No. 6 Cal Volleyball Hosts Arizona and Arizona State
Oct. 27, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Oct. 31 Arizona, Haas Pavilion 7 p.m.Nov. 1 ASU, Haas Pavilion 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: Nationally No. 6 ranked California (18-2, 9-2) hosts Arizona (10-11, 4-6) Friday, Oct. 31, and Arizona State (8-11, 3-7) Saturday, Nov. 1 in a pair of 7 p.m. matches at Haas Pavilion. Cal, which last weekend swept the Washington schools for the first time since 1989, will be attempting to sweep Arizona and Arizona State for the first time in school history. 2003 has been a record-breaking year for the Bears - starting the season with 16 consecutive wins, defeating Stanford for the first time since 1982 before a record crowd of 3,021 and earning their highest national ranking ever (No. 5). Cal is also the only team to take No. 1 ranked and defending national champ USC to five games and its only two losses of the year have been five-game affairs. 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, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Jerkov, who has been conference player of the week four of the nine weeks its been presented this season, led Cal with 52 kills, 34 digs and four service aces against the Washington schools. She now has 1,133 career kills, leads the conference in points (496.0) and kills per game (5.92), and was the MVP of the Colorado State Coors Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational. 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. She was featured in the Oct. 27 edition of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd. Another conference leader is freshman setter Samantha Carter, who is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.31).
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 .377 hitting percentage, 89 total blocks, and a school record .365 career hitting percentage. Carter is a strong candidate for Freshman All-America honors, starting every match as Cal's setter, tallying 998 assists, 14 service aces, 156 digs and 40 total blocks in 20 matches.
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. Junior Gabrielle 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. 6 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. 6 spot. Cal's Oct. 13 No. 5 ranking 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 the third preseason ranking in school history. 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 (74-62, .544 at Cal; career 373-229, .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 UA AND ASU: The Bears have an 8-29 all-time record against UA (10-11, 4-6 Pac-10, last week defeated ASU, 3-0, in Tucson). The Bears topped the Wildcats earlier this season, 3-0, Oct. 4 at UA. Arizona, coached by David Rubio (12th year at UA), is led by 6-2 sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass (428 kills, 2002 AVCA Freshman of the Year). Cal has a 12-27 all-time record against ASU (8-11, 3-7). The Bears defeated the Sun Devils earlier this season, 3-1, Oct. 3 at ASU. Arizona State, coached by Brad Saindon (first year at ASU), is led by 5-11 junior outside hitter Natalie Harris (279 kills, 171 digs).
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. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Stanford, and faced No. 10 Washington, No. 15 Santa Clara and No. 16 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 freshman libero Jillian Davis and freshman outside hitter Amanda Fox. Davis is second on the team with 237 digs and had a season-high 26 digs Sept. 16 at Oregon. Fox had a career night Oct. 18 versus No. 1 ranked USC, recording a career-high 11 kills in 29 attempts. Fox was also outstanding last weekend in Washington, recording a career-high three service aces with 11 digs at WSU, and a career-high 11 kills with two service aces at Washington. Although not a newcomer, sophomore middle hitter Alicia Powers is having an impressive year, hitting .312 and is second on the team with 60 total blocks. Against Washington State Oct. 23, Powers hit .414 with a career-high 14 kills. Powers added five block assists against both WSU and Washington.
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 in 2002. 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 Davis - who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Jerkov is first in the conference in kills (5.92 kpg), first in points (6.61 ppg), third in service aces (.47 pg) and sixth in digs (3.31 dpg). Leffall is fifth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.20 bpg) and sixth in hitting percentage (.377), 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 (13.31) and Davis is seventh in digs (3.20 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 .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.
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 Kills Name Total Years 1. T. Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00 6. Mia Jerkov 1133 2001-
Gabrielle Abernathy: Is second on the team with 25 service aces and 186 kills, and third with 221.0 points...is eighth in the Pac-10 in service aces (0.41)...is day-to-day with a stress fracture in her left foot...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 with 34 kills in three matches...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.
Jenna Brown: Is third on the team with 49 total blocks, third with 170 digs and fourth with 154 kills...had a season-high 15 kills Oct. 24 at Washington...had 11 kills and 14 digs Oct. 17 vs. UCLA...recorded 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 a career-high four service aces Sept. 25 vs. WSU...had 12 kills Sept. 18 at Oregon...had three service aces Sept. 6 at Colorado State...had a season-high 15 digs Sept. 6 vs. CS Northridge.
Samantha Carter: Has been the Bears' starting setter in every match as a true freshman...has tallied 998 assists, 156 digs and 14 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.31)...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...was a member of the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after recording 110 assists in the three matches...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 237 digs (seventh in Pac-10, 3.20 dpg)...had 16 digs Oct. 23 at WSU...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...recorded a team-high 15 digs Sept. 19 at Oregon State...had a career-high 26 digs Sept. 18 at Oregon...had 11 digs against both CS Northridge and Colorado State Sept. 6 at the Colorado State Coors Classic.
Mia Jerkov: Was named Oct. 27 Pac-10 Player of the Week after combining for 52 kills, 34 digs and four service aces at WSU and UW...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 Clara...it 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...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 .291 and leads the team with 444 kills, 496.0 points and 248 digs...is first in the Pac-10 in kills per game (5.92), first in points per game (6.61), third in service aces per game (.47) and sixth in digs per game (3.31)...has led the Bears in kills in 19 of 20 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 in 2002) and kills in a match (39, Oct. 17, 2002 vs. Washington)...is a member of the Croatian National Team and is Cal's first All-American volleyball player since 1983.
Camille Leffall: Is leading the Bears in hitting percentage (.377, sixth in the Pac-10) and total blocks (89), and is second in points (232.0)...is fifth in the conference in blocks per game (1.20)...had a career-high 30 kill attempts Oct. 24 at Washington...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 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 .312 hitting percentage with 13 service aces, 108 digs and 60 total blocks...had a career-high 14 kills Oct. 23 at WSU...had 14 digs and a career-high nine block assists Oct. 17 vs. UCLA...had four block assists Oct. 11 vs. Stanford...had 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 nine kills Sept. 25 vs. WSU...hit .385 (six kills, one error, 13 attempts) Sept. 18 at Oregon...had a .800 hitting percentage with nine kills and one error in 10 attempts Sept. 13 vs. Cal Poly...had nine kills Aug. 31 at UC Irvine...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. three teamsService 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 15 at Washington, 10/24Attempts 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. eight teamsBlock Assists 4 at UC Irvine, 8/31Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams
Amanda FoxKills 11 vs. USC, 10/18; at Washington, 10/24Attempts 29 vs. USC, 10/18Service Aces 3 at Washington State, 10/23Digs 12 vs. UCLA, 10/17Block Solos 1 vs. Cal Poly, 9/13; vs. USC, 10/18Block Assists 3 at Washington, 10/24Total Blocks 3 at Washington, 10/24
Mia JerkovKills 34 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Attempts 88 vs. Santa Clara, 10/8Service Aces 4 vs. four teamsDigs 20 vs. USC, 10/18; at WSU, 10/23Block 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 30 at Washington, 10/24Service 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 14 at Washington State, 10/23Attempts 29 at Washington State, 10/23Service 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