No. 13 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 12 Santa Clara, Visits No. 5 Stanford
Nov. 15, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Tue., Nov. 15 Santa Clara, Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.Fri., Nov. 18 at Stanford, Maples Pavilion, 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: In yet another challenging week of top-notch competition, No. 13-ranked Cal (17-7, 10-5) hosts No. 12-ranked Santa Clara (22-2, 11-1 WCC) Tuesday at Haas Pavilion, before venturing to No. 5-ranked and defending national champion Stanford (22-5, 11-4) Friday for the Big Spike at Maples Pavilion. The Golden Bears, who defeated the Broncos, 3-2, in the last match between the two schools at Haas Pavilion (Oct. 8, 2003), will be looking to avenge a 3-0 loss at Santa Clara last season. On Friday, Cal will be attempting to upend the Cardinal at Stanford for the first time since Nov. 15, 1979 (a 3-1 win at Burnham Pavilion). Earlier this season, the Cardinal topped the Bears, 3-1, Oct. 21 at Haas Pavilion. Friday's match 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 Bears are fresh off a 3-1 upset victory over No. 6-ranked Arizona last week to go along with earlier key victories over UCLA (3-0 - first victory over the Bruins in school history) and USC (3-2 - first sweep of the Los Angeles schools), Sept. 23-24. Tuesday will be the final regular season home match for seniors Jenna Brown, Alexis Kollias and Alicia Powers, who have helped the Bears to a 79-38 mark (.675) since their freshmen year, and have put Cal in position for a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA appearance. Other highlights for the Bears this year have been winning the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas Sept. 4 with junior libero Jillian Davis being named tournament MVP, and sophomore outside hitter, Angie Pressey, being named the Sept. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading the Bears to their wins over UCLA and USC. Rich Feller is now the only coach to lead Cal to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2003) and a win over UCLA. The Bears are also the only Pac-10 school with five starters (Pressey 4.24, freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.24, senior middle hitter Powers 2.66, senior outside hitter Brown 2.56, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.41) averaging over 2.00 kills per game. Orchard only needs five more kills to give Cal five players with over 200 kills this season.
CARTER BECOMES CAL'S ALL-TIME ASSIST LEADER: With 38 assists in the Bears' win over Arizona State Nov. 11, junior setter Samantha Carter became the school's assist leader with 4,045 career assists, passing Sienna Curci's 4,008 assists from 1989, 91-93. Powers is now third on the Cal list with 406 career blocks, and is sixth with a .243 career hitting percentage. Brown is ninth on both the Cal career kill list (1,044) and career dig list (1,097), and 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). Davis has moved up to sixth on the career dig list (1,140), while Orchard is second with a .293 career hitting percentage.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10'S BEST: The Bears have five players among the stat leaders in the Pac-10. Pressey is eighth in both kills (4.24pg, 360) and points per game (4.93pg, 419.0). Carter is third in the Pac-10 in assists (12.82pg, 1,141) and sixth in service aces (0.38pg, 34), Davis is fifth in digs (4.67pg, 416), and Orchard and Powers are seventh and ninth, respectively, in blocks per game (99, 1.22pg and 96, 1.12pg). Powers is also eighth in the league in service aces (0.34pg, 29), and Orchard is 10th in hitting percentage (.301). As a team, Cal is second in opponent hitting percentage (.163), third in service aces (151, 1.70pg); fourth in blocks (257.5, 2.89) and hitting percentage (.245); fifth in kills (1,433, 16.10pg) and digs (1,437, 16.15pg); and sixth in assists (1,311, 14.73pg).
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (115-86, .572 at Cal; career 414-253, .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 SANTA CLARA AND STANFORD: Cal has a 28-7 all-time record against No. 12 Santa Clara (22-2, 11-1 in WCC), splitting the last two matches (lost 3-0, Sept. 28, 2004, at Santa Clara; won 3-2, Oct. 8, 2003, in Berkeley). The Broncos are coached by Jon Wallace (seventh year at SC) and are led by 6-1 junior outside hitter Kim McGiven (339 kills, 4.19 kills per game). The Bears have a 6-55 all-time record against No. 5 Stanford (22-5, 11-4), falling to the Cardinal in the last meeting between the Bay Area rivals, 3-1, Oct. 21, 2005, in Berkeley. Stanford is coached by John Dunning (fifth year at Stanford) and is led by 6-0 junior outside hitter Kristin Richards (411 kills, 4.57kpg, .284 hitting percentage).
LAST TIME VERSUS THE CARDINAL: In Cal's Oct. 21, 3-1, home loss to Stanford, Pressey recorded a match-high 22 kills, but the Bears could not contain the defending national champion Cardinal, who were led by junior Kristin Richards' 16 kills. Prior to this season, Cal had split the last four matches versus Stanford, winning at home in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, Pressey was named Nov. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week after recording a career-high 25 kills with 13 digs and two block solos in a 3-2 win. She helped Cal upend Stanford for the second year in-a-row - the first time the Bears had accomplished that feat since the 1978 and 1979 seasons. In 2003, Cal had snapped a 34-match losing streak to the Cardinal with another 3-2 win.
BEARS' 2005 STANDOUTS: Cal has been 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, Carter has become the school's all-time assist leader and also 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 Stanford and has 1,140 career digs in only 74 career matches (15.40 digs per match). These Bears are also among the Pac-10's active career leaders as Carter is second with 4,045 assists and is sixth with 85 service aces; Powers is third with 406 blocks and fourth with 91 service aces; Brown is sixth with 1,097 digs and seventh with 1,044 kills, and Davis is fourth with 1,140 digs.
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 (117), while Brown has started the majority of the team's matches and has played in all 117 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 79-38 (.675).
KEY NEWCOMERS: The Bears 2005 freshman class is 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, who last week led the Bears with 14 kills versus No. 6 Arizona, was selected the nation's 26th top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com and was first team All-CIF Southern Section. Bryte Nielson, a 5-11 left-handed setter from Los Gatos High School (Saratoga, Calif.), was 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 77 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 44 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 ends the regular season at No. 14 USC and No. 16 UCLA, Nov. 25-26 in Los Angeles. Cal's 3-2 loss to OSU Oct. 27 was the first time it has lost to an unranked Pac-10 opponent since falling to the Beavers, 3-0, Oct. 25, 2002 in Berkeley. Five of Cal's seven 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. Samantha Carter 4045 2003-
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck: Is second on the team in kills (266), kills per game (3.24) and third in points (297.0, 3.62pg)...had a team-leading 14 kills vs. UA and 16 kills vs. ASU Nov. 10-11...notched 14 kills at UW Nov. 4 and 15 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27...had a career-high 19 kills vs. UW Oct. 7...had 14 kills at UO Sept. 29...recorded 15 kills vs. Albany Sept. 4 and vs. Akron Sept. 17...had a career-high two service aces vs. Morgan State Sept. 3...was a member of the Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey this summer.
Jenna Brown: Is hitting .277 with 228 kills (2.56pg), and is third on the team with 76 total blocks (0.85pg)...had 12 kills vs. UA and 16 digs vs. ASU Nov. 10-11...tallied a season-high 16 kills with a .500 hitting percentage (16k, 0e, 32att) at UW Nov. 4...had 16 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27 and a season-high 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...had a season-high 16 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...was Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament...has 1,097 career digs, sixth among active Pac-10 players and ninth on the Cal all-time list, and 1,044 career kills, eighth among Pac-10 players and ninth on the Cal list.
Samantha Carter: Has 1,141 assists (3rd in the Pac-10, 12.82pg) and is sixth in the conference with 34 service aces (0.38pg) and third on the squad with 217 digs...is first on the Cal all-time list and second among current Pac-10 players with 4,045 career assists...had a career-high 23 digs vs. ASU Nov.11...had 54 assists and six block assists at UW Nov. 4...tied a season-high with 65 assists vs. OSU Oct. 27...hit .857 (6k, 0e, 7att) at UA Oct. 14...tallied 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 sixth among Pac-10 players with 85 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 416 digs (5th in Pac-10, 4.67pg)...tied a season-high with 27 digs vs. UA and had 20 digs vs. ASU Nov. 10-11...had 24 digs at WSU Nov. 3 and 27 digs vs. Stanford Oct. 21...tallied a season-high 28 digs vs. UW Oct. 7...had 21 digs at UO Sept. 29...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 17.3 digs per match this season and has 1,140 digs in 74 career matches (fourth among current Pac-10 players and sixth on the Cal all-time list)...set a school record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Alexis Kollias: Has 153 digs (1.78pg) and 21 service aces...had a season-high 13 digs vs. ASU Nov. 11...had three service aces vs. Stanford Oct. 21...had 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.
