Cal Volleyball Begins 2002 Season Hosting Golden Bear Invitational

Aug. 26, 2002


Fri.-Sat. Aug. 30-31 Golden Bear Invitational, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CAFri. Aug. 30	Northern Arizona vs. San Jose State	12 p.m.		Tennessee-Martin at California		12 p.m.		San Jose State vs. Tennessee-Martin	5 p.m.		Northern Arizona at California		7 p.m.Sat. Aug. 31	Tennessee-Martin vs. Northern Arizona	5 p.m.		San Jose State at California		7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The California volleyball team will begin the 2002 season hosting the third annual Golden Bear Invitational (sponsored by the Renaissance Fund), featuring Cal, Northern Arizona, San Jose State and Tennessee-Martin. The Bears return 11 players (one senior, seven juniors, three sophomores) from a team that finished 10-18 overall and 3-15 in the Pac-10 in 2001. Cal also brings in a pair of highly touted freshmen in 6-1 middle blocker Alicia Powers (Clayton, CA) and 5-11 outside hitter Jenna Brown (Friendswood, TX). The Bears, despite being predicted to finish eighth in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, are mentioned as one of the other teams to watch in Volleyball Magazine's Preseason Top 20 poll. Cal concluded last season winning two of its last three matches, defeating San Francisco, 3-0 Nov. 20 in San Francisco, defeating Auburn, 3-0 Nov. 24 and falling to Arizona State, 3-2, Nov. 25 in Haas Pavilion. Against San Francisco, Cal broke a school record with a .467 team hitting percentage, surpassing the former record of .462 versus Gonzaga Sept. 4 1993 in Berkeley.

CAMILLE LEFFALL-SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER AND MEMBER OF 2001 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: Cal sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall was named to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team last season. Leffall was the first Bear to make the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team since Kelli Alva earned the honor in 1996. She led Cal and was fifth in the Pac-10 with a school record .381 hitting percentage (163 kills, 44 errors, 312 attempts). The old Bear record for single season hitting percentage was .298 set by Reena Pardiwala in 2000. Leffall was also tops among Pac-10 freshman with her .381 hitting percentage and led Cal with 88 total blocks. She tied a school record with 11 total blocks (three solo blocks and eight block assists) in the Bears Oct. 23, 3-2 victory over then-No. 19 ranked Santa Clara.

OTHER BEAR NOTABLES: Lone senior Leah Young was second on the team in kills (251) and was third on the team in kills per game (2.61) last season. Young had a career-high 19 kills and 12 digs in Cal's upset of No. 19 ranked Santa Clara. As a freshman in 2001, Mia Jerkov only competed in 10 matches (33 games) for the Bears, due to playing internationally for the Croatian National Team in the early part of the year and then later suffering tendentious in her left shin that knocked her out final seven matches. Jerkov still led Cal in kills per game (3.36) and was the team leader in kills in six of the 10 matches she played. As a sophomore last season, Gabrielle Abernathy led the Bears in total kills with 288 and recorded 3.16 kills per game. Junior setter/defensive specialist Caity Noonan returns after sitting out most of last year after tearing the ACL in her left knee. Noonan has 835 career assists, 10th on the Cal all-time career assist list.

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (36-48 at Cal, career 335-215, .609) is in his fourth season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller came to the Bears 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: Cal will be facing Tennessee-Martin for the first time in school history at the Golden Bear Invitational. The Skyhawks finished the 2001 season 25-8 and will be led by 5-9 senior setter Lindsey Vicknair, a two-time first team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection. The Bears have a 1-0 all-time record versus Northern Arizona, defeating the Lumberjacks, 3-0, Nov. 24, 2000 at the Albuturkey Classic in Albuquerque, NM. Northern Arizona, lead by first-year head coach Michelle Hansen, was 16-7 last year and are led by 5-10 senior outside hitter Chelsea Robb, a two-time Big Sky honorable mention pick. Cal has a 12-27 all-time mark versus San Jose State, losing to the Spartans, 3-0 Oct. 16, 2001 at San Jose State in the last meeting. The Spartans were 25-8 last season and will be led by 5-11 senior middle blocker Stephanie Pascucci, who had 324 kills and a .308 hitting percentage.

