No. 13 Cal Volleyball Visits Arizona State and No. 12 Arizona
Oct. 12, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Oct. 13 at ASU, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz. 7 p.m.Fri., Oct. 14 at Arizona, McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 13-ranked California (12-3, 5-1) continues its quest for a school-record fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance as the Golden Bears travel to Arizona State (6-9, 1-4) and No. 12-ranked Arizona (12-2, 4-1) this Thursday and Friday. Cal lost its first league match last week in a 3-2 battle with No. 2-ranked Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Bears were the first team to win a game over the Huskies this season as UW had won 36 consecutive games in its 12-0 start before Cal won game one, 30-26. The Bears also held the Huskies to their lowest hitting percentage (.185) this year. All of Cal's three losses in 2005 have been five-game affairs (to No. 15 University of San Diego, at Nevada, to No. 2 Washington), and included in its 12 wins are victories over No. 17 USC (3-2) and No. 22 UCLA (3-0) at Haas Pavilion. 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 .267 hitting percentage, and is the only Pac-10 team with five starters (Pressey 4.50), freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.40, senior middle hitter Alicia Powers 2.69, senior outside hitter Jenna Brown 2.61, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.52) averaging over 2.00 kills per game.
CAL LED BY POWERS AND BROWN: Seniors Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown were impressive last week against the Washington schools. Against Washington State, Powers led the Bears with 13 kills and hit .524 (13k, 2e, 21att) for the evening with five total blocks. Versus Washington, she hit .357 (11k, 1e, 28att) and had a career-high 10 total blocks (career-high three block solos, seven block assists). On the year, Powers is second on the team with a .330 hitting percentage and 55 total blocks. She also jumped to fourth on the Cal all-time list with 365 career blocks, only four blocks away from the third spot held by Carolyn Kempker (368 from 1986-89). Brown was also stellar last week, hitting .362 for the two matches (21k, 4e, 47att) with 31 digs. She now needs only one dig to become the eighth player in Cal history to reach 1,000 career digs. Brown also needs only 33 kills to reach 1,000 career kills. When she accomplishes those two feats, she will be only the fifth player in Cal history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Junior setter Samantha Carter is now third on the Bears' all-time list with 3,628 career assists.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: The Bears have four different players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is third in the conference in kills per game (4.50, 225) and fifth in points (257.5, 5.15pg). Carter is third in the Pac-10 leader in assists (724, 13.41pg) and fourth in service aces (30, 0.56pg) and. Orchard is eighth in the conference in blocks (59, 1.18pg) and 10th in hitting percentage (.331), and junior libero Jillian Davis is fifth in the Pac-10 in digs (242, 4.48pg). The Bears also have players among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second behind Washington's Courtney Thompson with 3,628 career assists and is fourth with 81 career service aces. Powers is fourth among conference leaders with 365 career blocks and seventh with 78 career service aces. Brown is fourth with 999 career digs and seventh with 957 career kills, and Davis is sixth among Pac-10 active career leaders with 966 digs. As a team, Cal is now third in the conference in kills (893, 16.54pg) and opponent hitting percentage (.154); and fourth in the league in assists (807, 14.94pg), hitting percentage (.267) and service aces (98, 1.81pg).
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (110-82, .573 at Cal; career 409-249, .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 ARIZONA STATE AND ARIZONA: The Bears have a 15-27 all-time record against Arizona State (6-9, 1-4), and has won five-straight in the series, last defeating the Sun Devils, 3-1, Sept. 23, 2004, in Berkeley; and 3-0, Nov. 27, 2004, in Tempe. Arizona State is coached by Brad Saindon (third year at ASU) and is led by 5-10 freshman outside hitter Margie Giordano (150 kills). Cal has a 9-31 all-time record against No. 12 Arizona (12-2, 4-1), splitting last year's matches (won 3-2, Sept. 24, 2004, in Berkeley; lost 3-0, Nov. 26, 2004, in Tucson. Arizona is coached by David Rubio (14th year at UA) and is led by 6-3 senior outside hitter Kim Glass (208 kills, 4.62 kills per game).
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 fourth on the Bears' all-time career block list (365). Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, has 999 career digs, fourth most among active Pac-10 players, and 957 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 3,628 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 966 career digs in 65 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 (105), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 105 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 74-34 (.685).
