Cal Molten Classic Friday, Aug. 30 12 p.m. PT - Nevada vs. New Mexico State 7 p.m. PT - Nevada vs. Cal Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Coverage: Live Stream (Cal match only), Live Stats, Twitter Cal All-Time Series vs. the Wolf Pack: 9-4 Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (9-10-11)
Saturday, Aug. 31 12 p.m. PT - UC Santa Barbara vs. Nevada 12 p.m. PT - New Mexico State vs. Cal 6 p.m. PT - New Mexico State vs. UC Santa Barbara Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Coverage: Live Stats, Twitter Cal All-Time Series vs. the Aggies: 2-2 Last Meeting: W, 3-1 (12-6-08)
The Cal women’s volleyball team gets the 2013 season off and running with the first of two nonconference tournaments to be hosted at Haas Pavilion. The Cal Molten Classic features the Bears, Nevada, New Mexico State and UC Santa Barbara for a two-day showdown of West Coast teams. After Nevada and New Mexico State open the event Friday at Noon, Cal plays its season-opener against the Wolf Pack at 7 p.m. Saturday will feature three matches, with two being played simultaenously at Noon - Cal vs. New Mexico State and UC Santa Barbara vs. Nevada. UCSB and New Mexico State close out the tournament with a 6 p.m. match Saturday.
About the 2013 Bears Cal returns four starters (including a libero) from last year’s team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a school-record 11th consecutive season. Leading the way is honors candidate Adrienne Gehan, the Bears’ leading attacker last season who was named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team. Cal also returns starting setter Joan Caloiaro, who ranked fourth in the conference last season with 10.40 assists per set. Also back is junior Christina Higgins, who tied for second on the team last year with 2.76 kills per set and is playing both outside hitter and opposite this season. Sophomore libero Mary McKennon, who played in every set in 2012, also returns.
Following The Bears There are many ways to follow the Bears this season. Sixteen of Cal’s 20 conference matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Live audio will be available for every road match. Real-time live stats are also available for every match via CalBears.com, and select matches will include an online live video stream.
Social Studies Follow the Bears through social media all season in a variety of ways. Real-time match updates, links and other content is available by following Cal Volleyball on Twitter. The Cal Volleyball Facebook Page also has extensive content about the team on and off the court. And join the Bears ride this season through a camera lens at the Cal Volleyball page on Instagram.
Freshmen Class Ranked No. 21 Nationally Cal’s six-member recruiting class features three “Fab 50” selections by Volleyball Magazine and was ranked as the No. 21 class in the country by Prepvolleyball.com. Not only were middle blocker Jenelle Jordan, setter Alyssa Jensen and libero Maddy Kerr named to the Fab 50 list, each also was tabbed as a “Senior Ace” by Prepvolleyball.com
Feller Nears 600-Win Mark Cal head coach Rich Feller needs just 18 wins to become the 15th active coach to reach the 600-win mark in his career. Feller, who is entering his 15th season leading the Bears, has amassed a career record of 582-320 in 28 years of coaching. Feller spent the first 14 years of his career as the head coach at Colorado State. Feller enters the season ranked 17th among active coaches in career wins.
A Look Back At 2012 Despite a rash of injuries, the Bears qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 11th straight season. Middle blocker Shannon Hawari was named to the All-Pac-12 Team after finishing third in the conference in hitting percentage and ninth in blocks. Fellow middle blocker Kat Brown became the Bears’ all-time leading blocker with 509 for her career.
Gehan Greatness Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan was selected to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team. Gehan was a Pac-12 All-Freshman Team pick in 2010 and helped lead the Bears to the NCAA title match. Despite missing time last year with a knee injury, she was still Cal’s leading attacker (3.10 kps).
Cool Caloiaro Senior setter Joan Caloiaro made a seamless transition leading Cal’s offense last season. After transferring from San Francisco, Caloiaro immediately became the Bears’ starting setter and finished the season ranked fourth in the Pac-12 with 10.4 assists per set. Caloiaro has a notable volleyball family. Her cousin, Kerri Walsh, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in sand volleyball.
Michelle Neumayr’s Long Road Back Outside hitter Michelle Neumayr will make her long-awaited college debut Friday against Nevada. Neumayr, who was the No. 27 Senior Ace by Prepvolleyball.com at Burlingame High School, tore the ACL in her left knee the summer before her freshman year at Cal. Then after fully recovering, she tore the same ligament last summer. Two surgeries and hours of rehab later, Neumayr is ready to take the floor for the first time at Cal. Neumayr was also selected as a team captain this season, along with senior Adrienne Gehan.
About Nevada • The Wolf Pack was picked to finish in 11th place in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll. • Nevada went 4-25 last season, 1-15 in the MWC • Junior middle blocker Tessa Lea’ea was an All-Mountain West selection last season after ranking among the conference leaders in kills and blocks.
About New Mexico State • The Aggies were picked to finish first in the Western Athletic Conference preseason poll. • NMSU went 22-11 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning the WAC Tournament championship. • Middle blocker Desiree Scott and outside hitter Lauren Loerch each were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team. Loerch began her career at Cal before transferring to NMSU
About UC Santa Barbara • The Gauchos were chosen to finish in sixth place in the Big West preseason poll • UCSB went 16-17 last season, 9-9 in the Big West • The Gauchos feature new head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch, who replaced legendary coach Kathy Gregory after 38 seasons in Santa Barbara
Bears Picked To Finish Seventh In Pac-12 Preseason Poll Cal was selected to finish in seventh place in the Pac-12 standings in a preseason vote among the conference’s coaches. The Bears received 59 points in the ballotting, six points behind sixth-place Arizona State and seven ahead of eighth-place Arizona. Stanford was chosen to win the conference championship.
Next Week The Bears hit the road for the first time this season to take part in the BlueJay Invitational at Creighton University. Cal will play South Florida on Friday, Sept. 6 then take on Northern Colorado and Creighton on Saturday, Sept. 7. Both Northern Colorado and Creighton were NCAA Tournament participants last season.
Diggin’ It With Adrienne Gehan Go inside Cal’s volleyball program every week with Adrienne Gehan’s blog, “Diggin’ It With Adrienne Gehan,” on CalBears.com. Every week, Gehan will provide an inside look at everything going on with the program, both on and off the court. From their on-court battles to the locker room to the classroom to road trips, Gehan will pull back the curtain on Cal’s volleyball program.
Season Tickets On Sale 2013 season tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (800) GO-BEARS, visiting CalBears.com or at the Athletic Ticket Office at Haas Pavilion. Season tickets include 10 Pac-12 matches and two tournaments being hosted by the Bears. The cost of season tickets is a 50 percent discount over buying them on a game-by-game basis.
Bears To Get Plenty Of TV Exposure Sixteen of Cal’s 20 conference matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, including all 10 taking place at Haas Pavilion. Each of Cal’s first seven conference matches will be televised, beginning with its Pac-12 opener against Stanford on Sept. 25.
Free Admission With Football Ticket Fans presenting tickets to Saturday’s Cal-Northwestern football game will be granted free admission to all matches during the weekend. The Bears play the Wildcats in football at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Feller To Appear On “Inside The Locker Room” Cal head coach Rich Feller will be a guest Wednesday on “Inside The Locker Room,” the new weekly radio show on KGO AM 810. The hour-long program features guests from all over Cal athletics and airs every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. Feller will be the first guest to appear Wednesday. The show is hosted by Todd McKim.
Olympic Sports Report “Olympic Sports Report,” a new weekly online show on CalBears.com, airs every Thursday and will include volleyball coverage throughout the 2013 fall season.