No. 7 Cal Volleyball Visitis No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 USC
Oct. 11, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Oct. 12 at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 7 p.m.Fri., Oct. 13 at USC, Galen Center, 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: In what arguably could be considered the country's toughest road trip, the No. 7-ranked California women's volleyball team (14-2, 3-2) travels to No. 3-ranked UCLA (19-0, 6-0) and No. 4-ranked USC (17-0, 6-0) this Thursday and Friday to face the undefeated Los Angeles schools. Last season at Haas Pavilion, Cal defeated both UCLA and USC in the same weekend (Sept. 23-24, 2005) for the first time in school history. This past Friday, the Golden Bears fell to Bay Area rival Stanford, 3-0, at Maples Pavilion in only their second loss of the 2006 season. Both of Cal losses this year have come in the hands of teams with a higher national ranking. The Bears entered their Pac-10 slate undefeated, having captured 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 and Cat Dailey, 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 1,027 career kills, third among current Pac-10 players, and the 11th player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills. She is hitting .347 and leads the Pac-10 with 4.75 kills and is second with 5.42 points per game. She is the daughter of former NBA player and Golden State assistant Paul Pressey.
BEAR RECORD-HOLDERS: Carter and Davis own 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 5,006 career assists, which is second among current Pac-10 players, and only the fifth Pac-10 player to ever reach 5,000 career assists. Carter is also third in the Pac-10 with 103 career service aces (sixth on the Cal all-time list) and sixth with 843 career digs. 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' 1,493 career digs is now second among current Pac-10 players and second on the Cal all-time list.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: The most successful volleyball coach in Cal history, Rich Feller (131-92, .587 at Cal; career 430-259, .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 UCLA AND USC: The Bears have a 1-48 all-time record against No. 3 UCLA (19-0, 6-0), defeating the Bruins for the first time in school history last season, 3-0, Sept. 23, 2005 in Haas Pavilion. In the last meeting, UCLA won, 3-1, Nov. 26 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are coached by Andy Banachowski (40th year at UCLA) and are led by 6-1 senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether (243 kills, 4.05kpg). Cal has an 8-36 all-time record against No. 4 USC (17-0, 6-0), winning, 3-2, Sept. 24 at Cal, and losing, 3-0, Nov. 25 at USC. The Trojans are coached by Mick Haley (sixth year at USC) and are led by 6-4 junior outside hitter Asia Kaczor (278 kills, 4.48kpg). Rich Feller was an assistant to Haley with the USA National Team from 1997-98.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Proving the strength of the conference, five of the nation's top seven ranked teams are from the Pac-10 (UCLA 3rd, USC 4th, Washington 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 88 times since 1982, reaching as high as No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest season-ending ranking was 10th in 1982.
CUTURA SHINES: In what might be the most spectacular 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 15 kills with no errors in 26 attempts (.577) in the tournament opener versus Xavier. Despite sitting out the ASU and Arizona matches with a sore right foot, Cutura leads the team with 16 service aces, and is second with 179 kills and 4.07 kills per game.
DAILEY DEBUT: Freshman Cat Dailey made an impressive home debut Sept. 29, leading the Bears with 19 kills and 17 digs in her first collegiate start (replacing Hana Cutura, who was resting a stress fracture in her right foot) versus Arizona State. Dailey followed with 15 kills versus Arizona. She had missed the first 12 matches with a broken little finger in her left hand. The 6-1 outside hitter has already tallied 38 kills in four matches (12 games, 3.17 kpg) with two service aces and 28 digs. Cal is expecting the debut of another top freshman at UCLA and USC, Mindi Wiley, a 6-3 middle hitter has been out with a broken right thumb.
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 133 kills and is second with 62 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 71 total blocks and is second with a .331 hitting percentage.
SMART RESPONSES: Taking advantage of the first substantial playing time of her career, senior Natalie Smart is fourth on the team with 42 total blocks and has tallied 81 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 16 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 third in the Pac-10 with a .284 team hitting percentage and fourth with a .140 opponent hitting percentage. Cal is also fourth in the league with 16.15 kills per game. Individually, Pressey is first in kills (252, 4.75pg) and second in points (287.0, 5.42pg) per game, and sixth in hitting percentage (.347). Carter is third in assists per game (679, 12.81pg). Cutura is ninth in points (208.0, 4.73pg), seventh in kills (179, 4.07pg) and fifth in service aces (16, 0.36pg) per game. Orchard is fifth in blocks per game (71, 1.34pg) and eighth in hitting percentage (.331). Finally, Davis is sixth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (231, 4.36pg), and Beck is ninth in blocks per game (62, 1.17pg).
