Sept. 25, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri. Sept. 29 at Arizona State, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ 7 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 30 at Arizona, McKale Center, Tucson, AZ 7 p.m.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (18-20 at Cal, career 317-187, .629) is in his second season as the head coach of Cal's women's volleyball program. Feller took over the Bears coaching reins when he was hired in December 1998. He comes to Cal after a stint as an assistant coach on the USA National Team and 14 successful years as head coach at Colorado State (1983-96) where he led the Rams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 Top 25 national rankings. Feller earned his 300th career victory when the Bears defeated Denver, 3-1, Sept. 4, 1999.
BEAR NOTES: The 2000 Cal volleyball team (5-5, 1-3) travels to Arizona State and No. 8 ranked Arizona this weekend in some key conference match-ups. The contests against the Arizona schools are important for the Bears because they need to show they have the ability to win on the road in the Pac-10 and defeating Arizona State or Arizona would go a long way in helping Cal in its quest for postseason play. The Bears have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1989. Cal had an interesting time last week when it defeated San Jose State Sept. 19, in a come-from-behind 3-2 win, but fell to No. 5 ranked UCLA, 3-1, and No. 4 ranked USC, 3-0. In the victory over the Spartans, Cal came back from a 2-0 deficit, including being shutout in game two, to win 13-15, 0-15, 15-13, 15-12, 15-12. It was Cal's third-straight five-game match as the Bears had two five-game matches at Oregon and Oregon State Sept. 15 and 16. Cal's getting shutout in the second game was the first time they had been shut out in a game since Sept. 4, 1998 when they were blanked in game two at No. 1 ranked Long Beach State. The Bears played poorly in the first two games against San Jose State. In game one, the Bears squandered a 8-4 lead and allowed the Spartans to break a 13-13 tie to win, 15-13. In game two, Cal was completely overwhelmed. After the break, the Bears slowly worked back into contention. A kill by senior Alicia Perry and an ace by sophomore Reena Pardiwala broke a 13-13 tie to win game three, 15-13. A block by Pardiwala and sophomore Caity Noonan sealed a 15-12 win in game four and then Cal took control of game five, winning 15-12 with the help of two kills by freshman Gabrielle Abernathy and a kill by sophomore Leah Young to break away from a 12-11 game. Perry led Cal with a team-high 26 kills and Young added 13 kills. Noonan had a career and team-high 22 digs. Perry is having an outstanding senior campain as she led the Bears last week with a team-high 68 kills and 57 digs in the three matches. Perry is now fifth on the Cal all-time career kill list (1,079) and sixth in kill attempts (3,025). She currently leads the Bears in both kills (179) and digs (148) this season and has led Cal in both kills and digs in six of the team's 10 matches. Freshman middle blocker Heather Diers has tallied three or more blocks in the last five matches, averaging 0.89 blocks per game during that span, while hitting .538 with 31 kills and four errors in 52 attempts.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: The Bears have an 9-23 all-time record against Arizona State (10-3, 2-1), last defeating the Sun Devils 3-2 Nov. 8, 1997 in Tempe. Arizona State defeated Washington (3-0) and WSU (3-2) last weekend in Washington and are led by 6-2 senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge (219 kills, 174 digs). Cal has a 6-24 all-time record against No. 8 ranked Arizona (10-1, 3-0), last defeating the Wildcats, 3-0, Oct. 27, 1995 in Tucson. Arizona defeated WSU (3-0) and Washington (3-0) last weekend and are led by 6-3 senior middle blocker Marisa DaLee (152 kills, .492 hitting percentage).
2000 Player Notes
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 1233 1994-97 5. Alicia Perry 1079 1997-
GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Is second on the team with 135 kills...had a career-high 28 kills Sept. 15 at Oregon and had a career-high 14 digs Sept. 16 at Oregon State...recorded 18 kills and five block assists Sept. 9 versus Florida...finished the Golden Bear Classic with a team-high 28 kills...had a team-high 17 kills and 13 digs Sept. 1 at Nevada...also had a service ace, a block solo and three block assists versus the Wolf Pack...was named Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invitational all-tournament...finished the three tournament matches with 34 kills, a team-leading 23 digs and eight total blocks.
