No. 8 Cal Volleyball Hosts Oregon and Oregon State

Oct. 17, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Thu., Oct. 19 Oregon, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.Fri., Oct. 20 Oregon State, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The No. 8-ranked California women's volleyball team (14-4, 3-4) will be looking to snap a three-match losing streak this week when the Golden Bears host Oregon (14-3, 4-3) and Oregon State (3-13, 0-7) Thursday and Friday at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be battling a Duck squad ahead of the Bears in the league standings with a 4-3 mark, and led by freshman Sonja Newcombe, last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week after a sweep of the Arizona schools. Versus Oregon State, Cal head coach Rich Feller will be going up against a former associate as the Beavers' Taras Liskevych was the former head coach at Pacific, where Feller was an assistant coach from 1980-83. The Bears have a 14-match winning streak over Oregon and have won five of the last six matches against Oregon State. Cal entered its Pac-10 slate undefeated, having captured the Cal Molten Classic, the Florida International Tournament and the Golden Bear Invitational, but have lost four league matches to teams ranked higher in the AVCA poll - No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 USC and No. 6 Washington. 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. 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), finished 20th in the country, and advanced to the NCAA second round for the fourth consecutive year. Cal also features a freshman class ranked third nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. The Bears are attempting 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 has a .280 career hitting percentage.

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 1,043 career kills, third among current Pac-10 players, and the 11th player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills. She is hitting .318 and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 4.53 kills and 5.18 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 5,090 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 857 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' 1,531 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 (131-94, .582 at Cal; career 430-261, .622) 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 OREGON AND OREGON STATE: The Bears have a 42-12 all-time record against Oregon (14-3, 4-3) and have won 14-straight in the series. Cal defeated the Ducks in last year's meetings, 3-0, Oct. 28, in Haas Pavilion; and 3-1, Sept. 29 in Eugene. Oregon is coached by Jim Moore (second year at UO) and is led by 6-2 sophomore outside hitter Mira Djuric (212 kills, 3.37kpg). Cal has a 31-17 all-time record against Oregon State (3-13, 0-7) and split last year's meetings, losing 3-2, Oct. 27 at Haas Pavilion; and winning, 3-0, Sept. 30 in Corvallis. Oregon State is coached by Taras Liskevych (second year at OSU) and is led by 6-5 freshman outside hitter Rachel Rourke (246 kills, 4.32kpg).

CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Proving the strength of the conference, five of the nation's top eight teams are from the Pac-10 (Stanford 3rd, UCLA 4th, USC 5th, Washington 6th and Cal 8th). 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 89 times since 1982, reaching as high as No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal ranking this season is 7th, and 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 18 service aces, and is second with 198 kills and 3.88 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 tallied 40 kills in six matches (14 games, 2.86kpg) with two service aces and 36 digs. Cal is expecting soon the debut of another top freshman, Mindi Wiley, a 6-3 middle hitter who 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 second on the team with 70 total blocks, and third with 160 kills and 131 digs. Beck was impressive last weekend versus UCLA and USC, finishing with 27 kills on 53 attempts with only four errors for a .434 hitting percentage. 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 now first on the team with 83 total blocks and is second with a .313 hitting percentage. She tied a career-high with 14 kills and had nine total blocks at USC on Oct. 13.

SMART RESPONSES: Taking advantage of the first substantial playing time of her career, senior Natalie Smart is third on the team with 52 total blocks and has tallied 87 kills. Smart notched a career-high seven total blocks Oct. 13 at USC, and had a career-high 12 kills Sept. 8 versus Colorado State. She has started all 18 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 CONFERENCE STATS: The Bears are fourth in the Pac-10 with a .263 team hitting percentage and a .151 opponent hitting percentage. Individually, Pressey is fourth in kills (272, 4.53pg) and points (311.0, 5.18pg) per game, and seventh in hitting percentage (.318). Carter is fourth in assists per game (763, 12.72pg). Cutura is fifth in service aces (18, 0.35pg) per game. Orchard is sixth in blocks per game (83, 1.38pg) and ninth in hitting percentage (.313). Finally, Davis is sixth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (269, 4.48pg), and Beck is 10th in blocks per game (70, 1.17pg).

