Nov. 6, 2002
The Bruins embark on their final road trip of the 2002 Pac-10 season this weekend, traveling to Corvallis and Eugene, OR, for matchups with the Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks. UCLA has one non-conference road trip remaining on its schedule, the Albuturkey tournament in Albuquerque, NM, which will take place over Thanksgiving weekend. In between these two remaining road trips will be a four-match homestand, all against teams ranked in this week's AVCA/USA Today top-25.
Bruins Split with Bay Area Teams
UCLA dropped its first home match of the 2002 season on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion, falling to sixth-ranked Stanford 30-25, 30-27, 30-22. Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 12 kills, and was joined in double figures by Heather Cullen, who posted a very impressive .500 attack percentage with 10 kills and one error on 18 total attacks. Lauren Fendrick recorded her 1,000th career dig, posting a match-high 17 digs in the match. On Saturday night, UCLA swept the Cal Golden Bears with game scores of 30-23, 32-30, 30-24. Three Bruins had double-figure kills, led by Fendrick with 14, followed by Ringel with 13 and Brynn Murphy with 11. Murphy hit .526 for the match, with 11 kills and one error on 19 total attacks. Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman recorded a match-high 22 digs, one shy of her three-game best this season.
UCLA vs. Oregon State
The Bruins hold a 32-2 all-time advantage over the Beavers, including a 35-33, 30-22, 30-18 win in Pauley Pavilion last month. UCLA holds a 15-1 advantage while playing in Corvallis, although the Bruins lost in Gil Coliseum last year. LAST TIME (Oct. 10): Brynn Murphy and Lauren Fendrick downed 13 kills apiece when the Beavers and Bruins met in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 10. Murphy had an impressive .522 attack percentage in the match with 13 kills and one error on 23 attempts. Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins with 10 digs on the night. Oregon State hit .000 as a team in the final game of the match. (9K-9E-38TA)
UCLA vs. Oregon
UCLA holds a 36-1 all-time record against the Ducks, and holds a 15-0 record when playing in Eugene. The Bruins swept the Ducks in Pauley Pavilion earlier this season, 30-28, 30-24, 30-20. LAST TIME (Oct. 11): Two Bruins, Brynn Murphy and Lauren Fendrick recorded double-figure kills as the Bruins downed Oregon 3-0. Murphy hit .444 for the night with 11 kills, three errors and 18 total attacks, while Zartman once again led all players with 17 digs in the match. Oregon had a team attack percentage of .109 for the contest, with a .000 percentage in game three (6K, 6E, 37TA).
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 932-231 (.801), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins return home to begin a four-game homestand to conclude the Pac-10 season. The homestand opens on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with a non-conference match against Pepperdine, followed by matchups with the Women of Troy (Nov. 15) and the Arizona Schools (Nov. 21-22).
Fendrick Records 1,000th Kill, Dig
On Saturday, Sept. 7 in Minneapolis, senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick became the 19th player in UCLA women's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career kill. On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, she recorded her 1,000th career dig, and enters the Oregon series with 1,016 digs to rank 12th in Bruin history. Her current career kill total is 1,217, ranking 16th in UCLA history and has recorded 113 career service aces, ranking 11th. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.56 kills per game, and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played in every game of every match this season.
Eckmier Leads Bruin Block
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike Portland Invitational, and heads to Oregon with 253 career blocks to her credit. In her second season as a full-time player for the Bruins, Eckmier has 16 solo and 75 assisted blocks this season, contributing to career totals of 49 solo and 204 assisted blocksr. Eckmier missed the 2000 season after tearing the ACL in her right knee during preseason practice, but has rebuilt her strength and jumping ability to where it was prior to her injury. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at UCLA's NCAA Regional last year, her third and fourth matches after being cleared to play without a knee brace. In 2002, Eckmier leads the Bruins with 1.14 blocks per game, and has recorded 11 service aces. Her blocks average is seventh in the Pac-10 standings.
Murphy Finds Success on the Outside
Sophomore Brynn Murphy played last season as a middle blocker for the Bruins, but has made a successful transition to outside hitter for the 2002 season. Murphy is one of four Bruins averaging more than 2.5 kills per game, and is the only Bruin to earn two All-Tournament team honors this season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and Nike Portland Invitational All-Tournament Teams. Murphy is averaging 2.65 kills per game with 204 total kills, and ranks third on the team in blocks, averaging 0.70 blocks per game.
Ringel Continues to Lead Bruins Offensively
Brittany Ringel opened Pac-10 play with a bang at Arizona on Sept. 20, downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage. Ringel had kills on five of her first six swings on in the match, and led the Bruins both with 22 kills and 12 points on the evening. She has continued her solid play since that point, posting team-high kills in nine matches, seven in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball and basketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.19 kills per-game average and has played in 75 of the team's 80 games.
Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero
With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiate game in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity to shine. Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Portland Invitational, Zartman leads theBruins in both digs (338) and digs per game (4.22), and leads the Pac-10 in digs per-game both overall (4.22 per game) and in conference matches only (4.81, leading WSU's Kortney Jamtaas by nearly a full dig per game). Zartman needs just 32 more digs to move into UCLA's single-season top-10 with nine matches remaining in the regular season.
In the first half of the Pac-10 season, Zartman recorded career-high digs in consecutive matches, posting a 27-dig effort in UCLA's 3-2 win over Washington State on Sept. 28 before coming back with a new career-best of 28 digs in UCLA's 3-1 win at Cal on Oct. 4. That 28-dig effort was just two digs shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-game match. Zartman matched her career-best mark as part of an outstanding individual defensive effort in the state of Washington, posting 28 digs at Washington State on Oct. 25, and followed with 23 digs in UCLA's three-game loss to Washington on Oct. 26.
An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games this past summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 World Championships last summer, finishing second.
McFarland, Jorgensborg Set Bruins in 2002
Head coach Andy Banachowski has adopted a 6-2 offense for the 2002 season, a system that utilizes two setters. The pair that is quarterbacking the Bruin offense includes redshirt sophomore co-captain Krystal McFarland and true freshman Haley Jorgensborg. McFarland redshirted the 2001 season while Erika Selsor completed her record-setting career, but McFarland was participating fully in team practices. She currently leads the team with 8.82 assists per game, ranking eighth in the Pac-10 in that category. She generally starts matches, and has played across the front row on numerous occasions. Jorgensborg practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLA campus, as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has set successfully during her 69 games on the court, and has averaged 5.70 assists per game to this point in the season.
The Wright Stuff
Junior middle blocker Cira Wright completed her pre-conference season in style, earning MVP honors at the Nike Portland Invitational. Wright is among the team leaders in kills and blocks, ranking second on the team with a 0.95 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a 2.48 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA's most versatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her first season as a full-time player for Banachowski's Bruins.
Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins at the service line with 19 aces on the season. She has been playing in all rotations, and is one of four players averaging at least 2.50 kills per game this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is also averaging 2.05 digs per game, and has recorded 36 block assists and two solo blocks during her 75 games on the floor this season.