Bruins Conclude Pac-10 And Home Schedule This Week Against Wildcats, Sun Devils.

Nov. 18, 2002

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UCLA concludes its Pac-10 schedule and a four-match homestand this week, with matches scheduled against Arizona State and Arizona in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are currently tied with ASU for fifth place in the conference standings at 8-8, while the Wildcats are in third place with a 10-6 record. Friday night is senior night for UCLA's three seniors: Angela Eckmier, Lauren Fendrick and Lauren Hogan. Following this weekend's matches, UCLA travels to the Albuturkey Tournament for three matches prior to NCAA Selection, which will take place at 6 pm PT on Sunday, December 1.

Bruins Fall to Two Top-10 Teams
The Bruins dropped two home matches to highly ranked teams last week, falling to No. 9 Pepperdine on Tuesday night prior to dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 2 USC on Friday. On Tuesday against the Waves, the Bruins nearly pulled off the game one victory, having four game points before Pepperdine converted on its third game point en route to the 37-35, 30-25, 30-25 win. Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 21 kills, and Cira Wright had five blocks in the match for the Bruins. On Friday night against the Women of Troy, the Bruins fell 30-24, 30-21, 30-23 while Wright posted a match-high 12 kills to go along with her match-leading eight blocks and a .417 attack percentage (12K-2E-24TA).

UCLA vs. Arizona State
The Bruins hold a 47-6 all-time advantage over the Sun Devils, and a 24-1 advantage while playing in Westwood. Sun Devil Per-Game Stat Leaders: Kills- Juliana Escobar (4.39), Digs- Escobar (3.35), Assists: Cheryl Anglin (9.71), Aces- Escobar (0.56); Blocks- Jodi Smith (0.92) LAST TIME (Sept. 21): UCLA opened Pac-10 play with an 0-2 start as the Bruins fell to the Sun Devils 30-26, 28-30, 30-23, 30-26 in front of 1,165 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. UCLA was led by Lauren Fendrick who had 19 kills and 16 digs in the match.

UCLA vs. Arizona
UCLA holds a 41-10 all-time record against the Wildcats, and holds a 22-3 record when playing in Westwood. Wildcat Per-Game Stat Leaders: Kills- Kim Glass (4.87), Digs-Kelli Mulvany (2.73), Assists: Laurie Gardner (12.30), Aces- Glass (0.44), Blocks- Bre Ladd (1.07). LAST TIME (Sept. 20): Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 22 kills and a .391 attack percentage as UCLA lost its Pac-10 opener 32-30, 26-30, 31-29, 30-23 in the McKale Center. Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins with 13 digs in the match.

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 934-233 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins will spend Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque, NM, at the Albuturkey Tournament, hosted by New Mexico. UCLA will face Butler, Rice and New Mexico in the two-day tournament before returning home for NCAA Selection on Sunday, December 1, at 6 pm PT.

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 this week with 1,060 digs to rank 10th in Bruin history. Her current career kill total is 1,270, ranking 16th in UCLA history and has recorded 116 career service aces, ranking 10th. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.64 kills per game, and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played in every game of every match this season.

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 five 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 2.60 kills per game with 234 total kills, and ranks fourth on the team in blocks, averaging 0.77 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 11 matches, eight in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball and basketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.35 kills per-game average and has played in 88 of the team's 93 games.

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 8.85 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 82 games on the court, and has averaged 5.72 assists per game to this point in the season.

Barba Solid in Return to Lineup
True freshman middle blocker Nancy Barba played in one game each of the Ohio State and Hawai'i matches in September before being sidelined with a stress fracture. Barba was on track for a medical redshirt season before Angela Eckmier's injury put her back in the lineup. In her first two career Pac-10 matches, Barba responded, posting identical offensive lines against both Oregon schools (7K-0E-12TA, .583 ATK%). For the season, Barba is now averaging 1.47 kills and 0.87 blocks per game.

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 the Bruins in both digs (422) and digs per game (4.54), and leads the Pac-10 in digs per-game both overall (4.54 per game) and in conference matches only (5.12, leading WSU's Kortney Jamtaas by 0.60 kills per game). With five matches remaining in UCLA's regular season, Zartman currently ranks fifth on UCLA's single-season list and needs just 78 more digs to become the first player in UCLA history with a 500-dig 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.

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 1.08 blocks per game average, and stands fourth on the team with a 2.62 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 the Bruins.

Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins at the service line with 24 aces on the season. She has been playing in all rotations, and is one of five players averaging at least 2.5 kills per game this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is averaging 2.65 kills and 1.86 digs per game, and has recorded 43 block assists and two solo blocks during her 88 games on the floor this season.

Eckmier Concludes Career with ACL Injury
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier's UCLA carer came to a close on Tue., Nov. 5, when she ruptured the ACL in her right knee during practice. Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike Portland Invitational, and finishes her career with 253 career blocks to her credit. Eckmier had played in 78 of a possible 80 games for the Bruins this season, recording 146 kills (1.87 per game), 11 service aces, 49 digs and team-highs of 16 solo blocks, 75 block assists and 91 total blocks for a 1.17 per-game average. Eckmier was ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with her 1.17 blocks per-game average at the time of her injury. "We are all saddened for Angela," said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski. "She is an ideal player who always gives maximum effort, and it's unfortunate that her senior season is ending this way." Eckmier suffered the injury while participating in a defensive drill during practice on Tuesday, November 5, when she collided with a teammate.

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