Undefeated Cal Volleyball (9-0) Visits No. 4 Ranked Stanford (8-1)
Sept. 16, 2002
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri. Sept. 20 at Stanford, Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: In probably the most exciting match for the California volleyball program in over a decade, the undefeated Golden Bears (9-0) will travel to No. 4 ranked and defending national champion Stanford (8-1) Friday, Sept. 20 at Maples Pavilion. Cal, who has not defeated the Cardinal since 1982, is fresh off of capturing three straight tournaments - the Golden Bear Invitational Aug. 30-31 at Haas Pavilion, the UNLV Gameworks Classic Sept. 6-8 in Las Vegas and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational Sept. 13-14 in Dallas. The Bears have received votes in both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Top 25 polls. Cal has now won a school-record 27 straight games to start the season and have tied a school-record (with the 1989 team, the last time Cal made NCAA postseason) by starting off a season with nine straight match victories. Cal was led by tournament MVP Mia Jerkov, who finished the SMU DoubleTree Invitational with 51 kills, 20 digs and two service aces. The Bears also had senior outside hitter Leah Young and junior setter Caity Noonan selected to the SMU DoubleTree Invitational all-tournament team. Cal has an impressive .294 team hitting percentage (fourth in the Pac-10) compared to a .095 hitting percentage (first in the Pac-10) for their opponents. The Bears are also second in the conference in service aces (67, 2.48). In 1982, the last time Cal defeated Stanford, the Bears had a school-record 11-match winning streak from Sept. 15-25.
JERKOV - THREE-TIME TOURNAMENT MVP: Mia Jerkov, a 6-3 sophomore outside hitter from Split, Croatia, has been tournament MVP for all three tournaments Cal has entered this season. Jerkov was also named the Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week. It was her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the Bears' 14th Player of the Week honor all-time. On the season, Jerkov has a team-leading 152 kills and 21 service aces. She has a .301 hitting percentage, is averaging a team-best 5.85 kills and 0.81 service aces per game and has led Cal in kills in every match this season as well. Jerkov leads the Pac-10 in both kills (152) and points (183.0, kills, service aces, blocks).
OTHER BEAR NOTABLES: Senior outside hitter Leah Young has joined Jerkov as a member of the all-tournament teams for the Golden Bear, UNLV Gameworks and SMU DoubleTree Invitationals. Young, the Bears' lone senior, has a .339 hitting percentage, 12 service aces and 25 total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall has been a member of the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams and is leading Cal with a .456 hitting percentage and has 29 total blocks. Last season Leffall was named to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and established a school record with a .381 hitting percentage (163 kills, 44 errors, 312 attempts). Junior setter Caity Noonan returned to action after sitting out most of last year after tearing the ACL in her left knee Sept. 7, 2001. Noonan has been solid as the Bears setter, tallying 334 assists in nine tournament matches and was selected all-tournament last week at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. She now has 1179 career assists, moving up to ninth on the Cal all-time list.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (45-48 at Cal, career 344-215, .615) 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 the University of Denver, 3-1, Sept. 4, 1999.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENT: The Bears will be traveling to No. 4 ranked and defending national champion Stanford (8-1, lost last match, 3-0, Sept. 14 at No. 3 ranked Florida) to open the 2002 Pac-10 schedule. Cal has a 4-50 all-time record against the Cardinal, last defeating Stanford, 3-1, Oct. 1, 1982 at the Cal Dolfin Invitational in Berkeley. The Cardinal feature 6-1 senior outside hitter Logan Tom, the 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year and a member of the 2000 USA Olympic Team, and 6-1 sophomore outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani, the 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
CAL FEATURE IDEAS: Mia Jerkov - Top Cal player, member of the Croatian National Team and potential 2004 Olympian, father, Zeljko, is a seven-footer former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia. Caity Noonan - Bear setter, returns from ACL surgery, is top grass doubles player in the offseason. Camille Leffall - Was Pac-10 All-Freshman last season - first Cal newcomer to make All-Pac-10 since 1996, is Bear record-holder for single-season hitting percentage. Leah Young - Lone Cal senior on 2002 squad, uncle, Michael, is former football star at UCLA and grandfather, Gene Smith, played basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers, is the writer of the Bear volleyball diary, three-time all-tournament this season.
Cal Player Notes:
JENNA BROWN: Had a career-high 15 digs and three block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...finished the SMU DoubleTree Invitational with 17 kills and 38 digs...is second on the team with 81 digs...had 24 kills, 23 digs and three service aces at the UNLV Gameworks Classic...had a career-high 10 kills Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a career-high three service aces Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...finished with 12 kills, 20 digs and two service aces during the Golden Bear Invitational...has started every match as a true freshman...hails from Friendswood, Texas.
MIA JERKOV: Has been MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational...was named Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week...is first in the Pac-10 in kills (152) and points (183.0) and fourth in service aces (21)...had 51 kills, 20 digs and two service aces at the DoubleTree Invitational...had 54 kills, 26 digs and seven service aces at the UNLV tournament...tallied 48 kills, 24 digs and 12 service aces at the Golden Bear classic...has led the Bears in kills in every match this season and is averaging 5.85 kills per game with a .301 hitting percentage...on the season already has a team-leading 152 kills and 21 service aces in nine matches...had a career-high 21 kills Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had 20 kills Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...had a career-high three total blocks Sept. 8 vs. Texas Tech...had a career-high seven service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona...had a team-high 19 kills with 10 digs Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...is a member of the Croatian National Team.
CAMILLE LEFFALL: Was a member of both the Gameworks Classic and Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...leads Cal with a .456 hitting percentage (80 kills, 18 errors, 136 attempts) and has 29 total blocks and 1.12 blocks per game...is third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.456) and eighth in total blocks (29)...is second on the team with 80 kills and 3.08 kills per game...had a season-high 13 kills and 22 attempts Sept. 14 at SMU...hit .562 (11 kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a season-high two block solos Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...had 11 kills Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a season-high .615 hitting percentage (10 kills, two errors, 13 attempts) Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...had a .438 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team last season and established a school record with a .381 single-season hitting percentage...is the Cal career leader with a .404 hitting percentage.
CAITY NOONAN: Was named all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, recording 118 assists and six service aces...is fourth in the Pac-10 with 344 assists and seventh in the Pac-10 with 15 service aces...had a career-high five service aces Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...had a season-high 10 digs Sept. 14 at SMU...has a .383 hitting percentage (25 kills, two errors, 60 attempts) on the season...tallied 134 assists in the three matches at the Gameworks Classic...had a season-high 49 assists Sept. 7 vs. Ball State...also had six kills in six attempts vs. Ball State...had 103 assists during the Golden Bear Invitational...is averaging 12.74 assists per game... had two service aces and 34 assists Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...redshirted last season after tearing her ACL in her left knee...has 1179 career assists, ninth on the Cal career assist list.
ALICIA POWERS: Leads the team and is 10th in the Pac-10 with 85 digs and 30 total blocks...had a career-high 16 digs Sept. 14 at SMU...had a career-high six block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a team-high 10 digs and six total blocks Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona and had 11 digs Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...had a .400 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 15 attempts) and a career-high eight kills Aug. 30 vs. Tennessee-Martin...has started every match as a true freshman...attended Carondelet High School and is from nearby Clayton, CA.
LEAH YOUNG: Has been a member of the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...has a .339 hitting percentage (10th in the Pac-10, 76 kills, 18 errors, 171 attempts), 12 service aces and 25 total blocks...had a career-high seven block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had a season-high 13 kills, 26 attempts and a .423 hitting percentage Sept. 14 at SMU...had a .421 hitting percentage (10 kills, two errors, 19 attempts) Sept. 6 at UNLV...had a .400 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 15 attempts) and a career-high three service aces Aug. 30 vs. Northern Arizona...had a .615 hitting percentage (eight kills, no errors, 13 attempts) and a team-high 11 digs Aug. 31 vs. San Jose State...is the lone senior on the Bears' 2002 squad.
2002 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics
Kills 58 vs. Ball State, 9/7Attempts 131 at SMU, 9/14Hitting Pct. .392 at UNLV, 9/6Assists 49 vs. two teamsService Aces 15 vs. N. Arizona, 8/30 Service AcesDigs 64 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 3 vs. two teams Block SolosBlock Assists 28 vs. Tulane, 9/14Team Blocks 14.0 vs. Tulane, 9/14
JENNA BROWNKills 10 at UNLV, 9/6Attempts 22 at SMU, 9/14Service Aces 3 vs. Ball State, 9/7Digs 15 vs. Tulane, 9/14Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 3 vs. three teams
JENNA GRIGSBYKills 1 vs. Texas Tech, 9/8Attempts 1 vs. Texas Tech, 9/8Service Aces 1 vs. threeteamsDigs 12 vs. Ball State, 9/7Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
MIA JERKOVKills 21 vs. Tulane, 9/14Attempts 48 vs. Tulane, 9/14Service Aces 7 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 12 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 3 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 3 vs. two teams
CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 13 at SMU, 9/14Attempts 22 at SMU, 9/14Service Aces 1 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Digs 2 vs. two teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. UTSA, 9/13Block Assists 7 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Total Blocks 7 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30
CAITY NOONANKills 6 vs. Ball State, 9/7Attempts 10 vs. two teamsAssists 49 vs. Ball State, 9/7Service Aces 5 vs. UTSA, 9/13Digs 10 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 0Block Assists 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Total Blocks 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30
ALICIA POWERSKills 8 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Attempts 15 vs. Tennessee-Martin, 8/30Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 16 at SMU, 9/14Block Solos 1 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 6 vs. two teams
LEAH YOUNGKills 13 at SMU, 9/14Attempts 26 at SMU, 9/14Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 11 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Block Solos 1 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Block Assists 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14