No. 18 Cal Volleyball Visits Washington State and No. 2 Washington
Nov. 1, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Nov. 3 at WSU, Bohler Gym, Pullman, Wash. 7 p.m.Fri., Nov. 4 at UW, Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The No. 18-ranked California women's volleyball team (14-6, 7-4) will have another shot at the nation's No. 2-ranked team as the Golden Bears travel up to Washington to face Washington State (8-16, 1-10) Thursday and the undefeated Washington Huskies (20-0, 11-0) Friday. Cal is one of only two teams to extend Washington to five games this season (the other is No. 8 Arizona last weekend in Tucson), losing a 3-2 nail-biter at Haas Pavilion Oct. 7. The Bears were the first team to win a game over the Huskies this season as UW had won 36 consecutive games in its 12-0 start before Cal won game one, 30-26. The Bears also held the Huskies to their lowest hitting percentage (.185) this year. Cal highlights so far this season have been winning the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas Sept. 4 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 Sept. 23-24. Cal sophomore outside hitter, Angie Pressey, was named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading the Bears to their first-ever wins over both UCLA and USC in the same weekend, while the victories over the L.A. schools were milestones for coach Rich Feller, who is now the only coach to lead Cal to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2003) and a win over UCLA. The Bears have a .254 hitting percentage (fourth in the Pac-10), and is the only Pac-10 school with five starters (Pressey 4.43, freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.21, senior middle hitter Alicia Powers 2.67, senior outside hitter Jenna Brown 2.57, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.52) averaging over 2.00 kills per game. On the season, Pressey leads the Bears in kills (301), kills per game (4.43) and points (344.5). Junior setter Samantha Carter paces Cal in assists (945) and service aces (32), Davis leads the team in digs (328) and Powers is first with 78 total blocks.
CAL PLAYERS IN THE SCHOOL RECORD BOOKS: Showing they're a talented, veteran team, the Bears have several players who have move up on the school's all-time Top-10 career list this season. Carter is now second with 3,849 career assists and Brown is currently 10th on the career dig (1,046) and career kill list (1,001). She is only the fifth player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, joining Tiffany Rochelle (1986-89), Lisa Arce (1987-90), Jessica Dinaberg (1994-97) and Alicia Perry (1997-00). Powers has moved up to third on the school's all-time block list (388) and is sixth with a .243 career hitting percentage. Davis is now ninth on the career dig list (1,052), while Orchard is currently second on the Cal career hitting percentage list (.298).
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: The Bears have five players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is fourth in kills per game (4.43, 301) and fifth in points (344.5, 5.07pg). Carter is third in the Pac-10 in assists (945, 13.12pg) and fourth in service aces (32, 0.44pg), Davis is fourth in digs (301, 4.70pg), and Orchard and Powers are ninth and 10th, respectively, in blocks (73, 1.21pg and 78, 1.13pg). As a team, Cal is third in opponent hitting percentage (.163); and fourth in kills (1,175, 16.32pg), service aces (127, 1.76pg), hitting percentage (.254) and assists (1,067, 14.82pg); and fifth in blocks (202, 2.81pg) and seventh in digs (1,123, 15.60). The Bears also have players among the Pac-10's active career leaders. Carter is second behind Washington's Courtney Thompson with 3,849 career assists and is sixth with 83 career service aces. Powers is fourth among conference leaders with 388 career blocks and fifth with 86 career service aces. Brown is sixth with 1,046 career digs and ninth with 1,001 career kills, while Davis is fifth among Pac-10 active career leaders with 1,052 digs.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (112-85, .569 at Cal; career 411-252, .620) 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 WASHINGTON STATE AND WASHINGTON: Cal has a 23-22 all-time record against Washington State (8-16, 1-10) and has won five-straight in the series, last defeating the Cougars, 3-0, Oct. 8 in Berkeley. Washington State is coached by Brian Hefferman (second year at WSU) and is led by 6-1 junior middle blocker Jen Barcus (254 kills, .298 hitting percentage, 101 total blocks).The Bears have a 20-24 all-time record against No. 2 Washington (20-0, 11-0), last falling to the Huskies, 3-2, Oct. 7 in Berkeley. Washington is coached by Jim McLaughlin (fifth year at UW) and is led by 6-1 senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (256 kills, .361 hitting percentage).
POWERS AND BROWN SHINE VERSUS WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: Seniors Alicia Powers and Jenna Brown were impressive when the Washington schools visited the Bears in Haas Pavilion Oct. 7-8. Against Washington State, Powers led the Bears with 13 kills and hit .524 (13k, 2e, 21att) for the evening with five total blocks. Versus Washington, she hit .357 (11k, 1e, 28att) and had a career-high 10 total blocks (career-high three block solos, seven block assists). On the year, Powers is first on the team with 78 total blocks with a .285 hitting percentage. She has also jumped to third on the Cal all-time list with 388 career blocks. Brown was also stellar against the Washington schools, hitting .362 for the two matches (21k, 4e, 47att) with 31 digs. Freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck notched a career-high 19 kills against No. 2-ranked Washington as well.
