California Volleyball Returns Home to Defend Undefeated Haas Pavilion Record
Oct. 6, 2009
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears look to maintain their undefeated home record after a rough weekend on the road. Cal had its six-match winning streak wiped out while in Los Angeles but has an opportunity to start a new string of victories against two Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 25; No. 3 Washington and No. 25 Washington State. Last season, the Bears split matches with the Huskies and took two wins over the Cougars to run their winning streak against Wazzu to 12. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura continues to lead the conference in kills (4.71 kps) and points (5.26 pps) to pace the Bears as they head into the heart of a Pac-10 schedule that features a record eight teams ranked in the AVCA top 25. Head coach Rich Feller's next victory will be his 200th at Cal; while he needs just two more wins to reach the 500-win plateau in his career.
THE FACTS: The No. 15-ranked California volleyball team (8-5, 1-2 Pac-10) hosts No. 3 Washington (14-0, 4-0 Pac-10) and No. 25 Washington State (14-1, 3-1 Pac-10) in matches at Haas Pavilion this weekend. The Golden Bears tangle up with the Huskies on Friday, Oct. 9 in a 7 p.m. PT match and take on the Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 10 in a 4 p.m. PT match.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Comcast SportsNet California will broadcast Cal's Oct. 10 match against Washington State live at 4 p.m. PT. Dave Cox will call the action with Todd McKim alongside to provide commentary. Please check your local listings for specific showings. Live video and statistics are available for both matches via links at www.CalBears.com.
PROMOTIONS: Friday's (Oct. 9) match against Washington features a special pre-match public chalk talk session at 6:15 p.m. with head coach Rich Feller. Fans will also have a chance to participate in the Largest Group Lotto in which the largest group in attendance will be invited back to a later match for free where it will take part in an exclusive pre-match chalk talk with coach Feller. Saturday's (Oct. 10) match against Washington State is Youth Day. All youth 12th grade and below will receive free admission to the match.
LAST WEEK: The Bears headed south to Los Angeles to take on two of the top teams in the Pac-10 and were met with some resistance as the No. 13-ranked Trojans snapped Cal's six-match winning streak in a thrilling five-set finish. USC needed 22 points in the fifth to close out the victory despite a career night for senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley, who had a career-high 21 kills and 37 attacks. Freshman opposite hitter Correy Johnson also provided a big boost for the Bears with 15 kills and nine blocks. Cal went into its match against the Bruins with a three-match winning streak against No. 16 UCLA but couldn't return to form quite quick enough. The Bruins capitalized on Bear errors and turned Cal away with a balanced attack from their outside hitters. In spite of dropping both matches, the Bears attacked at a better rate than both of their opponents and recorded season-high numbers with 22.0 blocks, 70 kills and 69 digs against the Trojans.
NO. 3 WASHINGTON NOTES: The Huskies (14-0, 4-0 Pac-10) have not dropped a set in 42 played this season. Washington leads the Pac-10 in both hitting percentage (.323) and opponent hitting percentage (.096). Led by senior outside hitter Jill Collymore's 26 service aces, the Huskies rank second in the conference in service aces per set at 2.05 saps. Collymore also leads the Huskies in total kills with 134 (3.35 kps) but Washington spreads out its attack with junior outside hitters Kindra Carlson (3.38 kps) and Becky Perry (3.38 kps). Senior libero Tamari Miyashiro leads the Pac-10 in digs with 5.19 dps and is second on the team with 18 service aces. Sophomore middle blocker Bianca Rowland seldom commits an error as she leads the conference in hitting percentage with a .523 attack rate (92k, 13e, 151att) while leading her team with a 1.15 bps average. Junior setter Jenna Hagglund leads the team with 10.07 aps and ranks ninth in the Pac-10 while senior outside hitter Arial Salvo puts in with 2.41 kps. The Huskies own a 28-23 advantage in the all-time series but the Bears have split matches in each of the past two seasons. Last year, Cal swept Washington in Seattle, Wash. before falling in a sweep in Berkeley a month later.
