No. 3 Bears Close Home Slate Versus OSU, Oregon
Since Saturday is the final home match of the regular season, it will be Tarah Murrey evening as she is honored on Senior Night.

Since Saturday is the final home match of the regular season, it will be Tarah Murrey evening as she is honored on Senior Night.

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Nov. 15, 2011

Friday, Nov. 18
7 p.m. - No. 3 Cal (25-4, 15-4 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (17-10, 6-12 Pac-12)
Haas Pavilion - Berkeley
Series Record vs. the Beavers: 42-17
Last Meeting: W, 3-1 (10/9/11)
Coverage: Live Video, Twitter, GameTracker
Promotion: Post-Match Autographs

Saturday, Nov. 19
7 p.m. - No. 3 Cal (25-4, 15-4 Pac-12) vs. No. 15 Oregon (18-8, 11-7 Pac-12)
Haas Pavilion - Berkeley
Series Record vs. the Ducks: 50-15
Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (10/8/11)
Coverage: Live Video, Twitter, GameTracker
Promotions: Free Pre-Match Chalk Talk With Rich Feller; Senior Night; Post-Match Autographs

BERKELEY - After two weekends on the road, the No. 3 California volleyball team returns home to close its regular-season home schedule by hosting the Oregon schools. On Friday, Nov. 18, the Bears welcome Oregon State for a 7 p.m. first serve. Saturday, Nov. 19, will the final home match of the regular season, when Cal hosts Oregon at 7 p.m. Since it's the final home match of the regular season, it will be Tarah Murrey evening as she is honored on Senior Night.

According to the Rankings
With the two wins in Washington in hand, Cal moves from fifth in the AVCA Coaches' Poll to No. 3. Similarly, Oregon moved from 20th to No. 15. The coaches have ranked Cal in the top 10 for the entirety of the season with its best ranking coming at the No. 1 spot from weeks 1-4. They spent two weeks (eight and nine) at No. 2.

Briefly With the Bears
•Thanks to the two wins in Washington, Cal matches the program record of conference wins, which is 15 and occurred last year
•Cal defeated Oregon 3-0 and Oregon State 3-1 in the first round of matches against the Beaver State schools
•The Bears have beaten the Ducks in 22 of the 25 most recent meetings with the Ducks
•Cal has won 16 of the past 17 meetings with Oregon State
•Holding onto a 25-4 record, Cal is five wins away from matching its highest season win total, which occurred last year when the Bears finished 30-4
•The last time the Bears played the Ducks, Oregon was ranked No. 15, which is the Ducks' current ranking
•Thanks to the win over then-No. 11 Washington on Nov. 12, the Bears are now 4-4 against ranked opponents
•Cal brings a four-match winning streak into this weekend

Super Senior
Saturday's match against Oregon will be the final home match of the regular season for senior outside hitter Tarah Murrey. A starter from her days as a freshman, Murrey has been a key cog in the California volleyball machine. As a freshman in 2008, Murray earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors after ranking third on the team in total kills. She was an all-conference honorable mention the next year after reaching double digit kills in 19 matches and double digit digs in 12 matches. Last year, Murrey had her very best season of volleyball to date as she helped power the Bears to the national championship game. Earning first-team AVCA All-American and All-Pacific Region Team honors, she was also placed on the All-Pac-10 team and made the NCAA Division I All-Championship and Seattle All-Regional teams. She produced the third highest single-season record for kills with 617 and had the second-highest output in a single season for attacks with 1,454. Her 5.23 kills per set ranked her first on the squad, second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation. Murrey continues to lead her Cal volleyball team to new heights, pacing the Golden Bears with 4.19 kills per set - which is good for sixth in the Pac-12 and 27th in the nation. She also sixth in the conference and 28th in the country with 4.76 points per set. Murrey has started all 29 matches for the No. 5 California volleyball team was named the Oct. 10 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Cal Keeps Streak Intact
Heading into Washington, the Bears were holding onto several winning streaks, which they managed to uphold. The Bears have not lost to WSU since 2002, owning an 18-0 record in the last eight seasons and a 36-22 all-time record. Cal upped its winning streak at the Huskies Alaska Airlines Arena to five matches. Thanks to a 3-1 victory at Haas Pavilion on Oct. 14, Cal swept the regular-season series with Washington. Last year, the Bears not only swept the Huskies during the Pac-10 matches - both wins coming by scores of 3-1 - but then swept UW, 3-0, at the Seattle Regional to advance to the national semifinal match. Saturday evening's victory knots the all-time series record at 29-29.

Last Week's Court Report
On 11-11-11 in front of 1,111 fans on No. 11 Kat Brown's birthday, Cal kept its winning streak against Washington State intact with a 3-0 victory (26-24, 25-20, 25-22) over the Cougars at Bohler Gym. Tarah Murrey paced the Bears with 16 kills (e3, 37att, .371) for 18.5 points. Shannon Hawari led all players with five blocks. Hawari hit .462 with eight kills and five blocks en route to 10.5 points. Also amassing 10.5 points was Correy Johnson, who had three aces, seven kills and one block. Elly Barrett dished out 37 assists and Robin Rostratter accumulated 15 digs. The Bears then defeated No. 11 Washington 3-1 on Saturday. Though UW took set two, the Golden Bears ultimately prevailed 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23. Murrey led all players with 18.5 points and 17 kills. Murrey also had 14 digs for a double-double - her 14th of the season. Hawari paced everyone on the court by hitting .556 with 12 kills (2e, 18att). Kat Brown amassed an incredible nine blocks, along with five kills for 11 points. Barrett dished up 51 assists and had 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Rostratter led all players with 23 digs.

Moving On Up in the Record Books
•Tarah Murrey is currently fifth in total kills with 1,633. The next person in her way is Angie Pressey with 1,725 kills
•Murrey is currently fifth in total attacks with 4200. She needs eight to surpass Angie Pressey, who has 4,208 attacks
•Kat Brown has moved into 10th all time in total blocks with 339, passing Mindi Wiley, who had 332
•Shannon Hawari has 1,221 total attacks in her career, which makes her eligible for the all-time hitting percentage statistical category. Currently, she has a career-hitting percentage of .369, which is first in Cal history, ahead of the previous number one, Camille Leffall, who had a 0.363 hitting percentage
•Kat Brown has 306 attacks in 88 sets, which equals 3.48 attacks per set and qualifies her for the single-season hitting percentage statistical category. Currently, she has a season-hitting percentage of .392, which places her second all-time between Shannon Hawari's 2010 season (.419) and her own 2008 season (.387)
•Robin Rostratter currently has 476 digs, which places her sixth on the Cal single-season records list. The people ahead of her have 480 (Lisa Arce), 491 (Kristen Kathan) and 495 (Robin Rostratter), which could be surmounted in the next game
•If the season ended today, Correy Johnson and Shannon Hawari would have the ninth and 10th-best single-season hitting percentage, respectively

Standings Update
For the first week in awhile, after a slew of ties, the top four spots in the conference are held by four different teams. USC occupies first in the AVCA Coaches' Poll and in the Pac-12 standings with a 17-2 record. No. 2 UCLA is in second at 16-3 and No. 3 Cal is third in the conference at 15-4. No. 5 Stanford holds fourth at 14-5 and No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 Washington are tied for fifth, each with an 11-7 conference record.

Rewriting the Record Books
•Robin Rostratter tallied five assists at Washington State, besting the four she dished out on five different occasions this year
•Correy Johnson's three service aces in Pullman were not only a season but also a career high
•Marlee Davis made 11 digs at Washington, setting a career high
•At Washington, Kat Brown amassed an incredible nine blocks, along with five kills for 11 points
•Brown's eight block assists tied her season high and her nine combined blocks one upped her previous season high
•Correy Johnson's six blocks at Washington were a season high, one upping her previous high of five. Those six blocks tied this year's best, which she set against Nevada on Sept. 9
•Shannon Hawari's four digs versus the Huskies tied her season best
•Completing her comeback from a dislocated ankle, Adrienne Gehan had double-digit kills for the first time since the Stanford match on Sept. 13. Gehan's 34 swings tied her season best, which came against the Cardinal

Vote for Tarah Murrey for Senior CLASS Award
In recognition of her volleyball prowess, academic success, strong personal character and involvement in the community, senior outside hitter Tarah Murrey is one of the10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. One of the 30 candidates for the awards announced in August, Murrey earned the privilege of being one of the top 10 finalists, who were selected by a media committee. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through Nov. 21. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

The Double-Double Brigade
In conference play, Tarah Murrey is tied for first with Stanford's Rachel Williams with both student-athletes accumulating 11 double-doubles. Overall, Murrey is third in the Pac-12 with 13 double-doubles with Williams and Stanford's Karissa Cook each amassing 14. Elly Barrett is tied for eighth in the conference with eight double-doubles, six of which have come during Pac-12 play.

