2007 Pac-10 Volleyball: California
Aug. 3, 2007
One of five Pac-10 teams to make appearances in each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, as coach Rich Feller led the Bears to the Sweet Sixteen last season for the second time in school history. A sixth straight appearance is not out of the question as the Bears turn to AVCA All-American senior outside hitter Angie Pressey, sophomore outside hitter Hana Cutura, and senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard to guide the Cal offensive attack.
Certainly, outside hitter. Senior Angie Pressey became the first Golden Bear to earn All-Pac-10 three straight years, and for good reason. She led Cal with 487 kills (4.29 kpg) in 2006, giving her 1,262 kills for her career. She also posted 300 digs (2.70 dpg), tops among all returning Cal players, and 86 blocks (0.77 bpg). Meanwhile, sophomore Hana Cutura was second on the squad with 392 kills (3.84 kpg), with sophomore Morgan Beck chipping in 306 kills (2.78 kpg).
Senior Ellen Orchard anchors the middle for the Bears. She's the fourth Cal player to post 300 kills last season as she talllied 301 kills (2.71 kpg). She was third in the Pac-10 in blocks with 1.51 bpg (168). Beck also contributed to Cal's net play with 127 blocks (1.15 bpg).
The Bears can get themselves established in Pac-10 play from the beginning as they host Pac-10 perennial powerhouses Stanford, UCLA and USC in the first three matches of league play in Haas Pavilion.
Breaking in a new setter to replace four-year starter Samantha Carter, who finished her Cal career as one of five Pac-10 setters all-time to record more than 5,000 assists (5,777). Freshman Carli Lloyd, a Volleyball Magazine FAB 50 selection, will get the opportunity to succeed with Carter's departure.
Replacing libero Jillian Davis, another record-breaking performer for the Bears. She posted a single-season school record with 548 digs last season, pushing her career total to a school best 1,810 digs.