Nov. 2, 2004
UCLA looks to get back on the winning track but has a tough schedule this week, traveling first to No. 12 Stanford on Thursday, then crossing the Bay Area to play at No. 11 California on Friday night. With Sunday night's win over Stanford, the Golden Bears have now defeated the Cardinal two years in a row, but UCLA still holds a perfect 45-0 record against California, including a three-game sweep in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 8. Both matches in the Bay Area are scheduled to be televised locally by Comcast.
Bruins Weather Injuries Over Tough Week
UCLA fought through a week with three home matches with several key players injured and on the bench. Setter Krystal McFarland set out Tuesday night's five-game loss to Pepperdine and split time with Tammy Jackson in the week's two Pac-10 matches. Heather Cullen missed all three matches with continuing back problems, and Colby Lyman left early in game one of Saturday's match against Arizona with shoulder problems (see "Injury Update" for complete information).
The Bruins took the first two games from Pepperdine on Tuesday night before falling in five games, the team's third loss in four five-game matches this season. UCLA head three players with double-figure kills, led by Lyman with 18 and Nana Meriwether with 17 kills and eight blocks for 21.5 points. Chrissie Zartman came up with 29 digs, one shy of her season high, in the loss.
On Friday night, the Bruins took care of Arizona State in 100 minutes on Friday night, spreading the team's 48 kills evenly between seven players with no individual breaking double figures. Becky Green led the team in points with 11.5, coming from a team-high nine kills, two aces and one block assist to go along with 12 digs. Unfortunately, the pattern would not continue on Saturday as Arizona swept the Bruins 30-28, 30-21, 30-28. Green again led the team with 15 kills and 17.5 points.
UCLA vs. Stanford (15-6, 7-3 Pac-10)
Stanford has lost its last two matches heading into Thursday night's match with the Bruins, having been swept by top-ranked Washington on Oct. 23 in Seattle before losing a five-game struggle with California on Sunday night. The Cardinal has won the last seven meetings with UCLA, including the Oct. 9 match in Pauley Pavilion, although UCLA leads the all-time series by a 34-30 margin. The Cardinal is coached by John Dunning and is led by senior U.S. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Ogonna Nnamani (455 kills, 5.62/game); ASSISTS- Bryn Kehoe (926, 11.57/game); ACES- Kehoe (25, 0.31/game); DIGS- Kristin Richards (292, 3.60/game); BLOCKS- Lizzie Suiter (125, 1.54/game).
UCLA vs. California (12-7, 7-3 Pac-10)
The Golden Bears enter their Thursday contest against USC and Friday night match against UCLA on a high note, having defeated Stanford in a five-game match at Haas Pavilion on Sunday night. UCLA has dominated the Golden Bears, holding a 45-0 all-time record against Cal, including a three-game sweep by UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 8. The Golden Bears are coached by Rich Feller and are led by reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Angie Pressey, who is the front-runner for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Angie Pressey (225 kills, 4.09/game); ASSISTS- Samantha Carter (871, 13.61/game); ACES- Gabrielle Abernathy (23, 0.35/game); DIGS- Jillian Davis (326, 5.43/game); BLOCKS- Camille Leffall (70, 1.13/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 977-251 (.796), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.