NO. 25 WASHINGTON STATE NOTES: The Cougars (14-1, 3-1 Pac-10) are ranked in the AVCA top-25 poll for the first time since a 2003 preseason ranking of No. 19. Washington State suffered its only loss in four sets on the road to a No. 7-ranked Oregon team on Sept. 27, but have since rebounded to claim a 3-0 sweep of No. 18 Arizona before pulling out a five-set victory over Arizona State. The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in digs with 16.21 dps and are bolstered by freshman libero Oceana Bush's 4.85 dps. Washington State also ranks second in both assists (13.45 aps) and kills (14.60 kps) in the conference. Senior setter Renee Bordelon puts up 11.87 aps for second in the Pac-10 ranks and leads the Cougars with 10 service aces this season. Senior middle blocker Cassie Robbins is second among Pac-10 players in blocks with 1.38 bps and is second on the team in hitting percentage at .354. Junior outside hitter Brittany Tillman is eighth in the conference and leads the team in hitting percentage at .370 but senior outside hitter Jackie Albright leads the Cougars with 3.32 kps. The Bears hold a 30-22 lead in the all-time series and have equaled their longest winning streak against Washington State with a current 12-match run.
BEARS IN THE PAC-10 RANKS: Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura leads the conference and is sixth nationally in kills per set with a 4.71 kps average. Cutura also leads all Pac-10 players and is ninth nationally in points with 5.26 pps. Junior setter Carli Lloyd is fourth in the conference with 10.69 assists per set. Senior libero Kristen Kathan ranks eighth in digs with 3.38 dps. Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley is fourth in hitting percentage at .386 (135k, 39e, 249att) and ninth in blocks at 1.08 bps.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Several Bears received all-tournament team honors in pre-conference tournaments this season. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura was named the MVP of the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn Classic and selected to the all-tournament team at both the Nevada Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational and the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. Junior setter Carli Lloyd joined Cutura for all-tourney honors in Nevada and in the Molten. Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley joined Cutura in Hawai'i and also received a spot on the Molten all-tournament team. Senior libero Kristen Kathan was also selected to the Molten all-tournament team.
BEARS IN TV LAND: The Bears will appear on live broadcasts in home matches against Washington State (Oct. 10) and Oregon (Nov. 15) on Comcast SportsNet California. Please check your local listings for times and availability. The Bears were also featured on two Fox Sports Net television broadcasts this season. FSN was on hand at Haas Pavilion to cover Cal's Pac-10 opener against Stanford on Friday, Sept. 25 and at the Bears' first Pac-10 road match when Cal visited the Galen Center in Los Angeles to take on USC on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Both matches were televised via tape delay on the Sunday immediately following the match. Cal's visit to the Hawaiian Islands was broadcast by K5 Honolulu as they took out Hawai'i on Sept. 6.
RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC: Cal competes in what is undeniably the toughest conference in women's collegiate volleyball--the Pacific-10. The conference has captured five of the last eight NCAA titles and holds 13 volleyball national championships overall. The Pac-10 has had 10 or more AVCA All-American selections in each of the last four years and boasts a group of coaches with over 200 years of combined head-coaching experience. A conference-record eight Pac-10 teams hold rankings in the current AVCA Top 25 poll. Washington leads all teams with the No. 3 ranking. No. 7 Stanford follows next with Oregon at No. 11. Then No. 13 USC, No. 15 Cal and No. 16 UCLA give the conference six teams in the top 16 alone. Arizona checks in at No. 22 and Washington State appeared for the first time since 2003 in the Oct. 5 poll. Oregon State received enough votes for a virtual tie in 27th and Arizona State also received votes in a poll earlier this season to give the Pac-10 full representation on coaches ballots in 2009.
STRICT SCHEDULE: As a part of the Pac-10 conference, the Bears face top-ranked teams on a regular basis. This season Cal is scheduled to face at least 18 teams ranked in the top 25 before season's end. In addition to taking on No. 3 Washington, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon, No. 13 USC, No. 16 UCLA, No. 22 Arizona and No. 25 Washington State twice this season, the Bears also faced a No. 2-ranked Texas, No. 19 Saint Louis and No. 4 Hawai'i in three consecutive matches as part of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu from Sept. 3-6. Among teams receiving votes in the preseason poll, Cal also has Saint Mary's (CA) twice, San Francisco and No. 23 UC Irvine on its schedule.
