Oct. 5, 2005
The Bruins take aim at their first Pac-10 win of the season this Friday night against Oregon, followed by a Saturday night match against Oregon State. Both matches are scheduled for 7 pm starts at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA hopes to have junior outside hitter Colby Lyman back in the lineup for this weekend's pair of Pac-10 matches and with Kaitlin Sather's return to the lineup last Friday night against USC, the Bruins are working their way back to a relatively healthy roster. Both matches this weekend will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com with Darren Preston and Matt McKinney calling the action.
Oregon (10-5, 0-4 Pac-10)
The Ducks come to Pauley Pavilion on Friday night having lost their last four matches, all to conference opponents. Oregon is coached by Jim Moore, who is in his first season as UO's head coach. The Bruins lead the all-time series by a 41-1 margin, earning sweeps of the Ducks in both meetings last year. UCLA has won its last 35 meetings against Oregon. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Mira Djuric (4.43/game), ASSISTS- Heather Madison (6.98/game), ACES- Djuric (0.62/game), DIGS- Katie Swoboda (4.49/game), BLOCKS- Erin Little (0.92/game).
Oregon State (5-5, 1-3 Pac-10)
Oregon State has lost five of its last six matches with its lone conference win coming on Sept. 24 at Arizona State, a five-game contest that went to 22-20 in game five. The Beavers also have a first-year head coach in Taras Liskevych, while UCLA leads the all-time series 37-2. The Bruins swept last season's series with a five-game in win Corvallis on Oct. 22 and a three-game sweep on Nov. 20 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has won its last six meetings with Oregon State. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Brittany Cahoon (3.15/game), ASSISTS- Desma Stovall (8.86/game), ACES- Karah Rhoades (0.26/game), DIGS- Kristy Mortensen (2.78/game), BLOCKS- Brittany Cahoon (1.12/game)
Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Currently holding a career record of 991-260 (.792), UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just nine 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.