October 20, 1998
UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 7-9
Pac-10 Record: 6-3
Rankings: 25 AVCA/ NR VB mag
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 836-197 (32nd year)
This Week's Schedule UCLA travels to the state of Oregon to begin the second half of Pac-10 Conference play. The Bruins play at Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday in the Pac-10 match of the week to be televised live by Fox Sports, then travel to Eugene for a Sunday afternoon match at Oregon. Friday Oct. 23 at Oregon State 7:30 pm Televised live on Fox Sports Net Sunday Oct. 25 at Oregon 1:00 pm
Porter Named Pac-10 & AVCA National Player of the Week UCLA freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, Texas) was named the Pac-10 Conference and AVCA National Player of the Week after helping lead UCLA to three victories, including an upset of No. 4 ranked UCSB. For the week, Porter hit .321 and recorded 80 kills, 39 digs, five blocks and four aces. She averaged 6.67 kills, 3.25 digs and .42 blocks per game in 12 games played. Against the Gauchos, Porter tallied career-highs with 38 kills and 24 digs to go along with two blocks an ace and a .412 hitting percentage. She had 22 kills, six digs, two blocks and a .279 hitting percentage in a four- game victory over Washington, and finished the week with 20 kills, nine digs and three aces in a three-game win over Washington State. Her 38 kills against UC Santa Barbara is the second highest single-match total at UCLA, just five shy of four-time AVCA All-American Natalie Williams' record of 43 set in 1991. She also posted 24 digs against UCSB to become the first freshman and only the fifth player ever in UCLA history to record over 30 kills and 20 digs in the same match.
Porter becomes just the second freshman to earn AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honors. Stanford senior Kerri Walsh earned the honor in 1995.
Recapping Last Week
UCLA Wins Three Home Matches, Including Upset Of No. 4 UCSB . The Bruins extended their win streak to four matches as they posted three victories at home during the week. UCLA started things off with a five-game come-from-behind upset of No. 4 ranked UCSB, then defeated Washington 3-1 and swept Washington State. The victories over the Washington schools marked the first time since 1995 that UCLA defeated both schools in the same weekend. The Bruins are now 5-0 at home this season.
10/14 Won 2-2 (13-15, 9-15, 15-10, 15-3, 15-11) vs. No. 4 UC Santa Barbara In a tremendous night of women's volleyball action, UCLA battled back >from a two-game deficit to upset fourth-ranked UCSB. UCLA's Kristee Porter registered 38 kills and 24 digs on the night making her only the fifth player in UCLA history to record over 30 kills and 20 digs in the same match and the only freshman in the prestigious club. Her 38 kills is the second highest single-match total in UCLA history, just five shy of the all-time record. Setter Erika Selsor became the first freshman with over 80 assists in a match and finished third on the all-time list with 88 assists on the night. Bruin sophomore Elisabeth Bachman also enjoyed a career-high performance as she drilled 24 kills and hit a match-high .477 in the match. Senior Chaska Potter provided a career-high 25 digs. UCSB's Charlene Conley posted a career-high 29 kills, while Roberta Gehlke added 26 kills. All together five players enjoyed 20-plus outings in the match.
10/16 Won 3-1 (15-6, 15-3, 7-15, 15-8) vs. Washington The Bruins broke a four-match series losing streak by defeating the Huskies 3-1. UCLA rookies Kristee Porter and Ashley Bowles again took center stage as they led the team with 22 and 20 kills, respectively. The Bruin sophomore middle blockers continued to be hot as well, as Elisabeth Bachman hit .387 with 15 kills and eight blocks and Amy Nihipali hit .391 with 13 kills. Setter Erika Selsor provided 60 assists, put away three kills and collected 11 digs. Washington's Kristina Laffling totaled a match-high 23 kills, while Leslie Tuiasosopo posted a match-high nine blocks.
10/18 Won 3-0 (15-8, 16-14, 15-9) vs. Washington State UCLA registered its second sweep of the season to extend its win streak to four matches. Despite the three-game match, Bruin rookie Kristee Porter totaled 20 kills for the eighth time this season and the third time this week. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman hit .382 with 16 kills and five blocks. Freshman Ashley Bowles registered her eighth double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Setter Erika Selsor dished 55 assists. The highlight for Washington State was the 16 kills effort of senior Jennifer Stinson who became only the seventh player in WSU player to register 1,000 career kills.
This Week's Opponents .
Oregon State "Beavers"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 11-9 Overall; 1-8 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 26-0 Most Recent: The Bruins defeated the Beavers 3-1 on Sept. 27 in Pauley Pavilion. In 1997, UCLA swept the series, taking the first meeting 3-2 in Corvallis and the second showdown 3-1 in Pauley Pavilion. Notable: Oregon State's current nine-game losing streak began with a 1-3 loss to the Bruins back on Sept. 27.
University of Oregon "Ducks"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 6-14 Overall; 1-8 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 28-1 Most Recent: UCLA defeated Oregon 3-1 at Pauley Pavilion on Sept. 25. In addition, the Bruins swept the Ducks twice last season in both Eugene and Pauley Pavilion.
Notable: UCLA is 11-1 when playing in Eugene.
Recent Bruin Notables . Erika Selsor is the first freshman in UCLA history to have over 80 assists in a single match. She posted 88 vs. UCSB to put her name third on the all-time best list behind Holly McPeak's outings of 97 and 95 during the 1990 season. Elisabeth Bachman also enjoyed a career-high performance as she drilled 24 kills and hit a match-high .477 against UCSB. Bachman has posted incredible numbers in the last four matches hitting .533, .477, .387 and .382 with three double-figure outings and no less than three blocks in each match. As the only fourth-year senior on the squad, and the team co-captain, senior Chaska Potter's presence has been a stabilizing force to the young Bruins. Her action had been limited due to injury until the Arizona match, when she earned the starting nod at opposite hitter. The Bruins are 4-1 with Potter in the lineup. She registered a career-high 25 digs vs. UCSB and has double figures in digs in four of the five matches she has started. Freshman Ashley Bowles has reached double figures in the last 12 outings and has double-doubles in the last five straight.
Brief Bruin Overview . This year's theme of "Winning Hand In Hand" builds on the foundation of excellence which is second to none. The UCLA women's volleyball program is joining hands in a quest to bring home its seventh national title. The 1998 Bruins combine nine newcomers, including the second ranked recruiting class in the nation, with nine returners, including a pair of redshirts from last year. This year's squad is extremely young with six sophomores, one junior and only two seniors. Three freshman received the starting nod in the season opener at Hawaii and six have already made significant contributions. Captains for the season are senior Chaska Potter and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman.
Youthful Bruins . One half of the 18-player UCLA roster is made up of freshman, including the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation, and six more are sophomores. Needless to say the starting lineup is dominated by underclassmen. In fact all three of the Bruins upperclassmen have been hampered by injuries thus far. Seven rookies have already seen action and five have earned starts, including three mainstays (Erika Selsor, Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter) who have played every game. Although several people have seen action in the opposite hitter slot, the remainder of the starting rotation belongs to a trio of sophomores. Middle blockers Elisabeth Bachman and Amy Nihipali have owned the starting nods inside while defensive specialist Michelle Quon has shared the rotation with one of them.
Seniors Key Turn Around . A major factor in the Bruins recent success is the return of both seniors to the lineup. Co-captain and fourth-year Bruin Chaska Potter returned to the starting rotation at Arizona as the opposite hitter, while second-year Bruin Mandi Lawson returned as a defensive specialist in the same match. The Bruins lost at Arizona in five games and went on a four-match win streak since then. Potter had been hampered by a shoulder injury, while Lawson had a pulled muscle.
Rookie Report . As the starting setter, Erika Selsor has not missed a rotation and is averaging 13.08 assists per game. Outside hitter Kristee Porter leads the team with 290 kills and ranks third in the conference with a 4.75 per game average. Outside hitter Ashley Bowles is right behind Porter with 255 total kills and a 4.18 per game average (eighth in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 166 digs and a 2.72 per game average.
Angela Eckmier has seen considerable action (24 of 61 games) in the opposite slot and earned the starting nod in Chicago. Lauren Hogan started the first two home matches. Taylor Rodger and Danielle Ryba have also seen action.
Double Dips . The hottest player on the court, freshman Kristee Porter has notched 20-plus kills in eight of the last 10 matches and has reached double-figures in 12 consecutive outings. Porter also notched her fifth double-double in incredible fashion as she registered 38 kills and 24 digs against UCSB to become the first freshman and only the fifth player in UCLA history to record 30-kills and 20- digs in the same match. Earlier in the season she fell just shy of the prestigious 30-kill and 20-20 clubs with 29 kills and 18 digs at Stanford.
Fellow rookie Ashley Bowles was the first Bruin to register double figures in kills this season when she notched 21 against Ohio State. Bowles has also posted double figure kills in the last 12 matches, including five more 20-plus outings. She has a total of 13 double-dips thus far and owns eight double-double (kills and digs), including the last five outings. Bowles also came close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills /18 digs at Stanford and 20 kills/17 digs vs. Washington.
Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in eight matches, including the last three outings. Her career total in this category is now 19. She fell just shy of a triple-double vs. Oregon when she registered nines in kills, digs and blocks. Bachman posted a career-high 24 kills against UCSB.
Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson reached double-figures in digs for the first three times in her Bruin career this season. She notched 11 at Santa Clara , 12 at Stanford and 13 against UCSB. Fellow specialist, sophomore Michelle Quon improved her career-high with 13 digs vs. UCSB and has reached double figures in digs on seven occasions this season.
Setter Erika Selsor has notched five double-figure dig matches, including a career-high 16 against UCSB. Rookie Angela Eckmier notched her career-high 12 digs at Santa Clara. Senior Chaska Potter put up her first double-digit performance with 10 digs at Arizona and has reached double figures in the last three matches. She notched a career-high 25 digs against UCSB.
Sophomore middle blocker Amy Nihipali reached double figures in kills twice last week and has four double-digit matches in her career.
Building Blocks . Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman posted a new career-high nine blocks (two solo, seven assisted) vs. Oregon. She equaled that mark with nine assisted at Arizona and put down eight in three other matches. Bachman is currently ranked seventh in the Pac-10 Conference with an overall blocking average of 1.36. She is averaging 1.63 blocks per game in Pac-10 matches. Eleven of her 16 solo blocks have come during conference matches. Fellow sophomore Amy Nihipali put down three solo blocks in three straight matches and had four at Cal. She now leads the team with 20 solo blocks, 14 of those coming during Pac-10 matches. Nihipali has improved her blocking average tremendously during conference play recording 37 of her total 56 blocks against league foes. She tied her career-high by registering eight blocks (3 BS, 5 BA) at Arizona State.
Coach Banachowski . A great teacher of the game, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski achieved one of the highest honors possible when he became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the national Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach last year. Now in his 32nd season guiding the Bruins, Banachowski is not only the owner of more victories than any other NCAA Division I women's coach, but also mentor to numerous individual success stories during and after college. He has led the Bruins to six national championships, top-four national finishes in 20 of the last 27 years and compiled 30 or more victories in seven of the last 10 seasons.
Bruin Sidelines . Sophomore outside hitter Celeste Peterson underwent knee surgery during the spring and has not made sufficient progress to be cleared to participate yet this season.
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg will undergo surgery this week, thus her status is not yet known. Rookie Taylor Rodger missed the Chicago and Bay Area trips due to a strained muscle, then suffered a sprained ankle which caused her to miss further action. Her return date is not yet determined, but could be soon. Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson missed the Bruins' home opener due to a pulled muscle, but returned to action at Arizona. Senior outside hitter Chaska Potter saw limited action due to a shoulder injury until the trip to Arizona when she was cleared for full action. She has started every match since, and is a key the Bruins recent win streak. Junior Tamika Johnson has been slowed by injuries all season and missed the Arizona trip with the flu. She has been cleared to return, but must now contend for playing time.
Elite Performances . Freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter gave Bruin fans a night to remember when she drilled 38 kills and recorded 24 digs in leading UCLA to a come-from- behind five-game win over No. 4 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14. Porter's kill total is the second highest in UCLA history, just five shy of the 43 posted by Natalie Williams against Hawaii in 1991. Porter is the first freshman in Bruin history to drill 30-plus kills. In addition, Porter joined a very elite group as she became the first rookie and only the fifth player in UCLA history to notch 30- kills and 20-digs in the same match. Other members of the 30-20 club are Liz Masakayan (three times), Jenny Evans, Elaine Youngs and Kara Milling.
Rookie setter Erika Selsor etched her name deep in the UCLA all-time leaders lists when she provided 88 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14. With this accomplishment, Selsor became the first freshman in UCLA history to have over 80 assists in a single match and put her name third on the all-time best list behind only Holly McPeak's outings of 97 and 95 during the 1990 season.
Selsor also became only the seventh player and third freshman in UCLA history to notch 70-plus assists in a single match when she tallied 70 at Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 20. The fact that this was a four-game match makes it even more rare as that has only happened six times in the total of 22 matches with 70-plus assists by a Bruin.
Bruin Honors: Bowles Named All-Tournament in Hawaii .
Earning All-Tournament honors in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High) is already establishing herself as a force in the UCLA lineup and in the nation. Bowles was impressive in each outing during the weekend, and posted her best numbers (21 kills, .395, 9 digs) in UCLA's 2-3 loss to Ohio State. She hit .299 and totaled 39 kills for a team- high 3.55 kills per game and added 19 digs over the weekend en route to the honor.
New Promotion For Home Matches . The most spirited fan at each home match will receive a "Fan of the Game" prize. Big 5 Sporting Goods is sponsoring the "Fan of the Game" promotions for the weekend matches giving away $25 gift certificates to Big 5 and volleyballs autographed by the 1998 UCLA women's volleyball team to the most spirited fan.
Pac-10 Conference Standings
School Pac-10/ Overall
Stanford 9-0/ 14-2
Arizona 7-2/ 16-2
USC 7-2/ 12-4
UCLA 6-3/ 7-9
Washington State 5-4/ 8-7
Arizona State 4-5/ 7-9
Washington 3-6/ 4-9
California 2-7/ 6-12
Oregon State 1-8/ 11-9
Oregon 1-8/ 6-14
Bruins In The Pac-10 Stats
Hitting Pct. Bachman 6th .337
Assists Selsor 3rd 13.08
Blocks Bachman 7th 1.36
Kills Porter 3rd 4.75
Kills Bowles 8th 4.18
Aces Quon 10th 0.28
Bruins in the Rankings
AVCA/USA Today VB magazine
Preseason 18 14
Week 1 (9/8) 20 NR
Week 2 (9/15) RV NR
Week 3 (9/22) NR NR
Week 4 (9/28) NR NR
Week 5 (10/5) RV NR
Week 6 (10/12) NR NR
Week 7 (10/19) 25 NR