No. 14 Cal Volleyball Visits Hawaii for Two Matches

Sept. 14, 2004


Sept. 17 at Hawaii, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI 7 p.m.Sept. 19 vs. UC Irvine, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI 3 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: No. 14-ranked California will try to rebound this weekend at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Invitational after losing 3-0 to both No. 10 UC Santa Barbara and No. 12 Texas A&M last week at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. With the losses to the Gauchos and the Aggies, the Golden Bears saw a streak of 18-straight tournament victories and six straight tournament titles since 2002 come to an end. It will not get any easier for Cal as it faces No. 7 Hawaii on Friday night and UC Irvine, a team that received 52 votes this week in the Top 25 Coaches Poll, on Sunday at Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center. The Stan Sheriff Center is where the Bears fell to Georgia Tech, 3-1, in last year's NCAA Round of 16 match, Dec. 12, 2003. The Stan Sheriff Center averages a crowd of 6,398, the nation's largest average attendance for women's volleyball.

CAL'S TRIO OF HITTERS: Three players - freshman Angie Pressey, senior Gabrielle Abernathy and junior Alicia Powers - have taken up some of the offensive slack from the departure of Mia Jerkov, Cal's two-time All-American who is staying in her native Croatia to play for her national team. Pressey has 43 kills and a team-leading 3.91 kills per game, despite playing in only 11 of the team's 18 games due to straining a muscle in her lower left leg. Abernathy leads the Bears with 62 overall kills and is averaging 3.44 kills per game. She currently has 927 career kills, only 40 kills shy of breaking into Cal's all-time Top 10 career kill list. Powers has probably been Cal's most consistent offensive threat with 55 kills, 3.06 kills per game and a .298 hitting percentage. She was selected to the 2004 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament Team, recording 17 kills in the two matches with five total blocks. Senior middle hitter Camille Leffall and sophomore setter Samantha Carter have also started the 2004 season off well. Leffall is leading the team with a .341 hitting percentage (38 kills, seven errors, 91 attempts) and 19 total blocks (1.19 bpg, seventh in the Pac-10), while Carter has 243 assists in six matches and is averaging 13.50 assists per game (second in the Pac-10). As a freshman, Carter set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Leffall was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2003, and is the Bears' record holder with a .352 career hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Jillian Davis is leading Cal with 96 digs this season, averaging 5.33 digs per game (third in the Pac-10).

CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Cal's No. 10 preseason ranking is only the fourth time in school history the Bears have been preseason ranked. Cal was ranked No. 24 at the start of last season, No. 12 in 1983 and No. 9 in 1989. The Bears finished with a No. 12 national ranking last year after falling to Georgia Tech, 3-1, in the NCAA Regional in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Bears have been ranked 52 times, including in all 17 weekly polls last season, reaching as high as a No. 5 ranking on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal has ever been ranked at the end of a season was 10th in 1982.

IMPORTANT HOME DATES: Oct. 31 vs. Stanford, the Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford Cardinal in 'The Big Spike.' Nov. 4 vs. USC, Cal hosts two-time defending national champion USC. The Bears were the only team to take the undefeated Trojans to five games last season.

HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (85-69, .552 at Cal; career 384-236, .619) is in his sixth season at Cal. He was named both 2003 Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year and 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. 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.

CAL VERSUS HAWAII AND UC IRVINE: The Bears have a 0-7 all-time record against No. 7 Hawaii (6-0 in 2004, 36-2 in 2003). Cal fell to the Rainbow Wahines in the last meeting, 3-0, Sept. 1, 1999 at Cal. Hawaii is coached by Dave Shoji (30th year at UH) and are led by 5-8 sophomore setter Kanoe Kamana'o (328 assists, last week's WAC Player of the Week). Cal has a 8-3 all-time record against UC Irvine (6-0 in 2004, 24-10 in 2003). The Bears defeated the Anteaters in the last meeting, 3-0, Aug. 31, 2003, at UC Irvine. The Anteaters are coached by Charlie Brande (fifth year at UCI) and are led by 5-11 senior outside hitter Kelly Wing (111 kills, .294 hitting percentage, 5.55 kpg).

KEY CAL NEWCOMERS: Angie Pressey, 5-8 outside hitter, FR - Lake Mary HS (Heathrow, FL) 2002 Florida 6A Volleyball Player of the Year; member of Fab 50 team in 2003 and 2004; all-state performer in volleyball, basketball and track. Ellen Orchard, 6-2 middle hitter, FR - Cypress Springs HS (Houston, TX) District MVP and all-state selection in 2003; two-time All-Houston Area and three-time all-district; member of 2004 Fab 50 team.

