Nov. 15, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: Fri. Nov. 19 Washington State, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 20 Washington, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7 p.m.
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (10-15 at Cal, career 309-182, .629) is in his first 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.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal volleyball team, 10-15 overall and 5-11 in the Pac-10, is wrapping up the 1999 season with three home matches, beginning with conference foes Washington State (13-11, 7-9) Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Washington (8-16, 4-12) Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal's final match of the season will be a home contest against Nevada Nov. 23. The Bears are looking to continue their trend as one of the most improved volleyball programs in the conference as they have won more matches since the 1995 squad went 13-15 and 5-13. Cal is trying to win more than five Pac-10 matches since winning six league contests in 1992. Some highlights for the Bears this season include sweeping the Oregon school in all four matches for the first time since 1993. Cal's sophomore setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Oct. 4 after breaking a school record with a .917 hitting percentage against Oregon Oct. 1, followed by a triple-double (14 kills, 14 digs, 36 assists) Oct. 2 against Oregon State. McNamee was later featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd.
With only three matches left, the college careers of senior outside hitter Brook Coulter and senior middle blocker Kellie Alva are coming to a close. Coulter has been a model of consistency as she is the Pac-10 leader in dig average (3.57) and is third in service ace average (.41). She is the team leader in kills (299), digs (314) and service aces (36). Coulter is also a member of Cal's all-time career Top 10 list as she is the school record-holder in career service aces (155), fifth in kill attempts (2941), seventh in digs (1063) and ninth in kills (925). Alva has been solid in her final year with 172 kills, 148 digs and is second on the team with 83 total blocks. Both Coulter and Alva were named to the PowerBar Invitational All-Tournament team back on Sept. 4 in Colorado. Alva, McNamee and junior outside hitter Alicia Perry are members of the Bears all-time career Top 10 list as well. Alva is fifth in career total blocks (329), McNamee is third in career assists (1916) and Perry is 10th in career kills (841). Among active Pac-10 players, Coulter is second in career digs (behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh) and fifth in career kills. Perry is sixth among active conference players in both career kills and digs (703), and Alva is fourth in career total blocks.
CAL VS. THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 15-18 all-time record against Washington State, falling to the Cougars, 3-1 (15-12, 15-11, 14-16, 15-3), Sept. 18 in Pullman. WSU is 13-11 and 7-9, having last defeated Washington, 3-0, Nov. 12 in Pullman. The Cougars are led by senior Joy Sperry with 306 kills. The last time the Bears defeated Washington State was 3-2 Oct. 25, 1991 in Harmon Gym. Cal has a 13-19 all-time record against Washington, defeating the Huskies, 3-1 (17-15, 15-9, 13-15, 15-10), Sept. 17 in Seattle. Washington is 8-16 and 4-12, having lost to Washington State Nov. 12. The Huskies are led by senior Kristina Laffling with 332 kills and 245 digs.
1999 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. Morgan Cecil 1053 1989-91 9. Brook Coulter 925 1996- 10. Alicia Perry 841 1997-
KELLIE ALVA: Recorded 11 kills and eight total blocks Nov. 12 at ArizonaÉhad 11 kills with three errors in 19 attempts for a .421 hitting percentage Oct. 19 at SJSÉhad seven kills, two errors in 10 attempts (.500 hitting percentage) Oct. 1 versus OregonÉhad a career-high 38 kill attempts Sept. 18 at WSUÉwas named to the PowerBar Invitational all-tournament team Sept. 4 in ColoradoÉ tied a career-high with 17 kills with only three errors in 25 attempts (.560 hitting percentage) Sept. 4 at DenverÉhad a career-high nine block assists and 16 digs Sept. 3 at ColoradoÉis fifth on the school's all-time career total block list (329)Ésecond on team in total blocks (83)ÉPac-10 All-Freshman in 1996.
