Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 11 Ranked UCLA and No. 5 Ranked USC

Nov. 5, 2001


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Nov. 8 vs. UCLA	Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Nov. 9 vs. USC	Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 6 p.m.

BEARS HOST NO. 11 UCLA AND NO. 5 USC: The California women's volleyball team (8-13, 3-10 in Pac-10), winners of three of its last five matches, face a pair of formable foes this week in No. 8 ranked UCLA and No. 5 ranked USC. Cal will try to avenge 3-0 losses to the Los Angeles schools earlier this season when the Bears play the Bruins Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and the Trojans Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. Cal has been playing better in streaks the past two weeks, defeating Washington Oct. 20, upsetting then No. 19 ranked Santa Clara Oct. 23 and topping Oregon Nov. 1 in Eugene. In between, the Bears were defeated at Stanford and at Oregon State, two of the better teams in the Pac-10 this season.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS: In the victory over the Ducks, Cal was led by 21 kills by sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy, 15 kills by junior Leah Young (.361 hitting percentage), 13 kills by junior Reena Pardiwala and 11 kills and 40 assists by senior Candace McNamee. Abernathy also led Cal with a career-high five service aces and added 13 digs. As a team, the Bears recorded an impressive 13 service aces and recorded 67 digs. Pardiwala led Cal with 15 digs, sophomore Jenna Grigsby had a career-high 12 digs and freshman Mia Jerkov added 10 digs. The Bears now have a six match winning streak over the Ducks.As a team, Cal is fourth in the conference in service aces with 122 aces, 1.69 service aces per game. McNamee is now third among active Pac-10 players for career assists (3,360) and with two service aces last weekend at Oregon, is 10th on the Bears all-time list for career service aces (91). McNamee is also seventh in the Pac-10 in assists per game (696, 9.80) and ninth in service aces per game (25, .35). Pardiwala is 10th in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (24, .33). Freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall is hitting a team-best .330 with 67 total blocks, while Pardiwala leads Cal with 193 digs.

MIA JERKOV HELPS LEAD THE BEARS: Cal's 6-3 freshman standout Mia Jerkov (YAIR-cove) who has been slowed by a strained tendon in her left foot, played only in the back row against the Oregon schools, but hopefully will be able to hit against the Los Angeles schools. Earlier this season at UCLA and USC, Jerkov led the Bears with 12 kills against the Bruins and 13 kills versus the Trojans. She leads the team in kills per game in conference matches (3.20) and is second in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (14, .47) in conference only matches. Jerkov had a career-high 20 kills and 14 digs Oct. 19 versus WSU and led Cal in its victory over UW Oct. 20 with 19 kills and two service aces.

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (34-43 at Cal, career 333-210, .613) 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 0-41 all-time record against No. 11 ranked UCLA (13-6, 8-4) and a 6-29 all-time record versus No. 5 ranked USC (17-2, 11-1). The last time Cal defeated the Trojans was 3-2, Nov. 15, 1991 in Berkeley. The Bruins are led by 6-0 senior outside hitter Ashley Bowles (264 kills, 216 digs, 34 service aces). Earlier this season, the Bears lost to UCLA, 3-0 Oct. 12 in Pauley Pavilion. The Trojans are led by 6-1 sophomore outside hitter April Ross (257 kills, 190 digs). Against USC earlier this season, Cal lost 3-0 Oct. 13 at the Lyon Center. The Bears have lost 19 straight matches to the Trojans.

2001 Player Notes

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

Service Aces Name Total Years 1. Brook Coulter 162 1996-99 2. Sienna Curci 136 89, 91-93 Tiffany Rochelle 136 1986-89 10. Candace McNamee 91 1998-

Assists Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 2. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89 3. Candace McNamee 3360 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 in kills with 225...had team-high 21 kills and a career-high five service aces Nov. 1 at Oregon...had 17 kills Oct. 23 vs. Santa Clara...had a career-high 14 digs Oct. 20 vs. UW...recorded 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...was named to the IKON Husky Classic All-Tournament team Aug. 31-Sept. 2...had a season-high 22 kills in the IKON Husky Classic final Sept. 2 vs. UConn.

ASTRID GONZALEZ: Had a career-high 16 assists Oct. 23 vs. Santa Clara...had 13 assists Oct. 12 at first collegiate match had a team-high 17 digs Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire...recorded nine kills Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire and Sept. 2 vs. Connecticut...had 11 assists and two service aces Oct. 6 v. OSU.

CAMILLE LEFFALL: Is first on the team with a .330 hitting percentage...also leads Cal in total blocks (67) and blocks per game (0.99)...had a career-high three block solos and eight block assists Oct. 23 vs. Santa Clara, tying a school record with 11 total blocks in a single match...hit .615 Oct. 19 vs. WSU (nine kills, one error, 13 attempts)...hit .538 (seven kills, no errors, 13 attempts) Oct. 5 vs. Oregon...had an impressive .833 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 12 attempts) Sept. 7 vs. Florida first collegiate match Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire, had a .667 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 15 attempts) and four total blocks...had a .438 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 16 attempts) with seven total blocks Sept. 2 vs. UConn.