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 5006 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 1493 2003- 3. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck (Sophomore Outside Hitter): Is second on the team in blocks (62, 1.17pg, 9th in Pac-10), third in digs (120, 2.26pg) and kills (133), and fourth in kills per game (2.51) and points (174.0, 3.28pg)...hit .409 (11k, 2e, 22att) with six total blocks vs. Arizona Sept. 30...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 (16, 0.36pg, 5th in Pac-10) and second in kills (179, 4.07pg, 7th in Pac-10) and points (208.0, 4.73pg, 9th in Pac-10)...sat out ASU and Arizona matches to rest sore right foot...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 679 assists (12.81pg, 3rd in Pac-10) and is third on the squad with 14 service aces, and fourth with 115 digs...had a season-high 14 digs with 48 assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 29, and 51 assists and four block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 30...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...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 5,006 career assists...is also third among Pac-10 players in service aces (103, 6th on Cal list) and sixth in digs (843)...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): In her first collegiate start and second collegiate match, led Cal with 19 kills and 17 digs vs. Arizona State Sept. 29...followed with 15 kills vs. Arizona Sept. 30...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 231 digs (6th in Pac-10, 4.36pg)...has recorded a service ace in 10 of the team's 16 matches, including two aces vs. Arizona Sept. 30...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 14.4 digs per match this season and has 1,493 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 (71, 5th in Pac-10 with 1.34pg) and is second in service aces (15, 0.28pg), and hitting percentage (.331, 8th in Pac-10)...is also fourth on the team with 125 kills (2.36pg)...had a career-high nine block assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 29, and hit .412 (8k, 1e, 17att) with eight block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 30...had a season-high 11 kills at Washington State Sept. 22...recorded 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 solos 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.
Angie Pressey (Junior Outside Hitter): Leads the Bears in kills (252), kills per game (4.75, 1st in Pac-10), hitting percentage (.347, 6th in Pac-10) and points (287.0, 5.42pg, 2nd in Pac-10)...is second on the team with 133 digs...had a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs Oct. 6 at Stanford...had 17 kills and 12 digs with a career-high five block assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 29...followed with 18 kills and 15 digs vs. Arizona Sept. 30...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 (1,027)...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.
Natalie Smart (Senior Middle Hitter): Has started all 16 matches this season...is fourth on the team with 42 total blocks (0.79pg) and fifth with 81 kills...notched eight kills with a .429 hitting percentage Oct. 6 at Stanford...had a career-high 12 kills vs. Colorado State Sept. 8...had a career-high six total blocks vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2.
2006 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 10-11
TEAMKills 71 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 183 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Hitting Pct. .430 vs. Yale, 9/16Assists 67 at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 10 vs. Montana, 8/25Digs 74 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Block Solos 4 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 26 vs. Arizona, 9/30Team Blocks 15.0 vs. UCD, 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 14 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Block Solos 1 vs. American, 9/9; vs. ASU, 9/29Block Assists 4 at Pacific, 9/14; vs. Arizona, 9/30Total Blocks 4 at Pacific, 9/14; vs. Arizona, 9/30
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
Cat DaileyKills 19 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Attempts 56 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Service Aces 1 vs. ASU, 9/29; vs. Arizona, 9/30Digs 17 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Block Solos 1 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Block Assists 3 vs. ASU, 9/29; vs. Arizona, 9/30Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona State, 9/29
Jillian DavisService Aces 2 vs. Arizona, 9/30Digs 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 6 vs. Arizona, 9/30Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 11 at Washington State, 9/22Attempts 26 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Service Aces 3 vs. Baylor, 8/26Digs 3 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2; at WSU, 9/22Block Solos 2 vs. Baylor, 8/26Block Assists 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Total Blocks 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29
Angie PresseyKills 23 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 53 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Service Aces 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Digs 17 at Pacific, 9/14Block Solos 3 at Washington State, 9/22Block Assists 5 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Total Blocks 6 at FIU, 9/2; vs. ASU, 9/29
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