Cal Volleyball Ranked 12th in CSTV/AVCA Preseason Poll

Aug. 14, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Fresh off an NCAA Regional appearance in 2006, the 2007 California women's volleyball team is ranked 12th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday. Defending national champion Nebraska holds the top spot, followed by Stanford, Penn State, Texas and UCLA. USC (6th) and Washington (8th) join Cal, Stanford and UCLA as Pac-10 teams with preseason rankings.

The Golden Bears, tabbed No. 13 in the final AVCA poll last season, return four starters from last year's squad that finished 22-10 overall (9-9 in the Pac-10) and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16. Included in the group of returnees is senior outside hitter Angie Pressey, a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and 2006 All-American. Cal also features senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard and junior outside hitter/middle hitter Morgan Beck, both honorable mention All-Pac-10 picks last season; and sophomore Hana Cutura, a member of the 2006 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

The Bears, led by ninth-year head coach Rich Feller, will open their 2007 season hosting the Cal Molten Classic (Cal, Idaho, Northeastern and Florida International) Aug. 24-25 at Haas Pavilion. Cal then travels to the Colorado Tournament (Cal, Central Florida, UNC Wilmington, Colorado) Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Boulder, Colo., before hosting the Golden Bear Invitational (Cal, Utah State, Eastern Kentucky, Minnesota) Sept 7-8 at Haas Pavilion.

Among the Bears' non-conference foes ranked is Big 10 powerhouse Minnesota, who is No. 9 in the AVCA preseason poll and will be Cal's opponent in the final match of the Golden Bear Invitational at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8. The other Bear opponent ranked is Santa Clara, who is 24th and will host Cal on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Leavey Center on the Santa Clara campus. On Friday, Sept. 15, the Bears will play Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m. at the Leavey Center. The Fighting Irish are not ranked, but did receive 86 votes in the preseason poll.

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