Cal Hosts Arizona SchoolsTHIS WEEK:
Fri. Oct. 10 ARIZONA STATE, RSF Fieldhouse (1,000), Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 11 ARIZONA, RSF Fieldhouse (1,000), Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m.
SPIKERS HOME FOR TWO: The Cal women's volleyball team (6-8, 1-4) returns home for a pair of Pac-10 matches this weekend. The Bears host the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 1-4) on Friday, Oct. 10 and the #15 Arizona Wildcats (11-2, 3-2) on Saturday, Oct. 11. Both matches will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the RSF Fieldhouse.
PAC-10 STANDINGS: 1. Stanford, 5-0 Pac-10, 14-2 overall; 2. Washington State, 5-1, 17-1; 3t. USC, 4-2, 11-2; 3t. Washington, 4-2, 9-6; 5. Arizona, 3-2, 11-2; 6. Oregon State, 2-3, 10-7; 7. UCLA, 2-4, 6-5; 8t. California, 1-4, 6-8; 8t. Arizona State, 1-4, 10-6; 10. Oregon, 0-5, 7-9.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: Arizona State is 10-6 overall, 1-4 in the Pac-10. Last weekend at home, the Sun Devils defeated Washington in five games and lost to #6 Washington State in four games. The Sun Devils opened the season with nine wins in their first 10 matches, but have since gone 1-5. Arizona is 11-2 overall, 3-2 in the Pac-10, after splitting at home last weekend. The Wildcats knocked off undefeated and 6th-ranked Washington State in five games last Friday, but then fell on Sunday to Washington in four games. The Wildcats only other loss this season was at #7 USC in three games. Arizona was ranked #15 in the Sept. 30 USA Today/AVCA Top 25 poll.
CAL vs. THE OPPONENTS: Arizona State leads the series with Cal, 18-8, including seven straight victories. The last Cal win over ASU was a four-game victory Nov. 7, 1992 in Berkeley. Arizona leads the series with Cal, 18-6, including a sweep last season. The Bears last victory over Arizona was Oct. 27, 1995 in Tucson, when the Wildcats were ranked #15. That was also Cal's last victory over a ranked opponent. Cal's last win over Arizona in Berkeley was Nov. 6, 1992 in a three-game sweep.
FIVE-GAME FITS: The Bears have had their hands full in five-game matches this season, posting a 2-4 record in matches that go the full distance. After going 1-8 in five-gamers last season, Cal appeared to have found the key to winning the long ones in the early going this season. The Bears not only posted two five-game victories at the Illinois State Classic, but they earned them both in the same day (Sept. 6), knocking off undefeated Tulsa in the morning, and coming back to beat host Illinois State in the evening championship match. But, Cal has struggled since that tournament, dropping five-game matches to Sacramento State, New Mexico, Oregon State and #21 UCLA.
LAST WEEK: The Bears came close to getting their first-ever win against the UCLA Bruins, but #21 UCLA charged back from a 2-1 game deficit to take a five-game marathon match at Pauley Pavilion, 14-16, 15-10, 16-18, 15-13, 15-11. In a match that was televised live by Fox Sports as the Pac-10 Match of the Week, the Bears took two of the first three games, including a 16-14 win in game one and 18-16 in game three. Cal was poised to put away the match in game four, holding a 10-4 lead, but UCLA rallied with eight unanswered points to take a 12-10 lead and went on to win the game, 15-13. The teams battled to a 6-6 tie in the fifth game, but three quick kills by UCLA gave them a 9-6 lead and the momentum. The Bears pulled back within two points, 13-11, but UCLA put down a kill and a block on the next two serves to win the game (15-11) and match. Senior Michelle Wickman had a career-high 25 kills to lead the Bears, while freshman Alicia Perry added 15 kills and 15 digs. Cal continued to battle the next day at #7 USC, but lost a tough four-game match, 15-6, 15-6, 12-15, 15-13. After dropping the first two games, the Bears tried some different combinations on the court and rallied for a 15-12 win in the third game. The Bears appeared ready to send the match to a fifth game, as they held a 13-11 lead in game four, but the Trojans scored four straight points to take the game, 15-13, and match. Sophomore Brook Coulter led the Bears with 13 kills and 10 digs, and Alicia Perry added 12 kills. Senior Brooke Weaver added 10 kills in her first substantial playing time of the season.
DINABERG'S DOUBLE: When senior hitter Jessica Dinaberg put down her 18th kill of the Illinois State Classic during the Tulsa match, she became just the third player in Cal history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. The other two Bears in the 1,000-1,000 club are Lisa Arce (1987-90) and Tiffany Rochelle (1986-89). Dinaberg now ranks fourth in all-time kills (1128), kill attempts (3274) and digs (1168) at Cal, and has a legitimate shot to move into third place in each category before her career comes to a close in Berkeley.
HEAD COACH SUE WOODSTRA: Sue Woodstra is in her third year at the helm of the Golden Bears, with a record of 27-43 at Cal. A two-time U.S. Olympic team member and one of nine Olympians to currently head a women's collegiate volleyball team, Woodstra has posted a 137-82 record in six seasons as a collegiate head coach, including four years at Pittsburgh. Her assistant coaches are Oscar Crespo, Stephanie Shrieve and Ed Cohen.ON THE MOVE...
