Oct. 24, 2001
The Bruin women's volleyball team returns to action on Thursday and Friday this week in the desert, facing off against Arizona State on Thursday night before traveling to Tucson for a matchup with the Wildcats on Friday.
In its first home weekend of the 2001 season, UCLA swept both Arizona schools in Pauley Pavilion, but has played five-game matches in Arizona's McKale Center on its last three trips.
The Bruins hold all-time series advantages against both schools, with a 46-5 record against Arizona State and a 41-8 mark against UA.
UCLA Loses Tough Five-Game Match to Women of Troy
Senior outside hitter Ashley Bowles played a huge match for the Bruins on Friday night, as UCLA just came up short against cross-town rival USC at Pauley Pavilion, falling to the Women of Troy 3-2. Game scores were 25-30, 28-30, 30-21, 30-22, 15-11. Bowles posted a very impressive performance, leading the Bruins with 21 kills, two service aces and 17 digs to go along with two solo blocks and a block assist. Throughout the match, Bowles' serving kept the Women of Troy off-balance, leading to victories in the otherwise statistically even first two games.
Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick also made important contributions for the Bruins, downing 20 kills and seven digs along with a block assist. Freshman Heather Cullen, making her first collegiate start, was also in double figures for the Bruins, recording 10 kills and 13 digs along with four block assists on the evening.
Last Time Against Arizona/Arizona State
UCLA opened its home schedule in style in late September, sweeping then-No.3 Arizona and Arizona State. The Bruins needed just over 90 minutes to dispatch the previously unbeaten Wildcats with game scores of 30-27,30-27,30-19 in a match broadcast by FOX Sports Net. It was more of the same on Saturday night, as UCLA downed Arizona State 30-19,30-20,30-24. For the weekend, Bruin outside hitter Kristee Porter had 42 kills (20 vs. UA, 22 vs. ASU) and averaged 7.00 kills/game and 1.17 aces/game, as she set a new career-high with four aces against the Wildcats on Friday night. Junior Lauren Fendrick also turned in impressive performances, hitting .560 with 15 kills and just one error against ASU, while junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier had an impressive weekend on the blocks, with 10 block assists in the five games she played during the weekend.
Bruins Await NCAA Decision on Porter's Eligibility
As of Wednesday, October 24, UCLA has not yet received a decision from the NCAA regarding the eligibility of senior outside hitter Kristee Porter. Porter was declared ineligible by UCLA last Friday after UCLA became aware of the possibility that Porter inadvertently accepted what would be considered by the NCAA as "extra benefits." She did not play in Friday's loss to USC.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
Now in his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1 in Hawaii, 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 last March. 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 908-216 (.808), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Selsor Nears UCLA Career Assists Record
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor, who enters the Arizona series with 5,525 assists, has already set one record and is closing in on another one, needing 143 assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5,667). On Oct. 12 against California, Selsor surpassed Holly McPeak's 5,421 career assists (Cal 1987-89/UCLA 1990) to take over the Pac-10 career record. On Sun., Sept. 2, against then-No. 5 Hawai'i, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists, Boyer's first season at UCLA was prior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is 4,840. Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or more assists with three matches in the 80s, including an 89-assist performance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at Pauley Pavilion against Michigan State. That was the third-highest single-match assist total in school history.
