Oct. 7, 2003
Following two five-game matches in the state of Washington last week, the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend with home matches on Friday against Arizona and Saturday against Arizona State. Both matches are scheduled for 7 pm starts. ASU defeated Arizona in their travel-partner match on Sept. 26 for its only Pac-10 victory this season. The Wildcats are still looking for their first conference win after being swept by the Washington schools and Bay Area schools in addition to their loss to Arizona State.
Brynn Murphy Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
UCLA middle blocker Brynn Murphy has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Murphy, a junior from Coronado, CA, hit .268 in collecting 43 kills (4.30 kpg) on 112 attack attempts with just 13 errors. She added 16 digs (1.60 dpg), seven blocks and two service errors as the Bruins won a pair of five game matches on the road in Washington. She hit .311 with 21 kills and collected 11 digs in the win at Washington State. One night later at Washington, she upped her career-best from the previous night with 22 kills and hit .239 to go with five digs and three blocks. She tallied 48.5 points (4.85 ppg) for the weekend. It was the first weekly honor of her career, and UCLA's 45th Player of the Week honor all-time.
Bruins Win Pair of Five-Game Matches in Washington
The Bruins played and won two dramatic five-game matches last week, starting with a 23-30, 27-30, 30-25, 30-27, 15-10 win at Washington State on Thursday, followed by a 30-27, 30-26, 26-30, 21-30, 24-22 win at Washington on Friday night. Pac-10 Player of the Week Brynn Murphy had impressive matches both nights (see above for details), as did teammate Heather Cullen, who had a team-high .306 attack percentage for the weekend, recording 34 kills, 22 digs and 10 blocks for 41 points. Cullen posted a career-high 18 kills at Washington on Friday while tying her career-highs for digs with 15 and setting new career-highs for blocks with seven and points with 22.
On Thursday in Pullman, the Bruins lost games one and two before rallying to win the final three games of the match, including a 15-10 win in game five. The next night in Seattle against Washington, the reverse of Thursday's match nearly came true. After winning the first two games of the match, the Bruins fell in games three and four and the outcome did not look good in game five when the Bruins trailed by as many as five points at 9-4. However, UCLA fought back to take their first lead of the game at 14-13 and fought off five Washington match points while failing to convert on four of its own before a Becky Green kill and a Husky attack error sealed the 24-22 win for the Bruins. Junior libero Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins in digs both nights with 16 at Washington State and 23 against Washington.
UCLA vs. Arizona (6-9, 0-5 Pac-10)
UCLA holds a 41-11 record against the Wildcats, and Arizona won both meetings with the Bruins last season. Both were four-game matches. The Wildcats are coached by David Rubio, who is in his 12th season a UA. He has a 343-183 career record over 17 seasons and a 223-115 record at Arizona. Stat Leaders: Kills- Kim Glass (5.43/game); Aces- Bre Ladd (0.47); Digs- Glass (2.59), Blocks- Ladd (1.07); Points- Glass (352.0)
UCLA vs. Arizona State (6-8, 1-4 Pac-10)
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Sun Devils by a 48-6 margin. The teams split their season series last year with ASU winning 3-1 in Tempe, AZ, and UCLA winning 3-2 in Pauley Pavilion. ASU is coached by first-year head coach Brad Saindon, who has a career record of 258-154 in his 13th year as a head coach. Stat Leaders: Kills- Natalie Harris (4.28/game); Aces- Harris (0.63); Digs- Courtney Blocher (3.75), Blocks- Mandy Stephens (0.84); Points- Harris (254.0).
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins return to the road next weekend for a pair of matches in the Bay Area. Stanford and California are two of the three remaining teams undefeated in Pac-10 play (USC is the third), and the two schools are tied for first in the Pac-10 standings entering this weekend's play.
Murphy Named Texas MVP, Pac-10 Player of the Week
Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 195 kills and 3.98 kills per game entering the first Arizona series, and is second on the team with a .357 attack percentage and 0.94 blocks per game. Please see page 1 of this release for Pac-10 Player of the Week info. She has already posted career-high numbers for kills, aces, digs and points this season. Murphy has played primarily in the front row, as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row. Murphy 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 uclabruins.com 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.
Cullen Named MVP in Montana, Hits Highs at UW
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 119 kills for a 3.22 per-game average, has nine service aces and 23 blocks for a 0.62 per-game average. Cullen then 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.
McFarland Setting Bruins in 2003
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 10.02 per game, and has also averaged 2.18 digs and 0.48 blocks through the Washington 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 season-high numbers of 56 assists, five kills (ties career-high) and 20 digs (one shy of career-high) against UW on Oct. 3.
The Wright Stuff on the Block
The only senior on the 2003 Bruins to see regular playing time, Cira Wright earned All-Tournament honors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Wright leads the team averaging 1.37 blocks per game entering the Washingtons series. Playing all the way around for the first time in her career, Wright has already posted a career-high digging match twice 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. 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.
Zartman Digs No. 1,000 in Washington
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 Pac-10 with 4.02 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 Arizona series with 1,006 career digs, good for 13th 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 50 games entering the first Washingtons series. In UCLA's Pac-10 opener against No. 1 USC, Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs and she holds a 4.45 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 18 of a possible 21 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. Her three aces in the tournament finale against host Montana are also a career best. 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. Green leads the Bruins with 14 aces on the season for an 0.37 per-game average. She has played in 17 of 21 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 2.13 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 just under half 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.
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).
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 951-237 (.801), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles. Ringel Remains Among UCLA's Kill Leaders A heavy hitter, Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.63 per-game average. Replaced by a libero in the back row, Ringel has served five aces this season. She had three aces on Sept. 6 at Montana, setting a new career-high mark. She is averaging 1.03 digs per game, and has scored 90.5 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 previoius weekend's matches with an ankle sprain.