Dec. 4, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
HEAD COACH RICH FELLER: Rich Feller (26-30 at Cal, career 325-197, .623) 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 University of California women's volleyball team (13-15, 6-12 in the Pac-10) defeated host New Mexico (10-17), 3-0 (15-9, 15-8, 16-14) Nov. 25 in the championship match of the Albuturkey Classic held at the Johnson Center in Albuquerque, NM. It was a positive end to the 2000 season for the Golden Bears as they finished the year with three straight victories and a 13-15 overall record in coach Rich Feller's second season. Cal also finished 13-15 in 1999. The back-to-back 13-15 records are the best back-to-back seasons for the Bears since the 1988 and '89 campaigns (19-15 and 19-13). It was also Cal's first tournament title since winning the Pepsi/Illinois State Classic in 1997. Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry was named the Albuturkey Classic MVP after leading Cal with a team-high 16 kills and 14 digs against New Mexico. Perry had also led the Bears with 12 kills and 14 digs the night before against Northern Arizona. She finished her collegiate career as only the fourth player in Cal history to record over 1000 kills and 1000 digs. Perry finished with 1348 career kills, 3729 kill attempts and 1131 digs. Her kill and kill attempts are the third most in school history and her digs are the sixth most in school history. Sophomore middle blocker Reena Pardiwala was also an Albuturkey Classic all-tournament selection as she recorded 11 kills, a .667 hitting percentage (11 kills, one error, 15 attempts), 13 digs and five block assists against New Mexico. Against Northern Arizona, Pardiwala had a .417 hitting percentage (seven kills, two errors, 12 attempts), 12 digs and four block assists. For single season totals, Perry finished the 2000 campaign with 448 kills and 1182 kill attempts, both sixth-best all-time Cal single season marks, and 393 digs, seventh-best all-time Cal single season mark. Pardiwala finished the 2000 season with a school record .298 hitting percentage (219 kills, 80 errors, 466 attempts), topping the previous record of .293 set by Sylvie Monnet in 1983. Other highlights for the Bears during the 2000 season were Perry being named Pac-10 honorable mention and freshman outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy being named Pac-10 honorable mention All-Freshman. Sophomore setter Caity Noonan and senior defensive specialist Laurel Kokaska were honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic. Another conference accolade for Cal was Perry earning the Oct. 9 Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after recording 44 kills and 44 digs in matches against Washington and Washington State, including a career-high 30 kills against the Huskies. Junior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee had two triple-doubles this season and now has three triple-doubles in her college career. In 2000, McNamee had 11 kills, 11 digs and 37 assists Sept. 1 at Nevada, and 11 kills, 41 assists and 14 digs Nov. 16 versus Oregon State. The Bears competed in three tournaments this season, going 2-1 at the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invite, 1-1 during the Golden Bear Volleyball Classic and 2-0 at the Albuturkey Classic. Perry was all-tournament in all three tournaments, Abernathy was all-tournament at the Silver Legacy Invite, McNamee was all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic and Pardiwala was all-tournament at the Albuturkey Classic.
2000 Player Notes
CAL CAREER LEADERS Kills Name Total Years 1. Tiffany Rochelle 1814 1986-89 2. Lisa Arce 1806 1987-90 3. Alicia Perry 1348 1997-00 4. Cara Dane 1332 1990-93GABRIELLE ABERNATHY: Finished second on the team with 324 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: Had a school record single season .298 hitting percentage (219 kills, 80 errors, 466 attempts) and had a team-high 95 total blocks...was selected Albuturkey Classic All-Tournament with 18 kills, 25 digs and 10 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-tourney at the Golden Bear Classic, recording 52 assists and 11 digs...recorded a triple-double Sept. 1 at Nevada with 11 kills, 11 digs and 37 assists and Nov. 16 versus Oregon State with 11 kills, 41 assists and 14 digs...had a career-high 73 assists Sept. 16 at Oregon State...had a career-high four service aces Nov. 24 versus Northern Arizona...had a career-high 18 digs Sept. 16 at OSU...had a team-high 12 kills Sept. 2 versus Minnesota...led the team with 745 assists...has 2664 career assists, third on the Cal career assist list.
LEAH YOUNG: Had a career-high 15 kills Nov. 16 versus Oregon State...had 14 kills and a career-high 40 attempts Sept. 16 at OSU...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: Was the Albuturkey MVP with 28 kills and 28 digs in the two matches...on 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...also selected to all-tournament teams at the Silver Legacy/Ray Wersching Invite and 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...had an impressive .481 hitting percentage (15 kills, two errors, 27 attempts) Sept. 2 versus Kent State...is third on the Cal all-time career kill list (1348), kill attempt list (3729) and sixth on the Cal all-time digs list (1131)...among active Pac-10 players was first in career digs and third in career kills...led the Bears in kills and digs in 16 of 28 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...had 42 total blocks.
CAITY NOONAN: Sophomore setter was second on the team with 537 assists and 222 digs...also had 17 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: Had a .287 hitting percentage (75 kills, 26 errors, 171 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.
Final 2000 University of California Volleyball Season Highs Career highs in italics