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Women's Volleyball Preps for First Home Match
By: UCLA Athletics

September 23, 1998

UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 1-7
Pac-10 Record: 1-1
Rankings: NR AVCA/ NR VB mag
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 830-195 (32nd year)

This Week's Schedule
Thankful to see an end to three weeks on the road, the UCLA women's volleyball team opens the home portion of its schedule by hosting Pac-10 foes Oregon and Oregon State this weekend.

Friday Sept. 25 Oregon 7:00
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Sunday Sept. 27 Oregon State 1:00
(Live Webcast on the internet at
(Promo - UCLA Water Bottles)

New Promotion "Big 5 Fan of the Game"
The most spirited fan who is wearing blue and gold will win a FREE Volleyball autographed by the 1998 UCLA women's volleyball team.

Recapping Last Week
Bruins Post First Win At Cal In Pac-10 Opener, Go 1-2 Over Week . The Bruins picked up their first victory of the season and won a game in each of the other matches during a three-match trip to the Bay Area.

9/16 Lost 1-3 (11-15, 6-15, 15-10, 13-15) at Santa Clara
Despite having the distinction of being the first unranked opponent on UCLA's schedule this season, Santa Clara proved it was ready for the challenge as the Broncos handed the Bruins a four-game upset. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman turned in her best outing of the season as she hit .556 with a team-best 17 kills and only two errors in 27 attempts and also put away seven blocks. Rookies Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter each recorded the first double-double of their respective UCLA careers. Bowles registered 16 kills and 11 digs, while Porter added 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson notched her first career double-figure with 11 digs in the match. Santa Clara was led by Laura Echolds' 20 kills and had five players in double-digit kills.

9/18 Won 3-1 (15-9, 8-15, 15-6, 15-7) at Cal
UCLA registered its first victory of the season in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams. Kristee Porter led the Bruins with her first 20-plus outing and second double-double as she drilled a match-high 24 kills and added 13 digs. Ashley Bowles provided 16 kills and Michelle Quon tied her career-best with 10 digs. Elisabeth Bachman added 12 kills and tied her career-high with eight blocks. Cal was led by Jameka Stevens' 18 kills and had four players in double figures.

9/20 Lost 1-3 (15-13, 10-15, 16-18, 11-15) at No. 9 Stanford
The Bruins claimed the first game of the match and had the pressure on against the No. 9 ranked Cardinal, but Stanford held on for the four-game win. Freshman Kristee Porter drilled a match-high 29 kills to improve her career high and nearly missed joining the 20-20 club as she also collected 18 digs. Ashley Bowles also fell just shy of the 20-20 club as she registered 20 kills and 18 digs. Erika Selsor notched a career-high 70 assists to become only the seventh player in UCLA history to accomplish this feat. Elisabeth Bachman again tied her career-best with eight blocks and added 16 kills. Mandi Lawson surpassed and Michelle Quon equalled career-highs with 12 and 10 digs respectively. Stanford was led by Michelle Chambers' 22 kills and had five players in double figures.

This Week's Opponents
Oregon "Ducks"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 5-5 Overall; 1-0 Pac-10 (Faces Fullerton this Wednesday)
Series History: UCLA leads the series 27-1
Last Year: The Bruins swept the Ducks, winning 3-0 in Oregon and 3-0 at Pauley Pavilion.

Oregon State "Beavers"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 9-2 overall; 0-1 Pac-10 (Faces Portland this Tuesday)
Series History: UCLA leads the series 25-0
Last Year: UCLA defeated OSU 3-2 in Corvallis and 3-1 at Pauley Pavilion.

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.

Pac-10 Conference Standings
School Pac-10 Overall
Arizona 2-0 10-0
Stanford 2-0 6-2
Oregon 1-0 6-5
USC 1-1 5-3
Ariz. State 1-1 4-5
Wash. State 1-1 3-4
UCLA 1-1 1-7
Ore. State 0-1 10-2
California 0-2 3-7
Washington 0-2 1-5

Bruins In The Pac-10 Stats
Hittting Pct., Bachman 8th, .319
Assists, Selsor, 6th, 12.24
Blocks, Bachman, 6th, 1.34
Kills, Bowles, 10th, 3.90

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

Rookie Report
With seven rookies already having seen action and three true freshman (Erika Selsor, Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter) in the starting rotation, Bruin fans are excited about not just the present - but the future of UCLA volleyball. In addition, Angela Eckmier has seen considerable action and earned the starting nod in Chicago. Taylor Rodger, Lauren Hogan and Danielle Ryba have also seen action thus far.

Double Dips
Freshman Ashley Bowles was the first Bruin to register double figures in kills this season when she notched 21 against Ohio State. She has posted double figures in the last four matches, including her second 20-plus outing against Stanford, and has a total of five double-dips thus far. Bowles also has two double-doubles (kills and digs), coming close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills and 18 digs against Stanford. Fellow Rookie Kristee Porter has also registered double digits in the last four matches, including 20-plus outings in the last two. Porter also notched a double-double against Stanford falling just shy of the prestigious 20-20 club with 29 kills and 18 digs. That 29 kill outing is the best recorded by a Bruin freshman. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in the last three matches, bringing her career total in this category to 14.

Elite Perfomance
Rookie setter Erika Selsor 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 setter.

Marking Milestones
As rookies play such a prominent role, milestones are coming early. Both Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter reached the 100-mark in kills during the Stanford match on Sept. 20.

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 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.

Recapping The Season:
Young Bruins Open Season In Hawaii. A young UCLA women's volleyball team showed marked improvement despite posting a 0-3 record in its opening weekend during the annual trip to Hawaii for the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. With three freshmen in the starting lineup and six seeing action in the first match, the Bruins' youthfulness was apparent and so was the potential for greatness as experience is gained. Most notable was the performance of rookie Ashley Bowles who was named to the all- tournament team.

9/4 Lost 0-3 (10-15, 9-15, 3-15) to No. 14 Hawaii
A crowd of over 7,500 watched the season opener against host Hawaii. All- tournament selection Ashley Bowles and fellow freshman Kristee Porter registered nine kills each, while classmate Erika Selsor provided 28 assists in their UCLA debuts. Eventual tournament champion Hawaii was led by all-tournament selections Heather Bown, who registered 18 kills, and Veronica Lima, who added 15.
9/5 Lost 0-3 (2-15, 8-15, 9-15) to No. 6 Florida
The Bruins were again led by Bowles and Porter with nine kills each while sophomore Elisabeth Bachman added seven kills and two blocks. Florida was led by tournament MVP Jenny Manz who hit .548 with 19 kills and went on to claim AVCA National Player of the Week honors and all-tournament pick Jennifer Sanchez who provided 46 assists and set her squad to a .457 attack percentage.
9/6- Lost 2-3 (15-1, 3-15, 15-11, 8-15, 11-15) to No. 13 Ohio State
The Bruins made a solid showing despite the loss as Bowles hit .395 and added 21 kills. Also key in the strong showing were sophomore Michelle Quon with 10 digs and rookie Angela Eckmier with eight kills in her first start.

The Bruins Continue To Face Tough Competition in Chicago. After suffering loses at the hands of three top-15 teams in the opening week, the Bruins' schedule didn't get any easier in the second week. In fact UCLA opened the Chicago Collegiate Volleyball Challenge by facing the top-ranked team in the nation and finished against No. 7. The Bruins' youth again proved to be a factor as UCLA fell to 0-5.

9/11 Lost 0-3 (3-15, 7-15, 9-15) to No. 1 Penn State
The opening match of the tournament saw No. 20 UCLA fall to No. 1 Penn State. Rookies Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter registered nine kills each for the Bruins, while sophomore Elisabeth Bachman added eight and had a hand on five blocks. Penn State was led by Carrie Schonveld's 13 kills and Lauren Cacciamani's seven kills and six blocks.
9/12 Lost 0-3 (11-15, 4-15, 10-15) to No. 7 Texas
While the UCLA football team had little trouble with Texas, the story was just the opposite in the women's volleyball match. The No. 7 ranked Longhorns handed UCLA its fifth loss of the season, all at the hands of top-15 ranked teams. The young Bruin squad had an early lead in game one, and also jumped out quickly in game three, however veterans stepped up to help Texas seal the match. UCLA was led by Bowles (13 kills, nine digs), Porter (10 kills, five digs, two blocks) and Bachman (nine kills, five digs, four blocks). Defensively Michelle Quon continued to shine as she provided 10 digs for her second double-digit match of the season. Texas had three players reach double figures in kills as all- tournament selection Demetria Sance led the way with 14 and added 15 digs. LaKisha Bledsoe and Katie Austin registered 11 kills each for the Longhorns.

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