Women's Volleyball Heads to Bay Area This Week

Sept. 14, 1998

UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 0-5
Pac-10 Record: 0-0
Rankings: 20 AVCA/ NR VB mag
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 829-193 (32nd year)

This Week's Schedule

The No. 20 ranked UCLA women's volleyball team will travel to the Bay Area to play three matches this week. The Bruins face their first unranked opponent at Santa Clara on Wednesday, then open Pac-10 Conference action at Cal on Friday. The week's action concludes at No. 9 ranked Stanford on Sunday. Wed. Sept. 16 at Santa Clara 7:30
Friday Sept. 18 at Cal 7:30
Saturday Sept. 20 at No. 9 Stanford 4:00
Live Webcast on the Internet (www.broadcast.com)

Recapping Last Week

Bruins Continue To Face Tough Competition: After suffering loses at the hands of three top-15 teams in the opening week, the Bruins' schedule didn't get any easier in the second week. In fact UCLA opened the Chicago Collegiate Volleyball Challenge by facing the top-ranked team in the nation and finished against No. 7. The Bruins' youth again proved to be a factor as UCLA fell to 0-5.

9/11 Lost 0-3 (3-15, 7-15, 9-15) to No. 1 Penn State The opening match of the tournament saw No. 20 UCLA fall to No. 1 Penn State. Rookies Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter registered nine kills each for the Bruins, while sophomore Elisabeth Bachman added eight and had a hand on five blocks. Penn State was led by Carrie Schonveld's 13 kills and Lauren Cacciamani's seven kills and six blocks.

9/12 Lost 0-3 (11-15, 4-15, 10-15) to No. 7 Texas While the UCLA football team had little trouble with Texas, the story was just the opposite in the women's volleyball match. The No. 7 ranked Longhorns handed UCLA its fifth loss of the season, all at the hands of top-15 ranked teams.

The young Bruin squad had an early lead in game one, and also jumped out quickly in game three, however veterans stepped up to help Texas seal the match. UCLA was led by Bowles (13 kills, nine digs), Porter (10 kills, five digs, two blocks) and Bachman (nine kills, five digs, four blocks). Defensively Michelle Quon continued to shine as she provided 10 digs for her second double-digit match of the season. Texas had three players reach double figures in kills as all- tournament selection Demetria Sance led the way with 14 and added 15 digs. LaKisha Bledsoe and Katie Austin registered 11 kills each for the Longhorns.

Pac-10 Conference Standings
               Pac-10 Overall
Arizona          0-0    8-0
Oregon State     0-0    8-1
Stanford         0-0    4-2
USC              0-0    4-2
Oregon           0-0    4-5
Arizona State    0-0    3-4
Washington State 0-0    2-3
California       0-0    3-5
Washington       0-0    1-3
UCLA             0-0    0-5

Bruins in the Rankings AVCA/USA Today VB magazine Preseason 18 14 Week 1 (9/8) 20 NR Week 2 (9/15) NR NR

Coach Banachowski: A great teacher of the game, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski achieved one of the highest honors possible when he became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the national Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach last year. Now in his 32nd season guiding the Bruins, Banachowski is not only the owner of more victories than any other NCAA Division I women's coach, but also mentor to numerous individual success stories during and after college. He has led the Bruins to six national championships, top-four national finishes in 20 of the last 27 years and compiled 30 or more victories in seven of the last 10 seasons.

Bruin Sidelines: Sophomore Celeste Peterson is recovering from knee surgery underwent during the spring and will miss the first few weeks of the season. Redshirt sophomore Jennifer Wittenburg missed the Hawaii and Chicago trips due to injury and is questionable for the trip to the Bay Area. Senior Chaska Potter and junior Tamika Johnson also continue to be slowed by injuries.

Rookie Taylor Rodger missed the Chicago trip due to a strained muscle. Redshirt Suzy Morris suffered an ankle injury in practice on Monday and is questionable for the Bay Area trip

Brief Bruin Overview: This year's theme of "Winning Hand In Hand" builds on the foundation of excellence which is second to none. The UCLA women's volleyball program is joining hands in a quest to bring home its seventh national title. The 1998 Bruins combine nine newcomers, including the second ranked recruiting class in the nation, with nine returners, including a pair of redshirts from last year. This year's squad is extremely young with six sophomores, one junior and only two seniors. Three freshman received the starting nod in the season opener at Hawaii and six have already made significant contributions. Captains for the season are senior Chaska Potter and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman.

Rookie Report: With seven rookies already having seen action and three true freshman (Erika Selsor, Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter) in the starting rotation, Bruin fans are excited about not just the present - but the future of UCLA volleyball. In addition, Angela Eckmier has seen considerable action and earned the starting nod in Chicago. Taylor Rodger, Lauren Hogan and Danielle Ryba have also seen action thus far.

This Week's Opponents:
Santa Clara "Broncos"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 5-1

Series History: UCLA leads the series 1-0 Last Meeting: Only meeting was in 1984, when UCLA defeated Santa Clara 15-8, 15-3 at the Cal State Fullerton Tournament. Notable: The Broncos are the first unranked opponent on UCLA's schedule this season.

California "Golden Bears"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 3-5

Series History: UCLA leads the series 32-0 Last Year: UCLA defeated Cal 3-2 in Pauley Pavilion and 3-0 in Berkeley Notable: UCLA's 32-match win streak over Cal is its longest current series win streak.

Stanford "Cardinal"
Current Ranking: No. 7 Volleyball magazine 1998
Record: 4-2, hosts USC on Friday before facing UCLA Series History: UCLA leads the series 31-20 Last Year: Stanford won both meetings last year, 3-0 at Pauley Pavilion and 3-0 at Stanford

Notable: UCLA will be looking to halt a seven match streak of loses at the hands of Stanford, which dates back to 1994.

Bruin Honors: Bowles Named All-Tournament in Hawaii: Earning All-Tournament honors in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High) is already establishing herself as a force in the UCLA lineup and in the nation. Bowles was impressive in each outing during the weekend, and posted her best numbers (21 kills,:395, 9 digs) in UCLA's 2-3 loss to Ohio State. She hit:299 and totaled 39 kills for a team- high 3.55 kills per game and added 19 digs over the weekend en route to the honor.

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