REENA PARDIWALA: Leads the Bear starters with a .315 hitting percentage (77 kills, 24 errors, 168 attempts) and a team-high 12 service aces...also has 78 digs and a team-high seven block solos and 42 total blocks...had a career-high 17 kills and 16 digs Sept. 15 at Oregon...had a career-high four service aces Sept. 8 versus McNeese State...Sept. 1 at Nevada had a career-high four block solos and eight total blocks...had sat out the whole 1999 season after rupturing a disk in her lower back.
CANDACE MCNAMEE: Was named all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic, recording 52 assists and 11 digs...recorded her second career triple-double Sept. 1 at Nevada with 11 kills, 11 digs and 37 assists...had a career-high 73 assists Sept. 16 at Oregon State...also had a career-high three service aces Sept. 15 at Oregon and Sept. 16 at Oregon State...had a career-high 18 digs Sept. 16 at OSU...had a team-high 12 kills Sept. 2 versus Minnesota...leads the team with 350 assists...currently has 2269 career assists, which is already third on the Cal career assist list...her 1992 career assists ranks her sixth among current Pac-10 players...her 1101 assists as a freshman was the 10th-best Cal single-season mark.
LEAH YOUNG: Had a career-high 14 kills and 40 attempts Sept. 16 at Oregon State...had a solid match Sept. 1 at Nevada with 12 kills, 32 attempts and five digs...Sept. 2 versus Minnesota had a career-high two block solos, and Sept. 2 versus Kent State had four block assists and a career-high five total blocks...had 10 kills in the two matches of the Golden Bear Classic and had three block assists Sept. 9 versus Florida.
ALICIA PERRY: Was selected to both the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invitational all-tournament team and the Golden Bear Classic all-tournament team...had a career-high 30 kills and 26 digs Sept. 15 at Oregon, including knocking down the match-winning kill...followed with a team-high 27 kills and 21 digs Sept. 16 at Oregon State...during the Golden Bear Classic recorded 27 kills and a team-high 33 digs and four service aces...at the Silver Legacy Invite led Cal with a team-high 37 kills and recorded 21 digs...had an impressive .481 hitting percentage (15 kills, two errors, 27 attempts) Sept. 2 versus Kent State...is currently fifth on the Cal all-time career kill list (1079) and sixth on the Cal all-time kill attempt list (3025)...among active Pac-10 players she is second in career digs (886) and third in career kills.
JESSICA ZATICA: Had a career-high two block solos Sept. 16 at Oregon State...had five kills with no errors in 10 attemps Sept. 8 versus McNeese State...joined Abernathy as one of two true freshmen to start the season opener Sept. 1 at Nevada...had one block solo and eight block assists versus the Wolf Pack...also recorded four kills Sept. 2 versus Kent State...leads the team with 32 total blocks and has a .318 hitting percentage (18 kills, four errors, 44 attempts) this season.
CAITY NOONAN: Sophomore setter is second on the team with 176 assists and 99 digs...also has seven service aces...had a career-high 22 digs Sept. 19 versus San Jose State...had three service aces Sept. 8 versus McNeese State...had nine digs and 26 assists in the season-opener Sept. 1 at Nevada.
HEATHER DIERS: Has a .491 hitting percentage (32 kills, five errors, 55 attempts)...had a career-high 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage (12 kills, two errors, 20 attempts) Sept. 16 at Oregon State...had six kills, no errors and 10 attempts (.600 hitting percentage) Sept. 15 at Oregon...Sept. 9 versus Florida had a career-high one block solo and five block assists...had the game-winning block in the Bears 17-15 game three victory over Florida.
2000 University of California Volleyball Season Highs Career highs in italics
INDIVIDUAL Kills 30 by Alicia Perry at Oregon, 9/15 Attempts 82 by Alicia Perry at Oregon, 9/15, at OSU, 9/16 Hitting Pct. .500 by Heather Diers at OSU, 9/16 (12k-2e-20att) Assists 73 by Candace McNamee at Oregon State, 9/16 Service Aces 4 by Reena Pardiwala vs. McNeese State, 9/8 Digs 26 by Alicia Perry at Oregon, 9/15 Block Solos 4 by Reena Pardiwala at Nevada, 9/1 Block Assists 7 by Jessica Zatica at Nev. 9/1, Pardiwala vs. Kent State, 9/2 Total Blocks 8 by Jessica Zatica at Nevada, 9/1