No. 14 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 5 Stanford in Big Spike
Oct. 19, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Oct. 21 Stanford, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: In a battle of two of the Bay Areas' top collegiate volleyball programs, No. 14-ranked California (13-4, 6-2) hosts No. 5-ranked and defending national champion Stanford (17-3, 6-2) in a 7 p.m. match Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears have defeated the Cardinal at Haas Pavilion in each of the last two seasons after having fallen to Stanford in 40-straight matches prior to 2003 (Cal hadn't defeated the Cardinal since Oct. 1, 1982). Cal gave the national champion Cardinal one of only six losses last season and lost a 3-2 heartbreaker at Stanford. Friday's Big Spike is part of the Lexus Gauntlet series, a contest between Cal and Stanford to determine which university will have the most success against its rival in head-to-head competition this year. The Cardinal-Bears' match will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet (www.comcastsportsnet.com for viewing information) with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and Kirk Anderson (color) announcing. Cal's contest against Stanford marks the halfway point in the Bears' league schedule. Highlights for Cal so far have been winning the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas with junior libero Jillian Davis being named tournament MVP, and securing victories over No. 19 USC (3-2) and No. 21 UCLA (3-0) at Haas Pavilion. The Bears' sophomore outside hitter, Angie Pressey, was named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading Cal to its first-ever wins over both UCLA and USC in the same weekend, while the victories over the L.A. schools were milestones for head coach Rich Feller, who is now the only coach to lead the Bears to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2003) and a win over UCLA. As a team, the Bears have a .265 hitting percentage (currently tied for the school record for team hitting percentage), and is the only Pac-10 school with five starters (Pressey 4.45, freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.35, senior middle hitter Alicia Powers 2.74, senior outside hitter Jenna Brown 2.58, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.50) averaging over 2.00 kills per game. Cal is currently third in the conference in kills (989, 16.48pg), opponent hitting percentage (.158), assists (890, 14.83pg) and service aces 109, 1.82pg); fourth in hitting percentage (.265); and fifth in team blocks (171, 2.85pg) and digs (922, 15.37).
CAL PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: The Bears have several players who have move up on the school's all-time Top-10 career list this season. Junior setter Samantha Carter is now third with 3,701 career assists and Brown is currently ninth on the career dig list (1,020), and is nine kills away from being 10th on the all-time kill list (971). When Brown reaches 1,000 kills, she will be only the fifth player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Powers has moved up to third on the school's all-time block list (371) and is sixth with a .249 career hitting percentage. Davis is now 10th on the career dig list (998) behind Brown, while Orchard is currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list (.308). On the season, Pressey continues to lead the Bears in kills (249), kills per game (4.45) and points (284.5). Carter paces Cal in assists and service aces (31), Davis leads the team in digs (274) and Orchard is tops on the squad with 66 total blocks.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: The Bears have five different players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is third in the conference in kills per game (4.45, 249) and fifth in points (284.5, 5.08pg). Carter is third in the Pac-10 leader in assists (797, 13.28pg) and service aces (31, 0.52pg), Orchard is seventh in the conference in blocks (66, 1.22pg), Davis is fourth in digs (274, 4.57pg) and Powers is 10th in hitting percentage (.328). The Bears also have players among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second behind Washington's Courtney Thompson with 3,701 career assists and is fifth with 82 career service aces. Powers is fourth among conference leaders with 371 career blocks and 83 career service aces. Brown is fourth with 1,020 career digs and eighth with 971 career kills, while Davis is fifth among Pac-10 active career leaders with 998 digs.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (111-83, .572 at Cal; career 410-250, .621) 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 two years as an assistant for the USA National Team (1997-98) and 14 years as head coach at Colorado State (1983-96, eight NCAA Tournaments).
CAL VERSUS STANFORD: The Bears have a 6-54 all-time record against No. 5 Stanford (17-3, 6-2), but have split the last four matches, falling to the Cardinal, 3-2, Oct. 1, 2004, at Stanford; and winning 3-2, Oct. 31, 2004, in Berkeley. Stanford is coached by John Dunning (fifth year at Stanford) and is led by 6-0 freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barbosa (Pac-10 leading 288 kills, 4.57kpg, .308 hitting percentage).
CAL HIGHLIGHTS VERSUS CARDINAL: After last year's Cal victory over Stanford, Angie Pressey was selected the Nov. 1, 2004 Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for her stellar performance. Pressey recorded 25 kills, 13 digs and two block solos, tallying 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). In 2003, Mia Jerkov led Cal with 31 kills as the Bears broke their losing streak to the Cardinal. Jerkov was named both Pac-10 and AVCA National Player of the Week.
