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Bears Close Nonconference Slate At Saint Mary's

Sep 17, 2014

Week 4: At Saint Mary's

Fri., Sept. 19| 7 PM
McKeon Pavilion
Moraga, Calif.
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Cal’s volleyball team closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule when it makes the short trip to Moraga to meet area rival Saint Mary’s on Friday. The Bears and Gaels have met 16 times in history with   Cal owning a 4-2 record. The teams last met in 2012 with Cal winning in four sets. The Bears haven’t played at McKeon Pavilion since 2002, when they won in five sets.

 

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CAL VOLLEYBALL TURNS 40
The 2014 season marks the 40th for Cal’s volleyball program. The Bears started playing intercollegiate volleyball in 1975 under head coach Chris Stanley, and have an all-time record of 648-571. Cal has made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals twice. The program has also produced 19 All-American selections.

HIGGINS CLOSES IN ON 1,000
Senior opposite hitter Christina Higgins needs just 37 kills to become the 16th player in Cal history to reach 1,000 kills for a career. She enters Friday’s match with 963 career kills, and is averaging a team-high 2.92 kills per set this season. HIggins was an AVCA Second Team All-American last season, hitting .292 and ranking ninth in the Pac-12 with 3.52 kills per set. Her 387 overall kills last year were a career-high. Higgins was named to the Molten Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend.

MADDY MOPS UP
Libero Maddy Kerr was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team last season and is picking up where she left off this year. The sophomore is averaging 3.75 digs per set and was named to the Molten Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend. Included in her performance over the weekend was a 25-dig effort in a win over Nevada, which is the third-highest single match total by a Pac-12 player this season. Kerr also had 22 digs in the Bears’ win earlier this season over Air Force. Kerr is the daughter of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

SCHONEWISE’S AMAZING 2014
Junior middle blocker Lillian Schonewise is having quite a 2014. She was the Bears’ leading hitter during the team’s European Tour in the spring, then played on a Pac-12 All-Star Team that toured China in the summer. She was named a Cal team captain, and so far this season is sixth in the Pac-12 in blocks (1.28 blocks per set). She recorded a career-high nine blocks in the Bears’ victory over UC Santa Barbara last weekend. Schonewise also leads the Bears with a .351 hitting percentage.

JENSEN RUNS WITH THE OFFENSE
Sophomore Alyssa Jensen has taken over the setting duties for departed All-American Joan Caloiaro and has been one of the Pac-12’s most prolific setters so far this season. She ranks fifth in the conference at 10.72 assists per set and her 58 assists in Cal’s win over Air Force is the most in a match by a Pac-12 player this season. She also has four of the top-10 highest single-match totals in the conference so far this year.

FELLER REACHES 600-WIN MARK
With Cal’s victory over North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season, Rich Feller became the 29th head coach in Division I history to amass 600 wins for a career. Feller has 308 wins in 16 seasons in Berkeley and 299 victories during his 14 years as the head coach at Colorado State.

ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
• Have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in three of the past six seasons
• Samantha Tinsley leads the Gaels at 3.30 kills per set and is second at 2.91 digs per set
• Seniors Dalas Dodd and Madelyn Hutson were named to the preseason All-WCC Team
LAST MEETING: Cal d. SMC, 3-1 (9-14-12)