No. 7 Cal Volleyball Hosts Arizona State and Arizona
Sept. 26, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Sept. 29 Arizona State, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.Sat., Sept. 30 Arizona, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The No. 7-ranked Golden Bears entertain the Arizona schools this weekend at Haas Pavilion, facing Arizona State (9-3, 1-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday, and Arizona (9-4, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Arizona-Cal match will be televised on Comcast SportsNet (Comcast SportsNet broadcasts in Northern California are on Channel 400 for Bay Area digital cable subscribers, on DirecTV channel 656 and on Dish Network channel 409. For more information check west.comcastsportsnet.com) with Jim Kozimor (play-by-play) and Krista Blunk (color) announcing. Last week, the Bears began Pac-10 play falling 3-0 at No. 4-ranked and defending national champion Washington, but rebounded to win 3-0 at Washington State. Cal entered its Pac-10 slate undefeated, having captured three tournaments - the Cal Molten Classic, the Florida International Tournament and the Golden Bear Invitational. The last time Cal began conference play undefeated was in 2003 when it started the year off 16-0 and later advanced to the NCAA round of 16. The Bears' No. 7 national ranking is their highest ranking since being ranked fifth on Oct. 13, 2003. Junior outside hitter Angie Pressey was named MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura was named MVP of the FIU Tournament, and Pressey and Cutura were Co-Tournament MVPs of the Cal Molten Classic. Pressey was later selected as this season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient on Aug. 28. The Bears return four starters (Samantha Carter, Pressey, Morgan Beck, Ellen Orchard) and their top libero (Jillian Davis) from the 2005 squad that went 19-11 (10-8 in the Pac-10), advanced to the NCAA second round for the fourth consecutive year, and finished 20th in the country. Cal also features a freshman class ranked third nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. The Bears are looking to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fifth-straight year in 2006.
2006 QUICK CAL OUTLOOK: Cal is led by senior team captains - setter Samantha Carter and libero Jillian Davis - who are both school record-holders and were honorable mention All-Pac-10 picks last season. Junior outside hitter Angie Pressey is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and was Pac-10 All-Freshman in 2004. Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Beck was on the 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, while junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard paced the team with 129 blocks and owns a .284 career hitting percentage - second on the school's all-time list. The Bears also have a freshman class, featuring Cutura, ranked the nation's third-best by PrepVolleyball.com.
IMPRESSIVE PRESSEY: Angie Pressey, the dynamic 5-8 junior outside hitter from Heathrow, Fla., is the Bears' most highly decorated player. Pressey is a two-time All-Pac-10 performer and was a member of the 2004 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. She was the first Cal player in school history to be both an All-Pac-10 selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Pressey's Pac-10 Player of the Week distinction on Aug. 28 was the third of her career, finishing the Cal Molten Classic with 47 kills, five aces, 14 digs and a .430 hitting percentage. She was named MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, finishing the three matches with 38 kills, a .380 hitting percentage (38k, 8e, 79att) and 23 digs; earning all-tournament for the sixth consecutive time. Pressey has already recorded 979 career kills, which is third among current Pac-10 players. She is also ninth on the Pac-10 active list with 660 career digs. Pressey is hitting .397 and leads the Pac-10 with 4.86 kills and 5.52 points per game. She is the daughter of former NBA player and Golden State assistant Paul Pressey.
CUTURA SHINES: In what might be the most spectacular collegiate debut in Cal history, 6-3 freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia) earned Co-MVP at the Cal Molten Classic, MVP honors at the Florida International Tournament, and all-tournament recognition at the Golden Bear Invitational. During the Cal Molten Classic, Cutura finished with 45 kills, four service aces, 19 digs and a .407 hitting percentage. The following week at Florida International, she recorded 39 kills with a .314 hitting percentage in the three matches, including registering 15 kills with no errors in 26 attempts (.577) in the tournament opener versus Xavier. For the season, Cutura leads the team with 14 service aces, and is second with 176 kills and 4.19 kills per game.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: The most successful volleyball coach in Cal history, Rich Feller (129-91, .586 at Cal; career 428-258, .624) is in his eighth season in Berkeley. Feller won his 400th career match and 100th Cal contest last season while leading the Bears to a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA appearance. In 2003, he was named Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year and Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading Cal to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. Feller was an assistant for the USA National Team from 1997-98, and head coach at Colorado State for 14 years (1983-96) prior to taking over the Bears' coaching reins in 1999.
CAL VERSUS ARIZONA STATE AND ARIZONA: The Bears have a 17-27 all-time record against Arizona State (9-3, 1-0) and have won seven-straight in the series. Cal defeated the Sun Devils in last year's meetings, 3-0, Nov. 11, in Haas Pavilion; and 3-0, Oct. 13 in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State is coached by Brad Saindon (fourth year at ASU) and is led by 5-10 senior outside hitter Nicole Morton (155 kills, 3.60kpg). Cal has a 10-32 all-time record against Arizona (9-4, 0-1) and split last year's meetings, winning 3-1, Nov. 10 at Haas Pavilion; and losing, 3-0, Oct. 14 in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona is coached by David Rubio (15th year at UA) and is led by 6-2 sophomore outside hitter Brooke Buringrud (178 kills, 3.71kpg). Last Saturday, Arizona State defeated Arizona, 3-1 (30-21, 21-30, 30-25, 30-28) in Tucson.
BEAR RECORD-HOLDERS: Carter and Davis have the distinction of owning two Cal volleyball records apiece. As a freshman in 2003, Carter set the Cal single-season mark of 1,555 assists, helping pace the Bears to the NCAA Round of 16. She became the school's all-time career assist leader last season and now has 4,874 career assists, which is the second-most among current Pac-10 players, trailing only Washington's Courtney Thompson. Carter is also second behind Thompson with 102 career service aces (sixth on the Cal all-time list), sixth with 821 digs and ninth among Pac-10 players with 196 total blocks. Davis, a starter in 2003 as well, set the Cal record for single-season digs (538) in 2005. On Oct. 1, 2004, her 33 digs at Stanford set a new Cal single-match mark. Davis' 1,452 career digs is now second among current Pac-10 players and second on the Cal all-time list.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Proving the strength of the conference, five of the nation's top eight ranked teams are from the Pac-10 (UCLA 3rd, Washington 4th, USC 5th, Stanford 6th, Cal 7th). The Bears' No. 17 preseason ranking was only the sixth time in school history the Bears had been preseason ranked, but the fourth time since Rich Feller became head coach in 1999. Cal was ranked 19th at the start of 2005, No. 10 in 2004, No. 24 in 2003, No. 9 in 1989 and No. 12 in 1983. The Bears have been ranked 86 times since 1982, reaching as high as No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal ranking at the end of a season was 10th in 1982.
BECK AND ORCHARD CONTRIBUTIONS: Two key returning starters for the 2006 Bears are 6-3 sophomore outside hitter Morgan Beck and 6-3 junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard. Beck was a member of the 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after finishing second on the team with 342 kills and 380.0 points. She had her best match last year against national champion Washington, tallying a career-high 19 kills on Oct. 7, 2005 at Haas Pavilion. This season, Beck earned all-tournament honors at the Golden Bear Invitational, recording 27 kills and a team-high 12 total blocks. She is third on the team with 108 kills and is second with 47 total blocks. Orchard led the Bears with 129 blocks last season while hitting .266 and recording 234 kills. This was after coming off the bench as a freshman to record a career-high 14 kills and lead the Bears in their NCAA first round victory over Pacific in 2004. Orchard is first on the team with 51 total blocks, and is second with a .349 hitting percentage and 13 service aces.
SMART RESPONSES: Taking advantage of the first substantial playing time of her career, senior Natalie Smart is third on the team with 37 total blocks and has tallied 57 kills. Smart notched a career-high six total blocks Sept. 2 versus Oral Roberts, and had a career-high last weekend with 12 kills Sept. 8 versus Colorado State. She has started all 13 matches for the Bears this year after only seeing action in 31 matches prior to the start of this season.
BEARS' TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: Cal earned its 10th tournament title in the last five years when it won the Golden Bear Invitational Sept. 9. The Bears have won three tournaments in 2006 with Pressey and Cutura earning Co-MVP honors at the Cal Molten Classic, Cutura being selected MVP of the FIU Tournament, and Pressey earning MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational. Cal senior captains - libero Davis and setter Carter - were also members of the Cal Molten All-Tournament Team, with Davis being tabbed as the classic's Defensive Standout. In Florida, Carter was selected all-tournament along with Cutura and Pressey. Beck joined Pressey, Carter and Cutura on the Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament team. The Bears had a perfect regular-season tournament record during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, winning 15 consecutive tournament matches and capturing five tournament titles. Former standout Mia Jerkov was tournament MVP during those five tournament championships.
