No. 14-ranked Cal Volleyball to Host NCAA First and Second Rounds

Nov. 28, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The No. 14-ranked University of California volleyball program has been rewarded for another impressive season, as the 16-11 (11-7 in the Pac-10) Golden Bears have been selected as one of 16 teams to host NCAA first and second round volleyball matches, Dec. 2-3 at Haas Pavilion. Cal will play host to Pacific, Sacramento State and No. 15 Saint Mary's. The 24-7 Sacramento State Hornets will face the 23-3 Saint Mary's Gaels Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., and the 19-9 Pacific Tigers will take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2.

The winners of the first round matches will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 for the chance to advance to Seattle for the NCAA Regional round of 16, Dec. 10-11. Ticket prices for the three NCAA first and second round matches at Haas Pavilion are $12 for reserve seats, $10 for general admission, $6 for students and senior citizens, and $4 for children. Children under two are free.

'Before the postseason selections came out, I felt good about our chances to again host the NCAA first and second rounds,' said Cal coach Rich Feller. 'These are four very good California teams from different conferences, so it should be some great competition. It really says a lot about what our program has been able to accomplish to host NCAA tournament matches for the second year in-a-row. '

Cal hosted the NCAA first and second rounds last season, defeating Saint Mary's, 3-0, and Michigan, 3-0, to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 at Honolulu, HI. The Bears fell to Georgia Tech, 3-1, on Dec. 12 and ended the 2003 campaign 25-7.

Cal will play Pacific for the first time since the 1994 season-opener when the Bears fell to the Tigers, 3-0, in Berkeley. Feller was an assistant coach at Pacific from 1980-83, helping the Tigers to second, fourth and fifth-place national finishes. Cal has a 6-26 all-time record against Pacific. The Bears have a 10-1 all-time record against Saint Mary's, including defeating the Gaels; 30-20, 30-21, 30-23 in the 2003 NCAA first round at Haas Pavilion. Cal is 9-3 all-time against Sacramento State, but fell to the Hornets in the last meeting between the two schools, 3-0, Oct. 27, 1998 in Sacramento.

Cal is led by seniors Gabrielle Abernathy and Camille Leffall, plus freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey, the Nov. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week. The Bears are hosting NCAA first and second rounds for the second time in school history and have qualified for the NCAA tournament for the third year in-a-row for the first time since the 1987-89 seasons.