Oct. 9, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Tue. Oct. 10 at Stanford, Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA 7 p.m. Fri. Oct. 13 William & Mary, RSF Fieldhouse, Berkeley, CA 6:30 p.m.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (21-21 at Cal, career 320-188, .630) 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 (8-6, 4-4) travels to Stanford Tuesday and hosts William & Mary Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the RSF Fieldhouse. The Bears continue to make a push for postseason play after sweeping the Washington schools last weekend at the RSF. Cal is about halfway through its season and is on pace to better last year's mark of 13-15 overall and 7-11 in conference. The Bears, who have not been to the NCAA Tournament in women's volleyball since 1989, defeated Washington, 3-1 Oct. 6 and Washington State, 3-0, Oct. 7. Against the Huskies, the Bears were led by a career-high 29 kills by freshman Gabrielle Abernathy, while senior Alicia Perry tallied a career-high 30 digs and sophomore setter Caity Noonan had a career-high 54 assists. Perry also knocked down 26 kills. Cal had a rough go in game two against the Huskies when junior setter Candace McNamee went down with a sprained right ankle. McNamee was out for the rest of the match, but the Bears were able to rally to win second game, 15-9. The following night against Washington State, the Bears were led by a team-high 18 kills and 14 digs by Perry, while Abernathy added 16 kills and Noonan had 44 assists and 10 digs. Cal was able to gain momentum with its game one victory. Washington State held a 14-9 lead and had 13 attempts at game point before the Bears were able to pull out the 16-14 win. Cal was down 14-9 when Abernathy led a charge, recording three kills. Perry added a service ace, sophomore outside hitter Reena Pardiwala had a solo block and Perry ended the game with a kill for the come-from-behind victory. The Bears pretty much controlled the match from that point on, winning the next two games by the score of 15-7. Senior captain Perry, who was the Oct. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week after totaling 44 kills and 44 digs against Washington and Washington State, is having an outstanding 2000 season as she leads Cal in both kills (257) and digs (224). Abernathy has had some impressive matches and is second on the team in kills (193). Pardiwala has also been solid after sitting out the 1999 season with a ruptured disk in her back. She has a .366 hitting percentage (119 kills, 30 errors, 243 attempts), leads the team in total blocks (60) and is second in service aces (14). McNamee, who will be back after hurting her ankle against Washington, and Noonan have 418 and 316 assists, respectively.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 4-46 all-time record against Stanford (9-6, 4-4, defeated WSU, 3-1, Oct. 6 and UW, 3-0, Oct. 7), last season falling to the Cardinal, 3-1 Sept. 21 at Cal and 3-0 Oct. 22 at Stanford. The last time the Bears defeated Stanford was Oct. 1, 1982 (3-1) during the Cal Dolfin Invitational in Berkeley. The Cardinal are led by 6-3 junior middle blocker Tara Conrad (157 kills, 50 total blocks). The Bears have a 0-1 all-time record against William & Mary (9-7), losing to the Tribe, 3-0, Sept. 9, 1994 at the Rice/Volleyball Monthly Invitational in Houston, TX. William & Mary is led by 6-0 senior outside hitter Ellen Gazdowicz (203 kills, 140 digs).
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 1157 1997-
GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Is second on the team with 193 kills...had a career-high 29 kills Oct. 6 versus Washington...had 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 .366 hitting percentage (119 kills, 30 errors, 243 attempts) and is second with 14 service aces...also has 108 digs and a team-high nine block solos and 60 total blocks...against the Washington school Oct. 6-7 had 20 kills, only two errors in 35 attempts (.514)...had a career-high nine total blocks Oct. 7 versus WSU...had a career-high .625 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 16 attempts) Sept. 30 at Arizona...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.
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 418 assists...currently has 2337 career assists, which is third on the Cal career assist list...her 2337 career assists ranks her fifth among current Pac-10 players.
LEAH YOUNG: Had a career-high 14 kills and 40 attempts Sept. 16 at Oregon State...had a career-high six total blocks Oct. 7 versus WSU...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 Pac-10 Player of the Week after recording 44 kills and 44 digs Oct. 6-7 against the Washington schools...had a career-high 30 digs Oct. 6 versus UW...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 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...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 (1157) and fifth on the Cal all-time kill attempt list (3216)...among active Pac-10 players she is first in career digs (962) and third in career kills (1157)...has led the Bears in both kills and digs in nine of the team's 14 matches.
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...is second on the team with 38 total blocks.
CAITY NOONAN: Sophomore setter is second on the team with 316 assists and 137 digs...also has nine service aces...had a career-high 54 assists Oct. 6 versus UW...followed with 44 assists Oct. 7 versus WSU...had a career-high 22 digs Sept. 19 versus San Jose State...had three service aces Sept. 8 versus McNeese State.
HEATHER DIERS: Has a .353 hitting percentage (42 kills, 12 errors, 85 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. .625 by Reena Pardiwala at UA, 9/30 (11k-1e-16att) Assists 73 by Candace McNamee at Oregon State, 9/16 Service Aces 4 by Reena Pardiwala vs. McNeese State, 9/8 Digs 30 by Alicia Perry vs. Washington, 10/6 Block Solos 4 by Reena Pardiwala at Nevada, 9/1 Block Assists 8 by Reena Pardiwala vs. Washington State, 10/7 Total Blocks 9 by Reena Pardiwala vs. Washington State, 10/7