No. 5 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 11 UCLA and No. 1 USC at Haas Pavilion
Oct. 14, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri., Oct. 17 UCLA, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Sat., Oct. 18 USC, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: Nationally No. 5 ranked and Pac-10 leading California (16-0, 7-0) hosts No. 11 UCLA (13-3, 5-2) Friday, Oct. 17, and No. 1 ranked and defending national champ USC (16-0, 7-0) Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal, which has established a new school record for consecutive victories with its 16-0 start (old record was 11 set from Sept. 15-25, 1982), take on the Bruins - a team the Bears have never defeated in women's volleyball (0-44). Cal then hosts undefeated USC - a team tied with the Bears for first place in the Pac-10 standings. Cal has not defeated the Trojans since Nov. 15, 1991, and will be looking to snap a streak of 22 straight losses to USC. The Bears' No. 5 national ranking is the highest in school history and comes after Cal upset then No. 4 ranked Stanford, 3-2, Oct. 11 at Haas Pavilion, snapping a streak of 40 consecutive losses to the Cardinal. The Bears feature junior All-American Mia Jerkov (pronounced YAIR-cove), the Oct. 13 Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, and the Sept. 8, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Jerkov led Cal with 34 and 31 kills, respectively, in the wins over No. 14 Santa Clara and Stanford last week. She now has 1,030 career kills, leads the conference in kills per game (6.09), and was the MVP of the Colorado State Coors Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational this season. Jerkov has also led Cal to five consecutive regular-season tournament titles, carrying over from last season, and has been named tournament MVP in all five of those competitions. Another conference leader for the Bears is freshman setter Samantha Carter, who is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.38).
CAL'S ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATES: The Bears feature three All-America candidates in junior outside hitter Jerkov - a bona fide National Player of the Year candidate - junior middle hitter Camille Leffall and freshman setter Carter. Leffall is having an outstanding junior campaign, leading Cal with a .381 hitting percentage, 74 total blocks, and a school record .365 career hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy is also playing well after redshirting last season, ranking second on the team with 173 kills, 24 service aces and 205.5 points.
BEARS' TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: Besides Cal winning 17 straight tournament matches, the Bears also have won an impressive 51-of-53 games in their last six tournaments - the 2002 Golden Bear Invitational, 2002 UNLV Gameswork Classic, 2002 SMU DoubleTree Invitational, the 2003 UC Irvine Tournament (no tournament champion), the 2003 Colorado State Coors Classic and the 2003 Golden Bear Invitational. Abernathy and Carter joined Jerkov as members of the Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Leffall, joined Jerkov on the Coors Classic All-Tournament Team.
CAL'S NO. 5 AVCA RANKING: The Bears, one of only three undefeated teams in the Top 10 (with No. 1 USC and No. 4 Georgia Tech), have steadily moved up in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll, going from a No. 24 preseason ranking to their current No. 5 spot. Cal's No. 5 ranking is the highest ranking in school history. The Bears were ranked eighth in the Sept. 26, 1989 poll, and 10th in the final 1982 poll. Cal's No. 24 preseason ranking was only the third time in school history it had been preseason ranked in women's volleyball. The Bears were ranked No. 12 in the 1983 preseason poll and No. 9 in the 1989 preseason poll.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (72-60, .545 at Cal; career 371-227, .620) is in his fifth season as Cal's head coach. Feller came to the Bears after a stint as assistant coach for the USA National Team (1997-98) 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. He is the first volleyball coach to lead the Bears to NCAA postseason and an AVCA national ranking since Dave DeGroot in 1989.
CAL VERSUS UCLA AND USC: Cal has a 0-44 all-time record against No. 11 UCLA (13-3, 5-2, last week lost to Arizona, 3-1, and defeated Arizona State, 3-0, at UCLA). The Bears lost two matches to UCLA in 2002, 3-1, at Cal Oct. 4, and, 3-0, at UCLA Nov. 2. The Bruins, coached by Andy Banachowski (37th year at UCLA), are led by 6-3 junior middle blocker Brynn Murphy (216 kills, .340 hitting percentage). Cal has a 6-32 all-time record against No. 1 USC (16-0, 7-0, last week defeated Arizona State, 3-0, and Arizona, 3-0, at USC). The Bears have lost 22 straight to the Trojans, including two matches in 2002, 3-2, at Cal Oct. 5, and, 3-0, at USC Nov. 1. The Trojans, coached by Mick Haley (third year at USC), are led by 6-6 junior middle blocker Emily Adams (172 kills, .459 hitting percentage and 68 total blocks).
CAL AGAINST THE AVCA TOP 25: Competing in what is arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation - the Pac-10 - the Bears' 2003 schedule includes seven teams currently ranked in the USA Today/AVCA Poll. Cal will take on No. 1 USC, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA and No. 12 Washington and faced No. 14 Santa Clara and No. 20 Colorado State. Cal competes against a total of 13 teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, including Cal Poly, New Hampshire and Nevada, the three teams that competed at Cal during the 2003 Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears upset five teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 last season (at No. 16 Arizona Oct. 12, No. 11 Washington State Oct. 18, then-No. 23 Arizona State Nov. 9, at then-No. 22 Washington Nov. 16, at No. 14 Santa Clara Nov. 19). The Bears were 7-4 last year in five-game matches, including losing to No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 5 and No. 3 ranked Stanford Nov. 22 in five games at Haas Pavilion. Cal upset No. 14 ranked Santa Clara twice last season, 3-2 Nov. 19 at Santa Clara, and 3-1 Dec. 6 in the first round of the NCAA Regional at UC Santa Barbara.
2002 ALL-AMERICAN Mia Jerkov: Cal returns four starters, five seniors and a total of 11 players from the last year's 20-12 NCAA Regional squad, including 6-3 outside hitter Jerkov, the Bears' first All-American volleyball player since Sylvie Monnet in 1983. Jerkov was also first team All-Pacific Region and first team All-Pac-10. She was voted the MVP in all three of the Bears' 2002 tournament titles and was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week, including becoming the school's first-ever AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 21. In 2002, Jerkov recorded 30 or more kills in six matches, was the Pac-10 leader in points (635.0, combining kills, blocks and service aces) and kills (578), and established school records for single-season kills (578), single-match kills (39) and kill attempts (91).
Jenna Brown ACCOLADES: Sophomore outside hitter Jenna Brown, the Bears' 2002 leader in digs (365, 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.07 digs per game), is another Cal athlete to earn postseason accolades as she was named to the 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Brown is the 14th Bear freshman in school history to have earned conference all-freshman honors. In 2000, Abernathy was honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman and in 2001, Leffall was named Pac-10 All-Freshman. Brown also trained with the USA National A2 squad this summer in Colorado Springs.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: The Bears feature six players - Jerkov, Leffall, Abernathy, Carter, sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers and freshman libero Jillian Davis - who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Jerkov is first in the conference in kills (6.09 kpg), first in points (6.80 ppg), fourth in service aces (.46 apg) and seventh in digs (3.14 dpg). Leffall is fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.32 bpg) and sixth in hitting percentage (.381), while Abernathy is fifth in service aces (0.46 pg) and 10th in points (3.95 ppg). Cal's freshman setter Carter is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.38), Davis is ninth in digs (3.09 dpg) and Powers is 10th in hitting percentage (.344).
CAL PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Besides the 2002 team posting its best record since 1989 with a 20-12 mark, several current Cal players notched their names in the school's career and single-season list. Jerkov established a single-season kill record (578), surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 568 kills set in 1988. Jerkov was also third on the single-season kill attempt list (1,400) and established school records for kills in a match (39 Oct. 17 versus Washington) and kill attempts in a match (91 Nov. 22 versus Stanford). Middle hitter Heather Diers tied a school record with 11 total blocks and the Bears established a new school record with 40 total team blocks Oct. 22 versus Saint Mary's. Leffall (2001- ) is currently the school record-holder with a .365 career hitting percentage and set a school mark for single-season hitting percentage (.381) as a freshman in 2001. Leffall also had 11 total blocks in a match, accomplishing the feat as a freshman, Oct. 23, 2001 versus Santa Clara.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES: Oct. 17 vs. UCLA - Cal has never defeated the Bruins in women's volleyball and will be trying to break a 0-44 mark. Oct. 18 vs. USC - The Bears host No. 1 ranked and 2002 national champion USC at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal will be attempting to defeat the top-ranked Trojans for the first time since 1991 and stand alone on top the Pac-10 standings.
