Oct. 12, 2005
UCLA recorded its first two Pac-10 victories of 2005 last weekend in Pauley Pavilion with decisive sweeps of both Oregon and Oregon State. Following a three-game homestand, the Bruins now return to the road for matches this week at No. 2 Washington and at Washington State. Thursday's match at Washington will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports West (see note below). Last weekend, UCLA benefitted from the return of junior outside hitter Colby Lyman, who averaged 3.67 digs per-game in UCLA's weekend sweep, in addition to nine aces in six games of play.
Washington (14-0, 5-0 Pac-10)
The second-ranked team in the country, the Huskies are a veteran team that returns all but one starter from a team that advanced to the 2004 NCAA National Semifinals. The Huskies are coached by Jim McLaughlin, who is in his fifth season at UW. UCLA holds a 38-9 all-time record against UW, but the Huskies won all three meetings last season, including a five-game win at Bank of America Arena in the NCAA Regional Final. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Christal Morrison (4.27/game), ASSISTS- Courtney Thompson (15.20/game), ACES- Christal Morrison (0.59/game), DIGS- Candace Lee (4.09/game), BLOCKS- Alesha Deesing (1.54/game).
FOX Sports Net Clearances: UCLA at Washington
Thursday's match at Washignton will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. In Southern California, the inaugural airing of the match will take place on Sunday (Oct. 16) at 1 pm PT on FOX Sports West, followed by three broadcasts on FOX West 2: Monday (Oct. 17) at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Wednesday (Oct. 19) at 1 pm PT. For those with access to other FSN networks, the first airing of the match will take place on Saturday (Oct. 15) at 2 am PT on FSN Northwest and a second time on Saturday at 7 pm PT.
Washington State (8-10, 1-4 Pac-10)
The Cougars return to Bohler Gym this weekend for the first time since downing Arizona State in three games to earn their lone Pac-10 victory. Last weekend, WSU traveled to the Bay Area, losing a pair of three-game matches to Stanford and California. The Cougars are coached by second-year mentor Brian Heffernan. UCLA holds a 29-7 all-time record against WSU, winning both matches last season in three games. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Jen Barcus (3.23/game), ASSISTS- Gwen Davis (8.55/game), ACES- Jen Barcus (0.31/game), DIGS- Jalen Pendon (4.68/game), BLOCKS- Natalia Owens (1.44/game)
Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Currently holding a career record of 993-260 (.792), UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just seven more wins to become the first Collegiate Women's Volleyball head coach with 1,000 career wins. In his 39th season on the Bruin bench, Banachowski trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach. Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.