No. 13 Cal Volleyball Hosts Oregon and Oregon State
Oct. 12, 2004
BERKELEY, CA -
Oct. 15 Oregon, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Oct. 16 Oregon State, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 13-ranked California (8-6, 3-2) returns home to Haas Pavilion to host the Oregon schools after a brutal two-week road schedule in which the Golden Bears played at No. - Santa Clara (lost 3-0), No. - Stanford (lost 3-2), No. - UCLA (lost 3-0) and No. -2 USC (won 3-0). In one of the biggest volleyball wins in Cal history, the Bears (8-6, 3-2) upset then-No. 2-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion USC, 3-0, at the Lyon Center Oct. 9. It was Cal's first win over the Trojans since 1991, snapping a 24-match losing streak, and the Bears' first victory over USC in Los Angeles since Nov. 21, 1986. It was also the Trojans' first 3-0 loss since they fell at Arizona Oct. 25, 2001, and USC's first 3-0 home loss since Oct. 8, 1999 versus Stanford. A key to Cal's victory over the Trojans was the team's blocking, as the Bears had a season-high five block solos and 13.5 team blocks. So far this year, Cal's six losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 19 UC Santa Barbara, No. 20 Texas A&M, at No. 3 Hawaii, at No. 15 Santa Clara, at No. 12 Stanford, at No. 11 UCLA). This will be the first time this season the Bears will not be facing a ranked team.
CAL SENIOR LEADERS LEFFALL AND ABERNATHY: The Bears have been paced this season by senior middle hitter Camille Leffall and senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy. Leffall shined against the LA schools last weekend, recording a career-high 15 kills and a season-high seven total blocks at UCLA, and had 10 kills and five total blocks at USC. She finished the week hitting .365 (25k, 6e, 52att) with 12 total blocks and is now second on the Cal all-time block list with 376 total blocks - 58 blocks behind Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93. Leffall is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .355 career hitting percentage and has the most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player. She is fourth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.361) and sixth in blocks (56, 1.24 bpg). Abernathy leads Cal in kills (177) and service aces (19) this season, and is currently eighth on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,042). She had 12 kills at UCLA and led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 (18k, 5e, 40att) at USC. Abernathy is fifth in the Pac-10 in service aces (19, 0.40 pg), eighth in points (210.5, 4.48 ppg) and 10th in kills (177, 3.77 kpg).
TOP YOUNG BEARS: Besides Cal's top two seniors, the Bears feature some outstanding sophomores and freshmen. Sophomore libero Jillian Davis established a school record with 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 32 digs versus San Jose State on Oct. 11, 1988. Davis leads the Pac-10 with 5.57 digs per game (262) and her 33 digs at Stanford were the most by any conference player this season. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey is second on the team with 144 kills and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.89). Pressey's 22 kills versus Arizona Sept. 24 marked the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter has recorded 621 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.50 assists per game. She is also eighth in the conference in service aces per game (17, 0.37). As a freshman, Carter set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Cal is bolstered by the solid play of juniors Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown as well. Powers has started every match of her college career and recorded a season-high six total blocks last weekend at USC. Brown had five block assists at UCLA and hit .294 (7k, 2e, 17att) at USC.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (89-73, .549 at Cal; career 388-240, .618) 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 OREGON AND OREGON STATE: The Bears have a 38-12 all-time record against Oregon (9-6, 1-4 in 2004, 3-24 in 2003), winning the last meeting, 3-0, Nov. 21, 2003, in Berkeley. Cal has a 10-match winning streak over the Duck, with the last loss Nov. 15, 1998 (3-1) at Cal. The Ducks are coached by Carl Ferriera (fifth year at UO) and are led by 6-3 sophomore outside hitter Sarah Mason (193 kills, 3.86 kpg). Cal has a 28-16 all-time record against Oregon State (8-6, 2-3 in 2004, 16-16 in 2003). The Bears won the last meeting, 3-1, Nov. 20, 2003, in Berkeley. The Beavers are coached by Nancy Somera (sixth year at OSU) and are paced by 6-0 sophomore middle blocker Abby Windell (153 kills, .355 hitting percentage).
