Cal Volleyball Schedules Spring Competition Dates
March 11, 2010
BERKELEY - The California volleyball team officially opened spring practices on Thursday, March 11, head coach Rich Feller announced today (March 11). The Golden Bears have also set four spring competition dates beginning with a tournament at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif., hosted by University of the Pacific on Saturday, April 3. Cal will head to the capitol for the Sacramento State tournament on Saturday, April 10, at The Nest in Sacramento, Calif.
The Bears play their only head-to-head match in a scrimmage against Stanford at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 21, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The team concludes spring play with a tournament at the War Memorial Gym in San Francisco on Saturday, May 1.
Cal's spring roster features two-time All-American setter Carli Lloyd. She is flanked by outside hitter Tarah Murrey. The two were USA A2 teammates in the summer of 2009 and helped guide the Bears to their third consecutive NCAA regional final appearance last fall. Defensive specialist Meagan Schmitt is the third of three upperclassmen on the roster. Rounding out the ten-member team are six sophomores and one early-enrollee. In the middle, the Bears will have Shannon Hawari, Kat Brown and Tia Gaffen. Attacking from the opposite position is Correy Johnson; with Elly Barrett at setter and Robin Rostratter at defensive specialist. The first early-enrollee in Cal history is incoming freshman outside hitter Lauren Loerch.
The Bears (21-11, 11-7 Pac-10) finished fourth in the conference and received the No. 8 ranking in the final 2009 AVCA poll. Cal earned its school-record eighth consecutive bid to the NCAA championship tournament. As the ninth-seeded team, Cal advanced to the Gainesville Regional final where it fell in three sets to three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State. The Bears moved into the NCAA regional final for the third time in three years; making them just one of four teams to accomplish the feat; joining Nebraska, Texas and Penn State. Cal's fourth straight appearance in the regional semifinal was also a new school record. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and received her third selection to the AVCA All-America team where she was joined by Lloyd in her second appearance.