Bowles Ranked in UCLA Top-10 in Four Categories
The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team in history, senior opposite hitter Ashley Bowles became the seventh player in UCLA history to record both 1,000 career kills and digs, and the fifth Bruin to add 100 aces to that tandem when she recorded the milestone dig on Sept. 8 vs. Pepperdine. Additionally, Bowles has the highest career service aces total among the 2001 Bruins, reaching the 100 career aces milestone in UCLA's season opener on Aug. 31 against Michigan. Last season, she became the 18th Bruin to reach 1,000 career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion. She currently has 1,443 kills (10th UCLA history), 1,101 digs (8th), 3,668 total attacks (5th) and 123 aces (8th) for her Bruin career. A "jack of all trades," Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and can set for the Bruins if need be. This season, Bowles has set for UCLA for portions of every match, when Bruin setter Erika Selsor is subbed out for a defensive replacement.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, while Bowles and Selsor have not missed a match in their Bruin career. Despite the humble beginnings of an 0-6 start to their freshman campaign in 1998, this trio has gone on to play in two NCAA Regional Finals (1999, losing to eventual NCAA Champion Penn State, and losing to NCAA Runner-Up Wisconsin in 2000), and have rewritten nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has already set the Pac-10 assist record and is closing in on the UCLA mark. Bowles has joined an elite group of players that compiled 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 100 service aces during their careers, while Porter is the first Pac-10 player in history with 2,000+ kills and 1,000+ digs. The trio has a career UCLA record of 79-28 (.738), and a 63-16 (.797) mark since the end of their freshman year.
Eckmier Stuffs Way to Top of Pac-10 Blocks List
Redshirt junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier started her first career matches at this year's Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and has taken over for former Bruin Wiz Bachman at the top of the Pac-10 blocks per game list. Eckmier posted two outstanding blocking matches last weekend with 11 blocks against Washington and seven against Washington State. Eckmier is currently second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game with a 1.46 per-game average. Oct. 5 (at WSU) was the second seven-block performance of the season for Eckmier, who reached that previous career-high on Sept. 2 at then-No. 5 Hawai'i.
Fendrick Finds Success on Outside
Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick has turned in consistently stellar performances this season, earning All-Tournament honors at both the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic and the US Bank/Arby's Classic tournaments. Fendrick finished the 2000 season with a career match in the NCAA Regional Final against Wisconsin, and currently leads the Bruins with a .333 attack percentage, and trails only Porter in kills per game (3.77). Fendrick is currently ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in kills per game. This season, she has already tied her career-high of 24 kills, recording that mark on Sept. 1 vs. Kansas State, a match in which she hit over .400 (.404 on 24k-5e-47ta).
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter became the UCLA and Pac-10 record holder for career kills when she downed her 2,116th career kill on Oct. 4 at Washington in game two of the match against the Huskies ...On Oct. 11, she posted the first 30-kill performance in the Pac-10 this season, reaching that milestone against No. 4 Stanford ...She recorded her 2,000th career kill on Sept. 2 in UCLA's 3-0 victory over then-No. 5 Hawai'i while averaging 6.22 kills per game for the tournament ...At the US Bank/Arby's Classic, she became the first Pac-10 player and second Bruin to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs ...The 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, Porter holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 18 ...That triples the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams (1989-92) ...Last season, Porter downed 741 kills, a new UCLA and Pac-10 record en route to earning first-team AVCA All-American honors ...A three-sport athlete at UCLA, Porter also played basketball and triple jumped for the Pac-10 champion Bruin track and field team ...In the cage, Porter was second in the Pac-10 in rebounding with an 8.1 per-game average, and ranked third in the Pac-10 and 28th in the NCAA standings with 1.8 blocked shots per game ...On the track, Porter was third in the triple jump at the Pac-10 Championship, with a mark of 40-11.75 as UCLA won its fifth-straight Pac-10 title.
Porter's Career Stats/Through matches of October 21
2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (9th UCLA history), 50 solo blocks, 205 block assists, 255 total blocks, 97 service aces. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
The three true freshmen that saw playing time at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend got their Bruin careers off to a very quick start. On the first rally of their collegiate careers, Chrissie Zartman served an ace to start the match against Michigan, Brynn Murphy recorded a solo block, and Heather Cullen downed a kill. Brittany Ringel opened her Bruin career on Sept. 7 against Notre Dame, recording two kills on three swings with a dig. Currently, Zartman is seventh in the Pac-10 with a 0.40 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.66 blocks/game. Cullen has played in 14 games and started the first match of her Bruin career last Friday against USC, while Ringel has seen action in 18 games over nine matches. Ringel earned the first start of her Bruin career on Oct. 4, against Washington.