Cal Battles Tough Field At Bluejay Invitational

Bears Make First Road Trip Of Season
By Cal Athletics on Tue, September 03, 2013
Bluejay Invitational
Friday, Sept. 6
1:30 p.m. PT - South Florida (3-1) vs. Cal (2-0)
D.J. Sokol Arena - Omaha, Neb.
Coverage: Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats, Twitter
Cal All-Time Series vs. the Bulls: 0-1
Last meeting: L, 3-1 (9-12-1998)

Saturday, Sept. 7
8 a.m. PT - Northern Colorado (2-0) vs. Cal
D.J. Sokol Arena - Omaha, Neb.
Coverage: Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats, Twitter
Cal All-Time Series vs. the Bears: 1-1
Last Meeting: W, 2-0 (9-23-1982)

Saturday, Sept. 7
5:30 p.m. PT - Cal vs. No. 19 Creighton (2-0)
D.J. Sokol Arena - Omaha, Neb.
Coverage: Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats, Twitter
Cal All-Time Series vs. the Bluejays: First meeting

The Cal women’s volleyball team hits the road for the first time this season to play in the Bluejay Invitational at Creighton University, a tournament that features three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Along with the Bears, host Creighton and Northern Colorado also qualified for the postseason in 2012. Both teams are 2-0 so far this season. South Florida, meanwhile, has won three of its first four matches. The Bears are coming off an impressive performance in the Cal Molten Classic last weekend, in which they didn’t drop a set and hit .400 for the weekend. Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan was named tournament MVP after averaging 4.33 kills per set at a .477 hitting percentage.

Following The Bears
A live video webcast of all matches during the Bluejay Invitational is available for a fee at Live play-by-play audio is also available for free by clicking on the “Live Audio” link on the volleyball schedule page at Real-time live stats are available at as well.

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.

Fast Start To 2013
The Bears steamrolled through the Cal Molten Classic last weekend. Cal didn’t drop a set in beating Nevada and New Mexico State, and it was the offense that led the way. The Bears hit a combined .400 in the two matches, and had five players record at least five kills in each match. Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan was named the tournament MVP after averaging 4.33 kills per set and hitting for a .477 percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Lillian Schonewise and senior setter Joan Caloiaro were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Offense By The Numbers
Through one week of play, the Bears are the statistical Pac-12 leaders in every important offensive category. Cal paces the conference in hitting percentage (.400), kills per set (15.83) and assists per set (14.67). Individually, Lillian Schonewise leads the Pac-12 with a .667 hitting percentage while Adrienne Gehan ranks seventh at .477. Gehan is tied for sixth with 4.33 kills per set and senior setter Joan Caloiaro ranks second with 12.67 assists per set.

Perfect Homecoming
Sophomore middle blocker Lillian Schonewise will play in front of family and friends this weekend at the Bluejay Invitational, and she will do so on a roll. Schonewise, who grew up in nearby Papillion, Neb., did not commit a hitting error in six sets during the Cal Molten Classic. Schonewise averaged 3.00 kills per set, including 13 kills on 19 swings during a sweep of New Mexico State. Schonewise’s .667 hitting percentage leads the Pac-12.

Gehan Greatness
Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan showed why she was a 2013 Preseason All-Pac-12 Team selection at the season-opening Cal Molten Classic last weekend. Gehan was named the tournament MVP after averaging 4.33 kills per set and hitting .477 in two matches. Gehan was a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team pick in 2010 and led the Bears last year with 3.10 kills per set.

Feller Nears 600-Win Mark
Cal head coach Rich Feller needs just 16 wins to become the 15th active coach to reach the 600-win mark in his career. Feller, who is in his 15th season leading the Bears, has amassed a career record of 584-320 in 29 years of coaching overall. Feller spent the first 14 years of his career as the head coach at Colorado State. Feller entered the season ranked 17th among active coaches in career wins.

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 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 Defensive specialists Sarah Cole, Sabrina Blackwell and Katie Curci round out the 2013 recruiting class.

Michelle Neumayr’s Long Road Back
Outside hitter Michelle Neumayr made her long-awaited college debut Friday against Nevada during the first day of the Cal Molten Classic. Neumayr, who was the No. 27 Senior Ace by 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 finally on the floor for the first time at Cal. Neumayr was also selected as a team captain this season, along with senior Adrienne Gehan.

Cool Caloiaro
Senior setter Joan Caloiaro was extremely efficient leading the Bears’ offense during the Cal Molten Classic. She quarterbacked a team that registered a .400 hitting percentage, and dished out 12.67 assists per set, good for second in the Pac-12. Caloiaro made a seamless transition leading Cal’s offense last season after transferring from San Francisco. She finished 2012 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.

About South Florida
• The Bulls hosted the USF Tournament last weekend and claimed wins over The Citadel, Austin Peay and Ball State while falling to Miami (FL).
• Outside hitter Erin Fairs, middle blocker Jennica Mullins and setter Natalia Soares were named to the all-tournament team.
• Fairs, a sophomore, was a unanimous pick to the Preseason All-American Athletic Team
• South Florida was picked to finish in fifth place in the American Athletic Conference

About Northern Colorado
• The Bears defeated Cal Poly and Baylor in their season-opening tournament last weekend.
• Northern Colorado was picked to finish in third place in the Big Sky Conference.
• The Bears won the Big Sky Tournament last year to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
• Middle blockers Andrea Spaustat and Bri Strong each finished in the top four in the Big Sky in hitting percnetage last season, with Strong leading the conference.

About Creighton
• The Bluejays are ranked No. 19 in this week’s AVCA Top 25 after defeating then-No. 13 BYU and Bowling Green at the Hampton Inn Invitational. The Bluejays were ranked No. 25 in the preseason poll.
• Setter Michelle Sicner was named Big East Player of the Week averaging 11.86 assists and 0.86 blocks per set during the Hampton Inn Invitational.
• Creighton was picked to win the Big East Conference in a preseason poll.
• Middle blocker Kelli Browning was the Big East Preseason Co-Player of the Year. Outside hitters Melanie Jereb and Leah McNary were named to the Preseason All-Big East Team.  

Bears Picked To Finish 7th In 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 return home to host their second tournament of the season, the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational at Haas Pavilion. The tournament runs Sept. 12-14 and features Cal, Cal Poly, Santa Clara and Kansas State. Cal will play Cal Poly on Thursday night at 7 p.m., Santa Clara on Friday night at 7 p.m.and then close the tournament with a matinee against Kansas State on Saturday. at 1 p.m. Kansas State is receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25. Cal Poly is coached by former Cal assistant coach Sam Crosson.

Diggin’ It With Adrienne Gehan
Go inside Cal’s volleyball program every week with Adrienne Gehan’s blog, “Diggin’ It With Adrienne Gehan,” on 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 to give fans a closer look at Cal’s volleyball program.

Season Tickets On Sale
2013 season tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (800) GO-BEARS, visiting 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.

Inside The Locker Room
“Inside The Locker Room, a new hour-long radio show that features guests from all over Cal Athletics, airs every Wednesday on KGO AM 810. Cal coach Rich Feller was a guest on the first broadcast last week and the volleyball program will be well-represented throughout the fall. Cal football coach Sonny Dykes will appear every week. The show is hosted by Todd McKim.

Olympic Sports Report
“Olympic Sports Report,” a new weekly online show on, airs every Thursday. The program takes a look at the different Olympic sports on campus and will include volleyball coverage throughout the 2013 fall season.

The Cal Leader Board
Kills: Adrienne Gehan - 26 (4.33/set)
Hitting Percentage: Lillian Schonewise - .667
Assists: Joan Caloiaro - 76 (12.67/set)
Blocks: Lillian Schonewise - 8 (1.33/set)
Digs: Maddy Kerr - 22 (3.67/set)
Service Aces: Joan Caloiaro, Adrienne Gehan - 3 (0.50/set)

Bears on Pac-12 Leader Board
Hitting Percentage: Lillian Schonewise - .667 (First)
Hitting Percentage: Adrienne Gehan - .477 (Seventh)
Kills per set: Adrienne Gehan - 4.33 (t-Sixth)
Assists per set: Joan Caloiaro - 12.67 (Second)
Aces per set: Adrienne Gehan, Joan Caloiaro - 0.50 (t-Sixth)
Blocks per set: Lillian Schonewise - 1.33 (Ninth)
Digs per set: Maddy Kerr - 3.67 (Ninth)


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