DIG FOR THE CURE: During the month of October, Pac-10 volleyball teams will join forces to help raise awareness about breast cancer during home matches as a part of the national Dig for the Cure campaign. Cal volleyball will run a special donation drive to benefit the Alta Bates Carol Ann Reed Breast Health Center when it takes on Arizona on Friday, Oct. 23. Check CalBears.com for more details on promotions as the match nears. Cal's match at UCLA on Oct. 3 is also a Dig for the Cure match.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: Head coach Rich Feller is just one win from achieving his 200th victory at Cal and two wins from clinching his 500th all-time career victory as a collegiate head coach. Feller has guided the Golden Bears to a school-record six consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament and has taken Cal further into postseason play than any other coach in program history. He began his career as the head coach at Colorado State in 1983.
PACK THE PAVILION: On Friday, Sept. 25, fans set a new Haas Pavilion attendance record as the Bears defeated Stanford in the 69th Big Spike. 4,189 fans were in the building to witness the thrilling five-set finish, breaking the old record of 3,976.
SEEING DOUBLE: The Bears faced Saint Mary's College in two matches this season; the first was a 3-1 win for Cal on Aug. 29 at the Nevada Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational and the second was also a 3-1 win for Cal on Sept. 18 in the Pac-10/WCC Challenge. The last time Cal faced a non-conference opponent twice in the same season was in 1996 when the Bears suffered back-to-back losses to Hawai'i in Honolulu on Sept. 13 and 14. However, the previous time Cal faced Saint Mary's twice in the same season, the Bears also came away with two victories in 1988.
WELCOME FRESHMEN: The Bears brought in seven newcomers in 2009. Among the top-10 ranked recruiting class, Cal's roster features four PrepVolleyball.com Top Senior Aces and three players who each earned Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 and UnderArmour High School All-America recognition. Joining the Bears this season are outside hitter Jessica Adams; setter Elly Barrett; middle hitter Kat Brown; outside hitter Mary Buckingham; middle hitter Tia Gaffen; middle hitter Correy Johnson; and defensive specialist Robin Rostratter.
TEXAS TWO-STEP: For the seventh consecutive season, the Cal roster will feature at least two players from the great state of Texas. Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Hawari (Plano, Texas) and freshman setter Elly Barrett (Austin, Texas) each hail from the Lone Star State. Barrett grew up close to Texas volleyball as a resident of Austin, one of the teams on the Bears' schedule this season.
EAGLE'S NEST: Assistant coach Chris Bigelow is a former middle blocker for the Eastern Washington Eagles. Bigelow played for head coach Beth Parsons when Eastern was a part of the Pine League and completed her physical education degree from the university in 1974. The Bears defeated the Eagles, 3-0, on Friday, Sept. 11. Bigelow also has connections with another Cal opponent this season; she was an assistant coach at Texas from 1984-91.
ISLAND CONNECTION: First-year director of volleyball operations Jennifer Carey is a former All-Western Athletic Conference setter for Hawai'i. Carey set records as a member of the Rainbow Wahine and was a four-time selection to the WAC All-Academic team. She arrived at Cal via Georgia Tech where she was an assistant coach under Bond Shymansky (currently the head coach at Marquette). Prior to coaching, Carey served as the director of operations for Texas A&M volleyball. Cal's visit to the islands was a homecoming for Carey as the Bears defeated her alma mater (3-2) on Sept. 6 in Honolulu.
#1 | SETTING HER PLACE: In just two seasons, setter Carli Lloyd has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. As a freshman, she completed her season just six assists shy of setting a new Cal single-season record as she posted 1,550 in 2007. In 2008, Lloyd continued to push boundaries by putting up 1,392 assists, as she earned the sixth best all-time single-season mark at Cal and placed third in the nation with her 12.00 aps average. With 3,498 career assists, Lloyd is third among active Pac-10 assist leaders and sits comfortably in fifth all-time for the Bears; on pace to continue to break records in the years to come. Over the summer, she was named to the all-tournament team at the USA Adult Open Volleyball Championship as she helped guide her team to a bronze medal finish.
