No. 12 Cal Volleyball Hosts No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 USC
Nov. 7, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri.,Nov. 10 UCLA, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.Sat.,Nov. 11 USC, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTES: The No. 12-ranked California women's volleyball team (17-6, 6-6) will host the highly-ranked Los Angeles schools (No. 5 UCLA, 24-2, 11-2; No. 6 USC, 21-3, 10-3) in a pair of TV matches this Friday and Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion. Friday's match versus the Bruins will be televised by Fox SportsNet (shown delayed on Fox Sports Bay Area, times TBA) with Jim Watson (play-by-play), Karch Kiraly (color) and Holly McPeak (color, played at Cal from 1987-89, 1987 National Freshman of the Year) announcing. Saturday's match versus the Trojans will be televised on Comcast SportsNet (Comcast SportsNet broadcasts in Northern California are on Channel 400 for Bay Area digital cable subscribers, on DirecTV channel 656 and on Dish Network channel 409. For more information check west.comcastsportsnet.com) with Dave Cox (play-by-play) and Krista Blunk (color) announcing. The Bears will be trying to repeat last year's storyline when they defeated both UCLA and UCLA in the same weekend for the first time in school history. Top team accomplishments for the Bears in 2006 is winning three tournaments and going 11-0 in non-conference action; plus sweeping all four matches versus the Arizona schools for the first time since 1989. Cal won the Cal Molten Classic, the Florida International Tournament and the Golden Bear Invitational, but has lost five league matches to teams ranked higher in the AVCA national poll (twice to No. 2 Stanford, once to No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 USC and No. 4 Washington), and fell 3-1 at home to Oregon on Oct. 19. The last time Cal was undefeated entering league play was 2003 when it started 16-0 and advanced to the NCAA round of 16.
QUICK LOOK AT CAL: Cal is led by senior team captains - setter Samantha Carter and libero Jillian Davis - who are both school record-holders and honorable mention All-Pac-10 picks last season. Junior outside hitter Angie Pressey is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and was Pac-10 All-Freshman in 2004. Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Beck was on the 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, and junior Ellen Orchard paced the team with 129 blocks and has a .281 career hitting percentage. This season, Pressey was named MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura was MVP of the FIU Tournament, and Pressey and Cutura were Co-MVPs of the Cal Molten Classic. Pressey was later tabbed as this season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient Aug. 28. The Bears return starters Carter, Pressey, Beck, Orchard, and libero Davis from the 2005 squad that went 19-11 (10-8 in the Pac-10), finished 20th in the country, and advanced to the NCAA second round for the fourth consecutive year. Cal also features a freshman class ranked third nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. The Bears are looking to qualify for the postseason for a school-record fifth-straight year in 2006.
IMPRESSIVE PRESSEY: Angie Pressey, the 5-8 junior from Heathrow, Fla., is the Bears' most highly decorated player. Pressey was the first Cal player in school history to be both an All-Pac-10 selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Pressey's Pac-10 Player of the Week distinction on Aug. 28 was the third of her career, finishing the Cal Molten Classic with 47 kills, five aces, 14 digs and a .430 hitting percentage. She was named MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational, finishing the three matches with 38 kills, a .380 hitting percentage (38k, 8e, 79att) and 23 digs; earning all-tournament for the sixth consecutive time. Pressey has already recorded 1,121 career kills, third-most among current Pac-10 players, and the 11th player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills. She had big matches against the LA schools last year, earning Sept. 26, 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors when she recorded 19 kills versus UCLA and 21 kills versus USC in the Bears' 3-0 and 3-2 wins.
BEAR SENIOR RECORD-HOLDERS: As a freshman in 2003, Carter set the Cal single-season mark of 1,555 assists. She became the school's all-time career assist leader last season and now has 5,358 career assists, only the fifth Pac-10 player to ever reach 5,000 career assists. Carter is also second among Pac-10 players with 109 career service aces. Davis' 1,623 career digs is first on the Cal all-time list, surpassing Lisa Arce's 1,602 digs from 1987-90. Davis, a starter in 2003 as well, set the Cal single-season digs record (538) in 2005; and on Oct. 1, 2004, her 33 digs at Stanford was a Cal single-match record.
HEAD COACH Rich Feller: The most successful volleyball coach in Cal history, Rich Feller (134-96, .583 at Cal; career 433-263, .622) is in his eighth season in Berkeley. Feller won his 400th career match and 100th Cal contest last season while leading the Bears to a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA appearance. In 2003, he was named Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year and Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading Cal to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history. Feller was an assistant for the USA National Team from 1997-98, and head coach at Colorado State for 14 years (1983-96) prior to taking over the Bears' coaching reins in 1999.
CAL VERSUS UCLA AND USC: The Bears have a 1-49 all-time record against No. 5 UCLA (24-2, 11-2), defeating the Bruins for the first time in school history last season, 3-0, Sept. 23, 2005 in Haas Pavilion. In the last meeting, UCLA won, 3-0, Oct. 12, 2006 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are coached by Andy Banachowski (40th year at UCLA) and are led by 6-1 senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether (350 kills, 4.07kpg), last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week. Cal has an 8-37 all-time record against No. 6 USC (21-3, 10-3), winning, 3-2, Sept. 24, 2005 at Cal, and losing, 3-1, Oct. 13 of this season at USC. The Trojans are coached by Mick Haley (sixth year at USC) and are led by 6-4 junior outside hitter Asia Kaczor (411 kills, 4.72kpg). Rich Feller was an assistant to Haley with the USA National Team from 1997-98.
CAL'S AVCA RANKING: Proving the strength of the conference, four of the nation's Top 10 teams are from the Pac-10 (Stanford 2nd, Washington 4th, UCLA 5th, USC 6th). The Bears' No. 17 preseason ranking was only the sixth time in school history the Bears had been preseason ranked, but the fourth time since Rich Feller became head coach in 1999. Cal was ranked 19th at the start of 2005, No. 10 in 2004, No. 24 in 2003, No. 9 in 1989 and No. 12 in 1983. The Bears have been ranked 92 times since 1982, reaching as high as No. 5 on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal ranking this season is 7th, and the highest season-ending ranking for the Bears was 10th in 1982.
CUTURA SHINES: In what might be the most spectacular debut in Cal history, 6-3 freshman outside hitter Hana Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia) earned Co-MVP at the Cal Molten Classic, MVP honors at the Florida International Tournament, and all-tournament recognition at the Golden Bear Invitational. During the Cal Molten Classic, Cutura finished with 45 kills, four service aces, 19 digs and a .407 hitting percentage. The following week at Florida International, she recorded 39 kills with a .314 hitting percentage in the three matches, including 15 kills with no errors in 26 attempts (.577) in the tournament opener versus Xavier. Despite sitting out the home ASU and Arizona matches with a sore right foot, Cutura is tied for the team with 21 service aces, and is second with 271 kills and 3.87 kills per game.
BECK AND ORCHARD CONTRIBUTIONS: Two key returning starters for the 2006 Bears are 6-3 sophomore outside hitter Morgan Beck and 6-3 junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard. Beck was a member of the 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after finishing second on the team with 342 kills and 380.0 points. She had her best match last year against national champion Washington, tallying a career-high 19 kills on Oct. 7, 2005 at Haas Pavilion. This season, Beck earned all-tournament honors at the Golden Bear Invitational, recording 27 kills and a team-high 12 total blocks. She is second on the team with 91 total blocks, and third with 224 kills. Beck was impressive in the last home series versus Oregon and Oregon State, Oct. 19-20, finishing with 26 kills, and a .381 hitting percentage and a career-high three service aces versus OSU. Orchard led the Bears with 129 blocks last season while hitting .266 and recording 234 kills. This was after coming off the bench as a freshman to record 14 kills to lead the Bears in their NCAA first round victory over Pacific in 2004. This season, Orchard leads the team with 113 total blocks and a .306 hitting percentage. She had nine total blocks at USC on Oct. 13, and added a career-high 16 kills Oct. 28 at Arizona State.
SMART RESPONSES: Taking advantage of the first substantial playing time of her career, senior Natalie Smart is third on the team with 70 total blocks and has tallied 107 kills. Smart had a career-high seven total blocks Oct. 13 at USC, and had a career-high 12 kills Sept. 8 versus Colorado State. She has started all 23 matches after seeing action in 31 matches prior to this year.
DAILEY DEBUT: Freshman Cat Dailey made an impressive home debut Sept. 29, leading the Bears with 19 kills and 17 digs in her first collegiate start (replacing Hana Cutura, who was resting a stress fracture in her right foot) versus Arizona State. Dailey followed with 15 kills versus Arizona. She had missed the first 12 matches with a broken little finger in her left hand. The 6-1 outside hitter has tallied 42 kills in nine matches (26 games) with six service aces and 46 digs. Cal saw a debut of another top freshman, Mindi Wiley, a 6-3 middle hitter who has been out with a broken right thumb, Oct. 20 versus Oregon State.
BEARS' TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: Cal earned its 10th tournament title in five years when it won the Golden Bear Invitational Sept. 9. The Bears have won three tournaments in 2006 with Pressey and Cutura earning Co-MVP honors at the Cal Molten Classic, Cutura being selected MVP of the FIU Tournament, and Pressey earning MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational. Cal senior captains - libero Davis and setter Carter - were also members of the Cal Molten All-Tournament Team, with Davis being tabbed as the Defensive Standout. In Florida, Carter was selected all-tournament along with Cutura and Pressey. Beck joined Pressey, Carter and Cutura as Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament. The Bears had a perfect tournament record during 2002 and 2003, winning 15 tournament matches and five tournament titles. Mia Jerkov was MVP during those five tournament championships.
CAL'S CONFERENCE STAT RANKINGS: The Bears are fourth in the Pac-10 with a .158 opponent hitting percentage and 1.47 service aces per game; and fifth with a .253 team hitting percentage, 16.19 kills, 14.85 assists, 3.12 blocks and 1.49 service aces per game. Individually, Pressey is fourth in kills (350, 4.43pg) and fifth in points (402.0, 5.09pg) per game. Carter is third in assists per game (1,031, 13.05pg). Cutura is seventh in service aces (21, 0.30pg), ninth in points (298.5, 4.52pg) and 10th in kills (271, 3.87pg) per game. Orchard is sixth in blocks per game (113, 1.43pg) and seventh in hitting percentage (.306). Finally, Davis is sixth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (380, 4.81pg), and Beck is 10th in blocks per game (91, 1.15pg).
KEY HAAS PAVILION DATE: Nov. 25 versus Washington - the Bears host the 2005 NCAA champion Huskies in the final Pac-10 home match of the season. Cal was the only team to take Washington to five games twice last season. The UW-Cal match will be televised live at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. Including this weekend, the Bears will be televised five times (Sept. 30 versus Arizona on Comcast, Oct. 6 at Stanford on Fox, Nov. 10 versus UCLA on Fox, Nov. 11 versus USC on Comcast).
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Assists Name Total Years 1. Samantha Carter 5358 2003- 2. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 3. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89Digs Name Total Years 1. Jillian Davis 1642 2003- 2. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90 3. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89Hitting Percentage Name Total Years 1. Camille Leffall .363 2001-04 2. Ellen Orchard .281 2004- 3. Reena Pardiwala .276 1998-01
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Morgan Beck (Sophomore Outside Hitter): Is second on the team in blocks (91, 1.15pg, 10th in Pac-10), and third in kills (224, 2.84pg)...has recorded double figures in kills in each of the past seven matches, including 15 kills vs. UO Oct. 19 and at UA Oct. 27...had a career-high three service aces vs. OSU Oct. 20...had a season-high 16 kills with a .467 hitting percentage at UCLA Oct. 12...hit .409 (11k, 2e, 22att) with six total blocks vs. UA Sept. 30...had a career-high 14 digs, three block solos and eight total blocks vs. UC Davis Aug. 26...recorded a career-high seven block assists vs. Xavier Sept. 1 and Pepperdine Sept. 9...was Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament.
Samantha Carter (Senior Setter): Has 1,031 assists (13.05pg, 3rd in Pac-10) and is first on the squad with 21 service aces, and third with 173 digs...had a season-high 14 digs at UA Oct. 27 and 65 assists at ASU Oct. 28...had four service aces vs. UO Oct. 19...had a career-high two solo blocks at USC Oct. 13...had a season-high 14 digs vs. ASU Sept. 29, and 51 assists and four block assists vs. UA Sept. 30...had a season-high six kills at WSU Sept. 22...tallied 61 assists and four total blocks at UOP Sept. 14...was selected all-tournament at the Cal Molten Classic, the FIU Tournament and the Golden Bear Invitational...has been all-tournament in six consecutive tournament competitions...is second among current Pac-10 players and first on Cal's all-time list with 5,358 career assists...is also second among Pac-10 players in service aces (110, 6th on Cal list) and sixth in digs (901)...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 honorable mention All-Pac-10 each of the last two years.
Hana Cutura (Freshman Outside Hitter): Is first on the team in service aces (21, 0.30pg, 7th in Pac-10), and second in kills (271, 3.87pg) and points (317.0, 4.53pg, 9th in Pac-10)...notched 16 kills vs. Stanford Nov. 3...had 17 kills at UA Oct. 27...had 12 kills and three service aces vs. OSU Oct. 20 and 15 kills with five block assists vs. UO Oct. 19...recorded 15 kills and five blocks at USC Oct. 13...had a career-high 20 kills at UOP Sept. 14...recorded three service aces vs. Montana Aug. 25 and Colorado State Sept. 8...had a career-high 10 digs vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2...was Co-MVP of the Cal Molten Classic Aug. 26, MVP of the FIU Tournament Sept. 2 and all-tournament at the Golden Bear Invitational Sept. 9.
Cat Dailey (Freshman Outside Hitter): In her first collegiate start and second collegiate match, led Cal with 19 kills and 17 digs vs. ASU Sept. 29...followed with 15 kills vs. UA Sept. 30...missed the first 12 matches with a broken little finger in her left hand...has recorded service aces in six of 10 matches played.
Jillian Davis (Senior Libero): Has 380 digs (6th in Pac-10, 4.81pg) and 18 service aces...tallied 19 digs vs. Stanford Nov. 3...notched 19 digs at ASU Oct. 27 and 25 digs at UA Oct. 28 to become the all-time school record-holder for career digs (now at 1,642, second among current Pac-10 players)...had a season-high 28 digs vs. UO Oct. 19...had 24 digs vs. Oral Roberts Sept. 2 and UC Davis Aug. 26...named defensive standout/all-tournament at Cal Molten Classic...averages 16.5 digs per match...set school record with 538 single-season digs in 2005, and set a single-match record with 33 digs Oct. 1, 2004 at Stanford.
Ellen Orchard (Junior Middle Hitter): Leads Cal in total blocks (113, 1.43pg, 6th in Pac-10) and hitting percentage (.306, 7th in Pac-10)...is first in service aces (21, 0.27pg) and fourth in kills (205, 2.59pg)...had a career-high 16 kills at UA Oct. 27, and a career-high three block solos at ASU Oct. 28...had 12 kills vs. OSU Oct. 20...notched 14 kills and had a season-high nine total blocks at USC Oct. 13...had a career-high nine block assists vs. ASU Sept. 29, and hit .412 with eight block assists vs. UA Sept. 30...had 11 kills at WSU Sept. 22...recorded eight total blocks with seven block assists at UOP Sept. 14...had a season-high three service aces and two solo blocks vs. Baylor Aug. 26...as a freshman in 2004, had 14 kills in the Bears' NCAA first round victory over UOP...is second on the school's all-time career hitting percentage list (.281).
Angie Pressey (Junior Outside Hitter): Leads the Bears in kills (350), kills per game (4.43, 4th in Pac-10), and points (402.0, 5.09pg, 4th in Pac-10)...is second on the team with 215 digs and a .295 hitting percentage...had a team-high 16 kills vs. Stanford Nov. 3...tied a career-high with 25 kills at ASU Oct. 28...recorded 17 kills and 17 digs vs. UO Oct. 19...had a career-high five block assists and a season-high 18 digs at USC Oct. 13...had a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs at Stanford Oct. 6...had 17 kills and 12 digs with a career-high five block assists vs. ASU Sept. 29...followed with 18 kills and 15 digs vs. UA Sept. 30...recorded 22 kills and 15 digs at WSU Sept. 22...also had a season-high three block solo vs. the Cougars...had a team-high 14 kills at UW Sept. 21...had 23 kills with 17 digs at UOP Sept. 14...was named this season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week on Aug. 28 after being Co-MVP of the Cal Molten Classic with Hana Cutura...was also all-tournament at the FIU Tournament and MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational...has been all-tournament in six consecutive tournament competitions...is third among current Pac-10 players in career kills (1,121, eighth on Cal all-time list)...was first-team All-Pac-10 (first Cal freshman named first-team all-league) and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2004, and first-team All-Pac-10 in 2005.
Natalie Smart (Senior Middle Hitter): Has started all 23 matches this season...is third on the team with 70 total blocks (0.89pg) and fifth with 107 kills...had a career-high seven total blocks at USC Oct. 13...notched eight kills with a .429 hitting percentage Oct. 6 at Stanford...had a career-high 12 kills vs. Colorado State Sept. 8.
2006 University of California Volleyball Season Highs 11-6
TEAMKills 72 at Arizona State, 10/28Attempts 186 vs. Oregon, 10/19Hitting Pct. .430 vs. Yale, 9/16Assists 68 at Arizona State, 10/28Service Aces 11 vs. Oregon State, 10/20Digs 79 vs. Oregon, 10/19Block Solos 6 at USC,10/13;at ASU,10/28Block Assists 30atUSC,10/13;vs.UO,10/19Team Blocks 21.0 at USC, 10/13
Morgan BeckKills 16 at UCLA, 10/12Attempts 37 vs. Oregon, 10/19Service Aces 3 vs. Oregon State, 10/20Digs 14 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Block Solos 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Block Assists 7 vs. three teamsTotal Blocks 8 vs. UC Davis, 8/26; vs. Oregon, 10/19
Samantha CarterKills 6 at Washington State, 9/22Attempts 14 at Washington State, 9/22Assists 65 at Arizona State, 10/28Service Aces 4 vs. Montana, 8/25; vs. Oregon, 10/19Digs 14 vs. ASU, 9/29; at Arizona, 10/27Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 4 at Pacific, 9/14; vs. Arizona, 9/30Total Blocks 4 vs. three teams
Vivian CheungService Aces 1 vs. Oregon, 10/19Digs 3 vs. Pepperdine, 9/9
Hana CuturaKills 20 at Pacific, 9/14Attempts 46 at USC, 10/13Service Aces 3 vs. three teamsDigs 10 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/2Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/13Block Assists 5 vs. Oregon, 10/19Total Blocks 5 at USC, 10/13; vs. Oregon, 10/19
Cat DaileyKills 19 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Attempts 56 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Service Aces 1 vs. six teamsDigs 17 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Block Solos 1 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Block Assists 3 vs. ASU, 9/29; vs. Arizona, 9/30Total Blocks 4 vs. Arizona State, 9/29
Jillian DavisService Aces 2 vs. three teamsDigs 28 vs. Oregon, 10/19
Kristen KathanKills 0Attempts 0Assists 1 at Fla. Int., 9/2; at Pacific, 9/14Service Aces 2 vs. Xavier, 9/1; at Pacific, 9/14Digs 6 vs. Arizona, 9/30Block Solos 0Block Assists 0Total Blocks 0
Ellen OrchardKills 16 at Arizona, 10/27Attempts 32 at Arizona, 10/27Service Aces 3 vs. Baylor, 8/26Digs 3 vs. three teamsBlock Solos 3 at Arizona State, 10/28Block Assists 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29Total Blocks 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29; at USC, 10/13
Angie PresseyKills 25 at Arizona State, 10/28Attempts 55 at ASU, 10/28; vs. Stanford, 11/3Service Aces 3 vs. UC Davis, 8/26Digs 18 at USC, 10/13Block Solos 3 at Washington State, 9/22Block Assists 5 vs. ASU, 9/29; at USC, 10/13Total Blocks 6 at FIU, 9/2; vs. ASU, 9/29
Natalie SmartKills 12 vs. Colorado State, 9/8Attempts 18 vs. Colorado State, 9/8Service Aces 0Digs 2 vs. four teamsBlock Solos 1 vs. three teamsBlock Assists 7 at USC, 10/13Total Blocks 7 at USC, 10/13