No. 21 Cal Volleyball Visits Circus Circus/Molten Invitational in Reno
Sept. 13, 2005
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 16-17 at Circus Circus/Molten Invitational,Virginia Street Gym, Reno, Nev.Fri., Sept. 16 California at Nevada 7 p.m.Sat., Sept. 17 California vs. Montana State 12 p.m.Sat., Sept. 17 California vs. Akron 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: No. 21-ranked California (5-1) travels to Reno, Nev. this weekend to complete in its third tournament of the 2005 season, the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational, facing host Nevada (2-5), Montana State (5-5) and Akron (5-4). Cal won the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas, Sept. 2-4, with 3-0 wins over host Texas State, Morgan State and Albany. Last weekend, the Bears placed second in their own Golden Bear Invitational, defeating Florida A&M, 3-0, before falling to No. 18 San Diego, 3-2. Cal will be looking for its eighth tournament title since 2002.
CAL FALLS IN TIGHT MATCH TO SAN DIEGO: The Bears started off the season winning 15-straight games in its 5-0 start before losing to San Diego in the finals of the sixth annual Golden Bear Invitational (the Bears won the Golden Bear Invitational in 2002 and 2003). Senior outside hitter Jenna Brown was outstanding for Cal, hitting a team-best .463 during the invitational with 22 kills, only three errors in 41 attempts. Brown hit .692 (9k, 0e, 13att) versus Florida A&M and .357 (13k, 3e, 28att) against University of San Diego, earning all-tournament honors. On the year, she is hitting .344 with a team-high 21 total blocks. Beside Brown, sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey and junior setter Samantha Carter were also named to the all-tournament team. It was the second week in-a-row Pressey and Carter were named all-tournament as the two athletes were selected to the all-tournament team at the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, while junior libero Jillian Davis was named tournament MVP. For the Golden Bear Invite, Pressey led the Bears with 38 kills, and on the year has a team-high 83 kills with a .339 hitting percentage. Carter had 93 assists and six service aces during the Golden Bear Invite and leads the Bears with 20 service aces. As a team, Cal has an impressive .310 hitting percentage, while limiting its opponents to a .116 hitting percentage. The Bears also have 55 service aces on the year, compared to 14 for their opponents.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: The Bears have six players who are among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Carter is the conference leader in service aces (20, 1.00pg) and is third in assists (263, 13.15apg). Sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard is fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks (21, 1.31bpg) and seventh in hitting percentage (.400). Senior middle hitter Alicia Powers is fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.408), Davis is sixth in digs (79, 3.95dpg), senior defensive specialist Alexis Kollias is ninth in service aces (seven, 0.41pg) and Pressey is fourth in service aces (10, 0.50pg), seventh in points (97.5, 4.88ppg) and eighth in kills (83, 4.15kpg). As a team, Cal leads the Pac-10 in service aces (2.75pg), and is second with its .310 hitting percentage and .116 opponent hitting percentage.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (103-80, .564 at Cal; career 402-247, .619) is in his seventh season at Cal. Feller won his 100th game as the Bears' coach Sept. 2 at Texas State, and earned his 400th career victory Sept. 3 versus Morgan State. In 2003, he was named both the Pacific Region and 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 Cal after a stint as assistant coach for the USA National Team (1997-98) and 14 years as head coach at Colorado State (1983-96, eight NCAA Tournaments, 12 Top 25 national rankings).
CAL VERSUS NEVADA, MONTANA STATE AND AKRON: The Bears have a 9-2 all-time record against Nevada (2-5), defeating the Wolf Pack in the last meeting, 3-0, Sept. 12, 2003 at the Golden Bear Invitational. The last time Cal played in Reno, the Bears topped Nevada, 3-1, Sept. 1, 2000 at the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invitational. Nevada is coached by Devin Scruggs (ninth year at UN) and is led by 6-0 senior middle blocker Salaia Salave'a (114 kills, .308 hitting percentage). Scruggs was an assistant coach at Cal from 1994-96 and her associate head coach, Oscar Crespo, was an assistant for the Bears from 1995-98. Cal has a 2-1 all-time record against Montana State (5-5), defeating the Bobcats in the last meeting, 3-1, Oct. 20, 1984 at the Cal Classic in Berkeley. Montana State (5-5) is coached by Miya Malauulu (third year at MSU) and is led by 6-3 senior middle blocker Megan Zanto (89 kills, .325 hitting percentage, 27 total blocks). The Bears will be facing Akron (5-4) for the first time in school history. The Zips are coached by Mike Sweitzer (15th year at UA) and feature 5-11 sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Stewart (121 kills, 4.03 kills per game).
BEARS' 2005 STANDOUTS: Cal will be paced this season by the 5-8 Pressey, a 2004 first team All-Pac-10 selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, plus upperclassmen Powers, Brown, Carter and Davis. Powers, a 6-2 middle hitter, was a 2004 Pac-10 honorable mention selection and is seventh on the Bears' all-time career block list (327). Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, has 920 career digs, fourth most among active Pac-10 players. Carter, a 6-0 junior setter, was a 2004 Pac-10 honorable mention selection and is second among current Pac-10 players and fourth on Cal's all-time list with 3,167 career assists. Davis is a 5-9 junior libero, who sat out the majority of last season with an injury (ACL) to her left knee, but still set a school record with 33 digs versus national champion Stanford in 2004 and has 803 career digs in 56 matches.
CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY: The Bears' senior class of Alicia Powers, Jenna Brown and Alexis Kollias has a chance to be the first group in school history to make NCAA appearances in all four years of their eligibility. Powers has started every match of her Cal career (99), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 99 contests. Kollias replaced an injured Davis last season and shined, recording a career-high 31 digs against Saint Mary's in the NCAA Second Round. The three seniors have led the Bears to a three-year mark of 66-31(.677).
KEY NEWCOMERS: The Bears bring in a 2005 freshman class ranked fifth in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. Morgan Beck, a 6-3 outside hitter from San Clemente High School (Coto De Caza, Calif.), was a member of the 2005 USA Junior National Team that competed at the Under-20 World Championships this past July 23-31 in Ankara, Istanbul, Turkey. Beck was selected the nation's 26th top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com and was first team All-CIF Southern Section as a senior. Bryte Nielson is a 5-11 left-handed setter/outside hitter from Los Gatos High School (Saratoga, Calif.) Nielson was a four-time first team all-league selection, a second team All-Central Coast Section as a senior, and was selected the nation's 97th top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. Kat Reilly, a 6-2 middle hitter from Plano East Senior High School (Plano, Texas), was the 2004 District 8-5A Most Valuable Player and was rated the nation's 13th top high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Cal's No. 19 preseason ranking is only the fifth time in school history the Bears have been preseason ranked. Cal was ranked No. 10 at the start of last season, No. 24 in 2003, No. 9 in 1989 and No. 12 in 1983. The Bears finished with a No. 19 national ranking last year after falling to Saint Mary's, 3-2, in the NCAA Second Round in Haas Pavilion. The Bears have been ranked a total of 67 times since 1982, reaching as high as a No. 5 ranking on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal has ever been ranked at the end of a season was 10th in 1982.
BEARS HAVE TOUGH 2005 SCHEDULE: Competing in arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation - the Pac-10, the Bears' 2005 schedule includes seven teams ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Poll, with five of those opponents coming from the Pac-10. Cal will take on No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 USC and No. 20 Arizona in league play. The Bears have also faced some talented foes in non-conference action. Cal defeated Florida A&M, a team that finished 28-3 in 2004, 3-0, Sept. 8, and fell to the-No. 20 San Diego, 3-2, Sept. 10 at the Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears host No. 17 Santa Clara, Nov. 15 at Haas Pavilion.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES: Sept. 23 vs. UCLA, Cal hosts UCLA in the Pac-10 season-opener, looking to defeat the Bruins for the first time in school history (0-47). Oct. 21 vs. Stanford, the Bears host Bay Area rival and 2004 NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal in 'The Big Spike.' Cal has defeated the Cardinal in each of the past two years at Haas Pavilion. The 'Big Spike' with be televised on Comcast SportsNet (viewing details TBA).
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.
2005 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 9-12Career highs in italics
TEAMKills 65 vs. San Diego, 9/10Attempts 166 vs. San Diego, 9/10Hitting Pct. .367 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Assists 58 vs. Albany, 9/4Service Aces 19 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 61 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 22 vs. Albany, 9/4Team Blocks 14.0 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Morgan BeckKills 15 vs. Albany, 9/4Attempts 33 vs. San Diego, 9/10Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 5 vs. four teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 3 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Jenna BrownKills 13 vs. San Diego, 9/10Attempts 28 vs. San Diego, 9/10Service Aces 2 at Texas State, 9/2Digs 7 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Block Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 6 vs. Albany, 9/4Total Blocks 6 vs. Albany, 9/4
Samantha CarterKills 4 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Attempts 10 vs. San Diego, 9/10Assists 56 vs. Albany, 9/4Service Aces 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 11 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 0Block Assists 2 vs. Albany, 9/4Total Blocks 2 vs. Albany, 9/4
Jillian DavisService Aces 3 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 17 vs. Albany, 9/4
Alexis KolliasService Aces 4 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 13 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Bryte NielsonKills 1 vs. four teamsAttempts 2 vs. two teamsAssists 5 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8Service Aces 1 at Texas State, 9/2Digs 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 13 at Texas State, 9/2Attempts 24 vs. Albany, 9/4Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. two teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 7 vs. Albany, 9/4; San Diego, 9/10Total Blocks 8 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Alicia PowersKills 13 vs. three teamsAttempts 25 vs. Albany, 9/4Service Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 7 vs. two teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. San Diego, 9/10Block Assists 3 vs. four teamsTotal Blocks 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Kat ReillyKills 7 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Attempts 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Service Aces 0Digs 0Block Solos 0Block Assists 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Total Blocks 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/27
Angie PresseyKills 22 vs. San Diego, 9/10Attempts 56 vs. San Diego, 9/10Service Aces 6 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Digs 16 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 0Block Assists 3 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8Total Blocks 3 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8