Cal Hosts Golden Bear Volleyball Classic

Sept. 5, 2001

BERKELEY, CA -

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Fri.-Sat. Sept. 7-8 Golden Bear Volleyball Classic, Berkeley, CAFri. Sept. 7 Rice vs. Tennessee	        5 p.m.	     vs. Florida Atlantic	7 p.m.Sat. Sept. 8 Consolation/Championship   5 p.m./7 p.m.

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (28-31 at Cal, career 327-198, .623) is in his third season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller took over the Bears coaching reins when he was hired in December 1998. He came to Cal after a stint as an assistant coach on the USA National Team and 14 successful years as head coach at Colorado State (1983-96) where he led the Rams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 Top 25 national rankings. Feller earned his 300th career victory when the Bears defeated Denver, 3-1, Sept. 4, 1999.

BEAR NOTES: The Cal volleyball team will host the second annual Golden Bear Volleyball Classic Sept. 7-8 at Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus. The Bears returned last weekend from the IKON Husky Classic in Storrs, CT with a second place finish. Cal defeated New Hampshire, 3-1 (30-26, 29-31, 30-20, 30-21) Aug. 31, defeated Massachusetts, 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-22) and fell to host Connecticut, 3-2 (27-30, 30-28, 22-30, 30-27, 15-5) in the championship match.Senior setter Candace McNamee and sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy were IKON Husky Classic all-tournament selections. McNamee finished the tournament with 164 assists, seven service aces and had 10 kills. Abernathy led the Bears with 52 kills during the tournament, including 22 kills versus Connecticut in the championship match. She also had a solid .292 hitting percentage during the tournament. It was the second year that Abernathy had started the year off making an all-tournament team as she was all-tournament at the Silver Legacy Invite in Reno, NV last season.Other notable performances by Cal players included freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall, who leads the Bears with a .444 hitting percentage (25 kills, five errors, 45 attempts) and a team-high 12 total blocks (four block solos). Junior middle blocker Reena Pardiwala was solid over the weekend as well, recording 39 kills with a .441 hitting percentage (39 kills, nine errors, 68 attempts). Pardiwala led Cal with eight service aces and had 33 digs. She is now in second place on the Cal career hitting percentage list with a .267 hitting percentage (378 kills, 157 errors, 828 attempts), behind only Sylvie Monnet (1983). Junior outside hitter Leah Young also had 39 kills and 23 digs in the three tournament matches, playing extensively in the back row for the first time in her career. Redshirt freshman Astrid Gonzalez, seeing her first collegiate action after sitting out last season with a stress fracture in her left tibia, had 25 kills and led the Bears in digs with 37.As a team, Cal had impressive hitting percentages versus New Hampshire (.311) and Massachusetts (.354). Against New Hampshire, Leffall led the Bears with a .667 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 15 attempts) and against Umass, Pardiwala hit .591 (14 kills, one error, 22 attempts).

CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: Cal will face Florida Atlantic (0-3, at South Florida Sept. 4 ) for the first time in school history. The Owls are led by 6-1 senior outside hitter Marja Valkeavuori (28 kills, 35 digs). The Bears have a 0-1 all-time record against Rice (2-2), falling to the Owls 3-1 in the only meeting Sept. 10, 1994 at the Rice /Volleyball Monthly Invitational in Houston, TX. Rice is led by 5-9 senior outside hitter Leigh Leman (62 kills, 68 digs). Cal has a 0-2 all-time record against Tennessee (2-1), last losing to the Lady Volunteers 3-1 Nov. 1, 1984 at the Arizona Classic in Tucson, AZ. Tennessee is led by 6-1 junior middle blocker Janelle Hester (47 kills).

