No. 12 Bears Close Home Schedule with Beavers and No. 16 Ducks
Nov. 11, 2009
BERKELEY - Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
vs. Oregon StateFriday, Nov. 13 7 p.m. PT
vs. No. 16 OregonSunday, Nov. 15 12:30 p.m. PTSenior Day 2009 | Comcast SportsNet California
The Golden Bears close out their regular-season home schedule with matches against Oregon State and No. 16 Oregon this weekend. Cal hopes to build off a five-set upset of Washington on the road and extend its three-match winning streak before completing the year with three matches away from Haas Pavilion. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season and became the only repeat honoree of 2009 after she led the Bears to two pivotal conference road wins last week in the Evergreen State. Cutura became Cal's all-time career kills leader as she passed 20-year record holder Tiffany Rochelle into first with 1,825 kills. Cutura posted new career highs in kills (33) and attacks (77) against the Huskies. Cal seeks its eighth consecutive win against the Beavers and hopes to avenge an earlier loss to the Ducks while in Eugene, Ore.
THE FACTS: The No. 12-ranked California volleyball team (15-8. 8-5 Pac-10) welcomes Oregon State (12-12, 3-9 Pac-10) to Haas Pavilion for a Friday, Nov. 13, match at 7 p.m. PT, this weekend. Then, after a one-day break, the Golden Bears will close the regular-season home schedule against No. 16 Oregon (16-6, 6-6 Pac-10) in a 12:30 p.m. PT match on Sunday, Nov. 15. Cal will honor seniors Hana Cutura, Kristen Kathan and Mindi Wiley in pre-match ceremonies as a part of Senior Day 2009 when the Bears take on the Ducks.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Comcast SportsNet California will be on hand to broadcast the Cal versus Oregon match live on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. PT. Dave Cox will call the plays with Krista Blunk providing commentary. Please check your local listings for availability and times of re-broadcasts. Live statistics and streaming video will be available for both matches via links at www.CalBears.com.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Fans with ticket stubs from the Cal versus Arizona football game will receive free admission when the Bears take on Oregon at 12:30 p.m. PT on Nov. 15 for Senior Day.
LAST WEEK: The Bears knocked off two top-25 teams on the road last weekend as Cal defeated No. 24 Washington State, 3-1, in Pullman, Wash., before upsetting No. 4 Washington in five sets in Seattle, the next night. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura powered the Bears past the Cougars with her seventh double-double performance of the season as she logged 19 kills and 10 digs. Junior setter Carli Lloyd put up a career-high nine kills (0e, 12att, .750) and led the team with 47 assists to go with eight digs as the Bears cruised to victory with a dominating win in the fourth set. Cutura surpassed Lisa Arce and 20-year record holder Tiffany Rochelle into first place at Cal in all-time career kills with 1,825 as she posted new career highs in kills (33) and attacks (77) against the Huskies. She also moved into third place all-time in career attacks, with 4,244. Senior libero Kristen Kathan led all players with a season-high mark of 23 digs while sophomore outside hitter Tarah Murrey tied her career high with 19 digs in the win over Washington.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The Beavers (12-12, 3-9 Pac-10) snapped a six-match losing streak in which they had won just three sets by taking a 3-1 victory over No. 18 Arizona. Senior outside hitter Rachel Rourke had a match-high 31 kills (6e, 67att, .373) to lead the Beavers to the win. Rourke ranks second in the Pac-10 in both kills (4.85 kps) and points (5.46 pps) just behind Hana Cutura in each category. Rourke's averages are good for sixth in kills and fifth in points nationally. Oregon State tops the conference in blocks (2.90 bps) and ranks sixth in the country but doesn't rank better than eighth in any other statistical category but digs, at fifth (15.31 dps). Senior setter Camilla Ah-Hoy is eighth in the Pac-10 in assists with 10.31 aps and sophomore libero Betsy Devich leads the team with 3.56 dps (eighth in the conference). Three players put up better than 1.07 bps for the top-blocking team in the Pac-10 with senior middle blocker Lexie Rathgeber putting up 1.07 bps herself. The Bears won the last meeting in Corvallis, Ore. to give coach Feller his 500th career win on Oct. 17, and look to extend their winning streak over the Beavers to eight straight. Cal owns the advantage in the all-time series, 38-17.
