2011 Season Features
Check Out Lillian Schonewise's Virtual Media Guide (Nov. 21, 2011): Get to know freshman middle hitter Lillian Schonewise in her virtual media guide. Highlights include a description of her hometown of Papillion, Neb., and an explanation of why she chose Cal.
Freshman Feature: Q&A With Lillian Schonewise (Nov. 18, 2011): CalBears.com has been profiling the California volleyball team's stellar freshman class, and this week's participant is Lillian Schonewise. The sole non-California resident, Schonewise hails from Papillion, Neb. PrepVolleyball.com's No. 12-ranked Senior Ace, she was on the AVCA/UnderArmour All-America Watch List and led her high school squad to the Metro Conference Championship, a state and national championship with a 41-0 record and a No. 1 MaxPreps ranking. Her mother played volleyball at Nebraska while her father was a football student-athlete at Kansas. CalBears.com caught up with the 6-3 middle hitter to see what life is like in Berkeley.
Getting Psyched for Game Day With the Bears (Nov. 15, 2011): While many fans are present at Haas Pavilion, vociferously cheering on their California volleyball team, they are not present for the pre-match preparations that go on with the Golden Bears. CalBears.com caught up with volleyballers to find out exactly how they spend their time before matches.
Cal Sports Report (Nov. 9, 2011): Rich Feller talks to Cal Sports Report host Todd McKim about the trip to Utah and Colorado. Francesca Weems profiles junior Kat Brown.
View Christina Higgins' Virtual Media Guide (Nov. 2, 2011): After it debuted at a home match, freshman outside hitter Christina Higgins graces CalBears.com in her first-ever virtual media guide. In the interview, Higgins discusses her happiest childhood memory and shows off her best dance moves.
Cal Sports Report (Nov. 2, 2011): Cal Sports Report (Nov. 2, 2011): Rich Feller explains the two losses to USC and UCLA. Additionally, the program highlights redshirt junior Shannon Hawari.
How Well Do Kat and Robin Know Each Other? (Oct. 31, 2011): Kat Brown and Robin Rostratter are not just teammates on the No. 2 California volleyball team, but they're also roommates! CalBears.com thought it would be fun to put their knowledge of each other to the test and find out just how well they know each other. Judging by the answers, it looks like Robin knows Kat the best, but check out the charts below to judge for yourself!
Freshman Feature: Q&A With Christina Higgins (Oct. 26, 2011): A two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Christina Higgins has already made a name for herself in the few short months she has been playing for Cal volleyball. Yet another one of Rich Feller's recruits to come to Berkeley with a distinguished resumé, Higgins has worked her way into the starting line-up with the No. 2 Golden Bears. She was Prepvolleyball.com's No. 11-ranked Senior Ace and a Fab 50 Senior by Volleyball Magazine. She was named to the USA Singapore Youth World Olympic Team and led her squad to a silver-medal finish and helped guide Sports Shack Volleyball Club to the gold medal at the 2010 Junior National Championships. CalBears.com sat down with Higgins to get her thoughts on living in Berkeley, volleyball and more.
Watch Adrienne Gehan's Virtual Media Guide (Oct. 20, 2011): If you missed sophomore outside hitter Adrienne Gehan's virtual media guide at a recent Cal volleyball home match, you can catch it here on CalBears.com! In this video interview, Adrienne tells fans why she sports No. 5, what she's afraid of and more!
Excellent Elly (Oct. 19, 2011): For some high school students, the prospect of committing to a program knowing that you would be playing behind an All-American for two years would deter them from choosing that school. But luckily for California, Elly Barrett was not dissuaded.
Cal Volleyball <3s Cal (Oct. 13, 2011): This year's Homecoming theme is I <3 Cal, and the California volleyball is no exception. On Oct. 12, the Golden Bears attended a Homecoming rally and will be celebrating Homecoming with two home matches. On Friday, Oct. 15, No. 4 Cal hosts No. 2 Washington in the FSN Match-Up of the Week at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. In the spirit of Homecoming week, CalBears.com caught up with the Golden Bears to find out why they love Cal.
Freshman Feature: Q&A With Michelle Neumayr (Oct. 2, 2011): Though she's not playing this season, freshman Michelle Neumayr should be a familiar face to the fans at Haas Pavilion as she cheers on her teammates while recovering from a torn ACL. While she cannot showcase her abilities on the court this year, Neumayr owns an impressive volleyball résumé. She was PrepVolleyball.com's No. 27 Senior Ace, and the American Volleyball Coaches' Association had her on its To-25 Underclassmen to Watch and 2010 High School Players to Watch lists. CalBears.com caught up with the San Mateo, Calif., native to find out more about Neumayr.
