No. 14 Cal Volleyball Visits No. 21 Arizona and Arizona State
Nov. 22, 2004
BERKELEY, CA -
Nov. 26 at Arizona, McKale Center, Tuscon, AZ 7 p.m.Nov. 27 at ASU, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 14-ranked California (15-10, 10-6) wraps up the 2004 regular season when it travels to No. 21 Arizona and Arizona State this weekend. The Bears are looking for a strong finish to ensure a third consecutive NCAA berth - a feat Cal has not accomplished since the 1987-89 seasons. The selection show for the 2004 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament field of 64 teams will be at 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28 on ESPNews. The Bears have proven they are capable of beating the nation's best as they defeated two-time defending NCAA champion USC, 3-0 in Los Angeles, Oct. 9; and topped Bay Area rival Stanford, 3-2, Oct. 31 at Haas Pavilion. So far this year, Cal's 10 losses have all come against ranked teams (No. 17 UC Santa Barbara, No. 18 Texas A&M, at No. 1 Hawaii, at No. 25 Santa Clara, at No. 7 Stanford, at No. 16 UCLA, at No. 3 Washington, No. 6 USC, No. 16 UCLA, No. 3 Washington). In fact, the Bears have played 14 matches against teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25, more than any other school in the nation. Cal is 4-10 against those ranked teams, and 11-0 against non-ranked teams. The Bears are looking to tie a school-record 12 Pac-10 wins, accomplished last year when Cal finished the season 25-7 overall and 12-6 in conference.
CAL'S SENIOR LEADERS ABERNATHY AND LEFFALL: Cal seniors Gabrielle Abernathy and Camille Leffall have been instrumental in the Bears' emergence as a national volleyball power. Abernathy leads Cal in kills (303), points (357.5) and service aces (32), and is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,168) and eighth on the all-time kill attempt list (3,019). She led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 hitting percentage (18k, 5e, 40att) in its victory at USC. Earlier this season, Abernathy tied a school record with nine service aces versus Arizona State Sept. 23. She has recorded double figures in kills in 19 of 25 matches this season, and is third in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (0.37). Leffall continues to put up impressive numbers as she is hitting .393 (fourth in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 98 blocks. Leffall shined in the Bears' win over Stanford, recording a career-high 21 kills with only four errors in 40 attempts (.425). From Sept. 28-Nov. 5, she hit .300 or better in 11-straight matches, and has hit .300 or better in 19 of 25 matches overall. Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 418 total blocks - 16 blocks shy of Cara Dane's school-record 434 blocks from 1990-93. She is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .364 career hitting percentage and has the second-most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player.
BEARS' BALANCED ATTACK: The Bears have done an admirable job of replacing the offensive prowess of two-time All-American Mia Jerkov, who recorded a school-record 701 kills last year. With 25 matches into the season, Cal has four players with over 200 kills - Abernathy (303), freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey (300), Leffall (259) and junior middle hitter Alicia Powers (240). Pressey was selected Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 25-31, after her stellar performance in Cal's victory over Stanford. She recorded 25 kills, 13 digs and two block solos, tallying six of her career-high 25 kills in the deciding fifth game against the Cardinal. Pressey currently ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.90), and is ninth in the conference in points per game (4.29). Her 25 kills versus Stanford marks the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season.
CONSISTENT CARTER, POWERS AND BROWN: A huge key to the Bears' success the past few years (NCAA appearances in 2002 and 2003) has been the play of sophomore setter Samantha Carter, Powers and junior outside hitter Jenna Brown. Carter has recorded 1,135 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.67 assists per game. She is also fifth in the conference in service aces per game (0.34, 28 total) and three times this season she has had four service aces in a match. As a freshman, Carter set a new school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Powers has started every match of her college career (89 consecutive starts), has 240 kills and is second on the team in blocks (90, ninth in the Pac-10, 1.02 bpg). She was outstanding in Cal's win over Stanford, recording 16 kills with 19 digs. Brown is third on the team in digs (208) and blocks (66), and had 11 kills, 11 digs and a career-high seven block assists versus then-top-ranked Washington last week. She has recorded 854 career digs, seventh among current Pac-10 players, and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2002.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (96-77, .555 at Cal; career 395-244, .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 ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE: Cal has a 9-30 all-time record against No. 21 Arizona (17-9, 9-7 in 2004; 17-15 in 2003). The Bears defeated the Wildcats in the last meeting, 3-2, at Cal Sept. 24. Arizona is coached by David Rubio (13th year at UA) and is led by 6-2 junior outside hitter Kim Glass (250 kills, 4.81 kpg). UA also features junior Jennifer Abernathy, younger sister of the Bears' Gabrielle Abernathy. Cal has a 14-27 all-time record against Arizona State (10-15, 5-11 in 2004; 9-18 in 2003). The Bears defeated the Sun Devils in the last meeting, 3-1, at Cal Sept. 23. Arizona State is coached by Brad Saindon (second year at ASU) and is led by 5-10 sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton (294 kills, 3.54 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 (418) of any current conference player. Abernathy has the fifth-most career service aces (93) and seventh-most career kills (1,168). Carter, who is only a sophomore, already has 2,690 assists, which is the third-most career assists. Brown has the seventh-most digs among current Pac-10 players (854).
CAL HAS 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. 21 Arizona (1-0) in league play, and have twice played No. 3 Washington (0-2), No. 6 USC (1-1), No. 7 Stanford (1-1) and No. 16 UCLA (0-2). 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. 17 UC Santa Barbara Sept. 10 and No. 18 Texas A&M Sept. 11 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Haas Pavilion. Following the Golden Bear Invitational, Cal lost at No. 1-ranked Hawaii Sept. 17 (3-0) and at No. 25 Santa Clara Sept. 28 (3-0).
