Sept. 1, 2001
HONOLULU - On Saturday night in Honolulu, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski became the first women's collegiate volleyball coach in history to record 900 career victories as his Bruins defeated Kansas State 3-1. Game scores were 30-25, 25-30, 30-25, 30-16. With the win, the seventh-ranked Bruins improve to 2-0 on the young season, while No. 19 Kansas State falls to 0-2.
Game one opened with a back-and-forth battle between the Bruins and Wildcats with six ties before KSU took the first timeout of the match with UCLA leading 12-10 following a three-point serving run by Bruin freshman Chrissie Zartman. The Wildcats fought back, tying the match again at 15, 16, 17 and 18 before Zartman once again stepped to the service box, serving two more Bruin points before KSU called its second and final time out of the game with a 20-18 Bruin lead.
That timeout was not successful in stopping Zartman's run, as she served UCLA to six straight points and a 24-18 lead before two kills by KSU's Liz Wegner started to turn the tide for the Wildcats. Kansas State would get as close as 24-22 before the Bruins closed it out at 30-25.
Kansas State started hot in game two, sprinting out to an 8-5 lead primarily behind a four-point service by Lisa Mimick. Seven more ties followed before the Bruins called their second and final timeout with Kansas State holding a 22-20 lead.
The Bruins held on to win a tight third game, building from a 10-10 tie to take their largest lead of six points at 21-15. UCLA was not to be denied in the fourth game of the match, sprinting out to leads of 8-1 and 10-2, and had the Wildcats doubled up on the scoreboard as late in the match as 20-10. From that point, KSU was able to record just six more points as UCLA closed out the game and the match with a 30-26 win.
Following the last point of the match, the University of Hawaii athletic department presented Banachowski with several leis in honor of his milestone victory, while a crowd of several thousand volleyball fans gave a lengthy ovation.
"It was nice to get it on the first try," said Banachowski of his 900th win. "If you don't get it on the first try, things build up. It was nice to get it here in front of such a large, appreciative crowd. It's a relief to have it over with, and I'll enjoy it tonight before we get ready for Hawai'i tomorrow."
Lauren Fendrick downed a match-high 24 kills while hitting .404 on 47 swings. She was joined in double figures by Kristee Porter's 23 and Ashley Bowles with 15. Six Bruins recorded double-figure digs, led by Zartman with 16, and UCLA out-blocked Kansas State by a 10-4.5 margin.
UCLA returns to action tomorrow night with a 7 pm match on Sunday night against the host Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine.