No. 13 Cal Volleyball Entertains No. 11 Stanford in Halloween Big Spike

Oct. 26, 2004


Sun., Oct. 31 Stanford, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 3 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: No. 13-ranked California (11-7, 6-3) entertains No. 11-ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford (15-5, 7-2) in a special 3 p.m. Sunday Halloween showdown at Haas Pavilion. The Cardinal-Golden Bears 'Big Spike' match-up will be shown live as part of CSTV Sunday Night Spikes: AVCA Match of the Week (available in Berkeley on Direct TV Channel 610 and in the Bay Area on Comcast 418). Announcers for the contest will be Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Krista Blunk (color). The Stanford-Cal match has the makings of another epic battle as the two teams went five games earlier this season with the Cardinal prevailing, 3-2 (30-28, 28-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-13), Oct. 1 at Burnham Pavilion on the Stanford campus. The last time the two teams played at Haas Pavilion, the Bears defeated the Cardinal for the first time since 1982, winning 3-2, Oct. 11 2003, snapping a 40-match losing streak to Stanford in front of a crowd of 3,021 - the largest volleyball crowd in school history. So far this year, Cal's seven losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 20 UC Santa Barbara, No. 16 Texas A&M, at No. 3 Hawaii, at No. 19 Santa Clara, at No. 11 Stanford, at No. 12 UCLA, at No. 1 Washington). The Bears' biggest win this season was defeating two-time defending national champion USC, 3-0, Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.

CAL IN A BATTLE WITH THE CARDINAL: Despite their 3-2 loss at Stanford Oct. 1, the Bears had several standout performances. Sophomore libero Jillian Davis established a school record with 33 digs, surpassing Tiffany Rochelle's 32 digs versus San Jose State on Oct. 11, 1988. Freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey led the Bears with 18 kills against the Cardinal, while junior outside hitter Jenna Brown, senior middle hitter Camille Leffall and senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy had 14 kills apiece. Junior middle hitter Alicia Powers added 12 kills and sophomore setter Samantha Carter recorded a season-high 65 assists, four service aces and 14 digs. Cal has shown a balanced offensive attack all year long, as three or more players have reached double figure kills in a match 12 times this season, including 10 of the last 12 contests.

SENIOR LEADERS LEFFALL AND ABERNATHY: The Bears have been paced by seniors Leffall and Abernathy. Leffall continues to put up impressive numbers as she is hitting .387 and leads the team with 66 blocks. She shined against No. 1-ranked Washington last week in Seattle, recording 11 kills with no errors in 17 attempts (.647). She finished the week hitting .567 (18k, 1e, 30att) and has now hit .300 or better in eight-straight matches, and 14 of 18 matches, this season. Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 386 total blocks - 48 blocks shy of Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93. She is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .360 career hitting percentage and has the most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player. Abernathy leads Cal in kills (228), and is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,093). She led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 (18k, 5e, 40att) in its victory at USC Oct. 9, and earlier this season tied a school record with nine service aces versus Arizona State Sept. 23. Abernathy has recorded double figures in kills in 15 of 18 matches this season, including 10 consecutive matches, and is eighth in the Pac-10 in points per game (4.41).

TOP YOUNG BEARS: Besides Cal's two seniors, the Bears feature some outstanding sophomores and freshmen. Davis, besides establishing a school record with 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, leads the Pac-10 with 5.43 digs per game (326 total) and her 33 digs at Stanford were the most by any conference player this season. Pressey is second on the team with 200 kills and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.00). Pressey's 22 kills versus Arizona Sept. 24 marked the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season. Carter has recorded 807 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.68 assists per game. She is also fifth in the conference in service aces per game (0.36, 21 total). 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 Powers and Brown as well. Powers has started every match of her college career, is second on the team in blocks (62) and eighth in the Pac-10 (1.03 bpg). Brown is second on the team in digs (144) and has recorded 790 career digs, seventh among current Pac-10 players.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (92-74, .554 at Cal; career 391-241, .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 STANFORD: The Bears have a 5-54 all-time record against No. 11 Stanford (15-5, 7-2 in 2004; 25-7 in 2003). The Bears lost to the Cardinal in the last meeting, 3-2, Oct. 1, 2004, at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal is coached by John Dunning (fourth year at Stanford) and is led by 6-1 senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (427 kills, 5.62 kpg, .332 hitting percentage). Last season, Cal defeated the Cardinal for the first time since Oct. 1, 1982, winning, 3-2, Oct. 11 at Haas Pavilion.

BEARS 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 (386) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (81) and sixth-most career kills (1,093). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,362 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 3,045 assists. Brown has the seventh-most digs among current Pac-10 players (790).

