BERKELEY - Jennifer Dorr is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Cal volleyball team. Dorr was a standout setter at the University of Hawaii, where she led the Rainbow Wahine to a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances. She comes from a volleyball family - her parents, George and Becky, founded the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club in Orange County in 1993.
As the Bears prepare to host matches against No. 19 Colorado and No. 23 Utah this week, Dorr sat down with CalBears.com for this edition of Coaches Corner.
CalBears.com: Why did you get into coaching?
Jennifer Dorr: I just love the game so much. I felt I had something to contribute from my experiences as a player and growing up in a volleyball family and volleyball community. I love being around the sport, in the gym, around teams. This was the next best way to do it. I tried to deny it for a long time. I wanted to be a businesswoman. But it's in my blood. I literally grew up in the gym."
The Golden Bears host Top 25 Ranked mountain schools this weekend. #19 Colorado plays Cal on Friday at 7 pm, while #23 Utah plays on Sunday at 11 am.
Cal will visit Gainesville, Florida tomorrow to face the Florida Gators in the second around of the NCAA Tournament.
Swimming and Diving
Coach Todd Mulzet and divers junior Peter Cyr and freshman Finn Scribbick will be facing some of the nation's best competition this week when they travel to Austin for the Texas Diving Invitational. Anne Kastler, Sara-Lina Boushakra, Hayden Tavoda and Eleanor Smart will joining them from the Women's side.
The past two weeks in Berkeley have been a whirlwind. We swam Wisconsin at home, participated in the bi-annual Aquatics Gala, flew to Utah to swim the Utes, and have learned at least three new dances in dance class. We've done this all while watching the temperatures steadily drop, the trees turn bare, and Starbucks begin to serve our coffee in holiday-colored cups. Now, it's this point in the season where we get a little break in competition and really get to focus in on our training.
This week marks our final full week of classes of the fall semester. Next weekend is Thanksgiving, the following week we travel to Georgia for an invitational, and then finals will be upon us before we know it.
Now, being a senior, this is a pretty scary and slightly saddening thought. It's easy to see the weeks pass without really noticing, but then eventually those weeks add up to a whole season. Just like that! In light of this, this past weekend I slowed down a bit and enjoyed one of my absolute favorite traditions of the year: my class's Thanksgiving dinner.
Men's Water Polo
#4 ranked Cal was awarded the fifth seed in the MPSF Tournament, and will face fourth-seeded and host Long Beach State tomorrow at 10 am.
#14 Cal routs Nevada in its home opener in Haas Pavilion, 76-54.
Big Game Week
Sophomore running back Jeffrey Coprich was presented with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team trophy on Tuesday after practice.
Cal's Director of Player Development Kevin Parker opened the ceremony by talking to Coprich's teammates about the Watts native and his dedication to the community. Parker then introduced a video played on the stadium's scoreboard featuring Coprich's community service before Bay Area Allstate insurance agent Harold Lorber presented Coprich with his trophy.
"I want to change kids' futures on a better path because mine did," Coprich said.
Coprich, who is one of the Cal football program's most active community service participants, visited 116th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles last Friday in his most recent outing. He spoke to a gathering of fourth and fifth graders in the school's auditorium before later reading to a group of younger students in the Essence K. Coprich Library named in honor of his late sister, who was killed at the age of seven in a 1996 car accident that Jeffrey survived.
Chat with Hardy Nickerson tonight at 6 pm on Facebook!
One-on-One Wednesday with Chris Harper
CalBears.com: Tough loss last week at USC, but what does it say about the team that you guys kept fighting and cut it down to an eight-point game?
Chris Harper: It means we're a tough team. We have a lot of heart and a lot of fight in us. Even when we're down, we're never going to give up.
CB: You scored Cal's first touchdown against the Trojans. How much did that touchdown help get things back on track for you guys?
CH: It helped turn the tide a little bit going into halftime. It was late in the half when we got that touchdown. We had a good drive going there. A lot of my teammates contributed to that drive, and I just finished it off. That gave us a little bit of momentum going into halftime.
When they met a year ago, Cal and Stanford stood at polar opposite ends of the spectrum.
The Golden Bears were mired in a season of 1-11 despair. They didn't beat a single FBS team throughout their entire 2013 journey.
The Cardinal, meanwhile, were again shooting toward the Pac-12 pinnacle. Arizona upset Oregon on the day David Shaw's team walloped Cal 63-13. The 50-point obliteration represented the largest margin in Big Game history. It catapulted Stanford into the Pac-12 championship game and eventually the Rose Bowl.
A lot can change in less than a calendar year.