A "Dumb" Sport No More (Sept. 29, 2011): Growing up outside of Orlando, Fla., Correy Johnson was determined to play college basketball. A life-long hoopster, she had the athletic chops to become a scholarship player - including a state title on her résumé - and had even gone on multiple unofficial recruiting trips. But with some encouragement from her sister's now husband, who was a Florida state champion volleyball player himself, and an ultimatum of run cross country or play volleyball from her mother, Johnson picked up volleyball at age 16.
By the Numbers (Sept. 25, 2011): CalBears.com caught up with all of the Golden Bears to find out what made them choose they numbers they wear. Were they assigned, have a family history or perhaps they were the number the Bears wore in high school? In this feature, CalBears.com finds out the history behind the numbers.
Cal Sports Report (Sept. 21, 2011): Rich Feller and Todd McKim talk about the seven-match homestand, including the match against Stanford.
Mr. Feller (and His Bears) Goes to Washington (Sept. 6, 2011): After completing its three games at the University of Virginia's Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup, the Cal volleyball team was fortunate enough to spend Sunday in Washington D.C. An early departure from Charlottesville, Va., gave the Golden Bears and staff extra time to explore the nation's capital.
Preseason Q&A With Rich Feller: The Returners (Aug. 22, 2011): In Part I of a preseason Q&A series with California volleyball head coach Rich Feller, he took us through the team overall. In Part II, it's time to focus on the returners. Though they lost two key student-athletes to graduation in Meagan Schmitt and AVCA Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, the 2011 Golden Bears return five starters and the libero from last year's NCAA finalist team. CalBears.com picked Rich Feller's brain about Elly Barrett as setter, if Tarah Murrey can duplicate her stellar 2010 season and how he sees the rest of the returners filling out the court.
Preseason Q&A With Rich Feller: The 2011 Campaign (Aug. 19, 2011): On the heels of the best season in the California volleyball annals, the Golden Bears appear ready to return to greatness this year. Last year, Cal won its first-ever Pac-10 title last season, tying Stanford for top billing, and advanced to the first national championship game in program history. The 2010 Pac-10 and AVCA Coach of the Year Rich Feller chatted with CalBears.com to discuss the upcoming season. Check back on Monday to get Feller's thoughts on the returners.
2010 Season Features
Volley Visit: Elly Barrett (May 3, 2011): CalBears.com will host a live chat via CoverItLive with California volleyball setter Elly Barrett on Tuesday, May 3, beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Fans can point their browsers to CalBears.com--the official athletic website of the University of California--and navigate to the volleyball home page to access the chat module. Registration is not required.
Volley Visit: Robin Rostratter (April 4, 2011): CalBears.com will host a live chat via CoverItLive with California volleyball libero Robin Rostratter on Monday, April 4, beginning at 4 p.m. PT. Fans can point their browsers to CalBears.com--the official athletic website of the University of California--and navigate to the volleyball home page to access the chat module. Registration is not required.
Volley Visit: Kat Brown (Feb. 8, 2011): CalBears.com will host a one-hour live chat via CoverItLive with California volleyball middle hitter Kat Brown on Tuesday, Feb. 8, beginning at 4 p.m. PT. Fans can point their browsers to CalBears.com--the official athletic website of the University of California--and navigate to the volleyball home page to access the chat module. Registration is not required.
Season Review: 2010 California Volleyball (Dec. 23, 2010):The California volleyball team capped off a record-setting season with the program's highest year-end ranking as the AVCA tabbed the Golden Bears No. 2 in its final poll. When the dust had settled, a squad the other nine Pac-10 coaches selected to finish fifth at the beginning of the season earned its first Pac-10 title and set a new mark for most wins in a single season. The Bears (30-4 overall, 15-3 in the Pac-10) were led to new heights by the AVCA's pick for National Coach of the Year, Rich Feller, and its selection for National Player of the Year, senior setter Carli Lloyd.
No Hawarian Vacation (Oct. 9, 2010): California middle hitter Shannon Hawari has seen her share of difficulties as a highly-gifted volleyball player, but nothing could have prepared her for the hardship that came with a devastating injury she suffered in a match against Hawaii on Sept. 6, 2009.