Cal Volleyball Signs Angie Pressey and Ellen Orchard

Nov. 14, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - The No. 9 nationally ranked University of California women's volleyball program has signed a pair of highly touted high school volleyball players - Angie Pressey and Ellen Orchard - to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller.

Pressey is a 5-8 outside hitter from Heathrow, Fla., and is the daughter of former Villanova and NBA player Paul Pressey, who is currently an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. Angie Pressey is an outstanding athlete in both volleyball and track at Lake Mary High School. She was an All-Central Florida pick in volleyball as a junior and set a school record with 405 kills in a season. In November, she was a Student Sports All-PowerBar Team Athlete of the Week for the Southeastern United States with 84 kills during the Trinity Prep Invitational. In track, Pressey has won several SAC conference and district titles and has bests of 19-0 in the long jump, 38-1 in the triple jump, 11.85 in the 100 meters and 24.5 in the 200 meters.

Pressey once lived near the Cal campus for a couple of years when her father - who was a member of the 1985 NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats - was a player coach and an assistant for Golden State from 1992-94. Angie Pressey is also friends with Cal's current setter, freshman Samantha Carter, who hails from Apopka, Fla.

Orchard, a 6-2 middle hitter from Houston, Texas, is a two-time 16-5A All-District selection and was a 2002 member of the All-Houston Area Team. She has led her Cypress Springs High School team to back-to-back playoff appearances and a 2003 District 16-5A title. Orchard has also been named to the Lonestarvolleyball.com 2003-04 All-Texas Team, and is ranked No. 45 among the top 250 recruits of the class of 2004 in Prepvolleyball.com. She has been mentioned as one of the Houston Chronicle's Players to Watch and is a nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award as well.

A member of the Texas Tornados Volleyball Club, Orchard has competed on 16U and 17U teams which have finished 11th and fifth, respectively, in the Junior Olympics Open Division the past two years. She is also an outstanding student, earning Academic All-District honors four straight years.

'This is an outstanding recruiting class for us,' said Feller. 'Angie is surely one of the best all-around athletes to ever come into our program. She has tremendous jumping ability and is a powerful hitter. She has finely honed defensive skills as well. Ellen is rated as one of the top middle hitters in the state of Texas. She will bring to our team size, quickness and all-around ability, with the talent to excel in both the front and back row. Ellen is also a well-rounded student-athlete. Both of these athletes have the capability to contribute right away.'

The 2003 Cal squad, currently ranked ninth nationally with a 19-4 overall record and 10-4 mark in Pac-10, is in contention for its second consecutive NCAA Regional berth.

Name		   Pos.	Hometown	High SchoolEllen Orchard,6-2  MH	Houston, TX	Cypress Springs HSAngie Pressey,5-8  OH	Heathrow, FL	Lake Mary HS
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