2002 REVIEW: The 2002 Cal volleyball team had one of the best seasons in school history, finishing 20-12, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989 and defeating six opponents ranked in the AVCA Top 25. The Bears defeated No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-1, in the NCAA first round match before falling to No. 7 ranked UC Santa Barbara, 3-0. Cal's 20 victories in 2002 was only the fourth time in school history the Bears had won 20 or more matches in a season (20-21 in 1981, 28-12 in 1982 and 22-20 in 1983). Last year, Cal made its eighth postseason appearance and sixth NCAA appearance.
DID YOU KNOW? The Golden Bears featured Holly McPeak, the 1987 National Freshman of the Year, and Lisa Arce, Cal teammates from 1987-89. Both have gone on to be standout beach volleyball players. Mia Jerkov's father, Zeljko, is a seven-foot former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia, helping his country to a silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics (losing to the United States) and a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Senior defensive specialist Ashleigh Turner's mother, Linda Lehde, played for UCLA's 1974 AIAW national championship team.
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Gabrielle Abernathy: Is second on the team with 24 service aces, 173 kills and 205.5 points...is fifth in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.46) and 10th in points (3.95)...had 15 kills Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...had a season-high 17 kills Sept. 26 vs. Washington...had 12 kills and .310 hitting percentage Sept. 18 at Oregon...was named to the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after tallying 34 kills in three matches...had 10 kills and eight digs Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...had a team-high 17 kills and a .424 hitting percentage Sept. 12 vs. Nevada...had a career-high seven service aces Sept. 11 vs. New Hampshire...recorded 17 kills Aug. 30 vs. Hofstra in season-opener.
Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 40 total blocks, third with 131 digs and fourth with 118 kills...recorded a season-high 14 kills with a .400 hitting percentage and a team-high 15 digs Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...had 13 kills Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...had four service aces Sept. 25 vs. WSU...had 12 kills Sept. 18 at Oregon...had three service aces Sept. 6 at Colorado State...recorded a season-high 15 digs Sept. 6 vs. CS Northridge...had 11 kills Aug. 31 at UC Irvine.
Samantha Carter: Has been the Bears' starting setter in every match as a true freshman...has tallied 749 assists, 112 digs and 13 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.38)...had a career-high 70 assists Oct. 11 versus Stanford...finished with 65 assists and a career-high 12 digs Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...had a career-high seven kills Oct. 3 at Arizona State...had 67 assists Sept. 26 vs. Washington...had 56 assists Sept. 18 at Oregon...was a member of the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after recording 110 assists in the three matches...had 47 assists Sept. 6 at Colorado State...had a career-high five service aces and four total blocks Aug. 31 at UC Irvine.
Jillian Davis: As a true freshman has started every match as the Bears' libero and is second on the team with 170 digs (ninth in Pac-10, 3.09 dpg)...had 14 digs Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...had 11 digs Sept. 25 vs. WSU...recorded a team-high 15 digs Sept. 19 at Oregon State...had a career-high 26 digs Sept. 18 at Oregon...had 10 digs Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly during the Golden Bear Invitational...had 11 digs against both CS Northridge and Colorado State Sept. 6 at the Colorado State Coors Classic...tallied 10 digs Sept. 5 vs. Seton Hall at the Colorado State tournament.
Mia Jerkov: Was named both the AVCA National and Pac-10 Oct. 13 Player of the Week after recording 31 kills with four service aces Oct. 11 vs. Stanford and 34 kills with 18 digs Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...it was the ninth and 10th time she has had 30 or more kills in a match...led the team with 22 kills and 18 digs Oct. 3 at Arizona State, and had a team-high 14 kills and eight digs Oct. 4 at Arizona...was the Sept. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week after recording 43 kills and 20 digs against WSU and Washington...had 30 kills Sept. 26 vs. Washington...recorded 23 kills against both Oregon State and Oregon Sept. 18 and 19, and finished the two matches with a .351 hitting percentage...was MVP of both the Colorado State Coors Classic and Golden Bear Invitational - her fifth consecutive tournament MVP honor, carrying over from 2002...is hitting .308 and leads the team with 341 kills, 381.0 points and 176 digs...is first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (6.09), first in points per game (6.80), fourth in service aces per game (.46) and seventh in digs per game (3.14)...has led the Bears in kills in 15 of 16 matches...was the Sept. 8 Pac-10 Player of the Week...tallied 51 kills and 32 digs during the Golden Bear Invitational...led the Bears with 68 kills and 30 digs at the Coors Classic, hitting .384 for the tournament...had 30 kills and a team-high 18 digs Sept. 6 vs. CS Northridge...had four service aces Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...is Cal school record holder for single season kills (578) and kills in a match (39, Oct. 17 vs. Washington), set in 2002...is a member of the Croatian National Team and Cal's first All-American volleyball player since 1983.