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. Brown, a 5-11 senior outside hitter, was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2002. Carter, a 6-0 junior setter, was a 2004 Pac-10 honorable mention selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2003. This season, she tied a school record with nine services versus Morgan State on Sept. 3. 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, Oct. 1, 2004 versus national champion Stanford and has 998 career digs in only 67 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 (110), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 110 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 four-year mark of 75-35 (.682).
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. 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. 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 the nation's 13th top high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Cal's No. 19 preseason ranking was only the fifth time in school history the Bears had 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 73 times since 1982, reaching as high as a No. 5 ranking on Oct. 13, 2003 (after defeating Stanford). The highest Cal has ever been ranked at the end of a season was 10th in 1982. The Bears have now been ranked 40 straight weeks since the opening poll of the 2003 season.
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 again take on No. 2 Washington, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 19 USC and No. 21 UCLA 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 No. 18 San Diego, 3-2, Sept. 10, at the Golden Bear Invitational. The Bears will host No. 13 Santa Clara Nov. 15 at Haas Pavilion. Cal has already defeated then-No. 13 UCLA (3-0) and then-No. 12 USC (3-2) at Haas Pavilion.
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.
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Assists Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 2. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89 3. Samantha Carter 3701 2003-
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (181), kills per game (3.35) and is third in points (204.0, 3.78pg)...tallied a career-high 19 kills vs. UW Oct. 7 and 12 kills vs. WSU Oct. 8...had 14 kills at UO Sept. 29 and 13 kills at OSU Sept. 30...recorded 12 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...had 15 kills vs. Albany Sept. 4 and vs. Akron Sept. 17...had a career-high two service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3 and a career-high four total blocks vs. San Diego Sept. 10...was a member of the Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey this summer.
Jenna Brown: Is third on the team with 51 total blocks (0.85pg) and fourth with 155 kills (2.58pg), 194.5 points (3.24pg) and 122 digs...hit .368 (10k, 3e, 19att) with three service aces at ASU Oct. 13...hit .310 (11k, 2e, 29att) vs. UW and .444 (10k, 2e, 18att) with a season-high 17 digs vs. WSU Oct. 7-8...tallied 11 kills with 11 digs and five total blocks at UO Sept. 29...had a season-high 16 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...had 13 kills vs. San Diego Sept. 10...was 2005 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament...has 1,020 career digs, fourth among active Pac-10 players and ninth on the Cal all-time list, and 971 career kills, eighth among Pac-10 players.
Samantha Carter: Has 797 assists (third in the Pac-10, 13.28pg) and is third in the conference with 31 service aces (0.52pg) and second on the squad with 136 digs...hit .857 (6k, 0e, 7att) with 10 digs at UA Oct. 14...tallied a career-high 17 digs with a season-high seven total blocks vs. UW Oct. 7...had 60 assists and 12 digs vs. USC Sept. 24...had a season-high 65 assists at Nevada Sept. 16...tied a school record with nine service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3 (only Cal player with nine service aces in a three-game match)...was selected all-tournament at CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, Golden Bear Invitational and Circus Circus/Molten Invitational...is second among current Pac-10 players and third on Cal's all-time list with 3,701 career assists...is fifth among Pac-10 players with 82 career service aces...set a school record as a freshman with 1,555 single-season assists...was a member of the 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Jillian Davis: Leads team with 274 digs (fourth in Pac-10, 4.57pg)...tallied a season-high 28 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 21 digs at UO Sept. 29...finished with 17 digs Sept. 24 vs. USC and 18 digs vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had 27 digs at Nevada Sept. 16...had a career-high three service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...was named tournament MVP of the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, registering 42 digs in the three matches...averages 16.1 digs per match this season and has 998 digs in 67 career matches (fifth among current Pac-10 players and 10th on the Cal all-time list)...set a school record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 97 digs (1.70pg) and 12 service aces...had a season-high 13 digs vs. San Diego Sept. 10...had a career-high four service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...recorded a career-high 31 digs last season in the NCAA second round vs. Saint Mary's.
Bryte Nielson: Has 18 assists and 39 digs...tallied a season-high seven digs vs. USC Sept. 24...had five assists vs. Florida A&M (Sept. 8) and vs. Akron (Sept. 17)...had service aces at Texas State (Sept. 2) and vs. Akron Sept. 17....
