Sept. 14, 1999
LOS ANGELES - UCLA cruised through last weekend's Pioneer Classic in Denver, Colo., going 4-0 and taking home the tournament title. Two Bruins, Tamika Johnson and Kristee Porter earned All-Tournament honors with Porter being tabbed as the weekend's MVP.
One significant victory over the weekend was Saturday's opener, when a 3-0 win over Idaho State gave UCLA mentor Andy Banachowski his 850th career win.
The next challenge for the Bruins will take place three time zones away, at the Kent Invitational in Kent, Ohio. It will be the final regular-season tournament for UCLA, and the last three matches before opening the home and conference season Sept. 24 against Arizona at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 6-1
1998 Overall Record: 16-14
1998 Pac-10 Record: 13-5 (3rd)
Ranking: 10th, AVCA/USA Today
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 851-201 (33rd season)
This Week's Schedule - September 13-19
UCLA will compete in its third and final regular-season tournament this weekend, traveling to Kent, Ohio, for the Kent Invitational. The host school, Kent State University, is coached by second-year mentor Mora Kanim, who played at UCLA from 1983-85.
Fri. Sept. 17 vs. Seton Hall, Kent, OH 5:00 p.m. ET
Sat. Sept. 18 vs. Cincinnati, Kent, OH 10:00 a.m. ET
Sat. Sept. 18 at Kent, Kent, OH 7:30 p.m. ET
Kent Invitational Tournament Field
It will be a weekend of firsts, as the Bruins have never faced any of the other teams in the Kent Invitational field. The host team, Kent, is coached by a Bruin alum, Mora Kanim, in her third season of coaching the Golden Flashes in the Mid-American Conference. In 1999, Kanim's squad has put together a 3-5 record, rebounding from a 0-5 start that included a five-game season opening loss at Pittsburgh. This past weekend, however, the Flashes downed Northeastern, Loyola (MD) and Georgetown to take home the Georgetown Classic title.
Seton Hall is off to 3-4 start and is currently on a four-match losing streak that includes a four-game defeat at the hands of Michigan State on Saturday. Cincinnati, the final member of the Kent Invitational field, is 5-1 after taking the Ohio University Bromley Invitational tourney title over the weekend. The Bearcats will play host to Louisville on Tuesday prior to this weekend's tournament.
Johnson, Porter All-Tournament, MVP at Pioneer Classic
For the second time in as many weekends, the Bruins placed two athletes on an All-Tournament team. At the Pioneer Classic, it was senior middle blocker Tamika Johnson and outside hitter Kristee Porter. During tournament play, Johnson hit .489 with 4.33 kills/game and 1.33 blocks/game. Porter, who was named the tournament's MVP, also had 4.33 kills/game with two service aces and 11 blocks (0.92/game) while playing in 12 of the team's 13 games.
Also notable at the Pioneer Classic was the performance of junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman, who hit .400 with 3.00 kills/game and 1.89 blocks/game (two solos, 15 block assists) while playing in nine games.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 33rd season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On October 24, 1997, he was the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, and was the first women's coach in history to record 800 career wins (851-201, 33rd year). The only other collegiate volleyball coach, men's or women's with more career wins than Banachowski is UCLA men's coach Al Scates, who notched career victory number 900 during the 1997 season. Banachowski played under Scates at UCLA and also got his start in coaching with Scates. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
UCLA's Coaching Pipeline
A number of former Bruin women's volleyball players have spent at least a little time in the women's volleyball coaching ranks, including the head coach of the host Golden Flashes at the Kent Invitational, Mora Kanim. The list of coaching Bruins includes 25 former players, with a current roster of six collegiate head coaches (Merja Connolly, UC-Irvine, Nina Matthies, Pepperdine, Kanim, Julie Morgan, Illinois State, Elaine Roque, Santa Monica College, Lindy Vivas, Fresno State), three current Division I assistant coaches (Kim Jagd, UCLA, Denise Corlett, Stanford, Irene Renteria, Michigan), and four high school or club-level coaches (Sharkie Zartman, Cammy Ciarelli, Ursula Giger and Jill Lawler).
Middle Blockers Continue Solid Play
All four of UCLA's middle blockers, Elisabeth Bachman, Tamika Johnson, Amy Nihipali and Angela Eckmier are averaging over one block per game through two weekends of team play. Bachman leads the way with 26 blocks for a 1.24 per-game average, followed by Johnson (20, 1.11/game), Nihipali (13, 1.08) and Eckmier (4, 1.33/game). As a group, the four are hitting .377 (140K-32E-286TA), are without a service error, and have combined for 20 digs with limited back-row action. After two weeks of play, Johnson leads the Pac-10 with a .448 hitting percentage, Bachman is seventh at .324. The pair are also ranked ninth and seventh, respectively, in blocks per game.
When the Bruins ran out of subs in the key third game against Minnesota, both Johnson and Bachman wound up with some rare playing time in the back row. Both responded with successful serving and passing, despite limited drills in those aspects of the game during the preseason.
Reserves See Action in Denver
Reserve setter Kate Dwyer saw action during the Pioneer Classic, accumulating seven assists in one game of action against Lamar on Saturday. Dwyer also posted an ace and one dig during her first game action as a Bruin.