#1 | HOME, HOME ON THE RANGE: Setter Carli Lloyd was quite literally raised in a barn. Her home in Bonsall, Calif. is a ranch just north of San Diego. Among the many animals on the ranch, Lloyd's pets include horses, dogs, cats, snakes, chinchillas, cows, pigs and plenty of fish in a man-made pond that she helped dig out.
#1 | CALIFORNIA GLADIATOR: Junior All-American setter Carli Lloyd credits her athleticism to the training she received from uncle and coach, Galen Tomlinson. Tomlinson--a former volleyball coach at Fallbrook Union High School--is better known in some circles as Turbo from the 1980's television series, 'American Gladiators.'
#2 | SHE CAN DIG IT: Senior libero Kristen Kathan led the Bears in digs in 2008 with 4.23 dps; fourth in the Pac-10. Her 491 digs ranked third all-time for single-season digs at Cal. As a sophomore, she posted the 10th best single-season mark with 414 digs. With 1,199 career digs, she ranks fifth all-time at Cal and is currently fourth among active Pac-10 players.
#3 | IT'S A SMALL HARBOR AFTER ALL: Freshman outside hitter Mary Buckingham shares an alma mater with two of Cal's staff members. A 2009 graduate of Newport Harbor High School, Buckingham joins fellow Sailor alum Jennifer Carey (`99, director of operations) and Ryan Newell ('03, volunteer assistant coach) in Berkeley this fall.
#4 | TARAH-RIZING THE COURT: In just her first year with the Bears, outside hitter Tarah Murrey proved why she was such a sought after recruit coming out of high school. Murrey posted 277 kills and ranked third on the team with 2.43 kps. She also contributed 177 digs in 2008 on her way to a selection on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Last summer, she helped her USA A2 team to a bronze medal at the 80th Annual USA Adult Open Volleyball Championship.
#8 | FANTASMICORREY: Hailing from Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World and Mickey Mouse, freshman opposite Correy Johnson has wasted no time making her way to the court and contributing both offensively and defensively. Johnson has posted 79 kills (28e, 186att) and a .274 attack percentage while adding 37 blocks. Johnson logged a career-high 15 kills (4e, 29att) and posted a .379 attack percentage in a match against USC on Oct. 2.
#9 | OBI WAN KENOBERMEYER: Sophomore setter Kristin Obermeyer might not be able to play any Jedi mind-tricks on opponents but she has the resume to prove her academic aptitude as one of the 2008 valedictorians at Westmont High School in Campbell, Calif. As a freshman, she appeared in three matches for Cal and had her first assist against DePaul Sept. 6; she later logged a career-high five assists against Central Connecticut State Sept. 19 at the Crowne Plaza Volleyball Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
#10 | WAKEY, WAKEY; EGGS AND BAKEY: One of freshman setter Elly Barrett's favorite pastimes is wakeboarding. She spent the summer prior to entering school at Berkeley serving as a counselor at a Christian wakeboard camp called Instead in Austin, Texas. The camp operates as a ministry of the Austin Ridge Bible Church.
#11 | DOUBLE-DRIBBLE: Freshman middle hitter Kat Brown was a dual-sport athlete in high school as she excelled on both the volleyball and basketball courts. She was a four-year starter in both sports at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School. Her basketball coach was former Golden Bear point guard Kristin Iwanaga. Iwanaga helped Brown achieve school records in points, rebounds and blocked shots on her way to being named Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League MVP as a senior.
#13 | GOPHER GAFFEN: Freshman middle hitter Tia Gaffen is the first Golden Bear to hail from the Gopher State. A native of Wayzata, Minn., Gaffen comes from a place better known as the 'North Star State', 'Bread and Butter State' and the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes'. In the end, Gaffen chose one bay over many lakes.
#13 | GAFFEN'S GAFF: Freshman middle hitter Tia Gaffen saw her first collegiate action in matches against Eastern Washington and San Jose State in the 2009 Molten/Hilton Garden Inn Classic. She hooked the competition for several points as she posted 12 kills (2e, 23att) and a .435 attack percentage in seven sets. She also had four assists and four blocks.