2001 Player Notes

 CAL CAREER LEADERS Kills        Name	                Total	Years1.	Tiffany Rochelle	1814	1986-892.	Lisa Arce	        1806	1987-903.	Alicia Perry	1348	1997-00

Attempts Name Total Years1. Lisa Arce 4801 1987-902. Tiffany Rochelle 4772 1986-893. Alicia Perry 3729 1997-00

Assists Name Total Years1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-932. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-893. Candace McNamee 2828 1998-10. Caity Noonan 835 1999-

Digs Name Total Years1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-902. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-893. Jessica Dinaberg 1238 1994-97

Hitting Percentage Name Total Years1. Sylvie Monnet .293 19832. Reena Pardiwala .267 1998-3. Wei Meng .256 1985-86

GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Was named to the IKON Husky Classic All-Tournament team last weekend...leads the Bears with 52 kills and has a .292 hitting percentage...led Cal in kills in each of the three matches in Connecticut, including 22 kills in the tournament final versus UConn...started last season being named to the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invitational all-tournament team in Reno, NV.

REENA PARDIWALA: Recorded 39 kills and had a .441 hitting percentage last weekend at the IKON Husky Classic...also led the Bears with eight service aces and recorded 33 digs...had a team-high 15 kills Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire and a team-high 19 digs and .591 hitting percentage (14 kills, one error, 22 attempts) Sept. 1 versus Massachusetts...is currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list with a .267 hitting percentage...had a school record single season .298 hitting percentage (219 kills, 80 errors, 466 attempts) and had a team-high 95 total blocks last season.

CANDACE MCNAMEE: Was named all-tournament at the IKON Husky Classic last weekend, finishing the three matches with 164 assists, seven service aces and 10 kills...had a .556 hitting percentage (five kills, no errors, nine attempts) with 54 assists Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...had 60 assists and tied a career-high with four service aces Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...earned all-tournament at last year's Golden Bear Volleyball Classic, recording 52 assists and 11 digs in two matches...has had three triple-doubles in her college career...currently has 2828 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list.

LEAH YOUNG: Had 39 kills and 23 digs at the IKON Husky Classic...recorded 14 kills with a .423 hitting percentage (14 kills, three errors, 26 attempts) Sept. 1 against Massachusetts...also had 14 kills and a career-high two service aces and 11 digs Sept. 2 versus Connecticut.

CAMILLE LEFFALL: Currently leads the Bears with a .444 hitting percentage (25 kills, five errors, 45 attempts) and 12 total blocks...in first collegiate match Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire, recorded a .667 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 15 attempts) and had four total blocks...had a .438 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 16 attempts) with seven total blocks Sept. 2 versus Connecticut.

ASTRID GONZALEZ: In first collegiate match after redshirting last season, had a team-high 17 digs Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...currently leads the team with 37 digs and recorded nine kills Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire and Sept. 2 versus Connecticut.

CAITY NOONAN: Had three service aces in the season opener Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...recorded 13 digs Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...is currently 10th on the Cal career assist list with 835 assists.

ASHLEIGH TURNER: Had 25 digs and recorded three service aces during the IKON Husky Classic...had two service aces Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire and had 11 digs Sept. 2 versus Connecticut...led the Bears with 31 service aces last season as a freshman.

2001 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics

TEAMKills 71 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 189 at Connecticut, 9/2Hitting Pct. .354 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Assists 63 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 12 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 78 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 4 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Assists 12 at Connecticut, 9/2Team Blocks 10 at Connecticut, 9/2

		INDIVIDUAL

GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 22 at Connecticut, 9/2Attempts 43 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 0Digs 8 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Block Solos 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Block Assists 3 at Connecticut, 9/2Total Blocks 3 at Connecticut, 9/2

CANDACE MCNAMEEKills 5 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 60 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 at Connecticut, 9/2Digs 10 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Block Assists 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Total Blocks 3 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31

REENA PARDIWALAKills 15 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 24 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 3 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, vs. UMass, 9/1Digs 19 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Assists 4 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Total Blocks 4 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1

LEAH YOUNGKills 14 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 41 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 2 at Connecticut, 9/2Digs 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 0Block Assists 2 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Total Blocks 2 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1

CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 11 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 16 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 0Digs 1 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Block Assists 5 at Connecticut, 9/2Total Blocks 7 at Connecticut, 9/2

CAITY NOONANKills 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Attempts 6 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 3 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 13 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0

ASTRID GONZALEZKills 9 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 36 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 1 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, vs. Umass, 9/1Service Aces 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 17 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Block Solos 0Block Assists 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Total Blocks 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1

ASHLEIGH TURNERKills 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 7 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Digs 11 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0

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