Ellen Orchard: Leads Cal in total blocks (66, seventh in the Pac-10 with 1.22pg) and is second with a .325 hitting percentage...hit .357 (6k, 1e, 14att) at UA Oct. 14...tied a season-high with seven block assists vs. UW Oct. 7...hit .361 at UO and OSU with a career-high nine total blocks at UO Sept. 29 and 11 kills at OSU Sept. 30...had with 10 kills vs. USC Sept. 24 and 12 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had a season-high 13 kills at Texas State Sept. 2...had 11-kill matches vs. Albany (Sept. 4), at Nevada (Sept. 16) and Montana State (Sept. 17)...had seven block assists vs. Albany Sept. 4 and eight total blocks vs. San Diego Sept. 10...as a freshman, had a career-high 14 kills in the Bears' NCAA first round victory over Pacific...is second on the school's all-time list with a .308 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting a team-leading .328 among starters (10th in the Pac-10) and is second on the team with 61 total blocks (1.07pg)...has 156 kills and is third on the team with 213.0 points (3.74pg)...hit .360 (13k, 4e, 25att) at UA Oct. 14...hit .524 (13k, 2e, 21att) vs. WSU Oct. 8, and .357 (11k, 1e, 28att) with a career-high 10 total blocks (three block solos) vs. UW Oct. 7...hit .417 (13k, 3e, 24att) at UO Sept. 29...had a season-high 15 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...recorded 13 kills vs. UC Davis (Aug. 27), at Texas State (Sept. 2) and vs. Albany (Sept. 4)...had seven total blocks at Nevada Sept. 16...has started every match of her Cal career (110)...is fourth among current Pac-10 players with 371 career blocks (third on the Cal all-time list), and 83 career service aces...is sixth on the Bears' all-time career hitting percentage list (.249)...was 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Angie Pressey: Leads the Bears in kills (249) and is third in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.45) and fifth in points per game (284.5, 5.08pg)...hit .379 (15k, 4e, 29att) at ASU Oct. 13...tallied 12 kills with a season-high 17 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 15 kills at UO Sept. 29 and hit .484 (19k, 4e, 31att) at OSU Sept. 30...was named Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week with 21 kills, 14 digs and two service aces vs. USC Sept. 24, and 19 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had a career-high 25 kills and four block assists at Nevada Sept. 16...recorded a career-high six service aces vs. UC Davis Aug. 27...was selected all-tournament at the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier, Golden Bear Invitational and Circus Circus/Molten Invitational...was first-team All-Pac-10 (first Cal freshman ever named first-team All-Pac-10) and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2004.
2005 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 10-18
TEAMKills 78 at UN, 9/16; vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 204 vs. Washington, 10/7Hitting Pct. .367 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Assists 71 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 19 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 94 vs. Washington, 10/7Block Solos 7 at UO, 9/29; vs. UW, 10/7Block Assists 28 at UN, 9/16, vs. UW, 10/7Team Blocks 21.0 vs. Washington, 10/7
Morgan BeckKills 19 vs. Washington, 10/7Attempts 59 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3; vs. WSU, 10/8Digs 5 vs. six teamsBlock Solos 2 at Oregon State, 9/30Block Assists 3 vs. four teamsTotal Blocks 4 vs. San Diego, 9/10; at Oregon, 9/29
Jenna BrownKills 16 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 32 at Oregon, 9/29Service Aces 3 at Arizona State, 10/13Digs 17 vs. Washington State, 10/8Block Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29; vs. Washington, 10/7Block Assists 6 vs. Albany, 9/4Total Blocks 6 vs. Albany, 9/4
Samantha CarterKills 6 vs. Montana St., 9/17; at Arizona, 10/14Attempts 10 vs. San Diego, 9/10; at Nevada, 9/16Assists 65 at Nevada, 9/16Service Aces 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 17 vs. Washington, 10/17Block Solos 1 at Oregon State, 9/30; vs. UW, 10/7Block Assists 6 vs. Washington, 10/7Total Blocks 7 vs. Washington, 10/7
Jillian DavisService Aces 3 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 28 vs. Washington, 10/7
Alexis KolliasService Aces 4 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 13 vs. San Diego, 9/10
Bryte NielsonAssists 5 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8; vs. Akron, 9/17Service Aces 1 at Texas State, 9/2; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 7 vs. USC, 9/24
Ellen OrchardKills 13 at Texas State, 9/2Attempts 36 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 1 vs. Montana St.; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 1 vs. six teamsBlock Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29Block Assists 7 vs. four teamsTotal Blocks 9 at Oregon, 9/29
Alicia PowersKills 15 vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 33 vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 2 vs. five teamsDigs 7 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 3 vs. WashingtonBlock Assists 7 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 10 vs. Washington, 10/7
Kat ReillyKills 7 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Attempts 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. Akron, 9/17Block Solos 0Block Assists 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/27; vs. Akron, 9/17Total Blocks 4 vs. UC Davis, 8/27; vs. Akron, 9/17
Angie PresseyKills 25 at Nevada, 9/16Attempts 56 vs. San Diego, 9/10; vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 6 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Digs 17 vs. Albany, 9/4Block Solos 1 vs. four teamsBlock Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 5 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7
Am'ra SolomonKills 13 at Arizona State, 10/13Attempts 29 vs. Washington State, 10/8Service Aces 0Digs 2 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. WSU, 10/8Block Solos 2 at Arizona State, 10/13Block Assists 2 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 4 at Arizona State, 10/13
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