Oct. 5, 2004
UCLA's second homestand of the 2004 season brings in two nationally ranked teams as No. 17 California and No. 14 Stanford travel to Pauley Pavilion this weekend. The Bruins have an unblemished record in the all-time series against the Golden Bears, while the Bruins have not recorded a win over the Cardinal since the 2000 season, when UCLA scored a pair of 3-0 victories over Stanford during that season. UCLA's Krystal McFarland is the only player on the 2004 team who has played on a Bruin team that defeated Stanford.
Successful Sweep in Arizona for Bruins
UCLA traveled to Arizona's McKale Center last Friday night having lost five straight matches to the Wildcats, including the last three matchups in Tucson. The Bruins answered the challenge, however, powering to a 3-1 victory aided by 10 service aces and three players with double-figure kills. Both Nana Meriwether and Colby Lyman served three aces in the match. The Bruins also out-blocked No. 17 Arizona by a 10.5-8 margin in the contest.
On Saturday night in Tempe, UCLA notched its fourth straight victory over Arizona State with three Bruins, led by senior Heather Cullen recording double-figure kills. Senior libero Chrissie Zartman recorded her 1,600th career kill in the match, becoming the first Bruin to reach that milestone. She is currently third in Pac-10 history with 1,610 career digs.
UCLA vs. No. 17 California (7-5, 2-1 Pac-10)
UCLA looks to defend its unblemished all-time record against the Golden Bears, holding a 44-0 all-time record against California. The Golden Bears are coming off of a five-game loss at Stanford on Friday night and are coached by sixth-year mentor Rich Feller. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Angie Pressey (125 kills, 4.03/game); ASSISTS- Samantha Carter (553, 13.49/game); ACES- Gabrielle Abernathy (18, 0.44/game); DIGS- Jillian Davis (222, 5.41/game); BLOCKS- Camille Leffall (44, 1.13/game).
UCLA vs. No. 14 Stanford (10-3, 3-0 Pac-10)
Stanford split last week's matches with a four-game loss at Saint Mary's and a five-game win at home over California. The Cardinal is led by 2004 U.S. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani, and are coached by John Dunning, who is in his fourth year at Stanford. UCLA leads the all-time series 34-29, although the Cardinal has won the six meetings with the Bruins. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Ogonna Nnamani (268, 5.36/game); ASSISTS- Bryn Kehoe (592, 12.08/game); ACES- Kehoe (17, 0.35/game); DIGS- Kristin Richards (181, 3.62/game); BLOCKS- Liz Suiter (86, 1.72/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 973-247 (.798), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.