CAL PLAYERS AMONG ACTIVE PAC-10 CAREER LEADERS: The Bears have four players; Leffall, Abernathy, Carter and Brown, who are among the Top-10 Pac-10 active career leaders. Leffall has the most career total blocks (376) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (80) and seventh-most career kills (1,042). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,176 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 2,971 assists. Brown has the eighth-most digs among current Pac-10 players (736). Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time total block list (58 short of Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93), Abernathy is eighth on the Bears' all-time kill list and Carter is fifth on the Bears' all-time assist list.
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. 1 Washington, No. 6 USC, No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 Stanford and No. 22 Arizona in league play. The Bears also faced 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. 19 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 20 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at third-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 (3-0), at No. 15 Santa Clara Sept. 28 (3-0) and at No. 12 Stanford Oct. 1 (3-2).
CAL'S AVCA PRESEASON 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 53 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.
BEARS ON TELEVISION: The Cal-Stanford match at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion Oct. 1 was televised by Fox Sports Net. The Bears will be televised again by Fox Sports Net on Thursday, Nov. 4 when defending NCAA champs USC visits Haas Pavilion (replay time TBA). Cal will also be aired 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 produced the best winning percentage (.781) in school history. Cal recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83 and qualified for the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. The 2003 Cal volleyball team hosted the school's first-ever NCAA postseason 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 Santa Clara and then-No. 4 Stanford in back-to-back five-game matches at Haas Pavilion. The Bears featured 6-3 outside hitter Mia Jerkov, a two-time All-America, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 selection, who recorded 30 or more kills in a match 14 times and is the school-record holder for single-season kills (701) and points (785.5). Jerkov had been AVCA Division I National Player of the Week twice, Pac-10 Player of the Week six times and MVP in five-straight regular season tournaments, while leading the Pac-10 in kills the past two seasons. She had one season of eligibility left, but is staying in Croatia to compete with her national team.
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. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey's father, Paul, is a former player and assistant for the Golden State Warriors from 1992-94. Pressey's mother, Elizabeth, played basketball at the University of Tulsa.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads Cal in kills (177), service aces (19, 5th in Pac-10, 0.40 pg) and points (210.5, 8th in Pac-10)...tallied a team-high 18 kills at USC Oct. 9 and had 12 kills at UCLA Oct. 8...had 14 kills at Stanford Oct. 1... hit .415 with a team-high 21 kills vs. Arizona Sept. 24...had 18 kills, four block assists and tied a school-record with nine service aces (with Brook Coulter, at Oregon Oct. 16, 1998) vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...had 15 kills at Hawaii Sept. 17...recorded 15 kills vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...is eighth on the Cal all-time kill list (1,042).
Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 99 digs ...had a season-high five block assists at UCLA Oct. 8...tallied a season-high 14 kills and 13 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...hit .400, with 10 digs and had 11 kills vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...recorded 10 kills with 11 digs vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 736 career digs, eighth among active Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 621 assists and is second on the team with 17 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.50)...had 47 assists and a career-high two block solos at USC Oct. 9...finished with a season-high 65 assists, four service aces and 14 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...had 52 assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24 and 59 assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with a career-high nine kills, a .562 hitting percentage (9k, 0e, 16att) and 11 digs at Houston Sept. 5...hit .833 (5k, 0e, 6att) with four service aces vs. UC Davis Sept. 1...is second among current Pac-10 players and fifth on the Cal all-time list with 2,176 career assists...set a school record last year as a freshman with 1,555 single-season assists...was a member of the 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
Jillian Davis: Has started every match since her freshman year as the Bears' libero...leads the team with 262 digs (first in Pac-10, 5.57 dpg)...has led Cal in digs in every match this season...recorded 22 digs at UCLA and 18 digs at USC last weekend...had a school record 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 32 digs set vs. San Jose State Oct. 11, 1988...had 24 digs vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with 22 digs vs. Texas A&M Sept. 11...averages 18.5 digs per match this season and already has 620 digs in 44 career matches.