Camille Leffall: Is leading the Bears in hitting percentage (.381, sixth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (74), and is third in points (179.5)...is fourth in the conference in blocks per game (1.32)...had 14 kills Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...Oct. 3-4 at Arizona State and Arizona hit a combined .525 (23 kills, two errors, 40 attempts)...had a season-high 14 kills and 23 attempts Oct. 23 at Arizona State...hit .579 (11 kills, no errors, 19 attempts) Sept. 26 vs. Washington...hit .429 (eight kills, two errors, 14 attempts) with seven total blocks Sept. 19 at Oregon State...hit .818 (nine kills, no errors, 11 attempts) Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...finished the Golden Bear Invitational with a .563 hitting percentage (19 kills, one error, 32 attempts)...was a member of the Sept. 5-6 Colorado State Coors Classic all-tournament team after recording 29 kills, 14 block assists and hitting .412 for the three matches...had a career-high three service aces Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...had a career-high 10 block assists Aug. 30 vs. Hofstra...was a member of the 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and established a school record with a .381 single-season hitting percentage...is the school record-holder with a .365 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Has a .344 hitting percentage (10th in the Pac-10) with 10 service aces, 79 digs and 38 total blocks...had six kills, a .462 hitting percentage (six kills, no errors, 13 attempts) and four block assists Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...had a career-high nine kills with a .389 hitting percentage (nine kills, two errors, 18 attempts) Oct. 8 vs. Santa Clara...hit .375 (eight kills, two errors, 16 attempts) Oct. 4 at Arizona...hit .692 with a career-high nine kills Sept. 25 vs. WSU...hit .385 (six kills, one error, 13 attempts) Sept. 18 at Oregon...had a .800 hitting percentage with a career-high nine kills with one error in 10 attempts Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...had a career-high nine kills Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...had a season-high 13 digs Aug. 30 vs. Hofstra...has started every match of her Cal career.
2003 University of California Volleyball Season Highs
TEAMKills 83 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 223 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Hitting Pct. .433 vs. Seton Hall, 9/5Assists 76 vs. SC, 10/8; Stan., 10/11Service Aces 15 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 85 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Block Solos 5 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Assists 26 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Team Blocks 13.0 vs. Hofstra, 8/30
Gabrielle AbernathyKills 17 vs. three teamsAttempts 33 vs. Nevada, 9/12Service Aces 7 vs. New Hampshire, 9/11Digs 8 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Assists 3 at Oregon State, 9/19Total Blocks 3 at Oregon State, 9/19
Jenna BrownKills 14 vs. Stanford, 10/11Attempts 38 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 4 vs. Washington State, 9/25Digs 15 vs. CSN, 9/6; Stanford, 10/11Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 7 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 7 vs. Hofstra, 8/30
Samantha CarterKills 7 at Arizona State, 10/3Attempts 11 at Arizona State, 10/3Assists 70 vs. Stanford, 10/11Service Aces 5 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 12 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Block Solos 1 vs. six teamsBlock Assists 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31Total Blocks 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31;at ASU, 10/3
Amanda FoxKills 6 vs. two teamsAttempts 17 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Service Aces 1 at ASU, 10/3, vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Digs 9 vs. NHU, 9/11, vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13Block Assists 2 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 2 vs. three teams
Mia JerkovKills 34 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 88 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 4 vs. three teamsDigs 18 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 2 vs.Nevada, 9/12Block Assists 3 vs. CSN, 9/6; at Arizona, 10/4Total Blocks 3 vs. CSN, 9/6; at Arizona, 10/4
Camille LeffallKills 14 at ASU, 10/3; vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 28 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 3 at UC Irvine, 8/31Digs 3 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Solos 2 vs. New Hampshire, 9/11, at OSU, 9/19Block Assists 10 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Total Blocks 10 vs. Hofstra, 8/30
Alicia PowersKills 9 vs. four teamsAttempts 18 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 13 vs. Hofstra, 8/30Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. Stanford, 10/11Total Blocks 4 vs. Stanford, 10/11