Women's Volleyball Travels To Washington This Week

Sept. 28, 1999

UCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 10-1
1999 Pac-10 Record: 2-0
Ranking: 10th, AVCA/USA Today, 8th, Volleyball Magazine
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 855-201 (33rd season)
Website: www.uclabruins.com

This Week's Schedule - September 27-October 3 The Bruins embark on their first Pac-10 road trip this weekend, playing matches at Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Friday. For the second consecutive weekend, UCLA's Friday match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Net with Jim Wilson and Heather Cox calling the action.

Thu. Sept. 30 at Washington            Seattle, Wash. 7:00 p.m. PT
Fri. Oct.  1  at Washington State (TV) Pullman, Wash. 7:30 p.m. PT

Off to its best start since going 15-1 to begin the 1994 season, the UCLA women's volleyball team looks to extend the Pac-10's longest current winning streak this weekend, traveling to Seattle and Pullman, Wash., to face off against Washington (6-6, 2-2 Pac-10) and Washington State (7-4, 2-2).

The Bruins opened Pac-10 play this past weekend, downing No. 14 Arizona and Arizona State at Pauley Pavilion over the weekend, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.

This weekend will see the Bruins take to the road again, this time for Pac-10 play at Washington and Washington State. UCLA holds a 29-5 advantage over the Huskies after sweeping last season's series, and a 21-5 lead over the Cougars with a 1998 season sweep. Friday evening's match will be televised live from Pullman, Wash., on FOX Sports Net with Jim Wilson and Heather Cox calling the action.

This Week's Ticket

Washington Nickname: Huskies Current Ranking: not ranked Location: Seattle, Wash. Enrollment: 25,000 Head Coach: Bill Neville, 16th year 1999 Record: 6-6 (2-2 Pac-10) Series: UCLA leads 29-5 Last Year: UCLA won 3-1, 10/16 at Pauley Pav. UCLA won 3-1, 11/15 in Seattle

Washington State Nickname: Cougars Current Ranking: not ranked Location: Pullman, Wash. Enrollment: 20,000 Head Coach: Cindy Fredrick, 15th season 1999 Record: 7-4 (2-2 Pac-10) Series: UCLA leads 21-5 Last Year: UCLA won 3-0, 10/18 in Pauley Pav. UCLA won 3-1 11/13 in Pullman

Bruins Start Pac-10 Season with Sweep

Once again, sophomore outside hitter Kristee Porter was impressive over the weekend, notching 23 kills with a .350 hitting percentage in Friday night's televised 15-4, 15-8, 15-13 victory over No. 14 Arizona. Not to be outdone was senior middle blocker Tamika Johnson, who hit .684 on the evening (14K-1E-19TA) and would have ranked third in UCLA history for hitting percentage in a match if that category did not require a 20 total attack minimum. Outside hitter Ashley Bowles double-doubled on the evening with 10 kills and 10 digs, and defensive specialist Michelle Quon celebrated her 20th birthday with a match-high 10 digs.

Saturday's contest saw the Bruins post a 15-1, 15-10, 12-15, 15-7 win over Arizona State, in which Bowles racked up a career-high 21 digs. Bowles and Porter both checked in with a match-high 18 kills, while Tamika Johnson added 14 kills and eight total blocks (3BS/5BA), just one shy of her career-best. With 63 assists in the match, Erika Selsor became the sixth Bruin in history to top 2,000 career assists. She currently has 2,033 career assists. Averaging 5.86 kills/game over the weekend, Porter is now just three kills shy of 800 for her career.

Head Coach Andy Banachowski

In his 33rd season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On October 24, 1997, he was the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, and was the first women's coach in history to record 800 career wins (855-201, 33rd year). The only other collegiate volleyball coach, men's or women's, with more career wins than Banachowski is UCLA men's coach Al Scates, who notched career victory number 900 during the 1997 season. Banachowski played under Scates at UCLA and also got his start in coaching with Scates. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

Middle Blockers Continue Solid Play

All four of UCLA's middle blockers, Elisabeth Bachman, Tamika Johnson, Amy Nihipali and Angela Eckmier are averaging over one block per game through three weekends of non-conference play. Bachman leads the way with 38 blocks for a 1.12 per-game average, followed by Johnson (36, 1.20/game), Nihipali (18, 1.20) and Eckmier (6, 1.50/game). As a group, the four are hitting .377 (220K-54E-440TA), and have combined for 22 digs with limited back-row action.

Bachman is second on the Pac-10's list of active career leaders with 344 blocks, 43 behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh. Nihipali (263, 6th) and Johnson (201, 9th) also appear on the blocks list. Johnson continues to lead the league in hitting percentage, connecting at a .436 percentage, while Bachman is sixth at .347. Both are also ranked in blocks/game with Johnson tied for 6th at 1.20 and Bachman ninth at 1.12.

