Friday, Nov. 1 6 p.m. PT - No. 4 USC (18-3, 8-2 Pac-12) at No. 22 Cal (13-6, 6-4) Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Stats, Twitter Cal All-Time Series vs. the Trojans: 11-51 Last meeting: L, 3-2 (10-6-2013)
Sunday, Nov. 3 3 p.m. PT - UCLA (12-8, 3-7) at No. 22 Cal Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Stats, Twitter Cal All-Time Series vs. the Bruins: 7-56 Last meeting: W, 3-0 (10-4-2013)
BERKELEY - Back in the national rankings for the second time this season, Cal’s women’s volleyball team continues its longest homestand of 2013 when it hosts its rivals from Southern California for a pair of Pac-12 matchups at Haas Pavilion. First, the Bears host No. 4 USC on Friday at 6 p.m. Cal pushed the Trojans to five sets before losing a close match in Los Angeles earlier this season. Cal then welcomes UCLA to town for a Sunday match at 3 p.m. The Bears swept the Bruins for the first time ever at Pauley Pavilion in early October.
Following The Bears Both of the Bears’ matches this week will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Friday’s contest will feature Rich Cellini and Kelli Tennant on the call, while Kevin Barnett and Tennant will have the duties 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. USC, 6 p.m.: The match will be the opener of a double header with Cal’s women’s basketball team. Following the Cal-USC match, the Bears’ women’s basketball team will host Vanguard in an exhibition game.
• Sunday vs. UCLA, 3 p.m.: It will be Beach Day at Haas Pavilion. Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be beach-themed activities for kids on Spieker Plaza outside the front of Haas Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to wear beach-themed clothing and seating will be allowed on the floor along the sideline. Fans can bring beach towels to sit on and see the match up close. The match will also feature kids seat visits from athletic department staff, who will be giving away prizes and candy. Players will also sign autographs on the Haas Pavilion floor immediately after the match.
Kerr Named Pac-12 Freshman Of The Week Libero Maddy Kerr was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Monday after tying the school record with 33 digs during last week’s victory over No. 20 Oregon. It was the second-highest single-match dig total in the Pac-12 this season and just the 10th time in school history a player has had at least 30 digs. Kerr added 12 digs in a win over Oregon State to average 4.50 per set for the week. It was Cal’s first weekly honor by the conference this season.
Gehan Notches 1,000th Career Kill Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan put down her 1,000th career kill during the Bears’ win over Oregon State on Sunday. She is te 15th player in school history to reach that mark. The last Cal player to go over the 1,000-kill mark for a career was Tarah Murrey in 2010. Gehan went on to tie her career-high with 22 kills against the Beavers. She currently ranks third in the Pac-12 and 21st in the country with 4.32 kills per set. Gehan was named tournament MVP of the Cal Molten Classic and the Bluejay Invitational earlier this season.
Catching Up With The Bears The Bears registered their first weekend sweep in Pac-12 play this season with a pair of thrilling five-set victories. Cal first took down No. 20 Oregon, getting a school-record tying 33 digs from freshman libero Maddy Kerr and career-highs of 17 kills and 10 blocks from sophomore middle blocker Lara Vukasovic. Then on Sunday, the Bears knocked off Oregon State in five sets. Vukasovic bettered her career-high with 18 kills, Adrienne Gehan tied her career-high with 22 kills and sophomore middle blocker Lillian Schonewise had a career-high eight blocks, with four of them coming in them coming in the decisive fifth set. The two wins elevated the Bears back into the AVCA Top 25, as they entered the poll at No. 22 this week.
The Last Time vs. USC: Oct. 6 - USC 3, Cal 2 The Bears stretched the then-No. 2 Trojans to the limit before falling in five sets, 28-26, 22-25, 25-11, 18-25, 15-13 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Senior outside hitter Adrienne Gehan had a career-high 22 kills while junior opposite hitter Christina Higgins contributed 15 kills at a .345 hitting percentage.
The Last Time vs. UCLA: Oct. 4 - Cal 3, UCLA 0 Ca notched its first-ever sweep at Pauley Pavilion, turning back two UCLA set points in each of the first two sets to win 28-26, 31-29, 25-14. Junior opposite hitter Christina Higgins had 18 kills at a .500 hittintg percentage as the Bears snapped a four-match losing streak against the Bruins.
Caloiaro Looks To Become Cal’s First Assist Champ Senior setter Joan Caloiaro leads the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in the nation with 11.78 assists per set. 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 is quarterbacking an offense that ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with a .262 hitting percentage. The Bears also rank fourth in the conference and 17th in the country with 14.32 kills per set. Caloiaro’s cousin is three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings.
Feller Nears 600-Win Mark Cal head coach Rich Feller needs just five 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 595-326 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 four wins shy of the mark.
Lights-Out Lara Sophomore middle blocker Lara Vukasovic put togehter the finest weekend of her career in Cal’s wins over the Oregon schools. She had career-highs 17 kills and 10 blocks while hitting for a .351 percentage against the Ducks, then had 18 kills and five blocks while hitting .500 against the Beavers. Vukasovic is making a case for All-Pac-12 honors. She ranks fifth in the conference with a .383 hitting percentage and seventh in blocks with 1.18 per set. Vukasovic, who moved to middle blocker this season, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bluejay Invitational and Hilton Garden Inn Invitational.
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.
Bears Picked To Finish 7th In Preseason Poll Cal was selected to finish in seventh place in the Pac-12 standings in the annual 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.
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.
About USC • All-American libero Natalie Hagglund leads the Pac-12 with 4.90 digs per set and ranks seventh on the conference’s all-time list with 2,059 career digs. • Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio ranks second in the country with 0.76 service aces per set. • Opposite hitter Ebony Nwanebu has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times this season. • Middle blocker Alexis Olgard ranks fourth nationally with a .467 hitting percentage and is eighth in the Pac-12 with 1.16 blocks per set.
About UCLA • Senior middle blocker Mariana Aquino ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with a .388 hitting percentage. • Junior opposite hitter Karsta Lowe is fifth in the conference with an average of 4.20 kills per set. • Sophomore libero Karly Drolson ranks 10th in the Pac-12 with 3.42 digs per set. • The Bruins have split six matches since losing to Cal on Oct. 4, alternating wins and losses for three weeks.
Next Week After spending two weeks at home, the Bears hit the road for two weeks, beginning with a trip to the mountains to take on Utah and Colorado. The Bears first visit Colorado on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. PT in a match that will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Cal then travels to Utah to play the Utes on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. PT. That match will be streamed live on Pac-12.com. Live audio will be available for both matches on CalBears.com.
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. 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.