Oct. 16, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (22-22 at Cal, career 321-189, .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 (9-7, 4-5) travels to No. 4 ranked USC Thursday and No. 8 ranked UCLA Friday in what is arguably to toughest road trip in the Pac-10. The Bears continue to make a push for postseason play with a 9-7 overall record and a 4-5 Pac-10 mark. Cal is halfway through its conference season and is on pace to better last year's mark of 13-15 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10. The Bears, who have not been to the NCAA Tournament in women's volleyball since 1989, last week lost at Stanford, 3-0, but rebounded to defeat non-conference opponent William & Mary, 3-1, Oct. 13 at the Recreational Sports Facility. Against William & Mary, the Bears were led by a team-high 20 kills and 20 digs by senior outside hitter Alicia Perry. Perry also had a career-high six total blocks with two block solos and four block assists. Freshman outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy added 13 kills, sophomore Reena Pardiwala 12 kills and sophomore Leah Young 10 kills. Freshman Ashleigh Turner had three service aces. 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 (287) and digs (253). Perry has also led Cal in kills and digs in 10 of the Bears 16 matches this season. On the school's all-time career list, she is fifth in career kills (1187), fifth in career kill attempts (3288) and ninth in career digs (991). Among active Pac-10 players, Perry is first in career digs (991) and third in career kills (1187). She needs just nine digs to become only the fourth player in Cal history to record 1000 kills and 1000 digs. Pardiwala is having a solid year after sitting out the 1999 season with a ruptured disk in her lower back. She leads the Cal starters with a .341 hitting percentage (133 kills, 39 errors, 276 attempts). Pardiwala also leads the Bears in block solos (nine), block assists (59) and total blocks (68). She is second on the team in service aces (15) and third in digs (120), as well. Abernathy has had some impressive matches this season and is second on the team with 218 kills, the most kills of any Pac-10 freshman.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 6-27 all-time record against USC (14-1, 8-1, won at ASU, 3-1, Oct. 12 and lost at UA, 3-0, Oct. 13), losing earlier this season, 3-0 Sept. 23 at Cal. The last time the Bears defeated the Trojans was Nov. 15, 1991 (3-2) in Berkeley. USC is led by 6-1 freshman outside hitter April Ross (173 kills, .322 hitting percentage). The Bears have a 0-39 all-time record against UCLA (12-5, 7-2, won at UA, 3-2, Oct. 12, won at ASU, 3-2, Oct. 13), losing earlier this season, 3-1, Sept. 22 at Cal. The Bruins are led by 5-11 junior outside hitter Kristee Porter (216 kills, 116 digs).
2000 Player Notes
GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Is second on the team with 218 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 .341 hitting percentage (133 kills, 39 errors, 276 attempts) and is second with 15 service aces...also has 120 digs and a team-high nine block solos and 68 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 470 assists...currently has 2389 career assists, which is third on the Cal career assist list...her 2389 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 (1187) and fifth on the Cal all-time kill attempt list (3288)...among active Pac-10 players she is first in career digs (991) and third in career kills (1187)...has led the Bears in both kills and digs in 10 of the team's 16 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 348 assists and 158 digs...also has 10 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 .348 hitting percentage (44 kills, 13 errors, 89 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