Nov. 22, 2005
The Bruins conclude the 2005 regular season this weekend with home matches against Stanford and Cal prior to the NCAA Tournament selection announcement on Sunday at 11:30 am pacific time on ESPNEWS. UCLA fell to both the Cardinal and Golden Bears on the opening weekend of conference play but the Bruins have rebounded to win six of their last seven matches. Friday's match against No. 5 Stanford will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. The match will air in Southern California on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 am and pm on FOX Sports West 2.
NCAA Selection Show: Sunday at 11:30 am PT
The field for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 27, between 11:30 am and noon PST live on ESPNEWS. The 64-team field will feature 16 seeded teams. First and second round matches will take place at 16 campus sites across the country while the four regionals will be held in Omaha, Neb., State College, Pa., Stanford, Calif., and College Station, Texas. The 2005 National Semifinals and Finals will take place Dec. 15 and 17 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Stanford Cardinal (23-5, 12-4 Pac-10)
The Cardinal has lost just five matches all season with four of those losses coming in Pac-10 play, having been swept by both Washington and Arizona on the season. Head coach John Dunning and Stanford are coming off of a five-game win over Cal last Friday at Maples Pavilion. The defending NCAA Champion, Stanford is without their star freshman, Cynthia Barboza, who suffered a torn ACL in her left knee on Oct. 21 at Cal. UCLA leads the all-time series 34-32. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Kristin Richards (4.56/game), ASSISTS- Bryn Kehoe (14.30/game), ACES- Bryn Kehoe (0.47/game), DIGS- Courtney Schultz (3.81/game), BLOCKS- Foluke Akinradewo (0.98/game).
California Golden Bears (18-8, 10-6 Pac-10)
The Golden Bears have played five games in four of their last six matches, including a 302 win last Tuesday against Santa Clara and a five-game loss at Stanford on Nov. 18. Head coach Rich Feller led Cal to its first-ever victory over the Bruins on Sept. 23 in Haas Pavilion. The Bruins lead the all-time series 46-1. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Angie Pressey (4.14/game), ASSISTS- Samantha Carter (12.72/game), ACES- Samantha Carter (0.34/game), DIGS- Jillian Davis (4.60/game), BLOCKS- Ellen Orchard (1.25/game).
Banachowski Wins 1,000th Match with Upset of Washington
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-No. 2 and undefeated Washington on Nov. 12 in Pauley Pavilion made UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski the first women's Division I volleyball coach to win 1,000 career matches. Banachowski, who holds a career record of 1,001-264 (.791), is in his 39th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates and Juniata (Div. III) head women's coach Larry Bock (1,069) for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach. Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.