cal; career 406-248, .621) 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 OREGON AND OREGON STATE: The Bears have a 40-12 all-time record against Oregon (10-3, 0-2) and have won 12-straight in series, last defeating the Ducks, 3-1, Oct. 15, 2004, in Berkeley; and 3-0, Nov. 12, 2004, in Eugene. Oregon is coached by Jim Moore (first year at UO) and is led by 6-2 freshman outside hitter Mira Djuric (200 kills, 4.35kpg). Cal has a 30-16 all-time record against Oregon State (5-3, 1-1) and has won four-straight in the series, last defeating the Beavers, 3-0, Oct. 16, 2004, in Berkeley; and 3-1, Nov. 11, 2004, in Corvallis. Oregon State is coached by Taras Liskevych (first year at OSU) and is led by 6-0 junior middle blocker Brittany Cahoon (82 kills, .349 hitting percentage, 28 total blocks).
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 (343). Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, has 951 career digs, fourth most among active Pac-10 players, and 919 career kills, seventh 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 3,425 career assists. This season, she tied a school record with nine services versus Morgan State on Sept. 3. 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 891 career digs in 61 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 (101), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 101 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 71-33 (.683).
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 70 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. The Bears have now been ranked 37 straight weeks.
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. 13 Arizona, No. 17 UCLA and No. 19 USC 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 No. 12 San Diego, 3-2, Sept. 10, at the Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears host No. 15 Santa Clara Nov. 15 at Haas Pavilion. Eight of Cal's nine wins this season have been by 3-0 scores, with the exception of the 3-2 win over USC, while its two losses have been five-game affairs (Sept. 10 versus San Diego and Sept. 16 at Nevada).
IMPORTANT HOME DATES: Oct. 7 vs. Washington, Cal will play host to the No. 2-ranked Huskies in its next home match. 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.
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 (119), kills per game (3.22) and points (132.5, 3.57pg)...tallied 12 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...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 36 total blocks (0.92pg) and third with 103 kills (2.64pg) and points (126.5, 3.23pg)...had a season-high 16 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...tallied 13 kills 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 951 career digs, fourth among active Pac-10 players, and 919 career kills, seventh among active Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 521 assists (third in the Pac-10, 13.36pg) and is third in the Pac-10 with 24 service aces (0.62pg) and third on the squad with 80 digs...tallied 60 assists and had a season-high 12 digs vs. USC Sept. 24...had a season-high 65 assists and four total blocks at Nevada Sept. 16...had 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 Cal's all-time list with 3,425 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 167 digs (fifth in Pac-10, 4.28pg)...finished with 17 digs Sept. 24 vs. USC and 18 digs vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had a season-high 27 digs at Nevada Sept. 16...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...averages 15.2 digs per match this season and already has 891 digs in 61 career matches (sixth among current Pac-10 players)...set a school record last year with 33 digs at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 66 digs (1.83pg) and 10 service aces on the year...had a season-high 13 digs vs. San Diego Sept. 10...had a career-high four service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...recorded a career-high 31 digs last season in the NCAA second round vs. Saint Mary's.
Bryte Nielson: Has 17 assists and 31 digs on the year...tallied a season-high seven digs vs. USC Sept. 24...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 Sept. 17....
Ellen Orchard: Leads Cal in total blocks (39, eighth in the Pac-10 with 1.11pg) and is second with a .374 hitting percentage (eighth in the Pac-10)...is also fourth on the team with 94 kills (2.69pg)...has had double figuures in kills in seven of the team's 11 matches...finished with 10 kills vs. USC Sept. 24 and 12 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23, hitting .333 for the weekend...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 last year, had a career-high 14 kills 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 .314 and is third on the team with 33 total blocks (0.92pg)...has 91 kills and is fourth on the team with 118.5 points (3.28pg)...had a season-high 15 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...recorded 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 (104)...is fourth among current Pac-10 players with 343 career blocks (seventh on the Cal all-time list), and seventh among current Pac-10 players with 72 service aces...is sixth on the Bears' all-time career hitting percentage list (.241)...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: Was named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after recording 21 kills with 14 digs and two service aces vs. USC Sept. 24, and 19 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...leads the Bears in kills (179) and is second in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.71) and points per game (202.5, 5.33pg)...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. USC Sept. 24 and 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 9-26Career highs in italics
TEAMKills 78 at UN, 9/16; vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 193 vs. USC, 9/24Hitting 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 43 vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 5 vs. five teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Jenna BrownKills 16 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 30 vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 2 at Texas State, 9/2; vs. Mont. St., 9/17Digs 9 vs. UCLA, 9/23Block 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 12 vs. USC, 9/24Block 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 7 vs. USC, 9/24Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 13 at Texas State, 9/2Attempts 24 vs. three teamsService 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 15 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 33 vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 7 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8; vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10; vs. UCLA, 9/23Block 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, 9/10; vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 6 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Digs 16 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 1 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. USC, 9/24Block Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16Total Blocks 5 at Nevada, 9/16
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