Another big matchup today. Desmond Bishop, former Cal linebacking stud and current NFL Superbowl Champion versus Angie Pressey, a volleyball superstar (and also Mrs. Justin Forsett!). This is in the Joe Kapp Regional. The winner will take on the winner of Dealtha O'Neal v. Jocelyn Forest
You can see the whole bracket here. Voting ends on Friday, May 13, 2011 at noon, so vote. GO BEARS!
Joe Kapp Regional
Desmond Bishop (6)
People remember Marshawn owning things on the offensive end in that UW game, but they might forget that Bishop was a one man wrecking crew on D (16 tackles and the game clinching INT). Throughout 2006 he was our defensive leader, and we certainly missed that fire in 2007.
The Fiery Emotional and Vocally Inspiring Leader - this type of leader is emotional. He'll also have big time emotional celebrations after a big play, inspiring his teammates with confidence and energy. But what makes this type of leader different from the Fiery Emotional Cocky Leader is his ability to emotionally pick up his players. He's the one prowling the benches, screaming, and inspiring his teammates with words and speeches to find the heart within them to play harder and not quit. An example of this type of leader from last year's team would be Desmond Bishop.
As a senior in 2006, he became the first Bear in 13 years to lead the league in tackles with 126 and was named 1st-Team All-Pac-10. He had a knack for the big play - whether it was key stop, forced fumble, or game-clinching interception.
Questions about his speed caused him to drop to the 6th round, but his work ethic and determination quickly earned him the nod over more touted prospects when Green Bay's starters became injured. Already famous for his creative and entertaining twitter persona, http://twitter.com/#!/desbishop55, he backed up his words with solid play throughout the playoffs and in this year's Super Bowl victory.
Angie Pressey (11)
The case for Angie is also terse and to the point.
Took the Cal Volleyball team to the Final Four (right?) also dominated asa 5’8" OUTSIDE HITTER. She had some MAJOR HOPS, like her dad.
But among the [Cal volleyball] players that I’ve seen play on TV I’d say Angie Pressy was the most impressive. She’s just a freak…such a small player jumping that high and hitting that hard was just amazing.
As a senior, she became the only player in Cal history to be named to four All-Pac-10 1st teams. She was also named AVCA 1st-team All-American. Although she hurt her back playing professionally in Puerto Rico, her rehab went well and now she's in the US living and training with the Team USA Olympic squad in hopes of making the cut for the 2012 games. There's a good article about it here.