Cal Volleyball Hosts Saint Mary's, Oregon, Oregon State and No. 7 Ranked Arizona

Oct. 1, 2001


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Tue., Oct. 2 vs. Saint Mary's, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Oregon, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Sat., Oct. 6 vs. Oregon State, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Mon., Oct. 8 vs. Arizona, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The Cal women's volleyball team (3-5, 0-3 in the Pac-10) has a busy week ahead of it as the Bears host Saint Mary's (2-8), Oregon (8-5, 0-4), Oregon State (9-3, 3-1) and No. 3 ranked Arizona (7-2, 2-2) at Haas Pavilion. The Oct. 5 match against Oregon will mark the debut of Cal's 6-3 Croatian standout Mia Jerkov (YAIR-cove). Jerkov has yet to play for the Bears because of her commitment to playing for both the Croatian National and Junior National teams. She most recently competed with the Croatian National Team at the European Championship in Sophia, Bulgaria (team eliminated in preliminary rounds). Jerkov was scheduled to play against Arizona State and Arizona, Sept. 14-15, but due to the events on Sept. 11, was only able to practice with Cal before leaving for Bulgaria. In Cal's last match, the Bears fell to No. 4 ranked Stanford, 3-0 (30-27, 30-19, 30-20), Sept. 28 at Haas Pavilion. Even though Cal was topped by the Cardinal in three games, the Bears still played better than they had at Washington and Washington State when they were close in game one and then struggled in the next two games. Cal was led by senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee's nine kills and sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy had eight kills. Sophomore Ashleigh Turner added a team and career-high 12 digs for the Bears. Statistically, Cal has been paced by junior middle blocker Reena Pardiwala. Pardiwala is currently fourth in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (13, 0.48) and has a .346 hitting percentage. McNamee is seventh in the conference in assists per game (304, 11.26) and Abernathy is ninth in kills per game (105, 3.89). Freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall is eighth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.359).

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (29-35 at Cal, career 328-202, .619) is in his third season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller came to Cal after a stint as an assistant coach on the USA National Team and 14 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.

CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: The Bears have a 7-1 all-time record against Saint Mary's (2-8), a 32-12 mark against Oregon (8-5, 0-4, at Stanford Oct. 4), a 25-13 mark against Oregon State (9-3, 3-1, at Stanford Oct. 5) and a 6-26 record versus No. 7 Arizona (7-2, 2-2, versus ASU Oct. 5). Saint Mary's is led by 6-0 junior outside hitter Rachel Avilla (111 kills). Last season, Cal defeated Oregon, 3-2 Sept. 15 in Eugene and 3-0 Nov. 17 in Berkeley. The Ducks are led by 6-0 senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi (180 kills). In 2000, the Bears lost to Oregon State, 3-2 Sept. 16 in Corvallis and 3-2 Nov. 16 in Berkeley. The Beavers are led by 5-11 senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt (185 kills). Against Arizona last season, Cal lost 3-0 Sept. 30 in Tucson and 3-0 Oct. 27 in Berkeley. The last time the Bears defeated the Wildcats was 3-0 Oct. 27, 1995 in Tucson. Arizona is led by 6-2 junior outside hitter Lisa Rutledge (119 kills).

2001 Player Notes

CAL CAREER LEADERS Kills Name Total Years 1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00

Attempts Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 4801 1987-90 2. Tiffany Rochelle 4772 1986-89 3. Alicia Perry 3729 1997-00

Assists Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 2. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89 3. Candace McNamee 2968 1998- 10. Caity Noonan 835 1999-

Digs Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90 2. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89 3. Jessica Dinaberg 1238 1994-97

Hitting Percentage Name Total Years 1. Sylvie Monnet .293 1983 2. Reena Pardiwala .265 1998- 3. Wei Meng .256 1985-86

GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Leads the Bears and is ninth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (105, 3.89)...had a team-high 12 kills Sept. 20 at UW...was named to the Golden Bear Classic All-Tournament team after tallying 24 kills in the two matches...had a career-high four service aces Sept. 8 versus Tennessee...was named to the IKON Husky Classic All-Tournament team Aug. 31-Sept. 2... has led Cal in kills in six of the team's eight matches...had a season-high 22 kills in the IKON Husky Classic final versus UConn.