Despite limited defensive drills in practice and no regular match time in the back row, UCLA's middle blockers have performed admirably when placed in that situation. This past weekend, Johnson and Bachman both saw back-row time, contributing six digs, and Bachman served out the last two points of the second game against Arizona on Friday.

Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out

During play at the Kent Invitational, both UCLA opponents finished the match with a team hitting percentage below .100. In the tournament opener against Cincinnati, three Bearcats hit negative, and Cincinnati was out-blocked by a 14-4 margin as their final team hitting percentages closed out at .086. The tournament finale against the host Golden Flashes saw more of the same, with Kent finishing at .075 as opposed to UCLA's .478 team hitting percentage.

The trend continued in UCLA's fisrt weekend of conference play, with Arizona and Arizona State combining to hit just .146 against the Bruins. Arizona hit .176 for the match, and Arizona hit under .100 in two of Saturday's four games. Nine of UCLA's 11 opponents have hit under .200 with four of the last five under .125.

Freshmen Fendrick and Millichap Continue to Shine

Two of UCLA's three freshman have consistently seen significant playing time through the first three weekends of 1999. Lauren Fendrick has played consistently on the outside, and Stacy Millichap is a constant as a back-row sub. Both have continued in their full-time roles, with Millichap remaining one of only three Bruins to have played in all 38 of the team's games.

Quon Celebrates in Style

Junior defensive specialist Michelle Quon celebrated her 20th birthday in style on Friday evening, posting a match-high 10 digs and two service aces. Entering this season, Quon's career-high of three service aces in a match had been posted twice, once in each match against Arizona last season. She hit that mark again on Saturday, with a match-high three aces against Arizona State and paired it with 10 digs. Saturday's match was the seventh time this season that Quon had posted double-figure digs, including both matches at Pauley Pavilion this past weekend.

Porter Points

Kristee Porter has 188 kills through 11 matches, 63 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) After four weekends of competition, Porter is still the only player in the Pac-10 to have recorded a 30-kill match (31 vs. Hawaii 9/7) Her total of 23 kills against No. 14 Arizona on Friday is the top individual mark recorded in conference play this season Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (797 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1294) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1072) ? Porter leads the Pac-10 with a 5.08 kills/game average.

Missing Match?

Yes, the Bruins did play one less match than originally scheduled at the Kent Invitational. Due to the remnants of Hurricane Floyd, UCLA's Friday evening opponent, Seton Hall, was unable to leave South Orange, N.J., and was forced to cancel its trip to Northeast Ohio. Kent and Cincinnati made up for the lost match by facing off twice in tourney play, once in the originally-scheduled match on Friday (a 3-1 Cincinnati victory) and an additional match on Saturday (3-0 Cincinnati).


The Bruins have the longest winning streak in the Pac-10, having won their last eight matches. At 10-1, UCLA is off to its best start since 1994, when the team won 15 of its first 16 matches Setter Erika Selsor continues to lead the Bruins in aces with 15 through 11 matches. Quon and Porter are the only others with double-figure aces with 12 and 11, respectively Only three Bruins have played in every game of the season, Selsor and defensive specialists Michelle Quon and Stacy Millichap Quon is the only current Bruin with 400 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 564 UCLA is averaging just under five kills/game more than their opponents (17.2-12.5) and are out-blocking (2.8-2.1) and out-digging (15.6-12.5) their opponents on average.

AVCA/USA Today Poll (9/27/99)

No.School (1st place)Points
1.Pacific (56)1496
2.Penn State1419
3.Hawai'i (4)1401
5.Long Beach State1236
9.UC Santa Barbara1032
15.Colorado State629
16.Texas A&M609
17.Kansas State482
22.Loyola Marymount208
24.Northern Iowa121
25.Ohio State119
Teams in italic are on UCLA's regular-season schedule

Volleyball Magazine Poll (9/27/99)

2.Penn State
7.Long Beach State
12.Colorado State
16.Kansas State
18.Texas A&M

1999 UCLA Record

all matches10-1
vs. conference opponents2-0
vs. ranked opponents(at match time)1-1
home matches at Pauley Pavilion2-0
playing on a Friday4-0
playing on a Saturday5-0
playing on a Sunday 1-0
playing Monday through Thursday0-1

The Bruins' Record When They

Won 1st game9-1Lost 1st game1-0
Won 2nd game8-0Lost 2nd game2-1
Won 3rd game9-0Lost 3rd game1-1
Won 4th game3-0Lost 4th game0-1
Played five games1-0

All-Tournament Bruins

Wahine ClassicPioneer ClassicKent Inv.
PorterPorter (MVP)Porter (MVP)

