No. 7 Golden Bears Advance To Meet No. 22 Duke In Second Round At NCAA Tournament
Nov. 30, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. -
BEAR NOTES: The No. 7 California volleyball team (23-7, 12-6 Pac-10) will face No. 22 Duke (25-6, 19-3 ACC) in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament. The second round match out of the Wisconsin Regional will start at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST) and will be webcast live through GoDuke.com. The winner will advance to the regional semifinal hosted by Wisconsin at Madison, Wis. as one of the final 16 teams in the tournament. Live stats will be provided by Duke Sports Information courtesy of the NCAA via CSTV's GameTracker. Check www.ncaasports.com or www.calbears.com for links and information.
CAL IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: With this season's selection, California made its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, a program record. The Bears have now made postseason NCAA play eleven times. Prior to the current six-season run, Cal made the NCAA Tournament in 1982-83 and 1987-89 emerging from that era with a 3-5 record. Under the direction of head coach Rich Feller, the Bears have won each of the six first-round matches that they have been in and have twice advanced to the regional semifinal; once in 2003 (a program first) and once again in 2006. California holds an 8-5 NCAA postseason record with coach Feller.
LAST MATCH: Facing Big South Champion Liberty in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Cal took game one with solid hitting, posting a .419 hitting percentage (15k, 2e, 31att). Liberty fought back in game two, however, posting a .310 hitting percentage and holding Cal to .152 on 46 attacks (16k, 9e). Coming out of the break, the Bears got back to what they knew best and fired back with 15 kills on 31 attacks without committing a single error (.484). It was defense at the net that gave Cal the match as the Bears held the Lady Flames to -.027 hitting (7k, 8e, 37att). The Bears put up 16 total team blocks to mark the seventh time this season that Cal has reached at least that total. Sophomore outside hitter Hana Cutura led the offensive with 21 kills on 50 attacks with only 3 errors (.360). Senior outside Angie Pressey posted her 12th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 13 digs. Four Bears had six total blocks against Liberty; junior outside hitter/middle hitter Morgan Beck, senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard, freshman setter Carli Lloyd and sophomore middle hitter Mindi Wiley.
NO. 22 DUKE NOTES: The Blue Devils finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 19-3 record behind only conference champion No. 20 Clemson. Duke, host of first and second round matches, defeated Patriot League Champion American in the first round 3-2 (30-20, 30-25, 28-30, 29-31, 15-7). The Blue Devils hit .365 and had 84 kills (19e, 178att) in their match. Five players had 10 of more kills and four players had 10 or more digs. Senior middle blocker Carrie DeMange led Duke with 22 kills and posted a double-double, adding 24 digs to her stat line. Sophomore outside hitter Rachael Moss had 20 kills (2e, 39att) and hit for .462 against the Eagles. On the season, DeMange leads Duke in kills with 590 kills and is hitting .293. Moss had three service aces against the Eagles and has 45 total aces on the season to lead the Blue Devils in that category. The Bears have faced Duke only once in school history, falling in four games in 1985.
EXTRA BEAR NOTES:
Senior middle hitter Ellen Orchard has 171 blocks this season, second best all-time in the Cal record books. Orchard held the second highest total prior to this with 168.
Orchard's current hitting percentage of .328 (272k, 85e, 570att) is fifth best all-time at Cal. Orchard's .305 in 2006 is currently sixth-best for a completed season.
Senior outside hitter Angie Pressey has 12 double-double matches this season.
Freshman setter Carli Lloyd now holds Cal's sixth all-time best season for assists with 1,359.
Cal's current .265 (1731k, 661e, 4039att) hitting percentage ties the team's all-time best for hitting in a season. The Bears hit .265 in 2003 (1926k, 705e, 4614att).