Women's Volleyball Advances to National Semifinals

Dec. 9, 2006

Final Stats

HONOLULU - UCLA women's volleyball has advanced to its first NCAA Regional Semifinal since 1994 with a three-game sweep of 12th-seeded Hawai'i on Saturday night in Honolulu. Game scores were 30-16, 30-23, 30-23. The fourth-seeded Bruins will play top seed Nebraska on Thursday at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Match times have not yet been announced by the NCAA.

The Bruins dominated from the first serve of the match, taking a 4-0 lead and never looking back. UCLA extended leads of 18-5 and 26-11 before UCLA's first attack error of the match came down to make the score 27-15, prompting Bruin head coach Andy Banachowski to call his first timeout of the game. The Bruins hit a remarkable .571 team attack percentage with 17 kills and the lone error on 28 total attacks. UCLA o0ut-blocked the Wahine 4-0 in the game with Nana Meriwether taking part in three of the four blocks.

After UCLA's domination of the Rainbow Wahine in the opening game of the match, the second game of the match was tight, with seven ties by the time the media timeout took place with UCLA leading 15-14. Service errors by UCLA helped to keep Hawai'i in the game as the Bruins had four service errors in the first half of the game. The Bruins were able to extend a 19-15 lead and push that lead to five points at 26-21 and 29-22 en route to the 30-23 win. Despite seven ties in the second game, UCLA never trailed through the first two games and at the break was hitting .397 as a team with 7.5 blocks, led by Meriwether with eight kills, a .400 attack percentage and five block assists.

Hawai'i came out of the break and took an early 4-3 lead, its first lead of the entire matches. After taking the early lead, UH was able to hold that lead at 8-6 before three straight points by the Bruins gave them a 9-8 lead and extended it to 15-12 at the media timeout. UCLA extended its lead to 16-20, forcing Dave Shoji to spend his first timeout, a move that was successful as his Rainbow Wahine were able to cut the lead to two points at 22-20 before UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski used a timeout of his own to stop momentum. UCLA would take the lead to six points at 28-22 before Shoji used his final timeout.

From that point, the Wahine responded with a block to stop the UCLA momentum, but a Rachell Johnson kill, her fifth of the night, gave UCLA match point. With Jordan Smith in to serve, Ali Daley was able to put the ball down to send UCLA to the National Semifinals for the first time since 1994. UCLA is the only remaining team in the tournament to not have lost a game in NCAA Tournament play this season.

Three Bruins, Nellie Spicer, Katie Carter and Tournament MVP Nana Meriwether, were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Meriwether and Sather each had a match-high 13 kills on the night with Meriwether adding five block assists. Colby Lyman was able to record her 1,000th career dig in the match, a milestone that came early in the second game of the match.

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
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
(26-24, 25-15, 25-19)
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-18, 25-22)
Sunday, Oct 18
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-21, 25-16, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
(25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 29-27)
Sunday, Oct 25
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
(25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-5)
Friday, Oct 30
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
(25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16)
Sunday, Nov 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
(20-25, 26-24, 15-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Nov 04
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 26-24, 25-17)
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16)
Thursday, Nov 12
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
(25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 12-15)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE