No. 18 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 6 Arizona and Arizona State
Nov. 8, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Nov. 10 Arizona, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.Fri., Nov. 11 ASU, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 18-ranked Cal (15-7, 8-5) is looking towards another exciting week of matches at Haas Pavilion, as the Golden Bears host No. 6-ranked Arizona (17-4, 9-3) Thursday, and Arizona State (7-15, 2-10) Friday on Senior Night. The ASU-Cal match will be televised on Fox Sports Bay Area (shown Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m.) with Chris McGee (play-by-play) and former Cal setter (1987-89) and beach volleyball star Holly McPeak (color) announcing. Cal will be gunning for an upset victory over the highly-ranked Wildcats to go along with earlier victories over ranked UCLA (3-0 - first victory over the Bruins in school history) and USC (3-2 - first sweep of the Los Angeles schools), Sept. 23-24, and a nail-biting 3-2 loss to No. 2-ranked Washington Oct. 7 at Haas. The Bears are the only team to extend Huskies to five games twice this season, losing, 3-2, last weekend in Seattle. The last time Cal hosted Arizona at Haas Pavilion, the Bears prevailed, 3-2, Sept. 24, 2004. On Friday, Cal will honor seniors Jenna Brown, Alexis Kollias and Alicia Powers, who have helped the Bears to a 77-38 mark (.670) since their freshmen year, and have put Cal in position for a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA appearance. Other highlights for the Bears have been winning the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas Sept. 4 with junior libero Jillian Davis being named tournament MVP, and sophomore outside hitter, Angie Pressey, being named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading the Bears to their first-ever wins over UCLA and USC in the same weekend. Coach Rich Feller is now the only coach to lead Cal to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2003) and a win over UCLA. The Bears are the only Pac-10 school with five starters (Pressey 4.32, freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.15, senior middle hitter Powers 2.68, senior outside hitter Brown 2.54, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.47) averaging over 2.00 kills per game.
CAL PLAYERS IN THE SCHOOL RECORD BOOKS: With its 3-2 win Nov. 3 at WSU, the Bears assured themselves of a winning record for a school-record fourth consecutive year. With 3,962 career assists, junior setter Samantha Carter needs 47 assists to break the school record held by Sienna Curci (4,008 assists from 1989, 91-93). Powers is now third with 402 career blocks, and is sixth with a .244 career hitting percentage. Brown is currently ninth on the Cal career kill list (1,024) and 10th on the career dig list (1,072). She is only the fifth player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, joining Tiffany Rochelle (1986-89), Lisa Arce (1987-90), Jessica Dinaberg (1994-97) and Alicia Perry (1997-00). Davis is now ninth on the career dig list (1,093), while Orchard is currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list (.304).
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: The Bears have five players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is fifth in kills per game (4.32, 337) and seventh in points (390.0, 5.00pg). Carter is third in the Pac-10 in assists (1,058, 12.90pg) and sixth in service aces (32, 0.39pg), Davis is fifth in digs (369, 4.50pg), and Orchard and Powers are eighth and ninth, respectively, in blocks (87, 1.18pg and 92, 1.16pg). Orchard is also eighth in hitting percentage (.315). As a team, Cal is third in opponent hitting percentage (.166), blocks (236.5, 2.88) and service aces (141, 1.72pg); fourth in hitting percentage (.250); fifth in kills (1,318, 16.07pg); sixth in assists (1,202, 14.66pg) and seventh in digs (1,263, 15.40pg). Bears are also among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second with 3,962 assists and is sixth with 83 service aces; Powers is third with 402 blocks and fourth with 88 service aces; Brown is sixth with 1,072 digs and seventh with 1,024 kills, and Davis is fifth with 1,093 digs.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (113-86, .568 at Cal; career 412-253, .619) 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 AND ARIZONA STATE: Cal has a 9-32 all-time record against No. 6 Arizona (17-4, 9-3), splitting last year's matches (won 3-2, Sept. 24, 2004, in Berkeley; lost 3-0, Nov. 26, 2004, in Tucson) and falling, 3-0, Oct. 14 in Tucson. The Wildcats are coached by David Rubio (14th year at UA) and are led by 6-3 senior outside hitter Kim Glass (368 kills, 5.04 kills per game).The Bears have a 16-27 all-time record against Arizona State (7-15, 2-10), and has won six-straight in the series, last defeating the Sun Devils, 3-0, Oct. 13 in Tempe. Arizona State is coached by Brad Saindon (third year at ASU) and is led by 5-10 junior outside hitter Nicole Morton (208 kills).
BROWN, PRESSEY AND ORCHARD SHINE IN WASHINGTON: Against No. 2 Washington last weekend in Seattle, Brown led the Bears with 16 kills and hit an impressive .500 for the match (16k, 0e, 32att). She also recorded 16 digs, three block assists and a service ace against the Huskies. Cal is only school to take Washington to five games, twice, this season, with the Bears' Thursday opponent, Arizona, being the only other school to extend the Huskies. Pressey led the Bears with 20 kills at Washington State and tied Brown with 16 kills at Washington. Also against the Huskies, Pressey had a career-high five solo blocks. Orchard notched a career-high 10 total blocks (three solo, seven block assists) at Washington. Against WSU, Cal from a 2-0 deficit to upend the Cougars. The Bears have been involved in seven, five-game matches this season, going 2-5 in those contests.
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. Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2002. Carter, a 6-0 junior setter, was a 2004 Pac-10 honorable mention selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2003. 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, Oct. 1, 2004 versus national champion Stanford and has 1,052 career digs in only 70 career matches (15.03 digs per match).
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 (115), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 115 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 77-38 (.670).
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. 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. 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 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 No. 19 last year after falling to Saint Mary's, 3-2, in the NCAA Second Round in Haas Pavilion. The Bears have been ranked 76 times since 1982, reaching as high as 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 have now been ranked 43 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 Top-25 Poll. Cal will again take on No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 15 USC and No. 21 UCLA in league play. The Bears will also host No. 10 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 this season. The Bears' 3-2 loss to OSU Oct. 27 was the first time Cal has lost to an unranked Pac-10 opponent since falling to the Beavers, 3-0, Oct. 25, 2002 in Berkeley. Five of the Bears' seven losses this season have been five-game affairs.
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. Samantha Carter 3962 2003-
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (236), kills per game (3.15) and third in points (266.0, 3.55pg)...notched 14 kills at UW Nov. 4 and had 15 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27...had a career-high 19 kills vs. UW Oct. 7...had 14 kills at UO Sept. 29...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...was a member of the Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey this summer.
Jenna Brown: Is hitting .288 with 208 kills (2.54pg), and is third on the team with 70 total blocks (0.85pg)...tallied a season-high 16 kills with a .500 hitting percentage (16k, 0e, 32att) at UW Nov. 4...had 16 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27 and a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 28...had a season-high 18 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 21...hit .368 (10k, 3e, 19att) with three service aces at ASU Oct. 13...had a season-high 16 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...was Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament...has 1,072 career digs, sixth among active Pac-10 players and 10th on the Cal all-time list, and 1,024 career kills, seventh among Pac-10 players and ninth on the Cal list.
Samantha Carter: Has 1,058 assists (third in the Pac-10, 12.90pg) and is sixth in the conference with 32 service aces (0.39pg) and third on the squad with 178 digs...had 54 assists and six block assists at UW Nov. 4...tied a season-high with 65 assists vs. OSU Oct. 27...hit .857 (6k, 0e, 7att) with 10 digs at UA Oct. 14...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 on both the Cal all-time list and among current Pac-10 players with 3,962 career assists...is sixth among Pac-10 players with 83 career service aces...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 369 digs (fifth in Pac-10, 4.50pg)...had 24 digs at WSU Nov. 3 and 27 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 21...tallied a season-high 28 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 21 digs at UO Sept. 29...had 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 16.8 digs per match this season and has 1,093 digs in 72 career matches (fifth among current Pac-10 players and ninth on the Cal all-time list)...set a school record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 135 digs (1.71pg) and 20 service aces...had three service aces vs. Stanford Oct. 21...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 in the 2004 NCAA second round vs. Saint Mary's.
Ellen Orchard: Has a .315 hitting percentage (eighth in the Pac-10) and is second on the team in total blocks (87, eighth in the Pac-10 with 1.18pg)...had a career-high three block solos and 10 total blocks at UW Nov. 4...tied a career-high with 14 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27...tied a season-high with seven block assists vs. UW Oct. 7...hit .361 at UO and OSU with nine total blocks at UO Sept. 29...had 12 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had 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 .304 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .282 and leads the team with 92 total blocks (1.16pg, ninth in the Pac-10)...has 212 kills and is second on the team with 292.0 points (3.70pg)...tallied a career-high 18 kills and three service aces at WSU Nov. 3...had a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 28...hit .360 (13k, 4e, 25att) at UA Oct. 14...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 15 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...has started every match of her Cal career (115)...is third among current Pac-10 players with 402 career blocks (third on the Cal all-time list), and fourth with 89 career service aces...is sixth on the Bears' all-time career hitting percentage list (.244)...was 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Angie Pressey: Is hitting .286 and leads the Bears in kills (337) and is fifth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.32) and seventh in points per game (5.00pg, 390.0)...had 16 kills with a career-high five block solos and seven total blocks at UW Nov. 4...had 20 kills at WSU Nov. 3 and 19 kills with a team-high 18 digs vs. OSU Oct. 27...had a match-high 22 kills vs. Stanford Oct. 21...hit .379 (15k, 4e, 29att) at ASU Oct. 13...tallied 12 kills with 17 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...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 in 2004.
2005 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 11-7
TEAMKills 78 at UN, 9/16; vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 204 vs. Washington, 10/7Hitting Pct. .367 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Assists 74 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Service Aces 19 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 94 vs. Washington, 10/7Block Solos 8 at Washington, 11/4Block Assists 28 at UN, 9/16, vs. UW, 10/7Team Blocks 21.0 vs. UW, 10/7; 11/4
Morgan BeckKills 19 vs. Washington, 10/7Attempts 59 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3; vs. WSU, 10/8Digs 6 at Washington State, 11/3Block Solos 2 at Oregon State, 9/30Block Assists 4 vs. Stanford, 10/21Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams
Jenna BrownKills 16 vs. three teamsAttempts 38 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Service Aces 3 at Arizona State, 10/13Digs 18 vs. Stanford, 10/21Block Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29; vs. Washington, 10/7Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/28Total Blocks 8 vs. Oregon, 10/28
Samantha CarterKills 6 vs. Montana St., 9/17; at Arizona, 10/14Attempts 17 vs. Stanford, 10/21Assists 65 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. OSU, 10/27Service 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. UW, 10/7; at UW, 11/4Total 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 NielsonAssists 5 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8; vs. Akron, 9/17Service Aces 1 vs. three teamsDigs 7 vs. USC, 9/24
Ellen OrchardKills 14 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Attempts 36 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 1 vs. Montana St.; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 1 vs. seven teamsBlock Solos 3 at Washington, 11/4Block Assists 7 vs. five teamsTotal Blocks 10 at Washington, 11/4
Alicia PowersKills 18 at Washington State, 11/3Attempts 38 vs. Stanford, 10/21Service Aces 3 at Washington State, 11/3Digs 7 vs. four teamsBlock Solos 3 vs. Washington, 10/7Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/28Total 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 18 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Block Solos 5 at Washington, 11/4Block Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 7 at Washington, 11/4
Am'ra SolomonKills 13 at Arizona State, 10/13Attempts 29 vs. Washington State, 10/8Service Aces 0Digs 2 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. WSU, 10/8Block Solos 2 at Arizona State, 10/13Block Assists 2 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 4 at Arizona State, 10/13