Bruins Head North

Oct. 21, 2003

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UCLA continues its five-match road swing this week with two matches in the state of Oregon. The Bruins will head North on Wednesday for a Thursday night match against the Oregon Ducks, who are 0-9 in Pac-10 play. UCLA will then travel to Corvallis, OR, for a Friday match at Oregon State. The Bruins will then play one more road match, next Tuesday at Cal State Northridge, before returning to Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 for matches against the Washington schools.


UCLA has played nothing but five-game matches on the road in Pac-10 play, a trend that continued last Thursday and Friday in the Bay Area. On Thursday night at Stanford, the Bruins started quickly, winning the first two games of the match and nearly winning the third before dropping the final three games of the match to lose 3-2 to No. 7 Stanford. Brynn Murphy was one of four Bruins with double-figure kills, as she led UCLA with 19 kills and 23.5 points in the match. It was more of the same on Friday night in Berkeley, as UCLA won the first game of the match, dropped games two and three, then came back to win games four and five to hand California its first loss of the 2003 season. UCLA is 43-0 all-time against the Golden Bears. Murphy led the Bruins once again, this time with 21 kills in the match, while freshman outside hitter Becky Green recorded a career-high four service aces in the match.

UCLA VS. OREGON (3-15, 0-9 PAC-10)

UCLA is 38-1 all-time against the Ducks, including a 3-0 UCLA victory in Pauley Pavilion earlier this season. The Ducks are coached by Carl Ferreira, who is in his fourth season with the Ducks (33- 77 record) and 10th season as a collegiate head coach with an all-time record of 181-133. Last Time (Sept. 26, 2003): Cira Wright led the Bruins in their 30-20, 30-21, 36-34 win over the Ducks in Pauley Pavilion. Cira Wright led all players with 20 points in the match as she had a career-high three service aces, which were recorded consecutively at the start of game three, to go along with 14 kills and four blocks. Brynn Murphy and Heather Cullen both had double-figure kills in the match, while Krystal McFarland had a season-high three service aces.

UCLA VS. OREGON STATE (12-9, 2-7 PAC-10)
The Bruins hold a 34-2 all-time record against Oregon State, including a 3-1 win earlier this season in Pauley Pavilion. The Beavers are coached by Nancy Somera, who is in her fifth season as a collegiate head coach, all at Oregon State, with a record of 61-75. Last Time (Sept. 25, 2003): UCLA out-blocked OSU by a 17-8 margin, while Heather Cullen led three Bruins in double-figure kills with 14. Freshman Colby Lyman led all players with 18.5 points as she added two service aces and six blocks to her 12 kills. OSU hit just .159 as a team in the match.

HEAD COACH Andy Banachowski
In his 37th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, 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 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 953-239 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

UCLA finishes a five-match road swing next Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a 7 pm match at Cal State Northridge. The Bruins then return to Pauley Pavilion for a Halloween Night match against Washington State, followed by a Nov. 1 contest against Washington. Both matches are scheduled for 7 pm starts.

Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 256 kills and 3.88 kills per game, and is second on the team (among non-setters) with a .337 attack percentage and 0.95 blocks per game. Murphy was named the Pac-10 Player of the week on Oct. 6 after posting career-high matches against Washington and Washington State. For the week, she hit .268 with 43 kills (4.30 kpg) on 112 attack attempts with just 13 errors. She also had 16 digs, seven blocks and two service aces as the Bruins won two five-game matches in Washington. Murphy has played primarily in the front row, as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row. She was named to the All- Tournament Team at all three of UCLA's pre-conference tournaments, the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and the Ruby's Montana Invitational. At the HAL Classic, she led the Bruins with 41 kills (3.73/game) while hitting .307 and recording 10 blocks for an 0.91 per-game average. In Montana, Murphy's numbers were again impressive, as she averaged team-highs of 4.00 kills per game, a .509 attack percentage and eight blocks for a 1.00 per-game average. Murphy was named the Student-Athlete of the Week after her MVP performance at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, where she had 4.22 kills per game and a .479 attack percentage in UCLA's three victories.

Heather Cullen earned MVP honors at the Ruby's Montana Invitational Sept. 5-6, downing 32 kills in nine games with a .397 attack percentage and 12 digs. Cullen led all players with a career-high 17 kills against Idaho in UCLA's tournament opener, hitting .600 (17 K-2 E-25 TA). On the season, Cullen is second on the team with 196 kills for a 3.06 per-game average, has 11 service aces and 46 blocks for a 0.72 per-game average. Cullen also stepped out in a big way against the Washington schools in UCLA's pair of dramatic five-game victories, hitting a team-high .306 for the weekend with 34 kills, 22 digs and 10 blocks. In UCLA's five-game win over Washington on Oct. 3, Cullen turned in four career-high numbers with 18 kills, 15 digs, seven blocks (1BS/6BA) and 22 points.

Redshirt junior Krystal McFarland is one of UCLA's tri-captains for the 2003 season (with classmates Heather Cullen and Chrissie Zartman), and has been UCLA's primary setter this season. McFarland leads the Bruins in assists, averaging 10.21 per game, and has also averaged 2.18 digs and 0.45 blocks through the first Arizona series. McFarland set the Bruins through the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, but stepped aside through parts of the Montana and Texas Invitationals as sophomore Haley Jorgensborg took over setting duties. McFarland was one of several Bruins to post impressive numbers at Washington State and Washington in early October, turning in then-season-high numbers of 56 assists, five kills (ties career-high) and 20 digs (one shy of career-high) against UW on Oct. 3. She posted a career-high 65 assists in UCLA's five-game loss to Stanford on Oct. 16.

The only senior remaining on the 2003 Bruins active roster, Cira Wright earned All-Tournament honors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Wright leads the team averaging 1.37 blocks per game, and is the Pac-10's top blocker in conference games, averaging 1.47 blocks per game in Pac-10 action. Playing all the way around for the first time in her career, Wright has already posted a career-high digging match three this season, recording eight digs in UCLA's five-game loss to then-No. 2 Hawai'i on Sept. 1 and topping that mark with a 10-dig performance at Washington on Oct. 3 before recording a new career-high of 11 digs at Cal on Oct. 17. She set a new career-high with three aces against Oregon on Sept. 26 in a 20-point performance, and has posted her season-high of 14 kills on three occasions, including both matches against the Washington schools. On Oct. 11 against Arizona State, Wright matched her career-high for aces with three consecutive aces in the early stages of game three.

A heavy hitter, Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.47 per-game average, including a season-high 13 kills and 14.5 points on Oct. 16 at Stanford. Replaced by a libero in the back row, Ringel has served seven aces this season. She had three aces on Sept. 6 at Montana, setting a new career-high mark. She is averaging just under one dig per game, and has scored 127.0 points. She had 10 kills, including five in game five, of UCLA's five-game win over Washington on Oct. 3. Ringel sat out the previous weekend's matches with an ankle sprain, an injury that has slowed her production for much of the season. NEED AN ANTHEM SINGER? UCLA's home opener against USC featured freshman Rachell Johnson singing the "Star Spangled Banner" prior to the start of the match. Johnson has yet to see game action for the Bruins due to a broken bone in her right hand (see Injury Update). When the scheduled anthem singer for UCLA's Oct. 11 match at Pauley Pavilion faltered twice early in the song, Johnson stepped out to the edge of the court and helped her through the remainder of the anthem.

Named the "Top Libero" at the Ruby's Montana Invitational despite playing the position for just seven of UCLA's nine tournament games, junior Chrissie Zartman continues to shine as the Bruin libero, leading the Bruins with 3.81 digs per game. On Oct. 3 at Washington, Zartman became the 14th player in UCLA women's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career dig, a mark she recorded with her final dig of game four in UCLA's five-game win over the Huskies. She enters the Bay Area series with 1,060 career digs, good for 11th on UCLA's all-time list. She needs 51 more digs to pass Ann Boyer (1,110) for 10th on UCLA's all-time list. Zartman opened the season with a 4.45 digs/game average at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and went on to average 4.33 digs/ game as she earned All-Tournament honors at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, UCLA's final tournament of the regular season. Zartman is the only Bruin to have played in all of UCLA's 67 games thus far. In UCLA's Pac-10 opener against No. 1 USC, Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs and she holds a 3.74 per-game average in conference play. She posted a season-high 23 digs in UCLA's five-game win at Washington. An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games in 2002 while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also finished second at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships with playing partner Keao Burdine.

Four of UCLA's five freshmen have seen game action this season. Colby Lyman had an impressive collegiate debut match against Louisville, posting 14 kills, 14 digs, four blocks and 16 total points with a .478 attack percentage. She started all three matches in Honolulu. She did not participate at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational due to injury, but was cleared to return to the lineup in time for conference play. She started against USC on Sept. 19, assisting on two of UCLA's 16 blocks in the match. Against OSU, Lyman had a 12-kill, 16-dig, six-block, two-ace performance for a career-high 18.5 points. She has played in 34 of a possible 38 Pac-10 games. Becky Green came off the bench in UCLA's five-game loss to Hawai'i on Sept. 1, turning in an impressive performance, particularly during the last two games of the match. Green then set career highs in nearly every category in the Sept. 5 match against Idaho at the Ruby's Montana Invitational, turning in nine kills, four digs, three block assists and 11.5 points with a .467 attack percentage. Green continued her impressive play at the Texas Invitational, downing 25 kills in her eight games on the floor and serving seven aces for a 0.88 per-game average. She had a carerhigh four aces on Oct. 17 at Cal and continues to lead the Bruins with 20 aces on the season for an 0.37 per-game average. She has played in 33 of 38 Pac-10 games. Katie Carter saw limited action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, then earned her first career start against Boise State on Sept. 6 at the Ruby's Montana Invitational. Carter posted several career highs in that match against the Broncos, recording 11 kills, two service aces, four digs and 13 points in the match. She is averaging 1.90 kills per game this season. In Texas, Carter was second on the team with a 3.33 kills per-game average, while contributing 2.00 digs/game and two block assists for 22 points on the weekend. She has played in one third of UCLA's Pac-10 games. Laura Kroneberger played libero in game three against Boise State on Sept. 5, recording her first career dig in the match. Kroneberger was unable to play at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic due to a pulled abdominal muscle, but is once again capable of playing. She played in six games in Texas, recording nine digs and an assist. Against Oregon State, she had a career-high eight digs. She has played in 23 Pac-10 games, primarily as a back-row substitute to serve and play defense.


  • Senior Natalie Ray was sidelined on Oct. 6 when blood clots were discovered in her right shoulder. Ray has had the blood clots removed, and had surgery to remove the top rib on her right side. She is currently at home recovering from surgery. She is not expected to return to the lineup.
  • Sophomore Nancy Barba tore the webbing between two of her fingers in practice on Sept. 18. The injury required five stitches. She has played sparingly since returning to the lineup on Oct. 2.
  • Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand. The injury occurred in practice on Aug. 24, and she has been cleared to practice.

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