No. 8 Cal Volleyball (23-6) to Host NCAA First and Second Rounds at Haas Pavilion

Nov. 30, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California volleyball program has been rewarded for an outstanding 2003 season, as the 23-6 Golden Bears have been selected as one of 16 teams to host NCAA first and second round volleyball matches, Dec. 5-6 at Haas Pavilion. Cal will play host to local rival Saint Mary's, Colorado and Michigan. The 21-9 Colorado Buffaloes will face the 20-11 Michigan Wolverines Friday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m., and the 20-12 Saint Mary's Gaels will take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5.

The winners of the first round matches will meet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 for the chance to advance to Hawaii for the NCAA Regional round of 16, Dec. 12-13, in Honolulu, HI. Ticket prices for all three of the NCAA matches at Haas Pavilion are $10 for adults and $6 for students, senior citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets sold the day of the match are $6 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children 12 and under. Children two and younger are admitted free.

'I am extremely pleased Cal has received the kind of credit to get a 10th seed (out of 16 host sites),' said Cal coach Rich Feller, the 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'Along with our team's play, our venue and fan support has given us the opportunity to be an NCAA first and second round host.'

Cal is hosting NCAA volleyball postseason competition for the first time since 1982, when the Bears hosted an NCAA first round match on Dec. 5, 1982, defeating Pepperdine, 3-0. Cal will be attempting to advance past the NCAA second round for the first time in school history. The Bears have now won 20 or more matches in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1981-83. Cal was 20-12 in 2002, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Cal will host a Saint Mary's team that is competing in its first NCAA postseason volleyball competition. The Gaels' 20-12 record is their most single-season wins since going Division I in women's volleyball in 1987. Saint Mary's was the NAIA national champions with a 32-8 record in 1985. The Bears have a 9-1 all-time record against the Gaels, winning the last contest between the two schools, 3-2, Oct. 22, 2002 in Moraga. Cal has a 0-1 all-time record against Colorado and a 1-0 all-time record against Michigan. The Bears fell to the Buffaloes, 3-2, Sept. 3, 1999 in Boulder, and defeated the Wolverines, 3-1, Sept. 9, 1995 at the Michigan Kaepa Challenge in Ann Arbor.

Cal is led by junior All-American Mia Jerkov, a 2003 All-Pac-10 selection, who has been Pac-10 Player of the Week four times this season, was the Oct. 13 AVCA National Player of the Week, and has recorded 30 or more kills 12 times in her college career.

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