Results tagged “volleyball” from California


The week that Cal students have now been dreaming of for weeks has finally arrived - spring break has overtaken Berkeley.

While many of the Bears that are in season will remain on campus for the week, many more will travel around the country for competition and around the world for pleasure.

For example, Lauren Loerch, a freshman outside hitter on the volleyball team, leaves this morning for the Dominican Republic for a service trip.

Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, meanwhile, is taking punter Bryan Anger back to his home land for the week and will be showing the Camarillo, California native around Italy.

And Elly Barrett, a sophomore on the volleyball team, returned home to Austin, Texas where she will be on hand watching the women's swim team look to capture an NCAA Championship this evening. (Cal leads Georgia 295 to 274.5 entering the final day of competition.)

All four of these Cal athletes will be sending us pictures from their different activities, meaning you'll be able to be a part of their spring breaks even if you get no such week off yourself.

As for myself, I am in the nation's capital to start of the week but will be keeping my eyes on the Bears around the country throughout the week. Meaning that while I may not blog quite as much over the next week, plenty of information will be going out to the world via Twitter.

So keep your eyes on the Bear Blog and all of its social media entities throughout the week and we'll be back in full swing when school resumes.


The off-season is difficult for many different reasons, but one definite challenge comes with the physical limits that are regularly pushed.

Earlier this morning, after a practice and weight lifting session (much like the one we featured here last week), the Cal volleyball team endured a trying cardio circuit, which included five different five-minute stations with only one-minute breaks in between each drill.

The good news? Strength and conditioning coach Hank Behrens gave the Bears some extra motivation. If each player improved upon their scores from the last time they did this exact circuit, they would enjoy a day off this Friday.

When it was all said and done, they have a three day weekend ahead of them.

Tarah Murray (right) and Lauren Loerch (middle) are joined by head coach Rich Feller on the elliptical machines.

Kat Brown (right) and Elly Barrett push themselves on stationary bikes.

Shannon Hawari works the ropes during the cardio circuit.

Correy Johnson and Adrienne Gehan run on treadmills in the Haas weight room.

Strength and conditioning coach Hank Behrens looks on as the Bears endure his circuit.


After finishing practice on the floor of Haas Pavilion this morning, the Cal volleyball team went directly into the weight room across the hall and commenced a strenuous hour-and-a-half long workout.

Strength and conditioning coach Hank Behrens put the Bears through an extensive warm up before starting the workout with a lengthy, endurance building circuit including box jumps, burpies, hurdles, and more.

(Of course, if you follow the Bear Blog on Twitter you already saw a photo and video of this as it happened this morning.)

While the circuit alone would have been an admirable workout for a single day, it merely served as a precursor to the actual weight lifting that was about to begin.

All in all, the Bears were at it for about three hours this morning in the gym and weight room. Reigning national coach of the year Rich Feller certainly is wasting no time in preparing his team to return once again to the Final Four.

Here are some pictures from the Bears workout in the weight room earlier this morning. For more extensive volleyball news, follow the Cal Volleyball account on Twitter.

The Bears go through ab exercises during their warm up in the Haas weight room.

Elly Barrett does a side plank during this morning's work out.

Strength and conditioning coach Hank Behrens (back right) demonstrates proper technique while the Bears look on.

Lauren Loerch does 30 seconds worth of burpies during the circuit training portion of the workout.

Elly Barret (front) works with the weights while Kat Brown looks on.


It may be the off season for the Cal volleyball program, but the 2010 national runner ups are hard at work preparing to return to the Final Four in 2011.

This morning we were on hand for their morning practice in Haas Pavilion. The Bears went through serving, passing and hitting drills before heading to the weight room for an extensive workout session. Here are some photos from the practice, with a look at the weight room workout to come.

Coach Rich Feller (right) looks on while Correy Johnson prepares for the next serve.

The team huddles around coach Feller after their morning practice.

Lauren Loerch, Correy Johnson and Kat Brown (left to right) change out of their practice attire to begin their weight room session.


This morning, the Bear Blog will be tagging along the Cal volleyball team as they conduct an off season workout routine, complete with practice earlier (it started at 8:45 a.m.) and a weight lifting session immediately after. Stick around throughout the day to catch interviews and photos of the 2010 national runner-ups.

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Back to School with Correy Johnson

Volleyball sophomore opposite hitter Correy Johnson invited along for her first day back at classes.

Volleyball Ranked No. 11 to Open 2010

The Golden Bears hold the No. 11 ranking in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Pac-10 has seven teams in the top 20 alone. Defending conference champion Stanford holds the highest ranking at No. 4. Washington checks in at No. 8 with USC not far behind at No. 10. Cal is No. 11, followed by UCLA at No. 16, Arizona at No. 18 and Oregon at No. 20.

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Awwww, Chute

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Syndey Chute was named the new volleyball volunteer assistant coach this Friday. She comes to the Golden Bears with a wealth of coaching experience. Here she is with her old coaching staff at Saint Mary's College. Head coach Rob Browning is to her left with current Cal assistant coach Sam Crosson directly across from her with his back to the camera. Photo credit: Tod Fierner.

Volleyball Goes Social

The Golden Bears are just three days away from reporting for their first fall practice of 2010. Coming off its third consecutive foray as far as the regional championship match in the NCAA tournament, the Cal volleyball team is poised to make some major noise in the premiere conference for collegiate women's volleyball, the Pacific 10.

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