#14 | HAWARIAN VACATION: Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Hawari didn't take any time off when she set a new Cal record for single season hitting percentage in 2008 as she posted a .387 mark with 113 kills on 230 attacks. She ranked fourth among Pac-10 players and also contributed to the Bears defensively with 64 blocks on her way to a selection to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
#17 | ROCKIN' ROBIN: Freshman defensive specialist Robin Rostratter has found a way to rock out on the volleyball court, coming in to serve and to play back-row for the Bears this season. Rostratter has recorded a service ace and put up 11 digs in 11 sets of play so far. When she's not on the court, Rostratter likes to rock out to a variety of music; from Beyoncé to John Mayer and from Michael Bublé to T-Pain.
#21 | MINDI IN THE MIDDLE: Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley led the Bears in blocks in 2008 with 123; 1.09 bps. Those numbers were good enough to rank fifth among Pac-10 players. She also ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage with a .337 mark (258k, 86e, 511att). Wiley received AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention and All-Pac-10 honorable mention as a junior and set the ninth best single-season mark for blocks as well as the sixth best single-season mark for hitting percentage at Cal.
#21 | MIND OVER MATTER: Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley is one of the most efficient attackers for the Bears. She has notched 135 kills (39e, 249att) to log a .386 attack percentage this year and leads the team in blocks with 1.08 bps and 56 total blocks. She set new career high marks in a match at USC when she posted 21 kills and 37 attacks. Wiley is an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; a collaboration of student-athletes representing all intercollegiate teams competing for the University of California, Berkeley. The mission of SAAC is to bring the student-athlete community together; provide feedback to the athletic administration on proposed conference and NCAA legislation; foster student-athlete welfare; create relationships between student-athletes and the community by organizing community service efforts and raising funds for various causes; and to become a sounding board for the athletic administration by generating a student-athlete voice where concerns are addressed.
#26 | HANA HOU: Meaning 'Do it again!' or 'Encore' in Hawaiian, Cal fans want senior All-American outside hitter Hana Cutura to do it again. Cutura posted new career highs for kills and attacks in a five-set win against Hawai'i on Sept. 6. Cutura's 30 kills (72 attacks) made her the first Bear to reach the 30-kill mark since All-American outside hitter Mia Jerkov recorded 32 kills in a loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 12, 2003. In her career, Cutura has 1,621 kills and is fourth all-time at Cal for career kills; the leader among active Pac-10 players. She is also within reasonable reach of the all-time mark at Cal of 1,814 kills held by Tiffany Rochelle (1986-89).
#26 | THE CROATION SENSATION: Two-time All-American outside hitter Hana Cutura led the Bears in kills (4.34 kps, 499 kills) and points (572.5) in 2008. As a senior, she returns to the Cal lineup; now with 1,585 career kills (second among active Pac-10 players). Her performance as a junior nabbed her second All-Pac-10 selection as she set the fifth highest mark for single-season kills at Cal. She is also second among active Pac-10 players in service aces with 99; 10th all-time at Cal.
#26 | PASSING ON PIROUETTES: Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia, senior outside hitter Hana Cutura wasn't always the menacing volleyball force the Bears have come to know. The 6-4 outside hitter used to be a ballet dancer as a youth but her natural gift for volleyball eventually shoved Nutcracker dreams aside. As just a sophomore, Cutura's play in the postseason earned her honors as the NCAA Wisconsin Regional MVP. As a junior, Cutura received her second selection to the AVCA All-America team; each achievements her parents are quite proud of. Cutura's father, Zoran is a former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia while her mother, Gordana, is a former member of the Croatian National Volleyball team.
#39 | THE ADAMS FAMILY: Freshman outside hitter Jessica Adams comes from a long line of California alumni. Her great-great uncle Homer Woolsey MD received his degree from the university in 1910. Her great-grandparents Fred Lawson Adams and Marion Anderson Adams were students in Berkeley in 1921 and 1926 and her grandparents Fred Lawson Adams Jr. and Joan Woolsey Adams received degrees in the early 1950's. Most recently aunt Jill Adams and uncle Jeff Adams received degrees in 1976 and 1984 respectively. Currently, Adams' brother Lawson David is set to graduate in 2010.