2002 California Numerical Roster

No. Name Pos Ht Yr Exp Hometown/Previous School 1 Caity Noonan S/DS 5-8 JR 2V San Carlos, CA/Sacred Heart HS 3 Lisa Collette MB/OH 6-2 JR 2V Idaho Falls, ID/Idaho Falls HS 4 Alicia Powers MB 6-1 FR HS Clayton, CA/Carondelet HS 6 Allison Ara MB 6-0 FR HS Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto HS 7 Jenna Brown OH 5-11 FR HS Friendswood, TX/Clear Brook HS 8 Jessica Zatica MB/OH 6-0 JR 2V Homedale, ID/Homedale HS 9 Alexis Kollias DS 5-7 FR HS Castro Valley, CA/Castro Valley HS 10 Mia Jerkov OH 6-3 SO 1V Split, Croatia/HS of Language-Pula 11 Camille Leffall MB 6-0 SO 1V Upland, CA/Upland HS 12 Ashleigh Turner DS 5-11 JR 2V Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa HS 17 Astrid Gonzalez S 5-9 SO 1V Duarte, CA/Alverno HS 20 Heather Diers MB 6-2 JR 2V Shingle Springs, CA/Oak Ridge HS 22 Jenna Grigsby DS 5-10 JR 2V Pacific Palisades, CA/Brentwood HS 23 Gabrielle Abernathy OH 5-10 JR 2V Antioch, CA/Deer Valley HS 25 Leah Young OH 5-10 SR 3V Visalia, CA/Golden West HS

Head Coach: Rich Feller (4th year)Assistant Coaches: Chris Bigelow, Lee MaesVolunteer Assistant: Emerson Salonga


DAY DATE OPPONENT TIMEFri.-Sat.Aug. 30-31 GOLDEN BEAR INVITATIONAL (Sponsored by The Renaissance Fund) Aug. 30 NORTHERN ARIZONA VS. SAN JOSE STATE 12:00 p.m. Aug. 30 TENNESSEE -MARTIN AT CALIFORNIA 12:00 p.m. Aug. 30 SAN JOSE STATE VS. TENNESSEE-MARTIN 5:00 p.m. Aug. 30 NORTHERN ARIZONA AT CALIFORNIA 7:00 p.m. Aug. 31 TENNESSEE-MARTIN VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA 5:00 p.m. Aug. 31 SAN JOSE STATE AT CALIFORNIA 7:00 p.m.Fri.-Sun.Sept.6-8 at UNLV Gameworks Classic, Las Vegas, NV Sept. 6 at UNLV 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 vs. Ball State 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 vs. Texas Tech 11:00 a.mFri-Sat. Sept. 13-14 at SMU Doubletree Invitational, Dallas, TX Sept. 13 vs. Texas-San Antonio 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. Tulane 10:00 a.m. Sept. 14 at Southern Methodist 7:00 p.m.Fri. Sept. 20 *at Stanford, Stanford, CA 7:00 p.m.Fri. Sept. 27 *at Oregon, Eugene, OR 7:00 p.m.Sat. Sept. 28 *at Oregon State, Corvallis, OR 7:00 p.m.Fri. Oct. 4 *UCLA 7:00 p.m.Sat. Oct. 5 *USC 7:00 p.m.Fri. Oct. 11 *at Arizona State, Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m.Sat. Oct. 12 *at Arizona, Tucson, AZ 7:00 p.m.Thu. Oct. 17 *WASHINGTON 7:00 p.m.Fri. Oct. 18 *WASHINGTON STATE 7:00 p.m.Tue. Oct. 22 at Saint Mary's, Moraga, CA 7:00 p.m.Fri. Oct. 25 *OREGON STATE 7:00 p.m.Sat. Oct. 26 *OREGON 7:00 p.m.Fri. Nov. 1 *at USC, Los Angeles, CA 7:00 p.m.Sat. Nov. 2 *at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 7:00 p.m.Fri. Nov. 8 *ARIZONA 7:00 p.m.Sat. Nov. 9 *ARIZONA STATE 7:00 p.m.Fri. Nov. 15 *at Washington State, Pullman, WA 7:00 p.m.Sat. Nov. 16 *at Washington, Seattle, WA 7:00 p.m.Tue. Nov. 19 at Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA 7:00 p.m.Fri. Nov. 22 *STANFORD 7:00 p.m.Tue. Nov. 26 SAN FRANCISCO 7:00 p.m.

Home matches played at Haas Pavilion*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference match

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