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 was only the fifth time in school history the Bears had 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 72 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 39 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. 12 Arizona, No. 17 USC and No. 22 UCLA 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 3628 2003-
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (177), kills per game (3.40) and points (199.5, 3.84pg)...tallied a career-high 19 kills vs. UW Oct. 7 and 12 kills vs. WSU Oct. 8...had 14 kills at UO Sept. 29 and 13 kills at OSU Sept. 30...recorded 12 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...had 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 third on the team with 48 total blocks (0.89pg) and 141 kills (2.61pg), and fourth in points (176.0, 3.26pg) and digs (101)...hit .310 (11k, 2e, 29att) vs. UW and .444 (10k, 2e, 18att) with a season-high 17 digs vs. WSU last weekend...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...had six total blocks vs. Albany Sept. 4...was 2005 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament...has 999 career digs, fourth among active Pac-10 players, and 957 career kills, seventh among Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 724 assists (third in the Pac-10, 13.41pg) and is fourth in the conference with 30 service aces (0.56pg) and third on the squad with 117 digs...tallied a career-high 17 digs with a season-high seven total blocks vs. UW Oct. 7...had 60 assists and 12 digs vs. USC Sept. 24...had a season-high 65 assists at Nevada Sept. 16...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 3,628 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 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Jillian Davis: Leads team with 242 digs (fifth in Pac-10, 4.48pg)...tallied a season-high 28 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 21 digs at UO Sept. 29...finished with 17 digs Sept. 24 vs. USC and 18 digs vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had 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 16.3 digs per match this season and already has 966 digs in 65 career matches (fifth among current Pac-10 players)...set a school record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 86 digs (1.69pg) and 12 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 37 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 (59, eighth in the Pac-10 with 1.18pg) and is second with a .331 hitting percentage (10th in the Pac-10)...tied a season-high with seven block assists vs. UW Oct. 7...hit .361 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...had 11-kill matches vs. Albany (Sept. 4), at Nevada (Sept. 16) and Montana State (Sept. 17)...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 .311 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .330 and is second on the team with 55 total blocks (1.08pg)...has 137 kills and is third on the team with 184.5 points (3.62pg)...hit .524 (13k, 2e, 21att) vs. WSU Oct. 8, and .357 (11k, 1e, 28att) with a career-high 10 total blocks (three block solos) vs. UW Oct. 7...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)...had a season-high seven total blocks at Nevada Sept. 16...has started every match of her Cal career (108)...is fourth among current Pac-10 players with 365 career blocks (fourth on the Cal all-time list), and seventh among Pac-10 players with 78 career service aces...is sixth on the Bears' all-time career hitting percentage list (.247)...was 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Kat Reilly: Is hitting a team-best .543 (20k, 1e, 35att)...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 (225) and is third in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.50) and fifth in points per game (257.5, 5.15pg)...tallied 12 kills with a season-high 17 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 15 kills at UO Sept. 29 and hit .484 (19k, 4e, 31att) at OSU Sept. 30...was named Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week with 21 kills, 14 digs and two service aces vs. USC Sept. 24, and 19 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had a career-high 25 kills and four block assists at Nevada Sept. 16...recorded a career-high six service aces vs. UC Davis Aug. 27...was selected all-tournament at the 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 10-12
TEAMKills 78 at UN, 9/16; vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 204 vs. Washington, 10/7Hitting Pct. .367 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Assists 71 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 19 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 94 vs. Washington, 10/7Block Solos 7 at UO, 9/29; vs. UW, 10/7Block Assists 28 at UN, 9/16, vs. UW, 10/7Team Blocks 21.0 vs. Washington, 10/7
Morgan BeckKills 19 vs. Washington, 10/7Attempts 59 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3; vs. WSU, 10/8Digs 5 vs. six 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 17 vs. Washington State, 10/8Block Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29; vs. Washington, 10/7Block 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 17 vs. Washington, 10/17Block Solos 1 at Oregon State, 9/30; vs. UW, 10/7Block Assists 6 vs. Washington, 10/7Total Blocks 7 vs. Washington, 10/7
Jillian DavisService Aces 3 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 28 vs. Washington, 10/7
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 36 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 1 vs. Montana St.; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 1 vs. six teamsBlock Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29Block Assists 7 vs. four teamsTotal Blocks 9 at Oregon, 9/29
Alicia PowersKills 15 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 33 vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 2 vs. five teamsDigs 7 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 3 vs. WashingtonBlock Assists 7 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 10 vs. Washington, 10/7
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 17 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 5 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7