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 again face No. 1 Washington, No. 5 USC, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA and No. 24 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. 20 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 15 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. 19 Santa Clara Sept. 28 (3-0) and at No. 11 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 2003, 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. The Bears have been ranked 25 consecutive weeks, including all 17 weeks last season, reaching as high as a No. 5 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 Bears will be televised again by Fox Sports Net on Thursday, Nov. 4 when two-time defending NCAA champion USC visits Haas Pavilion (replay time TBA).

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. Cal's Sept. 17 match at Hawaii attracted 6,840 fans, the eighth largest crowd to watch a collegiate volleyball match this season.


Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads Cal in kills (228) and points (264.5, 9th in Pac-10, 4.41 ppg), and is second service aces (20, 7th in Pac-10, 0.33 pg) ...had 13 kills at WSU Oct. 23 and 12 kills at UW Oct. 22...recorded 13 kills with a .321 hitting percentage vs. OSU Oct. 16 and had 13 kills vs. UO Oct. 15...tallied a team-high 18 kills at USC Oct. 9...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. ASU Sept. 23...had 15 kills at Hawaii Sept. 17...recorded 15 kills vs. Kansas State Sept. seventh on the Cal all-time kill list (1,093).

Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 144 digs ...had 13 digs at UW Oct. 22...finished with a season-high 17 digs and five block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...had a season-high five block assists at UCLA Oct. 8...tallied a season-high 14 kills with 13 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...hit .400, with 10 digs and 11 kills vs. ASU Sept. 23...had 10 kills and 11 digs vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 790 career digs, seventh-most among active Pac-10 players.

Samantha Carter: Has 807 assists and is first on the team with 21 service second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.68) and fifth in service aces per game (0.36)...had 50 assists with six total blocks at WSU Oct. 23 and 49 assists at UW Oct. 22...hit .667 (4k, 0e, 6att) vs. OSU Oct. 16...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. ASU 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. second among current Pac-10 players and fourth on the Cal all-time list with 2,362 career assists...set a school record as a freshman with 1,555 single-season assists and was a member of the 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Jillian Davis: Has started every match since her freshman year as Cal's libero...leads the team with 326 digs (first in Pac-10, 5.43 dpg)...has led Cal in digs in every match in 2004...had 20 digs vs. UO Oct. 15...recorded 22 digs at UCLA Oct. 8...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. ASU Sept. 23...finished with 22 digs vs. Texas A&M Sept. 11...averages 18.1 digs per match and already has 724 digs in 50 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...had 10 kills with eight digs vs. Maryland Sept. 4.

Camille Leffall: Leads Cal in hitting percentage (.387, 4th in the Pac-10) and total blocks (66, 6th in the Pac-10, 1.16 bpg)...had 11 kills with no errors in 17 attempts (.647) at UW Oct. 22...hit .409 (12k, 3e, 22att) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had a career-high 15 kills and hit .444 (15k, 3e, 27att) vs. UO Oct. 15...had 10 kills and five total blocks at USC Oct. 9...had a career-high 15 kills with 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 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. ASU Sept. 23...hit .500 (9k, 1e, 16att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19 and .600 (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...hit .529 (9k, 0e, 17att) with two block solos vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has the most career blocks (386) 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 the school record-holder with a .360 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Is second on the team with 62 blocks...hit .421 (10k, 2e, 19att) at WSU Oct. 23...had a career-high three block solos vs. OSU Oct. 16 and a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...recorded six total blocks at USC Oct. 9...had a season-high 14 kills with a career-high 30 kill attempts at Stanford Oct. 1...hit .556 (10k, 0e, 18att) vs. Arizona State Sept. 23...hit .500 (11k, 1e, 20att) vs. UC Irvine Sept. 19...was named to the Golden Bear Invitational all-tournament team with 17 kills against UC Santa Barbara and Texas A&M Sept. 10-11...hit .400 (12k, 2e, 25att) with 12 kills at Houston Sept. 5...hit .375 (11k, 2e, 24att) with five block assists vs. Maryland Sept. 4...has started every match of her Cal career.

Angie Pressey: Is second on the team with 200 kills and leads the Bears with 4.00 kills per game (4th in the Pac-10)...had a team-high 14 kills at WSU Oct. 23 and 13 kills at UW Oct. 22...recorded a team-high 15 kills with no errors in 27 attempts (.556) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had 14 kills vs. UO Oct. 15...tallied 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. .372 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Assists 72 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 92 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 5 at USC, 10/9; vs. OSU, 10/16Block Assists 25 vs. Oregon, 10/15Team 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. five 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. seven teamsDigs 17 vs. Oregon, 10/15Block Solos 1 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19; vs. OSU, 10/16Block Assists 5 at UCLA, 10/8; vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 5 vs. three teams

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 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15

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, 10/8; vs. Oregon, 10/15Attempts 31 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Block 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 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15

Angie PresseyKills 22 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 54 vs. Arizona, 9/24Service Aces 1 vs. Oregon, 10/15; vs. OSU, 10/16Digs 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

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