BROOK COULTER: Had seven service aces versus Utah Sept. 25, becoming the Cal all-time service ace leader (now has 155 career aces)Éis now also fifth in kill attempts (2941), seventh in digs (1063) and ninth in kills (925)Écurrently leads team in kills (299), digs (314) and service aces (36)Éhad a career-high 26 kills Nov. 11 at ASUÉwas named to the PowerBar Invitational all-tournament team Sept. 4 in ColoradoÉin the two tournament matches recorded 34 kills and 35 digsÉwas fourth in the nation and led the Pac-10 in service aces (56, third-best all-time Cal single-season mark) and in ace average (0.74 apg) last seasonÉalso last year broke the school record for single-match service aces with nine aces Oct. 16 at Oregon.
CANDACE MCNAMEE: Was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 4) and is in the Nov. 1 issue of Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd after breaking a school record with a .917 hitting percentage (11 kills, no errors, 12 attempts) Oct. 1 versus Oregon and recording a triple-double (14 kills, 14 digs, 36 assists) Oct. 2 versus OSUÉhad a career-high three service aces versus BYU Sept. 24Étallied 55 assists at ASU and 56 assists at Arizona last weekendÉrecorded a career-high 63 assists and three service aces Sept. 3 at ColoradoÉcurrently has 1916 career assists, which is already third on the Cal career assist listÉher 1101 assists last season was the 10th-best Cal single-season mark.
LEAH YOUNG: Tallied nine kills with two errors in 17 attempts (.412) in last match Nov. 12 at ArizonaÉhad strong college debut Sept. 1 against Hawaii, with seven kills with no errors in 13 attempts (.538)Érecorded a season-high 12 kills with only two errors in 24 attempts (.417) Sept. 17 at WashingtonÉhad a career-high five block assists Sept. 28 versus Santa Clara.
ALICIA PERRY: Recorded a career-high 29 kills and 73 attempts Sept. 25 versus UtahÉhad 35 kills and 20 digs during the two matches of the PowerBar Invitational Sept. 3-4Éhad a career-high two block solos and five total blocks Sept. 3 at ColoradoÉhad a career-high four block assists Sept. 25 versus UtahÉsecond on team in kills (291) and digs (189)Éhad a season-high 16 digs Nov. 11 at ASUÉled the team in kills (331) and digs (298) last season.
COURTNEY GUERRA: Leads team in total blocks (84)Éhad seven kills with no errors in 15 attempts (.467) and a career-high 14 digs Nov. 12 at UAÉhad 16 kills with only two errors in 33 attempts Oct. 28-29 at UO and OSUÉrecorded a career-high seven block assists Oct. 19 at SJSÉhad career-high nine kills and two errors in 17 attempts (.412 hitting percentage) Sept. 25 versus UtahÉhad career-high three block solos Oct. 2 versus OSUÉhad three service aces Sept. 3 at Colorado.
CAITY NOONAN: The freshman setter had a career-high 25 assists Oct. 2 versus OSUÉSept. 17-18 at UW and WSU recorded a season-high six kills with no errors in 15 attempts (.400 hitting percentage) against WSUÉalso had two service aces and seven digs versus the HuskiesÉhad a team-high 12 digs Sept. 8 against EWU and then had a team-high four service aces Sept. 12 against Wisc. GBÉsecond on team with 24 service aces.
LAUREL KOKASKA: JC transfer came off the bench to record a season-high 12 kills Sept. 17 at WashingtonÉfollowed with nine kills and a season-high 15 digs Sept. 18 at WSUÉhad two service aces Sept. 25 versus UtahÉstarted Oct. 29 at OSU and had eight kills and 12 digsÉrecorded a career-high 18 digs Nov. 12 at Arizona State.
1999 University of California Volleyball Season Highs (as of 11/15)
TEAM INDIVIDUAL Kills 74 at Col., 9/3, vs. OSU, 10/2 Kills 29 by Alicia Perry vs. Utah, 9/25
KELLIE ALVA Kills 17 at Denver, 9/4 Attempts 38 at Washington State, 9/18 Service Aces 2 at Washington, 9/17 Digs 16 at Colorado, 9/3 Block Solos 2 at USC, 10/9 Block Assists 9 at Colorado, 9/3 Total Blocks 9 at Colorado, 9/3