Volleyball Hosts Washington, WSU, to Open Pac-10 Play

Sept. 21, 2004

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After nine road matches to open the 2004 season, UCLA will take the floor in Pauley Pavilion for the first time this year when the Bruins play host to No. 3 Washington and Washington State this weekend to open Pac-10 play. Friday night's match will be broadcast by FOX Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. The Bruins won both meetings against both Washington schools during the 2003 season. The Huskies are the only undefeated team remaining in the Pac-10 in 2004.

Bruins Split Matches in Utah
UCLA opened last weekend's action with a five-game loss at Utah, falling 15-12 in the fifth and deciding game of the match. UCLA had four players with double-figure kills in the contest, led by Brynn Murphy with 15. Sophomore Colby Lyman double-doubled against the Utes, turning in 14 kills and 16 digs, while senior libero Chrissie Zartman had a team-high 29 digs in the contest.

Playing the next night at BYU, UCLA was able to rebound, capitalizing on a 21-kill performance by Brittany Ringel and a 10-kill, .474 attack percentage night by Nana Meriwether, who also turned in a match-high seven blocks in the contest.

These matches marked the final pre-conference matches of the season for UCLA. The Bruins do have one additional non-conference opponent on their schedule, as UCLA hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday, October 26, in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA vs. No. 3/7 Washington (8-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
The undefeated Huskies come to Pauley Pavilion for the first Pac-10 match of the season for both teams. UW is ranked No. 3 in the current USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll, and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final last season. UCLA has a 38-6 all-time record against the Huskies, including wins in both meetings last season. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Sanja Tomasevic (104 kills, 4.52/game); ASSISTS- Courtney Thompson (338, 14.08/game); ACES- Tomasevic (13, 0.57/game); DIGS- Candace Lee (122, 5.08/game); BLOCKS- Darla Myhre (32, 1.45/game).

UCLA vs. Washington State (3-8, 0-0 Pac-10)
The Cougars enter Pac-10 play having lost their two most recent matches against Syracuse and Denver at the Denver Invitational last weekend. Washington State is coached by first-year mentor Brian Heffernan. UCLA holds a 27-7 all-time record against WSU including wins in both matches last season Stat Leaders: KILLS- Kelly Rosin (173, 4.02/game); ASSISTS- Nicole Martin (485, 11.28/game); ACES- Jennifer Todd (14, 0.33/game); DIGS- Stacey Holbrook (181, 4.21/game); BLOCKS- Todd (42, 1.14/game).

Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 38th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, he became the first collegiate women's volleyball coach in history to record 900 career wins, and is just the second collegiate volleyball coach for either gender to reach that milestone. UCLA men's coach Al Scates, for whom Banachowski was a setter during his collegiate career, posted his 1,000th career win in February, 2000. The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career record of 970-246 (.798), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
(26-24, 25-15, 25-19)
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-18, 25-22)
Sunday, Oct 18
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-21, 25-16, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
(25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 29-27)
Sunday, Oct 25
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
(25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-5)
Friday, Oct 30
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
(25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16)
Sunday, Nov 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
(20-25, 26-24, 15-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Nov 04
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 26-24, 25-17)
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16)
Thursday, Nov 12
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
(25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 12-15)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
Wednesday, Nov 25
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 12-25, 15-12)
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE