Cal Volleyball (11-1, 2-1) Hosts No. 13 UCLA and No. 1 USC
Sept. 30, 2002
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri. Oct. 4 vs. UCLA, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Sat. Oct. 5 vs. USC, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: On Friday, Oct. 4, the Cal volleyball team (11-1, 2-1) will try to defeat No. 13 ranked UCLA (9-5, 2-2) for the first time in school history, having lost 42 straight matches to the Bruins since the first match between the two schools Sept. 19, 1980. Andy Banachowski is in his 36th year as head coach of the Bruins and has seen all 42 victories over Cal. Linda Lehde, whose daughter Ashleigh Turner is a junior defensive specialist for the Bears, played for Banachowski and was a member of UCLA's 1974 AIAW National Championship team. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Cal squares off against No. 1 ranked USC (10-0, 4-0). Last weekend, the Bears defeated both Oregon and Oregon State, 3-2, extending a seven-match winning streak over the Ducks and breaking a four-match losing streak to the Beavers. It was the first time Cal had swept the Oregon schools on the road since 1999. The Bears have lost only one match this season, 3-0 Sept. 30 at defending national champ Stanford, after capturing three straight tournaments - the Golden Bear Invitational, the UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. The Bears have received votes in both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Top 25 polls and have already surpassed last season's victory total (10-18). Cal won a school-record 27 straight games to start the 2002 season and tied a school-record (with the 1989 team, the last time Cal made NCAA postseason) by opening a season with nine straight match victories. Cal has been led by three-time tournament MVP Mia Jerkov, who had a career-high 32 kills and 26 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon.
JERKOV - THREE-TIME TOURNAMENT MVP: Mia Jerkov (pronounced JAIR-cove), a 6-3 sophomore outside hitter from Split, Croatia, was tournament MVP for all three tournaments Cal 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 222 kills, 122 digs and 26 service aces. She is averaging a team-best 5.69 kills, 3.13 digs and 0.67 service aces per game, and has led Cal in kills in every match this season. Jerkov leads the Pac-10 in both kills (222) and points (262.0, combining kills, service aces and blocks) as well.
OTHER BEAR NOTABLES: Senior outside hitter Leah Young 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 .284 hitting percentage, 13 service aces and 29 total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Camille Leffall has been a member of the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams as well, and is leading Cal with a .424 hitting percentage. 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 510 assists and was selected all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. She now has 1,345 career assists, moving up to fourth on the Cal all-time list.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (47-49 at Cal, career 346-216, .616) 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 OPPONENTS: The Bears have a 0-42 all-time record against No. 13 UCLA (9-5, 2-2), last falling to the Bruins 3-0, Nov. 8, 2001 in Berkeley. Cal has a 6-30 all-time record against No. 1 ranked USC, losing to the Trojans, 3-0, Nov. 9, 2001 in Berkeley. The Bears last defeated USC, 3-2, Nov. 15, 1991 in Berkeley. Cal has lost 20 straight matches to the Trojans.
CAL FEATURE IDEAS: Mia Jerkov - Top Cal player, member of the Croatian National Team and potential 2004 Olympian; father, Zeljko, is a seven-foot 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 who is three-time all-tournament this season; 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 on www.calbears.com.
Cal Player Notes
JENNA BROWN: Tallied a career-high 20 kills, 44 attempts and 17 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...had 12 kills and 30 kill attempts Sept. 20 at Stanford...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 115 digs...had 24 kills, 23 digs and three service aces at the UNLV Gameworks Classic...had 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: Had a career-high 32 kills, 81 attempts and 26 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...followed with a team-high 25 kills and 17 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...led the Bears with 13 kills and seven digs Sept. 20 at Stanford...was MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, UNLV Gameworks Classic and SMU DoubleTree Invitational...was named Sept. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week...is first in the Pac-10 in kills (222) and points (262.0 combining kills, service aces and blocks), third in service aces (26) and 10th in digs (122)...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 Invitational...has led the Bears in kills in every match this season and is averaging 5.69 kills per game with a .262 hitting percentage...had 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 and a potential 2004 Olympian.
CAMILLE LEFFALL: Had a .400 hitting percentage (six kills, two errors, 10 attempts) Sept. 20 at Stanford...was a member of both the Gameworks Classic and Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...leads Cal with a .424 hitting percentage (97 kills, 25 errors, 170 attempts) and has 33 total blocks and 1.03 blocks per game...is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.424)...is second on the team with 2.85 kills per game...had a season-high 13 kills with 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 .396 hitting percentage.
CAITY NOONAN: Had a career-high 73 assists Sept. 28 at Oregon State...had a season-high 16 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...tallied 37 assists and hit 1.000 (four kills in four attempts) Sept. 20 at Stanford...was named all-tournament at the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, recording 118 assists and six service aces in three matches...is fourth in the Pac-10 with 510 assists and eighth with 19 service aces...is averaging 12.75 assists per game and has a .356 hitting percentage (37 kills, five errors, 90 attempts)...had a career-high five service aces Sept. 13 vs. UTSA...tallied 134 assists in the three matches at the Gameworks Classic...had 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... 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 1,345 career assists, fourth on the Cal career assist list.
ALICIA POWERS: Had a career-high nine kills with a .412 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 17 attempts) Sept. 28 at Oregon State...is first on the team with 40 total blocks and third with 114 digs...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 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: Had a season-high 18 kills, 43 attempts with 11 digs Sept. 28 at Oregon State...had a career-high 15 digs Sept. 27 at Oregon...finished with 10 kills Sept. 20 at Stanford...was a member of the SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the Gameworks Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament teams...has a .284 hitting percentage (111 kills, 32 errors, 278 attempts), 13 service aces and 28 total blocks...had a career-high seven block assists Sept. 14 vs. Tulane...had 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 Highs (as of 9/30)Career highs in italics
TEAMKills 86 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 214 at Oregon State, 9/28Hitting Pct. .392 at UNLV, 9/6Assists 83 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 15 vs. N. Arizona, 8/30Digs 86 at Oregon State, 9/28Block Solos 3 vs. two teams Block SolosBlock Assists 28 vs. Tulane, 9/14Team Blocks 14.0 vs. Tulane, 9/14
JENNA BROWNKills 20 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 44 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 3 vs. Ball State, 9/7Digs 17 at Oregon State, 9/28Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 at Oregon, 9/27Total Blocks 4 at Oregon, 9/27
JENNA GRIGSBYKills 1 vs. Texas Tech, 9/8Attempts 1 vs. two teamsService Aces 1 vs. three teamsDigs 12 vs. Ball State, 9/7Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
MIA JERKOVKills 32 at Oregon, 9/27Attempts 81 at Oregon, 9/27Service Aces 7 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 26 at Oregon State, 9/28Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 5 at Oregon State, 9/28Total Blocks 5 at Oregon State, 9/28
CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 13 at SMU, 9/14Attempts 24 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 1 vs. San Jose State, 8/31Digs 2 vs. three 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 14 at Oregon State, 9/28Assists 73 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 5 vs. UTSA, 9/13Digs 16 at Oregon, 9/27Block Solos 0Block Assists 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Total Blocks 5 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30
ALICIA POWERSKills 9 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 18 at Oregon, 9/27Service 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 18 at Oregon State, 9/28Attempts 43 at Oregon State, 9/28Service Aces 3 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Digs 15 at Oregon, 9/27Block Solos 1 vs. Northern Arizona, 8/30Block Assists 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14Total Blocks 7 vs. Tulane, 9/14
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