No. 7 Cal Volleyball Travels to Washington State and No. 10 Washington

Oct. 20, 2003


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Oct. 23 at WSU, Bohler Gym, Pullman, WA 7 p.m.Oct. 24 at UW, Bank of America Arena, Seattle, WA 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: Nationally No. 7 ranked California (16-2, 7-2) travels to Washington State (7-12, 3-6) Thursday, Oct. 23, and No. 10 ranked Washington (14-4, 5-4) Friday, Oct. 24, for a pair of tough Pac-10 matches. Cal, which saw its school record 16 straight victories come to an end last week versus UCLA and USC, take on a WSU squad the Bears haven't defeated in Pullman since Sept. 16, 1989 (13 straight losses). Cal then visits UW - a team the Bears will be looking to upend for the second year in a row in Seattle. The Cal-Washington match will be shown tape delayed on Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The Bears have not swept both the Washington schools since 1989. Cal has played four five-game matches in a row, going 2-2 in those contests, including upsetting then No. 4 ranked Stanford, 3-2, Oct. 11 at Haas Pavilion, snapping a streak of 40 consecutive losses to the Cardinal. Most recently, the Bears took No. 1 ranked and defending national champ USC to five games, Oct. 18 at Haas Pavilion - the first time this season the Trojans have been extended to five games. Cal features 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 27 kills, four service aces and 20 digs against USC, as the Bears nearly came back from a 2-0 deficit. She now has 1,081 career kills, leads the conference in kills per game (5.94), 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 tournament titles, carrying over from last season, and has been named tournament MVP in all five of those competitions. Another conference leader is freshman setter Samantha Carter, who is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.21).

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 .368 hitting percentage, 78 total blocks, and a school record .362 career hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy is also playing well after redshirting last season, ranking second on the team with 186 kills, 25 service aces and 221.0 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. 7 AVCA RANKING: The Bears have steadily moved up in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll, going from a No. 24 preseason ranking to their current No. 7 spot. Cal's No. 5 ranking last week was 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. 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 (72-62, .537 at Cal; career 371-229, .618) 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 WSU AND UW: The Bears have a 19-22 all-time record against Washington State (7-12, 3-6 Pac-10, last week lost to No. 10 UW, 3-0, in Pullman). The Bears defeated the Cougars earlier this season, 3-0, at Cal Sept. 25. Washington State, coached by Cindy Fredrick (15th year at WSU), are led by 6-2 freshman outside hitter Kristen Carlson (219 kills, 218 digs). Cal has a 19-21 all-time record against No. 10 Washington (14-4, 5-4). The Bears defeated the Huskies earlier this season, 3-1, Sept. 26 at Cal. Washington, coached by Jim McLaughlin (third year at UW), is led by 6-1 junior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (320 kills, .305 hitting percentage).

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 six teams currently ranked in the USA Today/AVCA Poll. Cal will again take on No. 1 USC, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Washington and faced No. 12 Santa Clara and No. 18 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 then 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.

YOUTH EXCELS FOR THE BEARS: Besides the outstanding play of Carter, who has started every match as the Bears' setter and is among the nation's leaders in assists per game, Cal has also received quality minutes from libero Davis and freshman outside hitter Amanda Fox. Davis is second on the team with 211 digs and had a team-high 23 digs Oct. 17 versus UCLA. Fox had a career night Oct. 18 versus No. 1 ranked USC, recording a career-high 11 kills in 29 attempts. Fox had a career-best 12 digs the night before versus UCLA. Another newcomer who performed well last week was freshman middle hitter Natalie Smart, who came off the bench versus UCLA to record five kills in five kill attempts. Although not a newcomer, sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers is having an impressive year, hitting .329 and is second on the team with 50 total blocks. Against UCLA, Powers hit .300 (eight kills, two errors, 20 attempts) and had 14 digs and a career-high nine block assists.

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 five players - Jerkov, Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and freshman libero Jillian Davis - who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Jerkov is first in the conference in kills (5.94 kpg), first in points (6.65 ppg), third in service aces (.47 pg) and seventh in digs (3.24 dpg). Leffall is fifth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.20 bpg) and seventh in hitting percentage (.368), while Abernathy is eighth in service aces (0.41 pg). Cal's freshman setter Carter is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.21) and Davis is sixth in digs (3.25 dpg).

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 .362 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.

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.


Name Total Years
1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89
2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90
3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00
6. Mia Jerkov 1081 2001-

Hitting Percentage

Name Total Years
1. Camille Leffall .362 2001-
2. Reena Pardiwala .276 1998-01
3. Wei Ming .256 1985-86
4. Mia Jerkov .255 2001-

Gabrielle Abernathy: Is second on the team with 25 service aces, 186 kills and 221.0 eighth in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.41)...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 third on the team with 43 total blocks, third with 153 digs and fourth with 133 kills...had 11 kills and 14 digs Oct. 17 vs. UCLA...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 872 assists, 135 digs and 14 service second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.21)...had a career-high 13 digs Oct. 18 vs. USC...had a career-high 70 assists Oct. 11 versus Stanford...finished with 65 assists and 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 211 digs (sixth in Pac-10, 3.25 dpg)...recorded a team-high 23 digs Oct. 17 vs. UCLA and had 18 digs Oct. 18 vs. USC...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: Led the Bears with 24 kills Oct. 17 vs. UCLA and had a team-high 27 kills, four service aces and 20 digs Oct. 18 vs. USC...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 was the ninth and 10th time she has had 30 or more kills in a match...led team with 22 kills and 18 digs Oct. 3 at Arizona State...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 hitting .293 and leads the team with 392 kills, 439.0 points and 214 first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (5.94), first in points per game (6.65), third in service aces per game (.47) and seventh in digs per game (3.24)...has led the Bears in kills in 17 of 18 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 Cal school record holder for single season kills (578) and kills in a match (39, Oct. 17 vs. Washington), set in 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 (.368, seventh in the Pac-10) and total blocks (78), and is third in points (199.5) fifth in the conference in blocks per game (1.20)...had a career-high 15 kills Oct. 18 vs. USC...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 the school record-holder with a .362 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Has a .329 hitting percentage with 11 service aces, 98 digs and 50 total blocks...had 14 digs and a career-high nine block assists Oct. 17 vs. UCLA...had six kills, a .462 hitting percentage 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 HighsCareer highs in italics

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 98 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 5 vs. CS Northridge, 9/6Block Assists 27 vs. UCLA, 10/17Team Blocks 14.5 vs. UCLA, 10/17


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 13 vs. USC, 10/18Block Solos 1 vs. seven teamsBlock Assists 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams

Amanda FoxKills 11 vs. USC, 10/18Attempts 29 vs. USC, 10/18Service Aces 1 at ASU, 10/3, vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Digs 12 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13; vs. USC, 10/18Block Assists 2 vs. four teamsTotal Blocks 2 vs. four teams

Mia JerkovKills 34 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 88 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 4 vs. four teamsDigs 20 vs. USC, 10/18Block Solos 2 vs.Nevada, 9/12Block Assists 4 vs. UCLA, 10/17Total Blocks 4 vs. UCLA, 10/17

Camille LeffallKills 15 vs. USC, 10/18Attempts 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 22 vs. USC, 10/18Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 14 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 9 vs. UCLA, 10/17Total Blocks 9 vs. UCLA, 10/17

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