Friday, Oct. 25 6 p.m. PT - No. 20 Oregon (12-6, 5-3 Pac-12) at Cal (11-6, 4-4) Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Stats, Twitter Cal All-Time Series vs. the Ducks: 51-17 Last meeting: W, 3-2 (11-2-2012)
Sunday, Oct. 27 3 p.m. PT - Oregon State (9-10, 0-8) at Cal Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Stats, Twitter Cal All-Time Series vs. the Beavers: 44-18 Last meeting: W, 3-1 (11-4-2012)
BERKELEY - Cal’s women’s volleyball team begins its longest stretch at home this season when it hosts the Oregon schools this week. First, the Bears will welcome No. 20 Oregon to town for a 6 p.m. matchup on Friday night. Then Oregon State pays a visit to Haas Pavilion for a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan will be gunning to become the 15th Cal player ever to reach the 1,000-kill mark for her career. She enters the week with 978 kills, putting her 22 shy of the benchmark.
Following The Bears Both of the Bears’ matches this week will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Friday’s match will feature Tracy Warren and former Cal setter Holly McPeak behind the microphones, while Rich Cellini and Al Scates have the call on Sunday. Real-time live stats are also available on the volleyball schedule page at CalBears.com.
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.
This Week at Haas Pavilion There will be a lot of activity going on for both matches this weekend at Haas Pavilion. The following is a rundown of the action:
• Friday vs. Oregon, 6 p.m.: Friday is another Group Challenge Night, meaning the group that purchases the most tickets in advance will win an exclusive Cal volleyball experience.
• Sunday vs. Oregon State, 3 p.m.: Get ready for some family fun. Not only is it Cal Kids Day, it also is Halloween in Haas Pavilion. There will be Halloween-themed kids activities on Spieker Plaza outside the front of Haas Pavilion beginning at 2 p.m., with face painting, Cal script tattoos, photo booths, crafts, stickers, poster making and more. Children also are encouraged to come in costume, as there will be a Halloween costume contest between the second and third set and indoor trick-or-treating throughout the arena. Cal’s players also will sign autographs on the Haas Pavilion floor immediately following the match.
Catching Up With The Bears The Bears came home with a split of a pair of Pac-12 road matches after spending what will be their most extended amount of time away from home this season. Cal lost three close sets in a sweep by No. 6 Washington on Wednesday night then came back to defeat Washington State in four sets on Saturday night. The Bears were gone from Tuesday to Sunday, and many players took midterms or finished up papers while on the road.
Gehan Nears Milestone Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan enters the week with 978 career kills, meaning she needs just 22 more to become the 15th Cal player ever to reach the 1,000-kill mark for a career. The last to reach the milestone was Tarah Murrey in 2010. Gehan, whose career-high for kills in a match is 22 (set earlier this season at USC), currently ranks third in the Pac-12 and 20th nationally with 4.39 kills per set. Gehan was named tournament MVP of the Cal Molten Classic and the Bluejay Invitational earlier this season.
Caloiaro Looks To Become Cal’s First Assist Champ Senior setter Joan Caloiaro has taken over the Pac-12 lead in assists per set with an average of 11.78. No Cal player has ever paced the conference in assist average. Carli Lloyd led the Pac-12 in total assists in 2008 with 1,392. Caloiaro, who also ranks eighth in the nation in assist average, is quarterbacking an offense that ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally with a .275 hitting percentage. The Bears also rank fourth in the conference and 13th in the country with 14.47 kills per set. 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 beach volleyball.
Feller Nears 600-Win Mark Cal head coach Rich Feller needs just seven wins to become the 17th active coach and 28th in Division I history to reach the career 600-win mark. Feller, who is in his 15th season leading the Bears, has amassed a career record of 593-326 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. American’s Barry Goldberg and Sam Houston State’s Brenda Gray each reached the 600-win mark earlier this season, and current Colorado State coach Tom Hibbert is six wins shy of the mark.
Higgins Does It The Right Way Christina Higgins moved from outside hitter to the right side this season, and she is thriving in her new role. The junior from Inglewood, Calif. ranks ninth in the Pac-12 at 3.34 kills per set and has a .336 hitting percentage. Higgins is coming off a monster week in which she put down 34 kills in two matches at a 4.86 average, while hitting at a .400 clip.
One-Two Offensive Punch The Bears are the only team in the Pac-12 to have two players ranked in the top-10 in kills per set. Senior Adrienne Gehan ranks third at 4.39 while junior Christina Higgins is ninth at 3.34. The last time Cal had two players finish the season in the top-10 in the conference in kills per set was in 2007, when Hana Cutura finished fourth at 4.22 and Angie Pressey placed fifth at 4.21.
Latest on Lara Sophomore Lara Vukasovic is embracing her new role as a middle blocker. Vukasovic enters the week ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with a .375 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.30 kills and 1.12 blocks per set. Vukasovic was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bluejay Invitational and Hilton Garden Inn Invitational. Vukasovic was a part-time starter at both outside hitter and opposite hitter last season as a freshman.
Michelle Neumayr’s Long Road Back Outside hitter Michelle Neumayr made her long-awaited college debut in the Bears’ season-opener against Nevada on Aug. 30 at the Cal Molten Classic. 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 finally on the floor for the first time at Cal. Neumayr was also selected as a team captain this season, along with senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan.
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. Defensive specialists Sarah Cole, Sabrina Blackwell and Katie Curci round out the 2013 recruiting class.
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 for the second year in a row.
About Oregon • The Ducks have won three of their past four matches and are ranked 20th in this week’s AVCA Top 25 • Outside hitter Liz Brenner ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 21st in the country with 4.33 kills per set. • Middle blocker Ariana Williams is fourth in the conference with a .393 hitting percentage • Setter Lauren Plum ranks third in the Pac-12 and 12th in the country with 11.54 assists per set.
About Oregon State • The Beavers have started the Pac-12 season with eight straight losses after going 9-2 during the nonconference season. • Oregon State took a set from then-No. 7 Michigan on the road earlier this season. • Oregon St. libero Becky Defoe ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.41 digs per set.
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 during the season, the senior from Dallas, Texas will provide an inside look at everything going on with the program. From their on-court battles to the locker room to the classroom to road trips, Gehan, a senior outside hitter, will pull back the curtain to give fans a closer look at Cal’s volleyball program.
Next Week The Bears play their second straight pair of Pac-12 matches at home and commence the second half of conference play when they welcome their rivals from Southern California to Haas Pavilion. Cal will first host No. 4 USC on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. and then welcome UCLA to town on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Both matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Bears split their matches earlier this season in Los Angeles, sweeping UCLA at Pauley Pavilion for the first time ever before then stretching the then-No. 2 Trojans to the lmit before falling in five sets. home to take on the Oregon schools at Haas Pavilion. Cal will first host No. 21 Oregon on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Bears will then welcome Oregon State to town for a Sunday afternoon matchup at 3 p.m. Both matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.