No. 11 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 4 USC and No. 16 UCLA

Nov. 2, 2004


Nov. 4 USC, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.Nov. 5 UCLA, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: No. 11-ranked California (12-7, 7-3) will host two of the most storied collegiate volleyball programs in the nation, USC and UCLA, in a pair of televised matches. Cal will entertain two-time defending national champion and No. 4-ranked USC (14-3, 9-2) Thursday. The match will be televised tape delayed by Fox Sports Net (shown Nov. 6 TBA). On Friday, the Golden Bears battle No. 16 UCLA (14-7, 7-4), winners of three NCAA volleyball titles and a team Cal has never defeated, in a match shown live by Comcast SportsNet (check local listings). Announcers for the USC contest will be Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Mike Dodd (color), and announcers for the UCLA match will be Randy Rosenbloom (play-by-play) and Kirk Anderson (color). Both contests have intriguing story lines. Last season, Cal was the only team to take the undefeated Trojans to five games and this year the Bears defeated USC (3-0) for the first time since 1991, and the first time in Los Angeles since 1986. Against UCLA, Cal is looking for its first victory ever against the Bruins in women's volleyball. So far this year, the Bears' seven losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 19 UC Santa Barbara, No. 14 Texas A&M, at No. 2 Hawaii, at No. 20 Santa Clara, at No. 12 Stanford, at No. 16 UCLA, at No. 1 Washington). Cal's biggest wins this season were defeating USC, and upending Bay Area rival Stanford in its last match, 3-2, Oct. 31 at Haas Pavilion.

PRESSEY IMPRESSIVE VERSUS THE CARDINAL: California freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey was selected Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 25-31, after her stellar performance in Cal's victory over Stanford. A 5-8 outside hitter from Heathrow, Fla., Pressey recorded 25 kills, 13 digs and two block solos, talling six of her career-high 25 kills in the deciding fifth game. She helped Cal upend the Cardinal for the second year in-a-row - the first time the Bears had accomplished that feat since defeating Stanford during the 1978 and 1979 seasons. For the match, Pressey averaged 5.00 kills and 2.60 digs per game, while hitting .327 (25k, 8e, 52att). For the season, she is second on the team with 225 kills and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.09). Pressey's 25 kills versus Stanford marks the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season.

SENIOR LEADERS LEFFALL AND ABERNATHY: Seniors Camille Leffall and Gabrielle Abernathy have also been leading the Bears this season. Leffall continues to put up impressive numbers as she is hitting .391 and leads the team with 70 blocks. She shined against Stanford as well, recording a career-high 21 kills with only four errors in 40 attempts (.425). She has now hit .300 or better in nine-straight matches, and 15 of 19 matches, this season. Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 390 total blocks - 44 blocks shy of Cara Dane's 434 blocks from 1990-93. She is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .362 career hitting percentage and has the second-most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player. Abernathy leads Cal in kills (236), and is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,101). 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 19 matches this season and is fourth in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (0.35).

TOP YOUNG BEARS: The Bears feature some outstanding sophomores and juniors as well. Sophomore setter Samantha Carter has recorded 871 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.61 assists per game. She is also fifth in the conference in service aces per game (0.34, 22 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 Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown. Powers has started every match of her college career, is second on the team in blocks (66) and was outstanding versus Stanford Oct. 31, recording 16 kills with 19 digs. Brown is second on the team in digs (152) and has recorded 798 career digs, seventh among current Pac-10 players. The Bears did suffer a blow when sophomore libero Jillian Davis injured her left knee (ACL) in practice Oct. 28. Davis had established a school record with 33 digs at Stanford Oct. 1, and had led the Pac-10 with 5.43 digs per game (326 total). Junior Alexis Kollias replaced Davis and responded with a career-high 19 digs versus Stanford on Oct. 31.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (93-74, .557 at Cal; career 392-241, .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 USC AND UCLA: Cal has a 7-34 all-time record against No. 4 USC (14-3, 9-2 in 2004; 35-0 in 2003). The Bears defeated the Trojans in the last meeting, 3-0, Oct. 9, in Los Angeles. The last time Cal had won a match versus the Trojans was, 3-2, Nov. 15, 1991 in Berkeley. The last time the Bears had defeated USC in Los Angeles was 3-1, Nov. 21, 1986. The Trojans are coached by Mick Haley (fourth year at USC) and is led by 6-1 senior outside hitter Keao Burdine (237 kills, 3.89 kpg). The Bears have a 0-46 all-time record against No. 16 UCLA (14-7, 7-4 in 2004; 24-9 in 2003), losing to the Bruins in the last meeting, 3-0, Oct. 8, in Los Angeles. UCLA is coached by Andy Banachowski (38th year at UCLA) and is led by 6-3 senior middle blocker Brynn Murphy (229 kills, 3.14 kpg).

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 second-most career total blocks (390) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (84) and seventh-most career kills (1,101). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,426 assists, which is the second-most career assists behind UCLA's senior setter Krystal McFarland's 3,094 assists. Brown has the seventh-most digs among current Pac-10 players (798).

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. 4 USC, No. 12 Stanford, No. 16 UCLA 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. 14 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at second-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 (3-0), at No. 20 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 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 26 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.

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 10th largest crowd to watch a collegiate volleyball match this season.


Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads Cal in kills (236), points (276.5) and service aces (23, 4th in Pac-10, 0.35 pg) ...had three service aces vs. Stanford Oct. 31...recorded 13 kills with a .321 hitting percentage vs. OSU Oct. 16...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 (1,101).

Jenna Brown: Is second on the team with 152 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 798 career digs, seventh-most among active Pac-10 players.

Samantha Carter: Has 871 assists and is second on the team with 22 service second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.61) and fifth in service aces per game (0.34)...finished with 64 assists vs. Stanford Oct. 31...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...had 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...had a career-high nine kills, a .562 hitting percentage (9k, 0e, 16att) with 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 2,426 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.

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.

Alexis Kollias: Has played in all 19 matches and 63 of 65 games for the Bears this season...took over the libero position for the injured Jillian Davis, recording a career-high 19 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had four digs in game five vs. the Cardinal...had eight digs vs. Arizona Sept. 24...has 104 digs this season, and 216 digs for her career.

Camille Leffall: Leads Cal in hitting percentage (.391, 3rd in the Pac-10) and total blocks (70, 6th in the Pac-10, 1.13 bpg)...finished with a career-high 21 kills and a .425 hitting percentage (21k, 4e, 40att) vs. Stanford Oct. 11...had 11 kills with no errors in 17 attempts (.647) at UW Oct. 22...hit .409 (12k, 3e, 22att) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had 15 kills and hit .444 (15k, 3e, 27att) vs. UO Oct. 15...had 10 kills and five total blocks at USC Oct. 9...had 15 kills with seven total blocks at UCLA Oct. 8...recorded 14 kills and six total blocks 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 second-most career blocks (390) 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 set a school record with a .381 single-season hitting the school record-holder with a .362 career hitting percentage.

Alicia Powers: Is second on the team with 66 blocks...hit .343 with a season-high 16 kills and 19 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...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 14 kills 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) 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: Was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 1 after recording a career-high 25 kills with two block solos and 13 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had six of her 25 kills in game five vs. the Cardinal...Is second on the team with 225 kills and leads the Bears with 4.09 kills per game (4th in the Pac-10) and 4.45 points per game (7th 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 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 Highs

TEAMKills 82 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 210 at Stanford, 10/1Hitting Pct. .372 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Assists 77 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service 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 10 vs. Stanford, 10/31Block 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 21 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 40 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service 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 16 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 35 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service Aces 2 vs. UC Davis, 9/1Digs 19 vs. Stanford, 10/31Block Solos 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/16Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 8 vs. Oregon, 10/15

Angie PresseyKills 25 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 54 vs. Arizona, 9/24Service Aces 1 vs. Oregon, 10/15; vs. OSU, 10/16Digs 18 at USC, 10/9Block Solos 2 vs. Stanford, 10/31Block Assists 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona, 9/24; at USC, 10/9