Oct. 27, 1997
Bears Return Home Against #5 USC and #23 UCLA
Fri. Oct. 31 USC, RSF Fieldhouse (1,000), Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 1 UCLA, RSF Fieldhouse (1,000), Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m.
SPIKERS RETURN HOME:
The Cal women's volleyball team (7-13, 2-9), fresh off a victory at Oregon last Saturday, returns home to host 5th-ranked USC (16-3, 8-3) Friday, Oct. 31 and 23rd-ranked UCLA (9-9, 4-7) on Saturday, Nov. 1. Both matches begin at 7:30 p.m. in the RSF Fieldhouse on the Cal campus.
PAC-10 STANDINGS: Pac-10 Overall
1. Stanford, 11-0 , 20-2
2t. USC, 8-3, 16-3
2t. Washington, 8-3, 13-7
4. Arizona, 7-3, 15-3
5. Washington State, 7-4, 19-4
6t. Oregon State, 4-7, 12-11
6t. UCLA, 4-7, 9-9
8. Arizona State, 3-7, 12-9
9. California, 2-9, 7-13
10. Oregon, 0-11, 8-15
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS:
USC is 16-3 overall, and tied for second place in the Pac-10 with a 8-3 conference record. The Trojans, ranked #5 nationally before last weekend's action, defeated #10 Washington State last Friday, but then had a six-match winning streak snapped with a five-game loss at home to #21 Washington on Saturday. UCLA is 9-9 overall and is tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-7 conference mark. The Bruins, ranked #23 nationally last week, have lost four straight matches, including home losses to #5 Washington State and #21 Washington last weekend.
CAL vs. THE OPPONENTS:
USC leads the series with Cal, 21-6, including 11 straight victories. The last Cal win over USC was a five-game victory in Berkeley Nov. 15, 1991. UCLA has dominated the series with Cal, winning all 33 matches dating back to 1977. Cal has come close to snapping that string twice in the past year, taking the Bruins to five-games on Oct. 3 this season and also going five games in Berkeley Oct. 18, 1996. Last season at home, Cal won the first two games and was poised to win the match with a 14-7 lead in game four. But the Bruins held off five match points by the Bears to take the fourth game, 17-15. In the rally-scoring fifth game, Cal took a 4-3 lead before UCLA scored five of the next six points to lead, 8-5, and maintained the advantage the rest of the way to post a 15-12 win to take the game and match.
The Bears snapped an eight-match losing streak with a three-game victory at Oregon Oct. 25. Brook Coulter led the Bears with 12 kills and four service aces, and senior Jessica Dinaberg added 15 digs in her first appearance after missing four matches with a sprained ankle. Elena Berman tallied a team-high 13 kills in the Bears four-game loss at Oregon State Oct. 24.
The Bears came close to getting their first-ever win against the UCLA Bruins on Oct. 3 in Los Angeles, but #21 UCLA charged back from a 2-1 game deficit to take a five-game marathon match at Pauley Pavilion. In a match 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, Oct. 4, 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.
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 28-48 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 138-87 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.
CAL CAREER LEADERS
Name Total Years
1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89
2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90
3. Cara Dane 1332 1990-93
4. Jessica Dinaberg 1138 1994-97
5. Morgan Cecil 1053 1989-91
6. Kelly Moomaw 979 1984-87
7. Shaney Fink 931 1990-93
8. Michelle Wickman 913 1994-97
Name Total Years
1. Lisa Arce 4801 1987-90
2. Tiffany Rochelle 4772 1986-89
3. Cara Dane 3394 1990-93
4. Jessica Dinaberg 3306 1994-97
5. Kelly Moomaw 2864 1984-87
6. Morgan Cecil 2740 1989-91
7. Michelle Wickman 2618 1994-97
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 1103 1996-
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. Michelle Wickman 91 1994-97
Name Total Years
1. Lisa Arce 1602 1987-90
2. Tiffany Rochelle 1406 1986-89
3. Jessica Dinaberg 1188 1994-97
4. Holly McPeak 1184 1987-89
5. Tosha Comendant 1168 1990-93
6. Sienna Curci 1121 1989-93
7. Kelly Moomaw 993 1984-87
8. Danielle Mashy 970 1992-95
9. Michelle Wickman 847 1994-97
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 202 1994-97
The senior hitter returned to the lineup against Oregon Oct. 25 after missing four matches with a sprained ankle, and contributed a team-high 15 digs...prior to the injury, Dinaberg had not missed a match in her four-year career, breaking a 99-match streak...she leads the Bears in kill average (3.07 kpg) and dig average (2.73 dpg)...named tournament MVP at the Illinois State Classic and to the all-tournament team at the Colorado State tournament...earlier this season, became the third player in Cal history to post 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs...ranks third in career digs, and fourth in career kills and kill attempts at Cal...had a season-high 24 kills against Oregon State Sept. 27 and 23 kills vs. New Mexico...recorded a season-high 20 digs vs. New Mexico and Oregon Sept. 26.
The four-year starter has alternated between hitter and setter this season...she ranks third on the team in service aces (17)...ranks fourth on the team in kill average (2.14) and dig average (2.35)...had a career-high 64 assists vs. Illinois State...slammed a career-high 25 kills against UCLA...is leaving her mark in the Cal record book, ranking ninth in career kills and digs, seventh in kill attempts, eighth in service aces and 10th in total blocks at Cal.
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 (.213) and third in kill average (2.17 kps) and blocking average (0.66 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 Sept. 27.
The sophomore middle blocker ranks second on the team in blocking average (0.77 bpg) and fourth in hitting percentage (.206)...averaging 1.89 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 Sept. 27.
The sophomore hitter leads the Bears in service aces (27) and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in ace average (0.36 apg)...recorded a career-high six service aces against Tulsa...posted season-high 16 kills and 24 digs against New Mexico...named to the all-tournament team at the Notre Dame Tournament...posted career high two block solos and four total blocks against Oregon Sept. 26...has played in 75 of the 77 games, averaging 2.01 kills and 2.40 digs per game.
The sophomore setter ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in assist average (10.67 apg)... recorded a career-high 74 assists vs. New Mexico...had 68 assists at UCLA Oct. 3...has nine service aces and 19 blocks on the season.
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...has been sidelined since Sept. 16 with a stress fracture.
A redshirt freshman, she ranks second on the team in dig average (2.45 dpg) and kill average (2.58 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 Sept. 27...ranks second on the team with 18 service aces...has four double-doubles, including 15 kills and 15 digs at UCLA.
A freshman middle blocker, she recorded a career high five kills and three block assists at #21 Washington Oct. 17...at #10 Washington State, she had a career high three digs and three block solos...has played in 23 games, posting 25 kills and 15 blocks.