No. 14 Cal Volleyball Hosts Washington State and No. 2 Washington in Regular Season Final
Nov. 21, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Nov. 24 WSU, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.Sat., Nov. 25 Washington, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The No. 14-ranked California women's volleyball team (19-8, 8-8) wraps up its regular season schedule, taking on Washington State (14-14, 6-11) Friday and No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Washington (24-3, 14-2) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches at Haas Pavilion. Saturday's match will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet (Directv 660, Dish 452, Comcast Cable - Bay Area only - 400) with Dave Cox (play-by-play) and Krista Blunk (color) announcing. The Golden Bears are looking to finish the regular season strong in order to insure a school-record fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. Cal won 17 or more matches for the fifth-consecutive year with last weekend's wins at Oregon State and Oregon. Top team accomplishments for the Bears in 2006 have been winning three tournaments and going 11-0 in non-conference action; plus sweeping all four matches versus the Arizona schools for the first time since 1989. Cal captured the Cal Molten Classic, the Florida International Tournament and the Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears have lost seven league matches to teams ranked higher in the AVCA national poll (twice to No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 USC, No. 4 UCLA; and once to No. 2 Washington), plus fell to Oregon at Haas Pavilion, breaking a streak of 13-consecutive home wins. The last time Cal was undefeated entering league play was 2003 when it started 16-0 and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
QUICK LOOK AT CAL: 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, and junior Ellen Orchard paced the team with 129 blocks and has a .281 career hitting percentage. This season, Pressey was named MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura was MVP of the FIU Tournament, and Pressey and Cutura were Co-MVPs of the Cal Molten Classic. Pressey was later tabbed as this season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient Aug. 28. The Bears return starters Carter, Pressey, Beck, Orchard, and libero 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.
IMPRESSIVE PRESSEY: Angie Pressey is the Bears' most highly decorated player. In 2004, Pressey became 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. Her 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 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 1,187 career kills, third-most among current Pac-10 players, and the 11th player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills.
BEAR SENIOR RECORD-HOLDERS: As a freshman in 2003, Samantha Carter set the Cal single-season mark of 1,555 assists. She became the school's all-time assist leader last season and now has 5,566 career assists, only the fifth Pac-10 player to ever reach 5,000 career assists. Jillian Davis' 1,729 career digs is first on the Cal all-time list. Davis, a starter in 2003 as well, set the Cal single-season digs record (538) in 2005; and on Oct. 1, 2004, her 33 digs at Stanford was a Cal single-match record.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Proving the Pac-10's strength, four of the Top 10-ranked teams are from the Pac-10 (Washington 2nd, Stanford 3rd, UCLA 4th, USC 6th). The Bears' No. 17 preseason ranking was the sixth time in school history the Bears had been preseason ranked, and 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 94 times since 1982, reaching as high as No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest ranking this season is 7th, and the highest season-ending ranking was 10th in 1982.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: The most successful volleyball coach in Cal history, Rich Feller (136-98, .581 at Cal; career 435-265, .621) 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 WASHINGTON STATE AND WASHINGTON: Cal has a 25-22 all-time record against Washington State (15-15, 3-13) and has won seven-straight in the series. The Bears defeated the Cougars in the last meeting, 3-0, Sept. 22, in Pullman. WSU is coached by Brian Heffernan (third year at WSU) and is led by 5-9 sophomore outside hitter Brittany Johnson (390 kills, 3.86kpg). The Bears have a 20-26 all-time record against No. 2 Washington (24-3, 14-2). Cal fell to the Huskies, 3-0, Sept. 21, in Seattle. Cal was the only team to take UW to five games twice last season. The Bears' last victory over the Huskies was, 3-2, Oct. 24, 2003, in Seattle. Washington is coached by Jim McLaughlin (seventh year at UW) and is led by 6-2 junior outside hitter Christal Morrison (441 kills, 4.85kpg), the Nov. 20 Pac-10 Player of the Week.
LAST WEEK VERSUS OREGON STATE AND OREGON: Cal senior setter Samantha Carter helped the Bears to the sweep of the Oregon schools with 106 assists in the two matches, a .667 hitting percentage (4k, 0e, 6att). Carter also added 22 digs and a service ace. Other top performers were senior libero Jillian Davis, with 46 digs (19 versus OSU, 27 versus UO), and freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura, with 37 kills, including a career-high 28 kills versus UO. Cutura hit .365 (37k, 10e, 74att) for the weekend. The Bears avenged an earlier, 3-1 loss to the Ducks, Oct. 19 in Haas Pavilion - Cal's only loss to an unranked team.
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 home ASU and Arizona matches with a sore right foot, Cutura has 21 service aces, and is second on the team with 333 kills and 3.96 kills per game.
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 96 total blocks, and third with 240 kills. Beck was impressive in the home series versus Oregon and Oregon State, Oct. 19-20, finishing with 26 kills, and a .381 hitting percentage and a career-high three service aces versus OSU. 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 14 kills to lead the Bears in their NCAA first round victory over Pacific in 2004. This season, Orchard leads the team with 141 total blocks and a .311 hitting percentage. Her 141 total blocks is already the second-most single-season blocks in school history.
SMART RESPONSES: Taking advantage of the first substantial playing time of her career, senior Natalie Smart is fourth on the team with 77 total blocks and has tallied 124 kills. Smart had 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 27 matches after seeing action in 31 matches prior to this year.
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.
BEARS' TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: Cal earned its 10th tournament title in 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 Defensive Standout. In Florida, Carter was selected all-tournament along with Cutura and Pressey. Beck joined Pressey, Carter and Cutura as Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament. The Bears had a perfect tournament record during 2002 and 2003, winning 15 tournament matches and five tournament titles. Mia Jerkov was MVP during those five tournament championships.
CAL'S CONFERENCE STAT RANKINGS: The Bears are third in the Pac-10 with 3.23 blocks per game, fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.162) and fifth in hitting percentage (.252), assists (15.10pg), kills (16.38pg) and service aces (1.39pg). Individually, Pressey is third in kills (416, 4.47pg) and fifth in points (475.5, 5.11pg) per game. Carter is third in assists per game (1,239, 13.32pg). Cutura is ninth in points (388.0, 4.62pg) and ninth in kills (333, 3.96pg) per game. Orchard is third in blocks per game (141, 1.52pg) and seventh in hitting percentage (.311). Finally, Davis is sixth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (467, 5.02pg) and Beck is ninth in blocks (107, 1.15pg).
MISCELLANEOUS: With Saturday's Washington-Cal match on Comcast SportsNet, the Bears have been televised five times this season (Sept. 30 versus Arizona on Comcast, Oct. 6 at Stanford on Fox, Nov. 10 versus UCLA on Fox, Nov. 11 versus USC on Comcast). Cal had seven student-athletes selected honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic - senior Samantha Carter, senior Vivian Cheung, senior Jillian Davis, sophomore Bryte Nielson, junior Angie Pressey, senior Natalie Smart and sophomore Am'ra Solomon. Earlier, Pressey had been selected CoSIDA District 8 third-team all-academic.
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Assists Name Total Years 1. Samantha Carter 5566 2003- 2. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 3. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89Digs Name Total Years 1. Jillian Davis 1729 2003- 2. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90 3. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89Hitting Percentage Name Total Years 1. Camille Leffall .363 2001-04 2. Ellen Orchard .286 2004- 3. Reena Pardiwala .276 1998-01
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck (Sophomore Outside Hitter): Is second on the team in blocks (107, 1.15pg, 9th in Pac-10), and third in kills (258, 2.77pg)...has recorded double figures in kills in nine of the last 10 matches, including 15 kills vs. UO Oct. 19 and at UA Oct. 27...had a career-high three service aces vs. OSU Oct. 20...had a season-high 16 kills with a .467 hitting percentage at UCLA Oct. 12...hit .409 (11k, 2e, 22att) with six total blocks vs. UA Sept. 30...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 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament.
Samantha Carter (Senior Setter): Has 1,239 assists (13.32pg, 3rd in Pac-10) and is second on the squad with 23 service aces, and third with 217 digs...notched 61 assists and 18 digs at UO Nov. 17...had 61 assists and 12 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 10...had a season-high 14 digs at UA Oct. 27 and 65 assists at ASU Oct. 28...had four service aces vs. UO Oct. 19...had a career-high two solo blocks at USC Oct. 13...had 14 digs vs. ASU Sept. 29...tallied 61 assists and four total blocks at UOP 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 5,566 career assists...is also second among Pac-10 players in service aces (112, 6th on Cal list) and sixth in digs (945)...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.
Hana Cutura (Freshman Outside Hitter): Is second on the team in kills (333, 3.96pg, 9th in Pac-10) and points (388.0, 4.62pg, 9th in Pac-10) and third in service aces (21, 0.25pg)...had a career-high 28 kills and six total blocks at UO Nov. 17...had 17 kills vs. UCLA Nov. 10...notched 16 kills vs. Stanford Nov. 3...had 17 kills at UA Oct. 27...had 12 kills and three service aces vs. OSU Oct. 20 and 15 kills with five block assists vs. UO Oct. 19...recorded 15 kills and five blocks at USC Oct. 13...had 20 kills at UOP Sept. 14...had three service aces vs. Montana Aug. 25 and Colorado State Sept. 8...had a career-high 10 digs vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2...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.
Cat Dailey (Freshman Outside Hitter): In first collegiate start, led Cal with 19 kills and 17 digs vs. ASU Sept. 29...had 15 kills vs. UA Sept. 30...missed the first 12 matches with a broken little finger in left hand...has six service aces.
Jillian Davis (Senior Libero): Has 467 digs (6th in Pac-10, 5.02pg) and 21 service aces (3rd on team)...had 27 digs at UO Nov. 17...had a season-best 29 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 10...tallied 19 digs vs. Stanford Nov. 3...had 25 digs at UA Oct. 28 to become the school career record-holder (now at 1,729, second among current Pac-10 players)...had 28 digs vs. UO Oct. 19...had 24 digs vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2 and UC Davis Aug. 26...named defensive standout/all-tournament at Cal Molten Classic...averages 17.3 digs per match...set school record with 538 digs in 2005, and set a match record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Ellen Orchard (Junior Middle Hitter): Leads Cal in total blocks (141, 1.52pg, 3rd in Pac-10), hitting percentage (.311, 7th in Pac-10) and service aces (24, 0.26pg)...is fourth in kills (249, 2.68pg)...hit .348 last week vs. OSU and UO with nine total blocks at UO Nov. 17...notched 14 kills and nine total blocks vs. UCLA Nov. 10...had a career-high 16 kills at UA Oct. 27, and a career-high three block solos at ASU Oct. 28...notched 14 kills and nine total blocks at USC Oct. 13...had a career-high nine block assists vs. ASU Sept. 29, and hit .412 with eight block assists vs. UA Sept. 30...had eight total blocks with seven block assists at UOP Sept. 14...had a season-high three service aces and two solo blocks vs. Baylor Aug. 26...as a freshman in 2004, had 14 kills in the Bears' NCAA first round victory over UOP...is second on the school's all-time career hitting percentage list (.286).
Angie Pressey (Junior Outside Hitter): Leads the Bears in kills (416), kills per game (4.47, 3rd in Pac-10), and points (475.5, 5.11pg, 5th in Pac-10)...is second on the team with 250 digs and a .279 hitting percentage...had 18 kills and 15 digs at UO Nov. 17...had 20 kills and a career-high 58 attempts vs. UCLA Nov. 10...tied a career-high with 25 kills at ASU Oct. 28...recorded 17 kills and 17 digs vs. UO Oct. 19...had a career-high five block assists and a season-high 18 digs at USC Oct. 13...had 17 kills and 12 digs with a career-high five block assists vs. ASU Sept. 29...followed with 18 kills and 15 digs vs. UA Sept. 30...recorded 22 kills and 15 digs at WSU Sept. 22...had a season-high three block solo vs. the Cougars...had a team-high 14 kills at UW Sept. 21...had 23 kills with 17 digs at UOP 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 (1,187, 8th on Cal all-time list)...was first-team All-Pac-10 (first Cal freshman ever named first-team) and Pac-10 All-Freshman in 2004, and first-team All-Pac-10 in 2005.
Natalie Smart (Senior Middle Hitter): Has started all 27 matches...is fourth on the team with 80 blocks (0.85pg)...hit .571 (9k, 1e, 14att) vs. USC Nov. 11...had a career-high seven 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 11-20
Kills 73 vs. UCLA, 11/10Attempts 186 vs. Oregon, 10/19Hitting Pct. .430 vs. Yale, 9/16Assists 69 vs. UCLA, 11/10Service Aces 11 vs. Oregon State, 10/20Digs 95 at Oregon, 11/17Block Solos 6 at USC,10/13;at ASU,10/28Block Assists 30atUSC,10/13;vs.UO,10/19Team Blocks 21.0 at USC, 10/13
Morgan BeckKills 16 at UCLA, 10/12Attempts 37 vs. Oregon, 10/19Service Aces 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/20Digs 14 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Block Solos 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Block Assists 7 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 8 vs. UC Davis, 8/26; vs. Oregon, 10/19
Samantha CarterKills 6 at Washington State, 9/22Attempts 14 at Washington State, 9/22Assists 65 at Arizona State, 10/28Service Aces 4 vs. Montana, 8/25; vs. Oregon, 10/19Digs 14 vs. ASU, 9/29; at Arizona, 10/27Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 4 at UOP,9/14;vs.UA,9/30;vs.UCLA,11/10Total Blocks 4 vs. four teams
Vivian CheungService Aces 1 vs. Oregon, 10/19Digs 3 vs. Pepperdine, 9/9
Hana CuturaKills 28 at Oregon, 11/17Attempts 57 at Oregon, 10/13Service Aces 3 vs. three teamsDigs 10 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 5 vs. Oregon, 10/19; at Oregon, 11/17Total Blocks 6 at Oregon, 11/17
Cat DaileyKills 19 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Attempts 56 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Service Aces 1 vs. six teamsDigs 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. four teamsDigs 29 vs. UCLA, 11/10
Kristen KathanKills 1 vs. UCLA, 11/10Attempts 1 vs. UCLA, 11/10Assists 3 vs. UCLA, 11/10Service Aces 2 vs. four teamsDigs 15 vs. UCLA, 11/10Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 16 at Arizona, 10/27Attempts 32 at Arizona, 10/27Service Aces 3 vs. Baylor, 8/26Digs 6 at Oregon, 11/17Block Solos 3 at Arizona State, 10/28Block Assists 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Total Blocks 9 vs. four teams
Angie PresseyKills 25 at Arizona State, 10/28Attempts 58 vs. UCLA, 11/10Service 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. five teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 7 at USC, 10/13Total Blocks 7 at USC, 10/13