BEARS' 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 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 29 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. The Bears' highest ranking this season was No. 8 on Sept. 16.
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 13th largest crowd to watch a collegiate volleyball match this season.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Gabrielle Abernathy: Leads team in kills (303), points (357.5) and service aces (32, 3rd in Pac-10, 0.37 pg)...had 11 kills, a .429 hitting percentage and five service aces vs. WSU Nov. 18...had a team-high 17 kills and a season-high 12 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 5...had three service aces vs. Stanford Oct. 31...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 UO Oct. 16, 1998) vs. ASU Sept. 23...had 15 kills at Hawaii Sept. 17...had 15 kills vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...is seventh on the Cal all-time kill list (1,168).
Jenna Brown: Is third on the team with 208 digs and 64 blocks...hit .500 (10k, 2e, 16att) vs. WSU Nov. 18...had a season-high 14 kills and hit .545 at OSU Nov. 11...hit .344 (13k, 2e, 32 att) Nov. 4 vs. USC...had a season-high 17 digs and five block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...had a season-high five block assists at UCLA Oct. 8...had a season-high 14 kills with 13 digs at Stanford Oct. 1...hit .400 with 11 kills vs. ASU Sept. 23...hit .357 with 10 digs vs. Kansas State Sept. 3...has 854 career digs, seventh-most among active Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 1,135 assists and is second on the team with 28 service aces...is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.67) and fifth in service aces per game (0.34)...finished with 61 assists and a season-high 14 digs at OSU Nov. 11...had 62 assists with four service aces vs. UCLA Nov. 5...had with 64 assists vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had 50 assists with six total blocks at WSU Oct. 23...tallied 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. 1...is third among current Pac-10 players and fourth on the Cal all-time list with 2,690 career assists...in 2003, set a school record with 1,555 single-season assists and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
Alexis Kollias: Has played in all 25 matches and 86 of 88 games...had 22 digs vs. UCLA Nov. 6 and a career-high 23 digs vs. USC Nov. 4...took over the libero position for the injured Jillian Davis, recording 19 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...has 210 digs this season, and 322 digs for her career.
Camille Leffall: Leads Cal in hitting percentage (.393, 4th in the Pac-10) and total blocks (98, 6th in the Pac-10, 1.17 bpg)...had a team-high 13 kills vs. UW Nov. 19...hit a season-high .688 (11k, 0e, 16att) at UO Nov. 12...hit .400 (12k, 2e, 25att) with eight total blocks vs. UCLA Nov. 5 and .474 (11k, 2e, 19att) vs. USC Nov. 4...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 15 kills with seven total blocks at UCLA Oct. 8...recorded 14 kills and six total blocks at Stanford Oct. 1...had 12 kills and hit .455 (12k, 2e, 22att) at Santa Clara Sept. 28...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 (418) 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 percentage...is the school record-holder with a .364 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is second on the team with 90 blocks (9th in Pac-10, 1.02 bpg)...had 12 kills with six block assists vs. UW Nov. 19...had 15 kills, 13 digs and three block solos vs. UCLA Nov. 5...hit .343 with a season-high 16 kills and 19 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 31...had a career-high three block solos vs. OSU Oct. 16 and a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 15...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...has started every match of her Cal career.
Angie Pressey: Leads the team with 3.90 kills per game (6th in the Pac-10) and is second with 300 kills...is also ninth in Pac-10 in points per game (4.29)...tallied a team-high 21 kills Nov. 11 at OSU...had a team-high 14 kills with a career-high 20 digs vs. USC Nov. 4...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...had a team-high 14 kills at WSU Oct. 23...recorded a team-high 15 kills with no errors in 27 attempts (.556) vs. OSU Oct. 16...had 14 kills and 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. .395 at Oregon, 11/12Assists 77 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service Aces 11 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 92 at Stanford, 10/1Block Solos 6 vs. UCLA, 11/5Block Assists 25 vs. Oregon, 10/15Team Blocks 17.0 vs. UCLA, 11/5
Gabrielle AbernathyKills 21 vs. Arizona, 9/24Attempts 42 at Stanford, 10/1; vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/23Digs 12 vs. UCLA, 11/5Block Solos 1 vs. six teamsBlock Assists 4 vs. two teamsTotal Blocks 5 vs. Maryland, 9/4
Jenna BrownKills 14 at Stan, 10/1; at OSU, 11/11Attempts 32 vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 1 vs. 10 teamsDigs 17 vs. Oregon, 10/15Block Solos 1 vs. UC Irvine, 9/19; vs. OSU, 10/16Block Assists 7 vs. Washington, 11/19Total Blocks 7 vs. Washington, 11/19
Samantha CarterKills 9 at Houston, 9/5Attempts 16 at Houston, 9/5Assists 65 at Stanford, 10/1Service Aces 4 vs. three teamsDigs 14 at Stan, 10/1; at OSU, 11/11Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/9; vs. WSU, 11/18Block Assists 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15Total Blocks 5 vs. Oregon, 10/15
Camille LeffallKills 21 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 40 vs. Stanford, 10/31Service Aces 0Digs 3 vs. OSU, 10/16; at OSU, 11/11Block Solos 2 vs. two teamsBlock Assists 7 vs. UCLA, 11/5Total Blocks 8 vs. UCLA, 11/5
Alicia PowersKills 16 vs. Stanford, 10/31Attempts 44 vs. USC, 11/4Service Aces 2 vs. UC Davis, 9/1; at OSU, 11/11Digs 19 vs. Stanford, 10/31Block Solos 3 vs. OSU, 10/16; UCLA, 11/5Block 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 2 at OSU, 11/11Digs 20 vs. USC, 11/4Block 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