Nov. 6, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Tue. Nov. 7 at Santa Clara, Pat Malley Center, Santa Clara, CA 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 10 Stanford, RSF Fieldhouse, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (23-27 at Cal, career 322-194, .624) 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 Cal women's volleyball team, 10-12 overall and 5-10 in the Pac-10, has a big week ahead of it as the Bears travel to Santa Clara, Nov. 7 (6-0 at home this season) and hosts Bay Area rival Stanford Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Recreational Sports Facility Fieldhouse. With six matches left, Cal is in dire need of a winning streak in order to have any chance at NCAA postseason play. The Bears broke a five-match losing steak with a 3-0 victory (16-14, 16-14, 15-7) over host Washington Nov. 3. Before the victory over the Huskies, Cal had not won a game in a match since defeating non-league opponent William & Mary, 3-1, on Oct. 13. Cal had lost five straight matches and six straight Pac-10 matches, as well as losing 18 straight games in those six Pac-10 matches until defeating Washington. Against the Huskies, the Bears were paced by senior outside hitter Alicia Perry, who had a team-high 18 kills and 13 digs. Other key performers were freshman middle blocker Heather Diers with a .462 hitting percentage (eight kills, two errors, 13 attempts) and seven total blocks (two block solos, five block assists) and freshman defensive specialist Jenna Grigsby with 11 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Leah Young also played well with seven kills and only one error in 14 attempts for a .429 hitting percentage. Cal had an impressive comeback to win game one, 16-14. The Bears were down 10-2 at one point when they slowly got back into the game. With Washington up 14-6 and being at game point, the Bears rattled off seven straight points to get within 14-13. The Huskies then had another chance at game point, but the Bears got a side out and then won when Washington hit long three straight times. In game two, Cal again came from behind to win 16-14. The Huskies held a 11-5 lead before the Bears came back to put the game away, 16-14, on two errant hits by Washington. Senior captain Perry, the Oct. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week, is only the fourth player in school history to record over 1000 career kills (1268, fourth on the Cal all-time list) and 1000 career digs (1056, eighth on the Cal all-time list). Perry has led Cal in both kills and digs in 12 of the team's 22 matches this season. Among active Pac-10 players, she is second in career digs and third in career kills. Perry is also first in the conference in digs per game (4.08) and third in kills per game (4.72).
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 24-5 all-time record against No. 16 ranked Santa Clara (21-3, last defeated San Francisco, 3-1, Nov. 3 at Santa Clara). Last season, the Bears defeated the Broncos, 3-0, Sept. 28 in Berkeley. Santa Clara is led by 5-11 senior outside hitter Ynez Carrasco (385 kills, 321 digs). The Bears have a 4-47 all-time record against Stanford (14-11, 7-8, defeated Washington, 3-2, Nov. 2 in Seattle, lost to WSU, 3-1, Nov. 3 in Pullman), losing to the Cardinal earlier this season, 3-0, Oct. 10 at Stanford. The last time the Bears defeated the Cardinal was, 3-1, Oct. 1, 1982 during the Cal Dolfin Invitational in Berkeley. Stanford is led by 6-1 sophomore Logan Tom (175 kills, .304 hitting percentage in 32 games).
2000 Player Notes
GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Is second on the team with 262 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 .293 hitting percentage (175 kills, 65 errors, 375 attempts) and is second with 18 service aces...also has 155 digs and a team-high 11 block solos and 78 total blocks...against the Washington schools 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 573 assists...currently has 2492 career assists, which is third on the Cal career assist list (2492 career assists ranks 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 career-high nine digs Oct. 28 versus ASU...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 three block assists Sept. 9 versus Florida.
ALICIA PERRY: Oct. 20 at UCLA became the fourth player in Cal history to record career 1000 kills and 1000 digs...was Pac-10 Player of the Week with 44 kills and 44 digs Oct. 6-7 against the Washington schools...had a career-high 30 digs Oct. 6 versus UW...selected to all-tournament teams for the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invitational and the Golden Bear Classic...had career-high 30 kills Sept. 15 at Oregon, including the match-winning kill...followed with 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 fourth on the Cal all-time career kill list (1268), fourth on the Cal all-time kill attempt list (3522) and eighth on the Cal all-time digs list (1056)...among active Pac-10 players is second in career digs and third in career kills...has led the Bears in kills and digs in 12 of 22 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...is second on the team with 41 total blocks.
CAITY NOONAN: Sophomore setter is second on the team with 470 assists and 195 digs...also has 15 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 .326 hitting percentage (64 kills, 20 errors, 135 attempts)...Nov. 3 at UW had a career-high seven total blocks (two solo blocks, five block assists) and had a .462 (eight kills, two errors, 13 attempts) hitting percentage...had a career-high 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage (12 kills, two errors, 20 attempts) Sept. 16 at Oregon State...Sept. 9 versus Florida had a 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