CAL'S IMPRESSIVE STATS: The Bears are second in the Pac-10 with a .312 team hitting percentage (fifth in the country) and fourth with 14.98 assists and 16.50 kills per game. Individually, Pressey is first in kills (204, 4.86pg) and points (232.0, 5.52pg) per game, and fifth in hitting percentage (.397). Carter is third in assists per game (547, 13.02pg). Cutura is ninth in points (202.0, 4.81pg) and kills (176, 4.19pg) per game. Orchard is eighth in blocks per game (51, 1.21pg) and 10th in hitting percentage (.349). Finally, Davis is fifth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (190, 4.52pg).
BEARS ON TELEVISION: Cal volleyball has the distinction of being on television four times this season. The Bears' Sept. 30 match versus Arizona, Nov. 11 match versus USC and Nov. 25 match versus defending national champion Washington will be shown on Comcast SportsNet. Cal's Oct. 6 match at Stanford and Nov. 10 match versus UCLA will be shown on Fox Sports Net.
KEY HAAS PAVILION DATES: Nov. 3 versus Stanford, Cal hosts the Cardinal, the preseason favorite to win the Pac-10 and ranked fourth in the AVCA/CSTV preseason poll. Nov. 25 versus Washington, the Bears host the 2005 NCAA champion Huskies in the final Pac-10 home game of the season. Cal was the only team to take Washington to five games twice last season. The UW-Cal match will be televised live at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Assists Name Total Years 1. Samantha Carter 4874 2003- 2. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 3. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89
Digs Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90 2. Jillian Davis 1452 2003- 3. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck (Sophomore Outside Hitter): Is second on the team in blocks (47, 1.12pg) and digs (99, 2.36pg), third in kills (108) and kills per game (2.57), and fourth in points (141.5, 3.37pg)...tallied a season-high 12 kills vs. Xavier Sept. 1 and at Pacific Sept. 14...had a career-high 14 digs, three block solos and eight total blocks vs. UC Davis Aug. 26...recorded a career-high seven block assists vs. Xavier Sept. 1 and Pepperdine Sept. 9...was a member of the Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament team.
Hana Cutura (Freshman Outside Hitter): Is first on the team in service aces (14, 0.33pg) and second in kills (176, 4.19pg, 9th in Pac-10) and points (202.0, 4.81pg, 9th in Pac-10)...had a career-high 20 kills at Pacific Sept. 14...recorded a career-high three service aces vs. Montana Aug. 25 and Colorado State Sept. 8...had a career-high 10 digs vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2 and four total blocks vs. UC Davis Aug. 26...was Co-MVP of the Cal Molten Classic Aug. 26, MVP of the FIU Tournament Sept. 2 and all-tournament at the Golden Bear Invitational Sept. 9.
Samantha Carter (Senior Setter): Has 547 assists (13.02pg, 3rd in Pac-10) and is second on the squad with 13 service aces, and fourth with 93 digs...had a season-high six kills at Washington State Sept. 22...tallied a season-high 61 assists and four total blocks at Pacific Sept. 14...had a season-high 13 digs vs. Montana Aug. 25, and five kills vs. Colorado State Sept. 8...was selected all-tournament at the Cal Molten Classic, the FIU Tournament and the Golden Bear Invitational...has been all-tournament in six consecutive tournament competitions...is second among current Pac-10 players and first on Cal's all-time list with 4,874 career assists...is also second among Pac-10 players in service aces (102, 6th on Cal list), sixth in digs (821) and ninth in total blocks (196)...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 each of the last two years.
Cat Dailey (Freshman Outside Hitter): Saw first action of her college career at Washington State Sept. 22 after missing the first 12 matches with a broken little finger in her left hand...responded with three kills with no errors in seven attempts for a .429 hitting percentage...also recorded five digs in the two games against the Cougars.
Jillian Davis (Senior Libero): Leads the team with 190 digs (5th in Pac-10, 4.52pg)...has recorded and service ace in eight of the team's 13 matches this season...had a season-high 24 digs vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2 and UC Davis Aug. 26...was named defensive standout and all-tournament at the Cal Molten Classic...averages 14.6 digs per match this season and has 1,452 career digs (second on Cal all-time list, second among current Pac-10 players)...set a school record with 538 single-season digs in 2005, and in 2004 set a single-match record with 33 digs at Stanford.
Ellen Orchard (Junior Middle Hitter): Leads Cal in total blocks (51, 8th in Pac-10 with 1.21pg) and is second with 13 service aces (0.31pg) and a .349 hitting percentage (10th in Pac-10)...is also fourth on the team with 102 kills (2.43pg)...had a season-high 11 kills at Washington State Sept. 22...recorded a season-high eight total blocks with seven block assists at Pacific Sept. 14...had 10 kills at Florida International Sept. 2 and vs. Oral Roberts Aug. 26...had a season-high three service aces and two block solo vs. Baylor Aug. 26...as a freshman in 2004, 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 .284 career hitting percentage.
Natalie Smart (Senior Middle Hitter): Has started all 13 matches this season...is third on the team with 37 total blocks (0.88pg) and fifth with 57 kills...had a career-high 12 kills vs. Colorado State Sept. 8...had solo blocks at Washington Sept. 21 and vs. Yale Sept. 16...had a career-high six total blocks vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2.
Angie Pressey (Junior Outside Hitter): Leads the Bears in kills (204), kills per game (4.86, 1st in Pac-10), hitting percentage (.397, 5th in Pac-10) and points (232.0, 5.52pg, 1st in Pac-10)...is third on the team with 96 digs...recorded a team-high 22 kills and 15 digs at Washington State Sept. 22...also had a season-high three block solo vs. the Cougars...had a team-high 14 kills at Washington Sept. 21...had a season-high 23 kills and 17 digs at Pacific Sept. 14...had two block solos and a season-high six total blocks at Florida International Sept. 2...was named this season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week on Aug. 28 after being Co-MVP of the Cal Molten Classic with Hana Cutura...was also all-tournament at the FIU Tournament and MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational...has been all-tournament in six consecutive tournament competitions...is third among current Pac-10 players in career kills (979) and ninth in career digs (660)...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, and first-team All-Pac-10 in 2005.
2006 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 9-25
TEAMKills 71 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 156 at Pacific, 9/14Hitting Pct. .430 vs. Yale, 9/16Assists 67 at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 10 vs. Montana, 8/25Digs 62 vs. two teamsBlock Solos 4 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 24 vs. Pepperdine, 9/9Team Blocks 15.0 vs. UC Davis, 8/26
Morgan BeckKills 12 vs. Xavier, 9/1; at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 26 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2Service Aces 2 vs. Xavier, 9/1Digs 14 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Block Solos 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Block Assists 7 vs. Xavier, 9/1; Pepperdine, 9/9Total Blocks 8 vs. UC Davis, 8/26
Samantha CarterKills 6 at Washington State, 9/22Attempts 14 at Washington State, 9/22Assists 61 at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 4 vs. Montana, 8/25Digs 13 vs. Montana, 8/25Block Solos 1 vs. American, 9/9Block Assists 4 at Pacific, 9/14Total Blocks 4 at Pacific, 9/14
Vivian CheungService Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Pepperdine, 9/9
Hana CuturaKills 20 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 44 at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 3 vs. Montana, 8/25; Colorado State, 9/8Digs 10 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Total Blocks 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/26
Jillian DavisService Aces 1 vs. eight teamsDigs 24 vs. UC Davis, 8/26; Oral Roberts, 9/2
Kristen KathanKills 0Attempts 0Assists 1 at Fla. Int., 9/2; at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 2 vs. Xavier, 9/1; at Pacific, 9/14Digs 4 at Washington, 9/21Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 11 at Washington State, 9/22Attempts 24 at Pacific, 9/14; at WSU, 9/22Service Aces 3 vs. Baylor, 8/26Digs 3 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2; at WSU, 9/22Block Solos 2 vs. Baylor, 8/26Block Assists 7 at Pacific, 9/14Total Blocks 8 at Pacific, 9/14
Angie PresseyKills 23 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 40 at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Digs 17 at Pacific, 9/14Block Solos 3 at Washington State, 9/22Block Assists 4 vs. Oral Roberts, at Fla. Int., 9/2Total Blocks 6 at Florida International, 9/2
Natalie SmartKills 12 vs. Colorado State, 9/8Attempts 18 vs. Colorado State, 9/8Service Aces 0Digs 2 vs. four teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. Yale, 9/16; at Washington, 9/21Block Assists 6 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2Total Blocks 6 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2