No. 13 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 2 Washington and Washingto State
Oct. 4, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Oct. 7 Wash., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.Sat., Oct. 8 WSU, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: In its biggest match of the 2005 season, No. 13-ranked California (11-2, 4-0) hosts No. 2-ranked Washington (12-0, 3-0) Friday in a Pac-10 battle at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears will then host Washington State (8-8, 1-2) on Saturday. The Bears, winners of six straight matches, are undefeated in conference play with home victories over UCLA and USC, and road wins at Oregon and Oregon State. Cal's best league start was in 2003 when it began Pac-10 play 7-0. The Bears, the Huskies and No. 3-ranked Stanford are the three schools undefeated in league play, but that will change one way or another this weekend as Washington also visits Stanford Saturday. The Huskies and the Bears have split their last four matches, with UW winning both contests in 2004 and Cal capturing the two matches in 2003. The Bears' sophomore outside hitter, Angie Pressey, was named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after Cal's first-ever victories over both UCLA and USC, while the victories over the L.A. schools were milestones for 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. As a team, the Bears have a .278 hitting percentage, and is the only Pac-10 team with five starters (Pressey 4.73), freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.32, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.64, senior middle hitter Alicia Powers 2.63, senior outside hitter Jenna Brown 2.61) averaging over 2.00 kills per game.
CAL SHINES IN OREGON: Pressey led the Bears to road victories over Oregon and Oregon State with a team-high 34 kills in the two matches with a .373 hitting percentage (34k, 9e, 67att). She also averaged 4.86 kills per game and had 16 digs and seven total blocks. Pressey finished with a team-high 15 kills versus the Ducks and 19 kills versus the Beavers, making it the 11th time out of 13 matches this season she has led Cal in kills. On the year, Pressey leads the Bears with 213 kills, 4.73 kills per game, and is second on the team with a .340 hitting percentage, 13 service aces and 104 digs. Orchard is also having an outstanding season. Among starters, Orchard leads Cal with a .372 hitting percentage (111k, 27e, 226att) and 52 total blocks (5bs, 47ba). She had a career-high nine total blocks (two block solos, seven block assists) at Oregon, and had 11 kills with a .364 hitting percentage (11k, 3e, 22att) and four total blocks at Oregon State. Other notables for Cal last week was junior setter Samantha Carter moving up to third on the Cal all-time assist list (3,524), and Powers is now one short of moving up to sixth on the Cal all-time block list (350, behind Kelli Alva's 351 blocks from 1996-99).
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: The Bears have four different players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is first in the conference in kills per game (4.73, 213) and third in points (240.5, 5.34pg). Carter is third in the Pac-10 leader in service aces (27, 0.59pg) and assists (620, 13.48pg). Orchard is fifth in the conference in blocks (52, 1.24pg) and ninth in hitting percentage (.372), and junior libero Jillian Davis is fifth in the Pac-10 in digs (199, 4.33pg). The Bears also have players among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second behind Washington's Courtney Thompson with 3,524 career assists and is fourth with 78 career service aces. Powers is fourth among conference leaders with 350 career blocks and seventh with 74 career service aces. Brown is fourth with 968 career digs and seventh with 936 career kills, and Davis is sixth among Pac-10 active career leaders with 923 digs. As a team, Cal is third in the conference in kills (776, 16.87pg), opponent hitting percentage (.153) and assists (694, 15.09pg); and fourth in the conference in hitting percentage (.278).
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (109-81, .574 at Cal; career 408-248, .622) 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 WASHINGTON AND WASHINGTON STATE: The Bears have a 20-23 all-time record against No. 2 Washington (12-0, 3-0), last falling to the Huskies, 3-0, Oct. 22, 2004, in Seattle; and 3-1, Nov. 19, 2004, in Berkeley. Washington is coached by Jim McLaughlin (fifth year at UW) and is led by 6-1 senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (137 kills, .415 hitting percentage). Cal has a 22-22 all-time record against Washington State (8-8, 1-2) and has won four-straight in the series, last defeating the Cougars, 3-0, Oct. 23, 2004, in Pullman; and 3-0, Nov. 18, 2004, in Berkeley. Washington State is coached by Brian Hefferman (second year at WSU) and is led by 6-1 junior middle blocker Jen Barcus (194 kills, .315 hitting percentage, 82 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 (350). Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, has 968 career digs, fourth most among active Pac-10 players, and 936 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 third on Cal's all-time list with 3,524 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 923 career digs in 63 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 (103), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 103 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 73-33 (.689).
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 71 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 38 straight weeks since the opening poll of the 2003 season.
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 USC and No. 21 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. 15 San Diego, 3-2, Sept. 10, at the Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears host No. 14 Santa Clara Nov. 15 at Haas Pavilion. Cal has already defeated then-No. 13 UCLA (3-0) and then-No. 12 USC (3-2) at Haas Pavilion.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES: 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 live 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
Assists Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 2. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89 3. Samantha Carter 3524 2003-
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (146), kills per game (3.32) and points (164.5, 3.74pg)...had 14 kills at UO Sept. 29 and 13 kills at OSU Sept. 30...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 44 total blocks (0.96pg) and third with 120 kills (2.61pg) and points (151.0, 3.28pg)...tallied 11 kills with 11 digs and five total blocks at UO Sept. 29...had a season-high 16 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...had 13 kills vs. San Diego Sept. 10, and 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 968 career digs, fourth among active Pac-10 players, and 936 career kills, seventh in the Pac-10.
Samantha Carter: Has 620 assists (third in the Pac-10, 13.48pg) and is third in the conference with 27 service aces (0.59pg) and third on the squad with 94 digs...had 99 assists last weekend at UO and OSU...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 third on Cal's all-time list with 3,524 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 199 digs (fifth in Pac-10, 4.33pg)...had 21 digs at UO Sept. 29...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 15.3 digs per match this season and already has 923 digs in 63 career matches (sixth among current Pac-10 players)...set a school record last year with 33 digs at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 74 digs (1.72pg) and 10 service aces...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...tallied a season-high seven digs vs. USC Sept. 24...had 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 (52, fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.24pg) and is second with a .372 hitting percentage (ninth in the Pac-10)...has had double figures in kills in eight of the team's 13 matches...hit .361 last weekend at UO and OSU with a career-high nine total blocks at UO Sept. 29 and 11 kills at OSU Sept. 30...had with 10 kills vs. USC Sept. 24 and 12 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...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 seven block assists vs. Albany Sept. 4 and eight total blocks vs. San Diego Sept. 10...as a freshman, had a career-high 14 kills in the Bears' NCAA first round victory over Pacific...is second on the school's all-time list with a .335 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .310 and is third on the team with 40 total blocks (0.92pg)...has 113 kills and is fourth on the team with 146.5 points (3.41pg)...hit .417 (13k, 3e, 24att) at UO Sept. 29...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 had 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 (106)...is fourth among current Pac-10 players with 350 career blocks (seventh on the Cal all-time list), and seventh among current Pac-10 players with 74 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 (213) and is first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.73) and third in points per game (240.5, 5.34pg)...paced Cal with 15 kills at UO Sept. 29 and hit .484 (19k, 4e, 31att) at OSU Sept. 30...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...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 10-3Career 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 7 at Oregon, 9/29Block Assists 28 at Nevada, 9/16Team Blocks 18.0 at Oregon, 9/29
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 2 at Oregon State, 9/30Block Assists 3 vs. four teamsTotal Blocks 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10; at Oregon, 9/29
Jenna BrownKills 16 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 32 at Oregon, 9/29Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 11 at Oregon, 9/29Block Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29Block 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 1 at Oregon State, 9/30Block 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. four teamsBlock Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29Block Assists 7 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 9 at Oregon, 9/29
Alicia PowersKills 15 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 33 vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 7 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock 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 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16Total Blocks 5 at Nevada, 9/16