Cal in the National Rankings
Assists per set: 33rd (13.05)
Blocks per set: 13th (2.79)
Hitting percentage: 18th (.264)
Kills per set: 27th (14.08)
Win-loss percentage: 11th (.862)

Bears in the National Rankings
Assists per set: Elly Barrett - 14th (11.54)
Blocks per set: Kat Brown - 42nd (1.22)
Digs per set: Robin Rostratter - 39th (5.12)
Hitting percentage: Kat Brown - 15th (.392)
Kills per set: Tarah Murrey - 27th (4.19)
Points per set: Tarah Murrey - 28th (4.76)

Cal vs. the Pac-12 (Overall)
Hitting: Second (.264)
Opponent Hitting: First (.142)
Assists per set: Fifth (13.05)
Blocks per set: Fourth (2.79)
Kills per set: Fourth (14.08)
Service Aces per set: Eighth (1.02)
Digs per set: Second (16.53)

Cal vs. the Pac-12 (Conference Only)
Hitting: Fourth (.243)
Opponent Hitting: Third (.166)
Assists per set: Fifth (13.09)
Blocks per set: Fourth (2.69)
Kills per set: Fourth (14.06)
Service Aces per set: Eleventh (.85)
Digs per set: First (17.21)

Bears in the Pac-12 (Overall)
Hitting: Kat Brown - Second (.392), Correy Johnson - Fifth (.342), Shannon Hawari - Sixth (.340)
Assists per set: Elly Barrett - Third (11.54)
Blocks per set: Kat Brown - Sixth (1.22), Shannon Hawari - Seventh (1.17)
Kills per set: Tarah Murrey - Sixth (4.19)
Points per set: Tarah Murrey - Sixth (4.76)
Digs per set: Robin Rostratter - Third (5.12)

Bears in the Pac-12 (Conference Only)
Hitting: Kat Brown - Second (.377), Shannon Hawari - Seventh (.321)
Assists per set: Elly Barrett - Third (11.57)
Blocks per set: Kat Brown - Seventh (1.21), Shannon Hawari - 10th (1.10)
Kills per set: Tarah Murrey - Fourth (4.34)
Points per set: Tarah Murrey - Fifth (4.81)
Digs per set: Robin Rostratter - Second (5.51)

Cal vs. OSU, Oregon - First Time Out
Cal earned two victories in the Beaver State with a 3-0 sweep of Oregon and a 3-1 victory over Oregon State last weekend. In their fourth meeting of the season against a ranked opponent in the Oct. 7 match in Eugene, the Bears dismantled the then-No. 7 Ducks in front of 6,210 fans. Tarah Murrey racked up 19 kills, helping the Bears to out hit the Ducks, .269-.042. Murrey notched another double-double with 18 kills and 20 digs against Oregon State on Oct. 9. Kat Brown hit a match-high .583 with 14 kills.

Next Week on the Court
The Bears conclude the 2011 regular season with the 74th Big Spike. On Friday, Nov. 25, Cal heads to the Farm to take on No. 5 Stanford at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Scouting Oregon State
• Record: 14-14 (6-12 in Pac-12 play; Eighth in Conference)
• Rankings in the Conference:
o Hitting Percentage: Tenth (.182)
o Assists: Ninth (10.99)
o Blocks: Sixth (2.38)
o Digs: Seventh (15.18)
o Opponent Hitting Percentage: Eighth (0.202)
o Kills: Ninth (11.97)
o Aces: Sixth (1.13)
• Conference Individual Leaders:
o Points: Camille Saxton - Ninth (4.19)
o Kills: Camille Saxton - Ninth (3.56)
o Aces: Camille Saxton - Third (0.34)
o Digs: Becky Defoe - Fifth (4.65)
• Lost last four matches

Scouting Oregon
• Record: 18-8 (11-7 in Pac-12 play; Fifth in Conference)
• Rankings in the Conference:
o Hitting Percentage: Fifth (0.236)
o Assists: Second (13.42)
o Blocks: Eleventh (1.83)
o Digs: Fifth (15.41)
o Opponent Hitting Percentage: Sixth (0.196)
o Kills: Second (14.60)
o Aces: Fifth (1.14)
• Conference Individual Leaders:
o Hitting Percentage: Ariana Williams - Tenth (0.311)
o Assists: Lauren Plum - Second (11.77)
o Points: Alaina Bergsma - Third (5.21)
o Kills: Alaina Bergsma - Second (4.61)
o Aces: Alaina Bergsma - 10th (0.24)
o Digs: Haley Jacob - Seventh (4.16)
• Lost last match, ranked 15th

 

 

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