Women's Volleyball Hosts Arizona Schools This Weekend

Oct. 18, 2005

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UCLA returns to the friendly environment of Pauley Pavilion this weekend for a pair of Pac-10 matches against No. 8 Arizona and Arizona State. The Bruins will remain in Los Angeles for two consecutive weekends, as next week's schedule sends the Bruins to cross-town rival USC. Although UCLA was unable to take a game from Pac-10 powerhouse Washington last weekend, the Bruins did come away with a three-game win over Washington State on Friday night, holding the Cougars to a .084 team attack percentage while hitting over .350 as a team for the second time in three matches. The return to the lineup of junior outside hitter Colby Lyman continues to pay dividends for UCLA as the junior has recorded 10 aces in just four Pac-10 matches, averaging nearly an ace per game (0.83) against conference opponents.

Natalie Williams Named to NCAA 25th Anniversary Team
The Pac-10 Player of the Decade for the first 10 years of women's athletics, former UCLA great Natalie Williams has been named as one of seven members of the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team for Division I women's volleyball. The team included six players: Dietre Collins (Hawaii, MB), Elaina Oden (Pacific, MB), Danielle Scott (Long Beach State, MB), Logan Tom (Stanford, OH), Kerri Walsh (Stanford, OH) and Williams along with Hawai'i head coach Dave Shoji.

Williams, who lettered in volleyball and basketball and earned All-America honors in both sports from 1989-94, is second on UCLA's all-time kills list with 2,115 and was a member of UCLA's 1990 and `91 NCAA Championship Teams. A four-time AVCA All-American and two-time Honda Award recipient, Williams was a member of the gold medal-wining 2000 U.S Olympic Team for women's basketball and recently completed her third season with the WNBA's Indiana Fever.

Arizona (14-2, 6-1 Pac-10)
The Wildcats vaulted into the Pac-10 title hunt last weekend, posting a five-game win over No. 3 Stanford and a sweep of No. 13 California in the McKale Center. UCLA holds a 42-14 all-time record against Arizona and split the season series in 2004, winning a four-game match on Oct. 1 in Tucson before dropping a three-game match in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 30. The Wildcats are coached by David Rubio, who is in his 14th season at Arizona. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Kim Glass (4.62/game), ASSISTS- Amy Dyck (11.16/game), ACES- Kim Glass/Jennifer Abernathy (0.38/game), DIGS- Jennifer Abernathy (3.23/game), BLOCKS- Dominique Lamb (1.17/game).

Arizona State (8-10, 1-4 Pac-10)
The Sun Devils travel to Southern California having lost six straight matches after winning their Pac-10 opener in four games over Oregon on Sept. 23. UCLA holds a 52-6 all-time record against Arizona State, including sweeps in both meetings last season. ASU is coached by Brad Saindon, who is in his third year at the helm of the Sun Devils.. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Nicole Morton (2.80/game), ASSISTS- Giovana Melo (8.68/game), ACES- Staci Smith (0.41/game), DIGS- Sydney Donahue (5.89/game), BLOCKS- Staci Smith (0.95/game)

Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Currently holding a career record of 994-261 (.792), UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just seven more wins to become the first Collegiate Women's Volleyball head coach with 1,000 career wins. In his 39th season on the Bruin bench, Banachowski trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach. Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA