Oct. 8, 2002
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for their final two home games of October, playing host to the Oregon schools this Thursday and Friday. After three weekends of conference play, UCLA sits in fifth place with a .500 record in Pac-10 play. After this week's home series with the Beavers and Ducks, the Bruins travel to USC next weekend before playing two in the state of Washington to close out the month of October. After Friday night's game against Oregon, UCLA's next match in Westwood will be on November 1 against Stanford.
Bruins Stay at .500 With Bay Area Split
UCLA provided some dramatics last weekend, recording an exceptional comeback in game one of Friday's 3-1 win at Cal before traveling down to Stanford and recording a 1-3 loss. In the opening game of the match at Cal, the Bruins trailed 29-23 before scoring eight straight points to win the game 31-29, en route to a 31-29, 26-30, 30-21, 30-23 victory over the Golden Bears. In the game, sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman posted a career-high 28 digs, leading all players. Four bruins had double-figure digs, with Heather Cullen leading the way with 16, followed by Lauren Fendrick with 14, Brittany Ringel with 12 and Cira Wright with 11. Angela Eckmier posted a match-high seven blocks, all assists, as one of five Bruins to score double-figure points. On Saturday night at Stanford, the fourth-ranked Cardinal earned the 30-24, 25-30, 30-25, 30-22 victory over UCLA. In Saturday's match, three Bruins had double-figure kills, led by Ringel with 15, while Fendrick and Cullen contributed 14 and 10, respectively. Fendrick double-doubled with a match-high 19 digs, while Cullen and Zartman recorded 12 apiece. Eckmier and Wright each had five blocks in the match.
UCLA vs. Oregon State
The Bruins hold a 31-2 all-time record against Oregon State, including a 15-1 record at home. OSU's only victory in Westwood was on September 28, 2000 in Pauley Pavilion, a 4-15, 15-10, 7-15, 15-13, 16-14 victory that was the first over the Bruins in OSU program history. Last season, UCLA defeated the Beavers 3-0 in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 16, but UCLA fell to Oregon State three days later in Corvallis, 3-1. The Nov. 16 match in Corvallis was originally scheduled for Sept. 13, but was changed due to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
UCLA vs. Oregon
UCLA holds a 35-1 all-time record against the Ducks, including a 16-0 record in Westwood. Oregon's only victory over the Bruin women's volleyball team was a 3-1 win on Sept. 26, 1987 in Eugene. Last season, UCLA swept the Ducks with a 3-0 win in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 15 followed by a 3-1 win in Eugene on Nov. 20.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 36th 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 929-227 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA is away from Pauley Pavilion for the next two weekends, trekking across town next Friday for a 7 pm match against top-ranked USC at the Lyon Center. The Bruins will then travel to Washington and Washington State before returning to Pauley at the start of November.