The Cal volleyball team will hold its annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage on Aug. 23.

Bears To Be Unveiled At Blue & Gold Scrimmage

First Public Appearance By Volleyball Team Follows Golden Bear Day
By Cal Athletics on Mon, August 11, 2014

BERKELEY – Cal fans can get their first look at the 2014 volleyball team at the annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage on Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Admission is free.

The scrimmage follows Golden Bear Day presented by Bug Zappers Pest Control, which takes place from 2-4 p.m. at Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza on the concourse level of California Memorial Stadium.

The Bears return three starters and a libero from last year’s team that went 18-13 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Leading the way is senior opposite hitter Christina Higgins, who was a Second Team All-American in 2013. Libero Maddy Kerr also returns after being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team last season.

Cal also welcomes back starting middle blockers Lara Vukasovic and Lillian Schonewise. Vukasovic was one of only five players to rank in the top-10 in hitting percentage and blocks in the Pac-12 last season. Schonewise, meanwhile, was the Bears’ leading hitter during Cal’s European Tour in the spring.

Other key returners for the Bears are defensive specialists Marlee Davis, Mary McKennon and Sarah Cole, middle blocker Jenelle Jordan and outside hitter Nikki Gombar.

The Bears also feature the No. 9 recruiting class in the country according to Outside hitter Ashten Smith-Gooden was a Under Armour First Team All-American and the No. 5 Senior Ace by Fellow outside hitter Christine Alftin was an Under Armour Second Team All-American and the No. 51 Senior Ace, while middle blocker Laura Leap ranked No. 94 on the Senior Ace list.

Cal opens the season Aug. 29 at the Air Force Tournament against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.


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