Senior Camille Leffall and Freshman Angie Pressey Named First Team All-Pac-10
Nov. 29, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, CA - The University of California volleyball program (16-11, 11-7 Pac-10) had two players - senior middle hitter Camille Leffall and freshman outside hitter Angie Pressey - earn first team All-Pac-10 honors, it was announced today by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. Pressey was also selected to the 2004 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, while senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, junior middle hitter Alicia Powers and sophomore setter Samantha Carter were picked honorable mention All-Pac-10 by the league coaches.
Leffall, a 6-1 middle hitter from Upland, Calif., is having an outstanding senior campaign, hitting .394 (fourth in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 107 blocks. Leffall shined in the Bears' Oct. 31 win over Stanford, recording a career-high 21 kills with a .425 hitting percentage. From Sept. 28-Nov. 5, she hit .300 or better in 11-straight matches, and has hit .300 or better in 20 of 27 matches overall. Leffall is currently second on the Cal all-time block list with 427 total blocks - seven blocks shy of Cara Dane's school-record 434 blocks from 1990-93. She is also the Bears' school record-holder with a .365 career hitting percentage and has the second-most career blocks of any active Pac-10 player. Leffall was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2001 and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2003.
A 5-8 outside hitter from Heathrow, Fla., Pressey was selected the Nov. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week 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 leads the Bears with 321 kills and currently ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.87), and is eighth in the conference in points per game (4.30). Her 25 kills versus Stanford marks the highest single-match kill total for the Bears this season. Pressey represents the fourth consecutive year a Cal volleyball player has been on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. She is also the first Bear freshman to ever be named to the All-Pac-10 volleyball team.
Abernathy, a 5-11 outside hitter from Antioch, Calif., leads Cal in points (377.0) and service aces (32), is second in kills (320), and is currently seventh on the Bears' all-time kill list (1,185) and kill attempt list (3,068). She led Cal with 18 kills and hit a team-best .325 hitting percentage (18k, 5e, 40att) in its victory Oct. 1 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 27 matches this season, and is third in the Pac-10 in service aces per game (0.34). A 6-0 setter from Orlando, Fla., Carter has recorded 1,214 assists on the year and is second in the Pac-10 with 13.64 assists per game. She is also fifth in the conference in service aces per game (0.33, 29 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 (91 consecutive starts) for the Bears, has 261 kills and is second on the team in blocks (97, 10th in the Pac-10, 1.03 bpg). The 6-2 middle hitter from Clayton, Calif. was outstanding in Cal's win over Stanford, recording 16 kills with 19 digs.
Cal will next host NCAA first and second rounds, Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3. On Thursday, Sacramento State faces No. 14-ranked Saint Mary's at 5 p.m., and Pacific will play No. 17 California at 7 p.m. The winners of the Thursday's matches will play at 7 p.m. Friday. 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. For more ticket information call 1-800-GOBEARS.