Oct. 1, 2002
After two impressive victories over Washington and Washington State last weekend in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins now travel to the Bay Area for matches at Cal and Stanford on Friday and Saturday, respectively. With the two wins this past weekend, the Bruins moved up from a tie for eighth place at 0-2 Pac-10, into a tie for fifth place at 2-2. Back-row play was the difference for the Bruins in Saturday's come from behind victory over Washington State, as 51 of the team's 90 digs in the match came in the final three games.
Two Home Wins Even Pac-10 Record
The Bruins opened their home season in style, defeating Washington in three games and Washington State in five games. Brittany Ringel led the Bruins in kills in both matches, as she was one of three players with 12 kills on Friday against the Huskies, and downed 17 kills against Washington State on Saturday. In the third and final game of the Washington match, UCLA hit .353, downing 16 kills on 34 attacks with just four errors as a team. Ringel finished that match with a .571 attack percentage, recording 12 kills on 21 swings with no errors. On Saturday against the Cougars, the Bruins dropped the first two games of the match before an impressive defensive effort in games three, four and five propelled UCLA to the 3-2 victory. Of the team's 90 digs in the match, 51 were recorded in the final three games. Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman turned in a match-high 27 digs, the second-best match total for a Pac-10 player this season. UCLA had six players with double-figure kills in the match against WSU.
UCLA vs. California
UCLA leads the all-time series against the Golden Bears by a 40-0 margin in a series that dates back to the 1980 season. Last year, UCLA swept the season series with Cal, winning 3-0 on Oct. 12 in pauley Pavilion, and turning in a 3-0 win in Berkeley on Nov. 8.
UCLA vs. Stanford
The Bruins lead the all-time series against Stanford by a 34-25 margin, although UCLA holds an 11-13 record against the Cardinal while playing in Palo Alto. Last season, the Cardinal swept the season series against UCLA, coming back to win 27-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-24, 15-13 on Nov. 11, and falling 3-0 to the Cardinal in Maples Pavilion on Nov. 9. UCLA's last win in Maples was on Sept. 23, 2000 with the Bruins winning 15-11, 15-2, 15-11 (rally scoring to 30 points began in the 2001 season). The Stanford match this Saturday will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
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 928-226 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins to Pauley Pavilion for matches against Oregon State and Oregon next weekend. UCLA hosts the Beavers on Thurs., Oct. 10 and the Ducks on Fri., Oct. 11. Both matches will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com and are scheduled for 7 pm starts.