BEARS HAVE TOUGH 2004 SCHEDULE: Competing in what is arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation - the Pac-10, the Bears' 2004 schedule includes 10 teams ranked in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Poll. Cal will take on No. 2 USC, No. 3 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford and No. 15 Arizona in league play. The Bears also face some extremely talented foes in non-conference action. Cal defeated then-No. 14 Kansas State, 3-0, Sept. 3 in Houston, and fell to now No. 10 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 12 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal plays at seventh-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 and visits No. 19 Santa Clara Sept. 28. The Bears defeated four teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 last season (No. 13 Washington Sept. 26, No. 14 Santa Clara Oct. 8, No. 4 Stanford Oct. 11, at No. 10 Washington Oct. 24). The Bears were the only team to take two-time defending national champion USC to five games last season, coming back from a 2-0 deficit before falling to the Trojans, 15-13, in game five at Haas Pavilion Oct. 18.

CAL PLAYERS AMONG ACTIVE PAC-10 CAREER LEADERS: The Bears have two players, Leffall and Carter, who are among the top five Pac-10 active career leaders. Leffall, a senior middle blocker, has the most career total blocks (339) of any current conference player. Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 1,798 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 2,610 assists. Leffall is currently sixth on the Cal all-time total block list, and Carter is fifth on the Bears' all-time assist list.

BEARS ON TELEVISION: Cal will be on television three times this season. The Bears will be shown on Fox Sports Net Friday, Oct. 1 when Cal travels to Stanford, and Thursday, Nov. 4 when two-time defending national champion USC visits Haas Pavilion. Both the Cal-Stanford and USC-Cal matches will be shown on a delayed basis Saturday morning following the match with time TBA. The Bears will also be aired on CSTV live when CSTV Sunday Night Spikes: AVCA Match of the Week features Stanford at Cal, Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

CAL IMPRESSIVE IN 2003: In 2003, the Bears' 25-7 record was the best winning percentage (.781) in school history. Cal recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. The Bears qualified for the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. Cal made its second consecutive NCAA appearance - seventh overall. The 2003 Bears' volleyball team was the first Cal program to host a NCAA tournament event at Haas Pavilion. Cal started the season with a school-record 16-straight victories, and won a school-record 12 Pac-10 matches. The Bears defeated Stanford for the first time since 1982 before a record Cal volleyball crowd of 3,021. Cal earned its highest national volleyball ranking ever at No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003, after defeating No. 14 Santa Clara and No. 4 Stanford in back-to-back five-game matches at Haas Pavilion.

BEARS AMONG 2003 PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: The Bears return four players - Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and Davis - who were among the 2003 stat leaders in the Pac-10. Leffall was sixth in hitting percentage (.345) and ninth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.10 bpg), while Abernathy was fourth in service aces (0.42 pg). Carter was second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.41) and Davis was fifth in digs (3.43 dpg). Besides Carter being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and Leffall earning Pac-10 honorable mention, Davis and freshman outside hitter Amanda Fox were honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshmen.

DID YOU KNOW? The Golden Bears featured Holly McPeak, the 1987 National Freshman of the Year, who has played beach volleyball in the last three summer Olympics and won a bronze medal with partner Elaine Youngs at the 2004 Athens Games.

2004 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics

TEAMKills 54 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 142 vs. UCSB, 9/10Hitting Pct. .264 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Assists 53 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Service Aces 10 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 62 at Houston, 9/5Block Solos 4 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Block Assists 20 at Houston, 9/5Team Blocks 13.0 at Houston, 9/5


GABRIELLE ABERNATHYKills 15 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Attempts 34 vs. two teamsService Aces 3 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Digs 9 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Block Solos 1 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. Maryland, 9/4Total Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4

JENNA BROWNKills 7 vs. Texas A&M, 9/11Attempts 23 vs. Texas A&M, 9/11Service Aces 1 vs. four teamsDigs 10 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Block Solos 0Block Assists 3 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 3 vs. two teams

SAMANTHA CARTERKills 9 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 16 at Houston, 9/5Assists 49 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Service Aces 4 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 11 at Houston, 9/5Block Solos 1 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Block Assists 2 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 2 vs. two teams

AMANDA FOXKills 12 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 39 at Houston, 9/5Service Aces 1 vs. three teamsDigs 12 at Houston, 9/5Block Solos 2 at Houston, 9/5Block Assists 4 at Houston, 9/5Total Blocks 6 at Houston, 9/5

CAMILLE LEFFALLKills 9 vs. two teamsAttempts 23 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. two teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 5 at Houston, 9/5Total Blocks 6 at Houston, 9/5

ALICIA POWERSKills 12 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 25 at Houston, 9/5Service Aces 2 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 6 vs. Texas A&M, 9/12Block Solos 1 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Block Assists 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4Total Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4

ANGIE PRESSEYKills 13 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Attempts 40 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Service Aces 0Digs 11 vs. Kansas State, 9/3Block Solos 1 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 2 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 3 vs. UC Davis, 9/1

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