Sept. 14, 2004
UCLA opened its 2004 season with a 6-0 record, the program's best start since opening the 1993 season with a record of 21-0. On tap this week, the Bruins look to recover from Saturday night's disappointing five-game loss at Hawai'i when they travel to the state of Utah this weekend. The pair of road matches opens on Friday evening in Salt Lake City at Utah before traveling to Provo, Utah, for a 7:30 pm (MT) match at BYU. The Bruins have not played at Utah since 1987 and haven't traveled to Provo since 1992.
Meriwether, Zartman All-Tournament in Hawaii
UCLA posted three solid matches last week in Hawaii, a 30-23, 32-30, 30-24 win over No. 17 Santa Clara and a 30-11, 30-24, 30-24 sweep of Southwest Missouri State before losing a marathon two hour, 46 minute match to No. 11 Hawai'i at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Volleyball Challenge on Saturday night. Sophomore Nana Meriwether set a MLC record with a 14-block performance against SMS on Friday evening, tying the UCLA record for a three-game match in the process. She went on to record eight more blocks and 19 kills against the Wahine en route to All-Tournament team honors. Senior libero Chrissie Zartman also had a notable weekend, earning a career-best 30 digs against the Wahine on Saturday night. It was just the sixth match in UCLA history with a performance of 30 or more digs by a single player. Zartman was also named to the All-Tournament team.
In UCLA's five-game loss to the Wahine, UCLA's balanced offensive attack was showcased. The team's 92 kills were distributed between seven players, with five players reaching double figures. Brynn Murphy matched her career high with 23 kills in the match. The team's digs were also distributed between a number of players with 30 of the team's 102 digs going to Zartman, but the remaining 72 divided between eight players with four in double figures. Brittany Ringel (14 K/10 D) and Becky Green (13 kills, 14 digs) double-doubled in the match. Finally, senior setter Krystal McFarland set a career-best 76 assists in the match, piloting her team to a .242 attack percentage.
UCLA vs. Utah
UCLA holds a 6-0 all-time record against the Utes, with the teams meeting most recently on Sept. 6, 1996, a 15-10, 15-8, 15-10 Bruin victory at the UCSB Classic. The Utes are coached by Beth Launiere and enter the week with a record of 4-2. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Lyndsey Henderson (69 kills, 3.29/game); ASSISTS- Tracy Neumeier (130, 5.91/game); ACES- Danielle Leichliter (13, 0.72/game); DIGS- Connie Dangerfield (67, 3.05/game); BLOCKS- Henderson (37, 1.76/game).
UCLA vs. BYU
UCLA and BYU had a long-standing rivalry in the 1980s and early 90s, but have not played since a 16-14, 17-15, 15-11 BYU victory in the third round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins hold a 21-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Cougars are coached by second-year head coach Karen Lamb and enter the week with a record of 4-2. They received votes in the first regular season USA Today/CSTV Coaches Poll. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Lindsy Hartsock (47, 2.35/game); ASSISTS- Lauren Richards (272, 11.83/game); ACES- Richards (16, 0.70/game); DIGS- Lindsey Metcalf (66, 3.0/game); BLOCKS- Hartsock (33, 1.65/game).
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 38th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, 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 969-245 (.798), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.