Volkova enters her senior year at Cal as a possible starter at center after serving as a reserve during her first two seasons...one of the team's top rebounders...looks to be a force in the post offensively and defensively...strong and moves well for her size...competitive and disciplined.
As a junior in 2002-03:
Competed in all 29 games, averaging 2.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game...upped her rebounding average to 4.7 per game during the conference slate...third on the team in rebounding and the Bears' top rebounder off the bench...led Cal in rebounding on four occasions...had five or more boards 11 times, including a career high of nine at Stanford Jan. 29...also notched five points in that game against the Cardinal...four times snared eight boards (twice vs. Arizona State and once vs. Washington State and Oregon)...finished second on the team for blocks with 14 and led the Bears with 10 blocks during the Pac-10 season...tallied a career-high 10 points and added four rebounds in Cal's win over Oregon State Feb. 6...swatted a career-high three blocks and added six boards in Cal's Pac-10 Tournament win over Arizona State...averaged about 13 minutes per game but earned 20 or more minutes six times...named Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention...recipient of the All-Cal award, which is given to the player who best personifies what it means to be a Cal student-athlete.
As a sophomore in 2001-02:
Played 19 games despite her right knee not being at full strength from ACL surgery...had a second surgery after the season to further clean up her knee...posted 1.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in only 8.3 minutes per contest...during two different four game stretches averaged 4.3 rebounds per game...tied for team-high rebounding honors with four against Oregon State Jan. 12...missed seven of the final eight games due to a bad right ankle sprain and while her amateur status was being reviewed by the NCAA...returned for the Bears' opening round Pac-10 Tournament game against UCLA and contributed three steals in five minutes of playing time.
Was a general education honors student in junior college...did not play her first season at Merritt and played only three games before tearing her ACL during the 2000-01 campaign...was coached by Inga Marciulionis, ex-wife of former Golden State Warrior Sarunas Marciulionis.
Played basketball at Kiev Sports Boarding School...received her education and practiced basketball four hours per day...member of the Ukrainian junior national team...played in tournaments throughout Europe.
Olga Volkova was born Jan. 6, 1980 in the Ukraine...parents are Stanislav Volkov and Irina Volkova...she began playing basketball when she was nine...is a cousin of Alexander Volkov, who used to play for the Atlanta Hawks...Alexander's friendship with Sarunas Marciulionis brought Olga to America three years ago...her American favorites include Forrest Gump, Friends, John Travolta and Kim Bassinger...looking to finish her undergraduate degree in mass communications at the conclusion of the 2002-03 school year and pursue a master's degree next year.