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Kills Name Total Years 1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Cara Dane 1332 1990-93 4. Jessica Dinaberg 1128 1994-97 5. Morgan Cecil 1053 1989-91 6. Kelly Moomaw 979 1984-87 7. Shaney Fink 931 1990-93 8. Diana Yovino-Young 911 1984-87 9. Michelle Wickman 873 1994-97 Attempts Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 4801 1987-90 2. Tiffany Rochelle 4772 1986-89 3. Cara Dane 3394 1990-93 4. Jessica Dinaberg 3274 1994-97 5. Kelly Moomaw 2864 1984-87 6. Morgan Cecil 2740 1989-91 7. Shaney Fink 2561 1990-93 8. Michelle Wickman 2498 1994-97 Assists Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 4008 89,91-93 2. Holly McPeak 3819 1987-89 3. Kelly Bates 1301 1985 Lynn Guevara 1301 1995- 5. Sara Allison 1275 1987-90 6. Teri Donohue 1265 1983-85 7. Heidi Henkle 1192 1986-87 8. Jennifer Kriste 991 1996- Service Aces Name Total Years 1. Sienna Curci 136 89, 91-93 Tiffany Rochelle 136 1986-89 3. Lisa Arce 128 1987-90 4. Teri Donohue 126 1983-85 5. Sue Belina 102 1981-84 6. Holly McPeak 98 1987-89 7. Judy Chow 96 1984-86 8. Cara Dane 90 1990-93 9. Michelle Wickman 87 1994-97 Digs Name Total Years 1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90 2. Tiffany Rochelle1406 1986-89 3. Holly McPeak 1184 1987-89 4. Tosha Comendant 1168 1990-93 Jessica Dinaberg1168 1994-97 Total Blocks Name Total Years 1. Cara Dane 434 1990-93 2. Carolyn Kempker 368 1986-89 3. Lisa Arce 364 1987-90 4. Diana Yovino-Young 358 1984-87 5. Morgan Cecil 248 1989-91 6. Jill Schneider 241 1990-93 7. Tiffany Rochelle 238 1986-89 8. Jenny Swart 230 1992-95 9. Sylvie Monnet 216 1983 10. Michelle Wickman 192 1994-97
JESSICA DINABERG: The senior hitter leads the Bears in kill average (3.28 kpg) and dig average (2.72 dpg)...named tournament MVP at the Illinois State Classic and to the all-tournament team at the Colorado State tournament...earlier this season, became just the third player in Cal history to post 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs (1128 kills, 1168 digs), and only the 29th player in Pac-10 history to accomplish that feat...ranks fourth in career kills, kill attempts and digs at Cal...had a season-high 24 kills against Oregon State and 23 kills vs. New Mexico...recorded a season-high 20 digs vs. New Mexico and Oregon...has been the team leader in kills in seven matches this season.
MICHELLE WICKMAN: The senior hitter/setter ranks third on the team in service aces (13)...alternated between hitter and setter this season...averaging 2.24 kills and 2.25 digs per game...had a career-high 64 assists vs. Illinois State...in last five matches, is averaging 3.3 kills per game, including a career-high 25 kills against UCLA...the four-year starter ranks ninth in career kills and career aces and 10th in career blocks at Cal.
ELENA BERMAN: The junior middle blocker is the only Bear to have played in every game of every match this season...ranks second on the team in hitting percentage (.245) and third in kill average (2.25 kpg) and blocking average (0.71 bpg)...had a career high 18 kills vs. New Mexico and hit a season-high .405 (18k-3e-37att)...recorded a season-high seven blocks along with 12 kills against Oregon State.
KELLIE ALVA: The sophomore middle blocker ranks second on the team in blocking average (0.80 bpg) and is averaging 1.76 kills per game...recorded a season-high 16 kills along with seven blocks vs. New Mexico...posted a career-high eight blocks against Oregon State.
BROOK COULTER: The sophomore hitter leads the Bears in service aces (19) and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in ace average (0.35 apg)...recorded a career-high six service aces against Tulsa...in last three matches, has averaged 2.7 kills per game, including season-high 16 kills against New Mexico and 14 kills against both Oregon and Oregon State...posted season-high 24 digs against New Mexico...named to the all-tournament team at the Notre Dame Tournament of Champions...posted career high two block solos and four total blocks against Oregon...has played in 54 of the team's 56 games, averaging 1.87 kills and 2.19 digs per game.
JENNIFER KRISTE: The sophomore setter ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in assist average (10.54 apg)... recorded a career-high 74 assists vs. New Mexico...had 68 assists at UCLA...has eight service aces and 16 blocks on the season.
AMANDA SELBY: In her first season at Cal, the sophomore middle blocker leads the team in hitting percentage (.290) and blocking average (1.22 bpg)...recorded career-high 10 blocks against Illinois State... averaging 2.11 kills per game, fourth best on team...missed the last seven matches with stress fracture... redshirted last season after transferring from UCLA.
ALICIA PERRY: A redshirt freshman, she ranks second on the team in dig average (2.68 dpg) and kill average (2.64 kpg)...slammed a career-high 23 kills along with 18 digs and four blocks against Illinois State... recorded 14 kills and 12 digs against Oregon State...ranks second on the team with 14 service aces and seventh in the Pac-10 in service ace average (0.32 apg)...has four double-doubles this season, including 15 kills and 15 digs at UCLA last weekend.