California Women's Volleyball Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 21-11
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 11-7/4th
Starters Returning/Lost: 4/3 + libero
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/6
Head Coach: Rich Feller
Alma Mater: San Diego State '73
Record at Cal: 212-126 (11 years)
Assistant Coaches: Chris Bigelow, Sam Crosson
The Golden Bears will take aim at a ninth-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament this season, following on the heels of three straight appearances in the regional finals. The Cal lineup will have a different look following the graduation of Pac-10 Player of the Year and first-team All-American Hana Cutura. The Golden Bears are experienced at the setter position, with senior Cari Lloyd directing the offense for another season. Lloyd, Cal's first All-American setter, averaged 11.24 assists per set last season, ranking fifth in the Pac-10. Cal returns a productive duo in Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey and sophomore middle hitter Correy Johnson, a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season. Murrey was second on the team in kills last season (2.93 kps) and third in digs (2.25 dps). Johnson averaged 1.66 kills per set, good for fourth on the team. The Golden Bears welcome a talented recruiting class that includes two Texans named to the Volleyball Magazine Fab 50: outside hitters Adrienne Gehan and Lauren Loerch.
Oct. 16 - Washington at California, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 - California at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 - California at Washington, 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 - Stanford at California, 7 p.m.
Cal dealt the Huskies their first home loss of 2009 in a 3-2 win in Seattle. Earlier in the season, the Golden Bears fell to an undefeated Washington squad at home in three sets. Both match-ups between Cal and Stanford last season went to five sets, with the Golden Bears proving victorious in the first meeting in Berkeley.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#1 Cari Lloyd
Senior, Setter, Bonsall, Calif.
Cari Lloyd, a two-time AVCA All-America Second Team honoree and NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team member, is Cal's first All-American setter. As a junior, she was also an AVCA All-Pacific Region selection and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors. She tallied 11.24 assists per set, fifth in the Pac-10, to go with 2.33 digs and 1.59 points per set. Lloyd has led the Golden Bears in assists since she was a freshman. She enters her senior season ranked second at Cal on the all-time career assists chart with 4,313. Lloyd is a three-time USA A2 National Team Selection.