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

CAMILLE LEFFALL: Is first on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 with a .359 hitting percentage...also leads Cal in total blocks (27) and blocks per game (1.00)...had an impressive .833 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 12 attempts) Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic...also had a career-high eight total blocks against 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 UConn.

CANDACE MCNAMEE: Tallied 73 assists and was a member of the Golden Bear Classic all-tournament team for the second year in a row...had a team-high nine kills Sept. 28 versus seventh in the Pac-10 in assists per game (304, 11.26)...was named all-tournament at the UConn IKON Husky Classic, finishing 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 UConn...has had three triple-doubles in her college career...has 2968 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list.

CAITY NOONAN: Had a team-high 15 digs Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic, despite leaving the match early in the third game with an injured left knee (torn ACL, out for the season)...had three service aces in the season opener Aug. 31 versus New Hampshire...recorded 13 digs Sept. 2 versus UConn.

REENA PARDIWALA: Leads Cal and is fourth in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (13, 0.48) and has a .346 hitting percentage...also leads the Bears with 65 digs (tied with Ashleigh Turner)...had a team-high 13 digs Sept. 21 at WSU...had 16 kills and four service aces Sept. 7-8 at the Golden Bear Classic, including an impressive .714 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 14 attempts) Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic...recorded 39 kills and had a .441 hitting percentage at the IKON Husky Classic...also led the Bears with eight service aces and recorded 33 digs at UConn Tourny...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 currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list with a .265 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.

ASHLEIGH TURNER: Had a team-high 12 digs Sept. 28 versus tied for the team lead with Reena Pardiwala with 65 digs...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 UConn...led the Bears with 31 service aces last season as a freshman.

LEAH YOUNG: Had a team-high 14 kills Sept. 21 at WSU...was named to the Golden Bear Classic All-Tournament team after recording 16 kills, including 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage (10 kills, two errors, 20 attempts) in the championship match against was the first all-tournament honor of her college career...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 UMass...also had 14 kills and a career-high two service aces and 11 digs Sept. 2 versus UConn.

JESSICA ZATICA: Had a career-high eight kills, 24 attempts and 10 digs Sept. 8 versus Tennessee...had a career-high three service aces Sept. 7 versus Florida Atlantic.

2001 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics

TEAMKills 71 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 189 at Connecticut, 9/2 AttemptsHitting 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 UConn, 9/2, vs. FAU, 9/7Team Blocks 10 at Connecticut, 9/2


GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 22 at Connecticut, 9/2Attempts 43 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Digs 8 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Block Solos 1 vs. Massachusetts, 9/1Block Assists 3 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7Total Blocks 3 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7

CANDACE MCNAMEEKills 9 vs. Stanford, 9/28Attempts 24 vs. Stanford, 9/28Assists 60 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 4 at Connecticut, 9/2Digs 10 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 3 at Washington State, 9/21Total Blocks 3 vs. three teams

REENA PARDIWALAKills 15 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 24 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Service Aces 3 vs. three teamsDigs 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. three teamsAttempts 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 3 vs. Stanford, 9/28Block Solos 2 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Block Assists 5 at Connecticut, 9/2Total Blocks 8 vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7

JESSICA ZATICAKills 8 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Attempts 24 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Service Aces 3 vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/7Digs 10 vs. Tennessee, 9/8Block Solos 1 at Washington, 9/20Block Assists 1 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Stanford, 9/28Total Blocks 1 vs. three teams

ASTRID GONZALEZKills 9 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 36 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 7 vs. Stanford, 9/28Service 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 12 vs. Stanford, 9/28Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0

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