Cal Hosts 2008 Bay Area Volleyball Media Day August 21

Aug. 19, 2008

BERKELEY - The University of California athletic media relations office hosts the 2008 Bay Area Volleyball Media Day Thursday, August 21, at 1 p.m. at the Haas Pavilion Club Room in Berkeley, Calif. The annual event will feature head coaches and select student-athletes from the six Bay Area schools - including 2007 NCAA championship runner-up Stanford, semifinalist Cal, and tournament participant Santa Clara, as well as San Francisco, Saint Mary's and San Jose State.

Stanford and Cal were ranked No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in the final 2007 CSTV/AVCA top 25 poll and return a plethora of stars to this year's squads. The Cardinal finished 2007 with a 32-3 overall record, and claimed its 14th conference title, successfully defending its 2006 Pac-10 crown. Stanford's roster will return three All-American hitters including AVCA National Player of the Year Foluke Akinradewo, joined by Cynthia Barboza and Alix Kilineman. The Golden Bears concluded the most successful campaign in school-history with a 26-8 overall record and advanced to one of the NCAA national semifinal matches. Cal brings back All-American outside Hana Cutura and Pac-10 All-Freshman setter Carli Lloyd.

Santa Clara completed the 2007 season with a share of the West Coast Conference title and made a trip to the NCAA tournament. Head coach John Wallace put together a 19-12 overall record (195-78 all-time at Santa Clara), his ninth-straight winning season with the Broncos. First-year San Francisco head coach Gilad Doron led the Dons to a 17-13 record, 6-8 in the WCC. Also out of the West Coast Conference, Saint Mary's put the 2007 season in the books with a 15-13 overall record under third-year head coach Rob Browning. Last year, San Jose State went 14-15 (7-9, Western Athletic Conference) under first-year head coach Oscar Crespo.

Featured attendees at the 2008 media day will include: from Stanford, All-Americans Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo, and 2008 Pac-10 Coach of the Year John Dunning; from Cal, All-American Hana Cutura, Morgan Beck and 2008 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Head Coach of the Year, Rich Feller; from San Jose State, All-WAC selections Colleen Burke and Niki Clement, and head coach Oscar Crespo; from Saint Mary's, Taylor Groess, Lyndsey Parker and assistant coach Sam Crosson; as well as head coaches Gilad Doron and John Wallace from San Francisco and Santa Clara respectively along with selected players. Please note: the preceding list is subject to change without notice.

Attending coaches will each give a short opening statement followed by five minutes for open questions. Immediately thereafter, coaches and student-athletes will be available for informal interviews until 2:30 p.m. A light Italian lunch will be available buffet-style beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Media interested in attending the 2008 Bay Area Volleyball Media Day need to RSVP by 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, to California volleyball media relations director Jeremy Wu at, (510) 643-2938 or Stanford volleyball media relations director Kendall Johnson at, (650) 723-0996.

Directions to Haas Pavilion: Haas Pavilion is located on the Cal campus near the corner of Bancroft Way and Dana Street. For complete directions, please visit The Club Room is located on the first floor of the Pavilion on the west side of the building.

Parking Information: Parking is available beneath the Cal Recreational Facility for an hourly fee or at meters located on Bancroft Ave. For complete parking information, please visit

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