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 1,052 career digs in only 70 career matches (15.03 digs per match).
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 (113), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 113 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 76-37 (.673).
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 No. 19 last year after falling to Saint Mary's, 3-2, in the NCAA Second Round in Haas Pavilion. The Bears have been ranked 75 times since 1982, reaching as high as 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 have now been ranked 42 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 Top-25 Poll. Cal will again take on No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 16 USC and No. 21 UCLA in league play. The Bears will also host No. 11 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 this season. The Bears' 3-2 loss to OSU last weekend was the first time Cal has lost to an unranked Pac-10 opponent since falling to the Beavers, 3-0, Oct. 25, 2002 in Berkeley. Four of the Bears' six losses this season have been five-game affairs.
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. Samantha Carter 3849 2003-
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (212), kills per game (3.21) and is third in points (239.5, 3.62pg)...had 15 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27...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 hitting .292 and is third on the team with 185 kills (2.57pg) and 65 total blocks (0.90pg))...tallied a season-high 16 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27 and eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 28...had a season-high 18 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 21...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 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 Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament...has 1,046 career digs, sixth among active Pac-10 players and 10th on the Cal all-time list, and 1,001 career kills, eighth among Pac-10 players and 10th on the Cal list.
Samantha Carter: Has 945 assists (third in the Pac-10, 13.12pg) and is fourth in the conference with 32 service aces (0.44pg) and third on the squad with 161 digs...tied a season-high with 65 assists vs. OSU Oct. 27...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 on both the Cal all-time list and among current Pac-10 players with 3,849 career assists...is sixth among Pac-10 players with 83 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 328 digs (fourth in Pac-10, 4.56pg)...had 27 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 21...tallied a season-high 28 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 21 digs at UO Sept. 29...had 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 16.4 digs per match this season and has 1,052 digs in 70 career matches (fifth among current Pac-10 players and ninth on the Cal all-time list)...set a school record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 122 digs (1.72pg) and 16 service aces...tallied three service aces vs. Stanford Oct. 21...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 in the 2004 NCAA second round vs. Saint Mary's.
Bryte Nielson: Has 21 assists and 44 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: Is second on the team in total blocks (73, ninth in the Pac-10 with 1.14pg) and a .309 hitting percentage...tied a career-high with 14 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27...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...had 12 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had 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 .298 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .285 and leads the team with 78 total blocks (1.13pg, 10th in the Pac-10)...has 184 kills and is second on the team with 253.5 points (3.67pg)...had a season-high eight block assists vs. UO Oct. 28...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...has started every match of her Cal career (113)...is fourth among current Pac-10 players with 388 career blocks (third on the Cal all-time list), and fifth with 86 career service aces...is sixth on the Bears' all-time career hitting percentage list (.243)...was 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Angie Pressey: Is hitting .291 and leads the Bears in kills (301) and is fourth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.43) and fifth in points per game (5.07pg, 344.5)...had 19 kills and a team-high 18 digs vs. OSU Oct. 27...had a match-high 22 kills vs. Stanford Oct. 21...hit .379 (15k, 4e, 29att) at ASU Oct. 13...tallied 12 kills with 17 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...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.
Kat Reilly: Is hitting a team-best .447 (24k, 3e, 47att)...had a career-high seven kills in nine kill attempts (.778) vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...had a career-high four total blocks vs. UC Davis Aug. 27, and vs. Akron Sept. 17.
2005 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 10-31
TEAMKills 78 at UN, 9/16; vs. USC, 9/24Attempts 204 vs. Washington, 10/7Hitting Pct. .367 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Assists 74 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Service 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 4 vs. Stanford, 10/21Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams
Jenna BrownKills 16 vs. USC, 9/24; vs. Oregon State, 10/27Attempts 38 vs. Oregon, 10/27Service Aces 3 at Arizona State, 10/13Digs 18 vs. Stanford, 10/21Block Solos 2 at Oregon, 9/29; vs. Washington, 10/7Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/28Total Blocks 8 vs. Oregon, 10/28
Samantha CarterKills 6 vs. Montana St., 9/17; at Arizona, 10/14Attempts 17 vs. Stanford, 10/21Assists 65 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. OSU, 10/27Service 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 14 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Attempts 36 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 1 vs. Montana St.; vs. Akron, 9/17Digs 1 vs. seven 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 38 vs. Stanford, 10/21Service Aces 2 vs. six teamsDigs 7 vs. four teamsBlock Solos 3 vs. Washington, 10/7Block Assists 8 vs. Oregon, 10/28Total Blocks 10 vs. Washington, 10/7
Angie PresseyKills 25 at Nevada, 9/16Attempts 56 vs. San Diego, 9/10; vs. USC, 9/24Service Aces 6 vs. UC Davis, 8/27Digs 18 vs. Oregon State, 10/27Block Solos 1 vs. five teamsBlock Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 5 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 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
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