NO. 16 OREGON NOTES: After going 10-0 in non-conference matches, the Ducks (16-6, 6-6 Pac-10) have struggled to maintain steam in the Pac-10. Oregon has lost in three of its last five outings and most recently split matches at home against No. 18 Arizona and Arizona State. The Ducks fell in four sets to the Wildcats and earned a 3-0 sweep of the Sun Devils. Senior outside hitter Sonja Newcombe leads Oregon and ranks fifth in the conference with 4.30 kps. She also ranks second on the team in digs with 2.80 dps. Freshman libero Kellie Kawasaki leads the Ducks with 3.00 dps. Oregon is the second-best serving team in the conference with 1.64 service aces per set. Five players have logged more than 16 aces this season, led by junior outside hitter Heather Meyers' 34 aces (0.49 saps). Senior setter Nevena Djordjevic leads the nation in assists with 12.16 aps and has the Ducks in second in kills, assists and hitting percentage in the Pac-10. Senior middle hitter Neticia Enesi is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.384) and ranks 16th in the country. Enesi also leads the Ducks in blocks and ranks fifth in the conference with 1.13 bps. Cal owns a 46-15 series lead over Oregon but has dropped the last two matches.
BEARS IN THE PAC-10 RANKS: The Bears rank third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.272) and fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.194). Cal is fourth in kills (14.00 kps) and fifth in blocks (2.74 bps). Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura leads the conference and is third nationally in kills per set with 5.10 kps. Cutura also leads all Pac-10 players and is fourth nationally in points with 5.59 pps. Junior setter Carli Lloyd is fourth in the conference with 11.23 assists per set (18th in the nation). Senior libero Kristen Kathan is sixth in digs with 3.77 dps. Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley is third in hitting percentage at .378 (219k, 64e, 410att) and sixth in blocks at 1.09 bps.
RIPPIN' THE RPI: The NCAA released its first Division I Women's Volleyball ratings percentage index (RPI) on Sunday, Oct. 11, with the Bears debuting at No. 10 out of 330 ranked teams. A team's RPI ranking is determined by its strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule; whether or not a team won and where the match was played. It is used by the NCAA as one determining factor in deciding which teams to invite to the NCAA tournament and where to seed them. In the fifth week of RPI ratings, Cal moved up to No. 6 just behind the Pac-10's highest-rated team, No. 5 Washington with No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona and No. 19 Oregon in the top 20.
500 AND COUNTING: Head coach Rich Feller earned his 500th career coaching victory as the Golden Bears swept Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. on Oct. 17. Feller reached the milestone against his former boss and current Beavers head coach, Taras Liskevych. He began his professional career as one of the top assistants to Liskevych at Pacific, where he helped guide the Tigers to second, fourth and fifth-place national finishes from 1980-83. Feller also earned his 200th victory at Cal in a sweep of Washington State on Oct. 10.
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 in a live 12:30 p.m. PT broadcast at home against Oregon (Sunday, Nov. 15) on Comcast SportsNet California. Dave Cox will call the action with Krista Blunk courtside for color commentary. Please check your local listings for 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 Oct. 2. Both matches were televised via tape delay on the Sunday immediately following the match. The Bears were also on television as they defeated Washington State on Oct. 10 for head coach Rich Feller's 200th victory and once again on Oct. 25 as the Bears swept Arizona State. Cal's visit to the Hawaiian Islands was broadcast by K5 Honolulu as they took out Hawai'i on Sept. 6.
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 17 teams ranked in the top 25 before season's end. In addition to taking on No. 4 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon, No. 17 USC, No. 18 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 poll, Cal has faced No. 23 Saint Mary's (CA) twice, San Francisco and a formerly-ranked UC Irvine as well as Oregon State.