Ellen Orchard: Has a .301 hitting percentage (10th in the Pac-10) and leads the team in total blocks (99, 7th in the Pac-10 with 1.22pg)...tied a career-high with seven block assists vs. ASU Nov. 11...had a career-high three block solos and 10 total blocks at UW Nov. 4...tied a career-high with 14 kills vs. OSU Oct. 27...had seven block assists vs. UW Oct. 7...hit .361 at UO and OSU with nine total blocks at UO Sept. 29...had 12 kills vs. UCLA Sept. 23...had 13 kills at Texas State Sept. 2...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 win over Pacific...is second on Cal's all-time list with a .293 career hitting percentage.
Alicia Powers: Is hitting .273 and is second on the team with 96 total blocks (1.12pg, 9th in the Pac-10) and 29 service aces (0.34, 8th in the Pac-10)...has 229 kills and is second on the team with 313.0 points (3.64pg)...tallied a career-high 18 kills and three service aces at WSU Nov. 3...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 15 kills vs. USC Sept. 24...has started every match of her Cal career (117)...is third among current Pac-10 players with 406 career blocks (3rd on the Cal all-time list), and fourth with 91 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 .272 and leads the Bears in kills (360) and is eighth in the Pac-10 in kills per game (4.24) and eighth in points per game (4.93pg, 419.0)...tallied 23 kills and 32 digs vs. UA and ASU Nov. 10-11...had 16 kills with a career-high five block solos and seven total blocks at UW Nov. 4...had 20 kills at WSU Nov. 3 and 19 kills with 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 with 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 11-14
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.UW,10/7;vs.ASU,11/11Block Solos 8 at Washington, 11/4Block Assists 28 at UN, 9/16, vs. UW, 10/7Team Blocks 21.0 vs. UW, 10/7; 11/4
Morgan BeckKills 19 vs. Washington, 10/7Attempts 59 vs. Washington, 10/7Service Aces 2 vs. Morgan State, 9/3; vs. WSU, 10/8Digs 6 at Washington State, 11/3Block Solos 2 at Oregon State, 9/30Block Assists 4 vs. Stanford, 10/21Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams
Jenna BrownKills 16 vs. three teamsAttempts 38 vs. Oregon State, 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. three teamsAttempts 17 vs. Stanford, 10/21Assists 65 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. OSU, 10/27Service Aces 9 vs. Morgan State, 9/3Digs 23 vs. Arizona State, 11/11Block Solos 1 at Oregon State, 9/30; vs. UW, 10/7Block Assists 6 vs. UW, 10/7; at UW, 11/4Total 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; vs. ASU, 11/11
Bryte NielsonAssists 5 vs. Florida A&M, 9/8; vs. Akron, 9/17Service Aces 1 vs. three teamsDigs 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 2 vs. Arizona State, 11/11Block Solos 3 at Washington, 11/4Block Assists 7 vs. six teamsTotal Blocks 10 at Washington, 11/4
Alicia PowersKills 18 at Washington State, 11/3Attempts 38 vs. Stanford, 10/21Service Aces 3 at Washington State, 11/3Digs 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 5 at Washington, 11/4Block Assists 4 at Nevada, 9/16; vs. UW, 10/7Total Blocks 7 at Washington, 11/4
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
Natalie SmartKills 5 vs. Akron, 9/17; vs. UO, 10/28Attempts 10 vs. Akron, 9/17Service Aces 0Digs 1 vs. Oregon, 10/28Block Solos 0Block Assists 4 vs. Oregon, 10/28Total Blocks 4 vs. Oregon, 10/28
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