1999 Bruins in the Rankings

WeekAVCA/USA TodayVB Magazine

1999 UCLA Bruins - Inside the Numbers
Match Highs

#1 BachmanSeasonCareer
Kills:15 vs. Wright State 9/1024, twice
Digs:6 vs. Minnesota 9/59 vs. Oregon 9/25/98
Blocks:9 (1/8) vs. Wright St. 9/1012 (2/10) vs. Wash. 11/15/98
Aces:none3 vs. Oregon 9/27/98
Notable:Hit .619 (15-2-21) against Wright State
#2 BowlesSeasonCareer
Kills:23 vs. Minnesota 9/535 @Washington 11/15/98
Digs:21 vs. Arizona State 9/25same
Blocks:4 (1/3) vs. Idaho State 9/114 (1/3) @Washington 11/15/98
Aces:1 six times6 @Wash. State 11/13/98
Notable:Seven matches with double-figure kills, 5 with double-figure digs
#3 DwyerSeason(did not compete in 98)
Digs:1 vs. Lamar 9/11
Assists:7 vs. Lamar 9/11
Aces:1 vs. Lamar 9/11
Notable:Only traveled on the Denver trip
#4 PorterSeasonCareer
Kills:31 @Hawai'i 9/738 vs. UCSB 11/14/98
Digs:19 @Denver 9/1024 vs. UCSB 11/14/98
Blocks:5 (2/3) vs. Cincinnati 9/187 (1/6) @Wash.St.,v.Pepperdine
Aces:2 v.Pitt 9/3, v.Cincinnati 9/183 v.Wash.St.,v.Virginia
Notable:On pace to record 1,000th career kill this season (756 as of 9/20)
#6 MillichapSeason(Freshman)
Kills:1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24
Digs:9 vs. Minnesota 9/5, @Hawai'i 9/7, vs. Arizona 9/24
Aces:3 @Denver 9/10
Notable:Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game
#8 SelsorSeasonCareer
Assists:68 vs. Minnesota 9/588 vs. UCSB 10/14/98
Kills:5 vs. Lamar 9/115 @Washington 11/15/98
Digs:11 vs. Cincinnati 9/1817 vs. UCSB 10/30/98
Blocks:2 four times5 (0/5) vs. Washington 11/15/98
Aces:3 vs. Minnesota 9/53 vs. USC 10/30/98
Notable:6th in UCLA history with 2,033 career assists
#10 JohnsonSeasonCareer
Kills:15, @Hawai'i, @Denver20 vs. Wash. St. 10/24/97
Digs:4 vs. Minnesota 9/511 vs. UCSB 12/7/97
Blocks:8 (3/5) vs. Arizona State 9/259 (3/6) vs. Pepperdine 12/6/97
Aces:none2 five times, last: Florida 9/7/98
Notable:Ranked 3rd in the NCAA (9/20) with a .453 hitting percentage
#12 PetersonSeasonCareer
Kills:8 vs. Lamar 9/1120 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97
Digs:8 vs. Arizona 9/2414 vs. UNC 9/6/97,CSUN 11/18/97
Blocks:2 three times, last @Kent 9/18 (career is same)
Aces:1 three times, last @Kent4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97
Notable:Returning from redshirt season in 1998
#14 FendrickSeason(Freshman)
Kills:9 vs. Arizona State 9/25
Digs:16 @Hawai'i 9/7
Blocks:8 (0/8) vs. Minnesota 9/5
Aces:4 @Kent 9/18
Notable:Had six kills on six swings @Kent 9/18
#15 QuonSeasonCareer
Kills:none2 vs. Ohio State 9/6/98
Digs:16 vs. Minnesota 9/519 @Oregon State 10/11/97
Aces:3 vs. Arizona State 9/253 @Ariz. 10/9/98,v.Ariz. 11/8/98
Notable:Defensive specialist
#16 EckmierSeasonCareer
Kills:11 vs. Idaho State 9/11same
Digs:none12 at Santa Clara 9/16/98
Blocks:3 (0/3) vs. Idaho State 9/115 (0/5) @Cal 9/18/98
Aces:none1 @Hawai'i 9/4/98, @Cal 9/18/98
Notable:Has played in three matches this season
#17 NihipaliSeasonCareer
Kills:9 vs. Wright State 9/1014 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97
Digs:2 vs. Wright State 9/106 three times
Blocks:7 (2/5) vs. Idaho State 9/118 five times
Notable:Has 51 career solo blocks with 212 career block assists
#18 RybaSeasonCareer
Kills:3 v.Wright State 9/10, v.Lamar 9/11 (career same)
Digs:4 three times, last vs. Lamar 9/11 (career same)
Blocks:2 (0/2) twice, vs. Wright St. 9/10, vs. Idaho State 9/11
Aces:1 vs. Wright State 0/10
Notable:Saw action in all four matches of the Pioneer Classic

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