KEY HAAS PAVILION DATES: Nov. 3 versus Stanford, Cal hosts the Cardinal, the preseason favorite to win the Pac-10 and currently ranked third in the AVCA/CSTV poll. Nov. 25 versus Washington, the Bears host the 2005 NCAA champion Huskies in the final Pac-10 home match 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 5090 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 1531 2003- 3. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89

Hitting Percentage Name Total Years 1. Camille Leffall .363 2001-04 2. Ellen Orchard .280 2004- 3. Reena Pardiwala .276 1998-01

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:

Morgan Beck (Sophomore Outside Hitter): Is second on the team in blocks (70, 1.17pg, 10th in Pac-10), third in digs (131, 2.18pg) and kills (160)...had a season-high 16 kills with a .467 hitting percentage at UCLA Oct. 12, and added 11 kills at USC Oct. 13...hit .409 (11k, 2e, 22att) with six total blocks vs. Arizona Sept. 30...tallied 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 (18, 0.35pg, 5th in Pac-10) and second in kills (198, 3.88pg) and points (232.0, 4.55pg)...recorded 15 kills and five blocks at USC Oct. 13...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 763 assists (12.72pg, 4th in Pac-10) and is third on the squad with 14 service aces, and fourth with 129 digs...had a career-high two solo blocks at USC Oct. 13...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 5,090 career assists...is also third among Pac-10 players in service aces (103, 6th on Cal list) and sixth in digs (857)...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 269 digs (6th in Pac-10, 4.48pg)...has recorded a service ace in 10 of the team's 18 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 14.9 digs per match this season and has 1,531 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 (83, 6th in Pac-10 with 1.38pg) and is second in service aces (17, 0.28pg), and hitting percentage (.313, 9th in Pac-10)...is also fourth on the team with 146 kills (2.43pg)...tied a career-high with 14 kills and had a season-high nine total blocks at USC Oct. 13...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 11 kills at Washington State Sept. 22...recorded eight total blocks with seven block assists at Pacific Sept. 14...had a season-high three service aces and two solo blocks 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 .280 career hitting percentage.

Angie Pressey (Junior Outside Hitter): Leads the Bears in kills (272), kills per game (4.53, 4th in Pac-10), hitting percentage (.318, 7th in Pac-10) and points (311.0, 5.18pg, 4th in Pac-10)...is second on the team with 166 digs...had a career-high five block assists and a season-high 18 digs at USC Oct. 13...had a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs at Stanford Oct. 6...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 with 17 digs at Pacific Sept. 14...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 (1,043, 10th on Cal all-time list)...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 18 matches this season...is third on the team with 52 total blocks (0.87pg) and fifth with 87 kills...had a career-high seven total blocks at USC Oct. 13...notched eight kills with a .429 hitting percentage Oct. 6 at Stanford...had a career-high 12 kills vs. Colorado State Sept. 8.

2006 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 10-16

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 6 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 30 at USC, 10/13Team Blocks 21.0 at USC, 10/13

INDIVIDUAL

Morgan BeckKills 16 at UCLA, 10/12Attempts 30 at UCLA, 10/12Service 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 2 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 4 at Pacific, 9/14; vs. Arizona, 9/30Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams

Vivian CheungService Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Pepperdine, 9/9

Hana CuturaKills 20 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 46 at USC, 10/13Service Aces 3 vs. Montana, 8/25; Colorado State, 9/8Digs 10 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Total Blocks 5 at USC, 10/13

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 14 at USC, 10/13Attempts 30 at UCLA, 10/12Service Aces 3 vs. Baylor, 8/26Digs 3 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2; at WSU, 9/22Block Solos 2 vs. Baylor, 8/26; at USC, 10/13Block Assists 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Total Blocks 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29; at USC, 10/13

Angie PresseyKills 23 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 53 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Service Aces 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Digs 18 at USC, 10/13Block Solos 3 at Washington State, 9/22Block Assists 5 vs. ASU, 9/29; at USC, 10/13Total 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. three teamsBlock Assists 7 at USC, 10/13Total Blocks 7 at USC, 10/13

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