Volleyball Heads to Bay Area

Nov. 8, 2006

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UCLA will play its final two road matches of the regular season this week as the team travels to Cal and Stanford for a critical Pac-10 weekend. Friday night's match at Cal will be televised by FOX Sports net on a tape-delayed basis. The contest is scheduled to air twice in Southern California, on FSN Prime Ticket on Saturday at noon and on FSN West at 1:30 pm that same day. Jim Watson will call the action with Karch Kiraly providing color commentary. Saturday's match at Stanford will be broadcast on CSTV with Chris McGee and Holly McPeak calling the action. The Stanford match will air tape-delayed at 12:30 pm PT on Sunday, Nov. 12, and at 7 pm PT on Monday, Nov. 13.

Nana Meriwether Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
For the third time this season, UCLA senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether has been selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. The Potomac, Md., native posted her fifth double-figure blocking night of the season on Friday night against Arizona State, her fourth such performance against a Pac-10 school this season.

With two matches with an attack percentage over .500, Meriwether now has 12 such matches this season. These were her first two matches over .500 for attack percentage since hitting .519 vs. Washington State on Sept. 29. Meriwether's 25.5 points against Arizona State on Friday night was a new season high and just 1.5 points shy of her career-high total.

UCLA vs. California Golden Bears (17-6, 6-6 Pac-10)
Cal has posted a streaky season to this point, winning its first 11, dropping the Pac-10 opener to Washington, then winning three, losing four and winning three before dropping its rivalry match to Stanford at home on Friday night. In the previous meeting between the Bruins and Bears, UCLA posted a 30-26, 30-17, 32-30 win in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 13, giving UCLA a 48-1 advantage in the all-time series. Cal's lone win against the Bruins was a three-game victory in Haas Pavilion last season. Cal is coached by Rich Feller, who is in his eighth season in Berkeley. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Angie Pressey (4.43/game), ASSISTS- Samantha Carter (13.05/game), ACES- Hana Cutura (0.30/game), DIGS- Jillian Davis (4.81/game), BLOCKS- Ellen Orchard (1.43/game).

UCLA vs. Stanford Cardinal (20-2, 11-1 Pac-10)
The Cardinal holds a half-game lead in the Pac-10 standings over Washington at UCLA entering this weekend's matches. Stanford's lone loss of the Pac-10 schedule was at Washington on the first weekend of conference play. In the previous meeting between UCLA and Stanford, the Cardinal prevailed in an exciting 30-27, 27-30, 25-30, 30-25, 15-10 win over UCLA in front of 2,310 fans in Pauley Pavilion for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Saturday night's contest at Stanford's Maples Pavilion will be "Dig for the Cure" night at Stanford will be raising money for the Susan G. Kommen Breast Cancer Foundation. Stanford is coached by John Dunning, who is in his sixth year with the Cardinal. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Cynthia Barboza (4.54/game), ASSISTS- Bryn Kehoe (13.01/game), ACES- Cynthia Barboza (0.45/game), DIGS- Jessica Fishburn (3.76/game), BLOCKS- Foluke Akinradewo (1.45/game).

Banachowski Leads Bruins For 40th Season
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-undefeated Washington on Nov. 12, 2005, made UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski the first women's Division I volleyball coach to win 1,000 career matches. Banachowski, who holds a career record of 1,028-268 (.793), is in his 40th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates and Juniata (Div. III) head women's coach Larry Bock (1,069 entering 2006) 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 1135-212.) 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 (1984, `90, `91).

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)
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
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