MIA JERKOV: Has the team lead in kills per game (3.36) second in the conference in service aces per game in Pac-10 only matches (14, .47)...had a career-high 20 kills and 14 digs Oct. 19 vs. WSU...followed with a team-high 19 kills Oct. and two service aces Oct. 20 vs. UW...led the Bears with 12 kills Oct. 12 at UCLA and 13 kills Oct. 13 at first collegiate action Oct. 5 vs. Oregon, had seven kills, seven digs, a service ace and a block solo in half a match...had a team-high 15 kills with three service aces and 12 digs Oct. 6 vs. Oregon State...recorded 10 kills with two service aces and eight digs Oct. 8 vs. Arizona.

CANDACE MCNAMEE: Tallied 73 assists and was a member of the Golden Bear Classic (Sept. 7-8) all-tournament team for the second year in a row...leads Cal and is ninth in the Pac-10 in service aces (25, 0.35) also seventh in the Pac-10 in assists (696, 9.80)...had a career-high five service aces Oct. 2 vs. Saint Mary's and a season-high 12 kills Oct. 6 vs. OSU...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 vs. New Hampshire...had 60 assists and four service aces Sept. 2 vs. UConn...has had three triple-doubles in her college career...has 3360 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list and 91 service aces, 10th on the Bears career service ace list.

REENA PARDIWALA: Has a .293 hitting percentage...leads the team with 193 digs and is second with 24 service aces and 46 total blocks...had a team-high 15 digs Nov. 1 at Oregon...had 10 kills, two service aces and a team-high 15 digs Oct. 23 vs. Santa Clara...led the Bears with 14 digs Oct. 12 at UCLA and hit .615 (nine kills, one error, 13 attempts) with 11 digs Oct. 13 at USC...hit .455 Oct. 8 vs. Arizona (11 kills, one error, 22 attempts)...had 16 kills and four service aces Sept. 7-8 at the Golden Bear Classic, including a .714 hitting percentage (10 kills, no errors, 14 attempts) Sept. 7 vs. 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 Classic...had a team-high 15 kills Aug. 31 vs. New Hampshire and a team-high 19 digs and .591 hitting percentage (14 kills, one error, 22 attempts) Sept. 1 vs. 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 career-high 15 digs Oct. 6 vs. Oregon State...had a team-high 12 digs Sept. 28 versus second on the team with 145 digs and has 15 service aces...had 25 digs and recorded three service aces during the IKON Husky Classic...had two service aces Aug. 31 vs. 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 career-high 19 kills and 12 digs Oct. 23 vs. Santa Clara...had a team-high 14 kills Sept. 21 at WSU...recorded 15 kills (.361 hitting percentage) Nov. 1 at Oregon...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 Sept. 8 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 with 11 digs Sept. 2 vs. UConn.

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 13 vs. Oregon, 11/1Digs 78 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 4 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 26 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Team Blocks 17 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23


GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 22 at Connecticut, 9/2Attempts 44 vs. Oregon, 11/1Service Aces 5 at Oregon, 11/1Digs 14 vs. Washington, 10/20Block Solos 1 vs. UMass, 9/1, vs, Oregon, 10/5Block Assists 4 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Total Blocks 4 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23

CANDACE MCNAMEEKills 12 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Attempts 32 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Assists 60 at Connecticut, 9/2Service Aces 5 vs. Saint Mary's, 10/2Digs 13 vs. Washington State, 10/19Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 5 vs. Washington, 10/20Total Blocks 5 vs. Washington, 10/20

REENA PARDIWALAKills 15 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 39 at Oregon State, 11/2Service Aces 3 vs. three teamsDigs 19 at Connecticut, 9/2Block Solos 2 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Oregon, 10/5Block Assists 6 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Total Blocks 6 vs. Oregon State, 10/6

LEAH YOUNGKills 19 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Attempts 47 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Service Aces 2 at UConn, 9/2, vs. UW, 10/20Digs 12 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Block Solos 1 vs. Saint Mary's, 10/2Block Assists 4 vs. OSU, 10/6, at SJS, 10/16Total Blocks 4 vs. OSU, 10/6, at SJS, 10/16

CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 11 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31Attempts 16 at UConn, 9/2, vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Stanford, 9/28Block Solos 3 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Block Assists 8 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Total Blocks 11 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23

MIA JERKOVKills 20 vs. Washington State, 10/19Attempts 56 vs. Washington State, 10/19Service Aces 3 vs. OSU, 10/6, vs.WSU, 10/19Digs 14 vs. Washington State, 10/19Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 2 vs. Washington State, 10/19Total Blocks 2 vs. WSU, 10/19, vs. UW, 10/20

ASTRID GONZALEZKills 9 vs. New Hampshire, 8/31, at UConn, 9/2Attempts 36 at Connecticut, 9/2Assists 16 vs. Santa Clara, 10/23Service Aces 2 vs. NHU, 8/31, vs. Oregon, 10/5Digs 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 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Digs 15 vs. Oregon State, 10/6Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0

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