Middle blocker Angela Eckmier saw her first game action of 1999 over the weekend, playing in a total of six games against Wright State (2 kills, 1 BA) and Idaho State (11 kills, .444 ATK%, 3 BA). Finally, Danielle Ryba saw action in all four of UCLA's weekend matches, her first game action since the 1998 Rainbow Wahine Classic. Ryba averaged 1.33 kills and 2.33 digs with one ace and four block assists during Pioneer Classic action.
Golden Gophers Give Bruins a Scare
Nobody who was present in the Stan Sheriff Center in Hawaii on Sunday afternoon had ever seen anything like it. With Minnesota serving at match point, up 14-12 in game three, UCLA's Kristee Porter hit into a block that caromed off of the antenna and onto the floor, in-bounds. The play was originally called a legal block, and both officials signaled a point for Minnesota and match-over. After conferring with the linesman, however, the up-official overturned her call, giving the Bruins a sideout and new life.
Porter then served three straight points to give the Bruins a 15-14 advantage. Following a series of six sideouts, which included serves by middle blockers Bachman and Johnson, Porter's 25th kill of the match put the game away, giving UCLA a 16-14 win. From there, the Bruins took game four 15-5, and went out to a 9-3 lead in the rally-scored fifth game, eventually taking the game, 15-9, and the match.
Fendrick, Millichap Shine in Hawaiian Sun
Two freshman saw playing time during the Wahine Classic, with Lauren Fendrick starting on the right-side, and Stacy Millichap serving as a back-row sub. Both have continued in their full-time roles, with Millichap remaining one of only three Bruins to have played in all 25 of the team's matches. She is also second on the team in aces to setter Erika Selsor. Millichap has seven service aces to Selsor's 12. Fendrick continues to average 1.79 kills and 2.26 digs while posting 14 block assists for a 0.74 per-game average.
Kristee Porter has 123 kills through seven matches, 45 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) ... she leads the Pac-10 with a 5.13 KPG average ... Setter Erika Selsor is the only Bruin with double figures for the season in aces, with 12 through seven matches ... Only three Bruins have played in every game of the season, Selsor and defensive specialists Michelle Quon and Stacy Millichap ... Porter did not start the Lamar match after suffering a slight knee injury during warmups. She did, however, play in two of the three games of that match ... UCLA is averaging four kills/game more than their opponents (16.9-12.6) and are out-blocking (2.6-2.2) and out-digging (15.3-12.2) their opponents on average.
AVCA/USA Today Poll (9/13/99)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Pacific (55) 1494 2. Penn State (1) 1404 3. Hawai'i (3) 1392 4. Long Beach State (1) 1306 5. Nebraska 1261 6. Florida 1201 7. Stanford 1108 8. Texas 1093 9. UC Santa Barbara 1034 10. Pepperdine 940 11. UCLA 938 12. BYU 823 13. Wisconsin 651 14. Arizona 644 15. Clemson 618 16. Texas A&M 610 17. Colorado State 537 18. Ohio State 430 19. USC 389 20. Arkansas 330 21. Michigan 315 22. Colorado 210 23. llinois 191 24. Kansas State 142 25. Loyola Marymount 132
Volleyball Magazine Poll (9/13/99)
No. School 1. Pacific 2. Penn State 3. Long Beach State 4. Nebraska 5. Texas 6. Florida 7. Hawai'i 8. Stanford 9. BYU 10. UCLA 11. UC Santa Barbara 12. Pepperdine 13. Wisconsin 14. Arizona 15. Ohio State 16. Colorado State 17. Clemson 18. San Diego 19. Michigan 20. Arkansas
1999 UCLA Recordall matches: 6-1
vs. conference opponents: 0-0
vs. ranked opponents(at match time): 0-1
vs. all district ranked teams: 0-1
home matches at Pauley Pavilion: 0-0
playing on a Friday: 3-0
playing on a Saturday: 2-0
playing on a Sunday: 1-0
playing Monday through Thursday: 0-1
The 1999 Bruins' Record When They:
Won 1st game 5-1
Won 2nd game 4-0
Won 3rd game 6-0
Won 4th game 2-0
Lost 1st game 1-0
Lost 2nd game 2-1
Lost 3rd game 0-1
Lost 4th game 0-1
Played five games 1-0
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: South Orange, N.J.
Head Coach: Stephanie Mose, 13th year
1999 Record ('98 record): 3-4 (11-16,3-8 Big East)
Series: First meeting
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Head Coach: Laura Alford, second year
1999 Record ('98 record): 5-1 (21-12,12-4 C-USA)
Series: First meeting
Nickname: Golden Flashes
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Kent, Ohio
Head Coach: Mora Kanim, third year
1999 Record ('98 record): 3-5 (11-21,5-13 MAC)
Series: First Meeting
Wahine Classic Pioneer Classic Porter Porter (MVP) Bowles Johnson
1999 Bruins in the Rankings
Week AVCA/USA Today VB Magazine Preseason 10 10 9/6/99 10 10 9/13/99 TBA 10