BERKELEY – Cal’s women’s volleyball team had one of its final tune-ups for the 2013 season with the annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage in front of a couple hundred fans at Haas Pavilion on Saturday night.
The Bears, who open the season next weekend by hosting the Cal Molten Classic on Friday and Saturday, did a long session of 6-on-6 drills before playing one intrasquad set to 25.
“I’m really excited about the attitude that our team has and the communication level that we seem to be keeping up, and the way they self-motivate and police each other,” Cal coach Rich Feller said. “I think this team is going to evolve all year long. We’re going to continue to change a little bit, get a little bit better and figure out some roles. Probably what I came out of this scrimmage the most with is we have a lot of interchangeable parts that we can play around with during the season.”
The Blue & Gold Scrimmage also marks the end of double-days and training camp. The Bears will have Sunday off and then being their normal weekly practice routine for the season.
Saturday also marked the first time fans could see Cal’s six newcomers – freshmen Alyssa Jensen, Jenelle Jordan, libero Maddy Kerr and defensive specialists Sarah Cole, Sabrina Blackwell and Katie Curci. Curci was unable to play because of injury.
“It was good to get on the main floor and have a few people in the stands,” Feller said. “I think we saw some things that will allow us to work on a few things this week and fine tune.”
The Bears return three starters and a libero from last year’s team that went to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th year in a row. Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan was named to the 2013 Preseason All-Pac-12 team.
Cal opens the Cal Molten Classic on Friday against Nevada at 7 p.m. New Mexico State and UC Santa Barbara are also in the field.