UCLA Prepares For Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational

Sept. 10, 2003

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UCLA wraps up its non-conference tournament schedule this weekend,traveling to Austin, TX, for the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational This three-match tournament will mark UCLA's final competitions before beginning Pac- 10 play next Friday,Sept.19,against top-ranked USC. The Bruins finished second in their first tournament of the season,the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,and won their second tournament last weekend at the Ruby's Montana Invitational in Missoula, MT.

UCLA swept its way through the Ruby 's Montana Invitational last weekend,downing Idaho (30- 23,30-25,30-25),Boise State (30-12,30-18,30-18)and host Montana (30-13,30-14,30-20)en route to the team title. Heather Cullen was named the tournament 's Most Valuable Player, Chrissie Zartman was selected as the Top Libero,and Brynn Murphy was named to the All- Tournament Team.Murphy led the Bruins with 4.00 kills per game,a .509 attack percentage and 1.00 blocks per game with two solo and six assisted blocks.Cullen 's MVP numbers included 32 kills,the same number as Murphy in one more game played,a .397 attack percentage,three service aces,1.33 digs/game and eight blocks.Zartman recorded 25 digs in nine games on the floor for a 2.78 per-game average.

UCLA held both of Saturday 's opponents,Boise State and Montana,to negative team attack percentages with a -.051 mark and only 16 kills for the Broncos and a -.053 percentage for the Grizzlies with 19 kills to their credit.The Bruins hit over .400 in two of their three matches with a .409 mark against Idaho,a .357 mark against Boise State and an impressive .440 percentage against host Montana.Of the 16 players to make the trip to Montana,15 saw game action and nine different players,excluding the libero position,earning at least one match start.

UCLA leads the all-time series against the Mavericks by a 5-0 margin.The most recent meeting came during the 1991 season,when the Bruins won 15-11,15-11,15-13 at the UCLA Challenge on Oct.25,1991.UTA is coached by Janine Smith and has a record of 1-4 this season.

Thursday 's match with the Islanders will be the first meeting between UCLA and TAMUCC.The Islanders are coached by Frances Kinnison and are 3-3 this season.

UCLA leads the all-time series with Texas by a 14-6 margin.The last meeting between the two teams was a 15-11,15-4,15-5 Texas win at the Chicago Challenge on Sept.12,1998.The Longhorns are coached by Jerritt Elliott,and UT has a 2-3 record this season.

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 944-236 (.800),and has coached the Bruins to six national championships,including three NCAA titles.

The Bruins will open their Pac-10 and home schedule next Friday as they play host to top-ranked defending NCAA Champion USC at Pauley Pavilion.

Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 73 kills through the first two weekends of the 2003 season,and is second on the team with a .377 attack percentage and 0.95 blocks per game. Through just six matches this season,she has already posted career-high numbers for kills (17 at Hawai 'i),aces and points (20.5 at Hawai 'i).She is playing primarily in the front row,as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row.Murphy has been named to the All- Tournament Team at both of UCLA 's first two 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.

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 her 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 58 kills for a 2.90 per-game average,has a team-high six service aces 0.30 average)and has 14 blocks for a 0.70 per-game average.She trails only Brynn Murphy in points,as Cullen checks in with 72 on the season.Cullen has also set numerous career-high marks so far this season,posting a 17-klill,19.5 point outing against Idaho on Sept.5,along with a 15-dig performance in UCLA 's five-game loss at Hawai 'i.

A heavy hitter,Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.67 per-game average through UCLA 's first two weekends of play.Replaced by a libero in the back row,Ringel has served four aces this season.She had three aces on Sept.6 at Montana,setting a new career-high mark.

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 through the early parts of the season.McFarland leads the Bruins in assists,averaging 10.88 per game, and has also averaged 1.69 digs and 0.56 blocks through her first 16 games on the floor. McFarland set the Bruins through the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,but stepped aside through parts of the Ruby 's Montana Invitational as sophomore Haley Jorgensborg took over setting duties. McFarland has already posted a career-high blocking match,recording five block assists at Hawai 'i on Sept.1,a match in which she also posted a career-high with 7.5 points.

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 1.11 blocks per game,and is the only Bruin topping the 1.00 blocks/game plateau. Wright has already posted a career-high digging match,recording eight digs in UCLA 's five-game loss to then-No.2 Hawai 'i on Sept.1,a match where she played the whole way around the court for Banachowski 's Bruins.

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.Zartman leads the team with 3.70 digs per game,an average that dropped following the Montana tournament after a week with a 4.45 digs per game at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend.Zartman is one of just two players,along with Heather Cullen,to have played in all of UCLA 's 20 games entering the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. 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.

Four of UCLA 's five freshmen have seen game action through the first two weekends of the 2003 season.Colby Lyman had a big first 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. 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. 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 just over two kills per game so far this season. 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.

* Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand..The injury occurred in practice on Aug.24,and will sideline Johnson for approximately four weeks.

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