No. 12 Cal Visits No. 13 USC, No. 16 UCLA

Nov. 22, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

BEAR NOTES: Twelfth-ranked California (18-8, 10-6 Pac-10) winds up the regular season with a trip to Southern California to play at 13th-ranked USC at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 16th-ranked UCLA at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Golden Bears will try to duplicate their most successful week of the season so far - the Sept. 23-24 sweep of UCLA and USC. That marked the first time in Cal history that the Golden Bears beat UCLA, which previously had a 47-0 record against the Bears, and swept the Los Angeles schools. Currently, 13th-ranked Trojans have a 15-9 record (11-5), while the 16th-ranked Bruins have a 17-9 record (9-7). On Sunday, the Bears hope to receive their fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid.

This week, Cal is coming off a split of South Bay foes Santa Clara and Stanford. Sophomore Angie Pressey led Cal in kills in both matches, tying senior Jenna Brown with a game-high 15 against the Broncos and notching 18 against the Cardinal. Brown, in her last regular-season match at Haas Pavilion, had an impressive .467 hitting percentage (15k, 1e, 30att) and added 11 digs against Santa Clara. Senior teammate Alicia Power had a .310 hitting percentage (14k, 5e, 29att) against SCU. Cal junior setter Samantha Carter had a strong week, with 58 assists and 15 digs against SCU and 60 kills and 12 digs against Stanford.

At 11:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 27, the NCAA Volleyball Selection Show on ESPNews will reveal the teams and pairings for the Dec. 1-17 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will conclude with two semifinals and the final in San Antonio, Texas.

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 have five starters (Pressey 4.14, freshman outside hitter Morgan Beck 3.23, senior middle hitter Powers 2.62, senior outside hitter Brown 2.58, sophomore middle hitter Ellen Orchard 2.33) averaging over 2.00 kills per game. Orchard's 17 kills last week gave her 212 for the season and gave Cal five players (along with Pressey, 393, Beck, 297, Brown, 255, and Powers, 252) with over 200 kills this season.

POLL POSITION: This week, Cal moved up one spot, from No. 13 to No. 12, in the AVCA national top 25 rankings. USC moved to No. 13 from No. 14, while UCLA stayed at No. 16. Nebraska stayed at the top spot.

HEAD COACH Rich Feller: Rich Feller (116-87, .571 at Cal; career 415-254, .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 USC AND UCLA: Cal has an 8-34 all-time record against USC, after winning a classic five-game battle, 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 30-19, 25-30, 15-12), over the Trojans on Sept. 24, 2005, in Berkeley. USC is coached by Mick Haley (fifth year at USC) and is led by 6-5 senior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas (409 kills, .297 hitting percentage, 72 total blocks). The Bears have a 1-47 all-time record against UCLA, after snapping its winless streak to the Bruins with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-24, 30-28) victory on Sept. 23, 2005, in Berkeley. The Bruins are coached by Andy Banachowski (39th year at UCLA) are led by 6-1 junior middle blocker Nana Meriwether (290 kills, .360 hitting percentage, 167 total blocks).

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 (4.14pg, 393) and points per game (4.83pg, 458.5). Carter is third in the Pac-10 in assists (12.72pg, 1,259) and seventh in service aces (0.34pg, 34), Davis is fifth in digs (4.60pg, 455), and Orchard and Powers are fifth and ninth, respectively, in blocks per game (114, 1.25pg and 104, 1.08pg). As a team, Cal is second in opponent hitting percentage (.161), fourth in service aces (159, 1.61pg); fourth in blocks (284, 2.87), hitting percentage (.240) and digs (1,603, 16.19pg); sixth in kills (1,575, 15.91pg) and sixth in assists (1,449, 14.64pg).

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