Amanda Fox: Had a season-high 12 kills, 12 digs, two block solos, four block assists and six total blocks at Houston Sept. 5...recorded 10 kills with eight digs vs. Maryland Sept. 4.
Camille Leffall: Leads Cal in hitting percentage (.361, 4th in the Pac-10) and total blocks (56, 8th in the Pac-10, 1.24 bpg)...had 10 kills and five total blocks at USC Oct. 9...finished with a career-high 15 kills and had seven total blocks at UCLA Oct. 8...had 14 kills and six total blocks, with a career-high 31 kills attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...led the team with 12 kills and hit .455 (12k, 2e, 22att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...had a season-high six block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with five block assists vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...hit .500 (9k, 1e, 16att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19 and .600 (season-high 13k, 1e, 20att) at Hawaii Sept. 17 to earn Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational all-tournament honors...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) vs. Texas A&M Sept. 11...recorded six total blocks at Houston Sept. 5...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) with two block solos vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has the most career blocks (376) among current Pac-10 players and is second on the Cal all-time block list...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 .355 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .262 and is second on the team with 40 total blocks...recorded a season-high six total blocks at USC Oct. 9...had a season-high 14 kills with a career-high 30 kill attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...finished with seven kills with three block assists and a .462 hitting percentage (7k, 1e, 13att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...had four block assists vs. Arizona Sept. 24...hit .556 (10k, 0e, 18att) vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...finished with four block assists and hit .500 (11k, 1e, 20att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...was named to the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team after recording 17 kills against UC Santa Barbara and Texas A&M Sept. 10-11...hit .400 (12k, 2e, 25att) with a season-high 12 kills at Houston Sept. 5...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with a season-high five block assists vs. Maryland Sept. 4...had two service aces and hit .333 (9k, 3e, 18att) vs. UC Davis Sept. 1...has started every match of her Cal career.
Angie Pressey: Is second on the team with 144 kills and leads the Bears with 3.89 kills per game (7th in the Pac-10)...recorded 14 kills and had a career-high 18 digs at USC Oct. 9...had a team-high 18 kills at Stanford Oct. 1...had a career-high 22 kills, 54 kill attempts and four block solos vs. Arizona Sept. 24...hit .353 (18k, 6e, 34att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19 and .345 (15k, 5e, 29att) at Hawaii Sept. 17 to earn Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational all-tournament honors...recorded 12 kills with 11 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...had a team-high 13 kills in the season-opener vs. UC Davis Sept. 1.
2004 University of California Volleyball Season HighsCareer highs in italics
TEAMKills 79 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 210 at Stanford, 10/1Hitting Pct. .328 vs UC Irvine, 9/19Assists 72 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 92 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 5 at USC, 10/9Block Assists 20 vs. two teamsTeam Blocks 13.5 at USC, 10/9
Gabrielle AbernathyKills 21 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 42 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 9 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/10Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4
Jenna BrownKills 14 at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 29 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 1 vs. five teamsDigs 13 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 1 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19Block Assists 5 at UCLA, 10/8Total Blocks 5 at UCLA, 10/8
Samantha CarterKills 9 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 16 at Houston, 9/5Assists 65 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 4 vs. UC Davis, 9/1; at Stanford, 10/1Digs 14 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/9Block Assists 3 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19Total Blocks 4 at USC, 10/9
Amanda FoxKills 12 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 39 at Houston, 9/5Service Aces 1 vs. four 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 15 at UCLA, 10/8Attempts 31 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 6 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at UCLA, 10/8Total Blocks 7 at UCLA, 10/8
Alicia PowersKills 12 at Houston, 9/5; at Stanford, 10/1Attempts 30 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 2 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 8 at Hawaii, 9/17Block Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4Total Blocks 6 at USC, 10/9
Angie PresseyKills 22 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 54 vs. Arizona, 9/24Service Aces 0Digs 18 at USC, 10/9Block Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9