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 held rankings for the first time in the Oct. 5 AVCA Top 25 poll. Currently, Washington leads all teams with the No. 4 ranking. No. 6 UCLA follows next with No. 7 Stanford right behind. Cal checks in at No. 12 with No. 16 Oregon, No. 17 USC and No. 18 Arizona to give the conference seven teams in the top 20 alone. Washington State appeared at No. 25 in the Oct. 5 poll for the first time since 2003 and now shares the No. 25 spot to give the conference eight teams in the poll. Oregon State and Arizona State each received votes in a poll earlier this season to give the Pac-10 full representation on coaches ballots in 2009.
DIG FOR THE CURE: During the month of October, Pac-10 volleyball teams joined forces to help raise awareness about breast cancer during home matches as a part of the national Dig for the Cure campaign. Cal volleyball ran a special donation drive to benefit the Alta Bates Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center when it defeated Arizona on Friday, Oct. 23. Cal's match at UCLA on Oct. 3 was also a Dig for the Cure match. Fans can continue to support the cause with donations throughout the rest of the season. Please visit CalBears.com and click to the volleyball home page for more information.
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. In nine home dates this season, Cal has welcomed 9,696 fans to Haas for an average of 1,077 per match.
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 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 3,930 career assists, Lloyd is second among active Pac-10 assist leaders and is third 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 1,355 career digs, she ranks fourth 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.
#4 | LITTLE FIREBALL: As a youngster, sophomore outsider hitter Tarah Murrey wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and become a firefighter. Douglas Murrey played basketball for San Jose State and was selected in the ninth-round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. It was Murrey's mother Barbara whose athletic influence shows through Tarah however; she played volleyball for San Jose State in 1978-79.
#8 | PART OF THEIR WORLD: Hailing from Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World and Mickey Mouse, freshman opposite Correy Johnson's favorite Disney character is Ariel from the Little Mermaid; partly because she has similarly red hair. Johnson has wasted no time making her way to the court and contributing both offensively and defensively. She has posted 148 kills (54e, 344att) and a .273 attack percentage while adding 61 blocks. Johnson logged a career-high 15 kills (4e, 29att) and posted a .379 attack percentage in a match against USC on Oct. 2.
#8 | FANTASMICORREY: Freshman opposite hitter Correy Johnson enjoyed a career night as she logged 15 kills (4e, 29att, .379) in a match at USC on Oct. 2. Johnson, however, has shown a propensity for offensive efficiency as she has enjoyed five matches in which she attacked at better than .400; including three in which she went without error. On Sept. 19, Johnson logged five kills on six attacks (0e, .833) against San Francisco. She went for seven kills (0e, 10att, .700) on Oct. 9 against Washington. In Cal's five-set win over Stanford, Johnson logged 10 kills (1e, 16att) to record a .562 attack rate. She was .538 against Saint Mary's on Sept. 18 (7k, 0e, 13att) and .444 against Washington State on Oct. 10 (10k, 2e, 18att).
#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 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 three service aces and put up 36 digs in 61 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 219 kills (64e, 410att) to log a .378 attack percentage this year and leads the team in blocks with 1.09 bps and 96 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. Cutura later broke her own personal best with a 31 kill (1e, 47att, .638) performance against Arizona on Oct. 23. Cutura logged her third 30-kill performance of the season with 33 against Washington (10e, 77att, .299) on Nov. 7. In her career, Cutura has 1825 kills and is Cal's all-time leader for career kills; tops among active Pac-10 players. She also ranks third in all-time career attacks with 4,244.
#26 | CROATIAN SENSATION: Two-time All-American outside hitter Hana Cutura was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time after she posted career highs in kills (33) and attacks (77) in a five-set upset victory over No. 4 Washington on the road. Cutura also took the lead in all-time career kills at Cal after that match as she surpassed Lisa Arce and Tiffany Rochelle on the same night. Cutura was also the Pac-10 Player of the Week and the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 respectively. She registered 52 kills (4e, 79att) and a .608 attack percentage to go with 18 digs and four blocks in seven sets of play against Arizona (Oct. 23) and Arizona State (Oct. 25).#26 | SENIOR ACE: Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura has recorded 105 career service aces and ranks seventh all-time at Cal. She ranks third among active Pac-10 players and is tied for first on the team with 11 (0.14 saps) this season.
#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.
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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 142 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).