#44 | FAMILY TRACK RECORD: Junior defensive specialist Meagan Schmitt seems destined to be a Cal athlete. Both of her parents, Tom and Laura, attended Cal and were cross country and track and field athletes for the Bears. Her uncle, John Starrett also starred as a rower for the Bears.
INJURY REPORT: Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Hawari suffered a complete tear of her left anterior cruciate ligament in the first set of Cal's match against Hawai'i in Honolulu on Sept. 6. Hawari will have reconstructive surgery to repair the ligament damage and apply for a medical hardship waiver in hopes of retaining three years of eligibility.
FOLLOW CAL VOLLEYBALL ON TWITTER: This season, fans can follow Cal volleyball on Twitter. Stay up-to-date and get the exclusive inside scoop along with special Twitter-only photos on everything Cal volleyball at www.twitter.com/calvolleyball.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER CHALLENGE: The Cal volleyball team issued a challenge to its season ticket holders this season. In an effort to raise the number of season ticket holders and E-newsletter subscribers, the team is offering prize incentives for different levels of goal achievement.
GOING BACK TO CALI: Before each match, the Bears gather for a team huddle in which they chant 'Going, going; back, back; to Cali, Cali!' Taken from the 1997 rap-hit Going Back To Cali by late Bad Boy Records rapper Notorious B.I.G., the chant is a reference to the great Golden State; the home of the Golden Bears.
PRESEASON POLL POSITIONS: Cal received the No. 6 ranking in two preseason polls; the AVCA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll and the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll. The selection in the AVCA poll marks the ninth time in school history that the Bears have been ranked to open a season; the seventh since Rich Feller became head coach in 1999. Cal was ranked No. 5 at the start of 2008 and finished No. 6. The Bears held the No. 12 spot in 2007, No. 17 to open 2006, No. 19 in 2005, No. 10 in 2004 and No. 24 in 2003. Cal's two other preseason rankings came in 1989 (No. 9) and 1983 (No. 12). Setting a program-best mark in 2007, the Bears finished the season in the No. 4 spot after reaching the NCAA national semifinal, where they fell 3-0 to eventual NCAA champion Penn State. Cal's highest regular season ranking was recorded several times in 2008 as the Bears reached No. 4 for several weeks. Since 1982, the Bears have been ranked in the weekly AVCA poll a total of 137 times.
2008 IN REVIEW: The Bears recorded the best record in school history as they advanced to the NCAA Regional Final for the second consecutive season and received the No. 6 ranking in the final AVCA poll. Cal finished 26-7 overall and claimed third place in the Pac-10 with a 13-5 mark. The Bears defeated every team in the Pac-10 at least once for the first time and beat Stanford on the road for the first time in 29 years. Cal reeled off a school-record 29 consecutive set victories from Sept. 14 through Oct. 19 and set a new mark for consecutive home wins with 16 from Oct. 11, 2007 through Nov. 2, 2008. The Bears' 18-1 start to the season and 8-0 mark to open conference play were also new program bests. Cal received a school-record seventh-consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament and hosted first and second round matches at Haas Pavilion. The Bears defeated Siena College, New Mexico State and Illinois in postseason play before falling to eventual national champion No. 1-ranked Penn State in the State College Regional Championship match. Outside hitter Hana Cutura and setter Carli Lloyd received AVCA All-America and Pac-10 All-Conference honors. The duo was joined by outside hitter Amr'a Solomon, and middle hitter Mindi Wiley for postseason awards as Solomon and Wiley received AVCA regional recognition and All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Cal also placed two players on the conference all-freshman team as outside hitter Tarah Murrey and middle hitter Shannon Hawari each made appearances on the short roster. Murrey ranked third on the team in kills per set (2.43 kps) and Hawari set a new Cal single-season hitting percentage record as she registered 113 kills on 230 attacks (.387).
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