Volleyball Hosts Lexus Gauntlet Match on Friday

Nov. 17, 2006

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Having completed their final regular season road trip, the UCLA women's volleyball team will play its four remaining regular season matches in the friendly environment of Pauley Pavilion. The four-match homestand, UCLA's longest of the year, begins this Friday with a Lexus Gauntlet match-up against the streaking USC Women of Troy, winners of their last five matches. The match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net with Jim Watson, Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak calling the action. The match will air in Southern California on FOX Sports West on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 pm and on FSN Prime Ticket six times with the first airing on Saturday at 10:30 am.

The Lexus Gauntlet: UCLA vs. USC
Friday's match will finalize the distribution of the 10 available women's volleyball points for the 2006-07 athletic year, assuming that the Bruins and Women of Troy do not meet in NCAA Tournament play. UCLA currently leads The Gauntlet standings by a 15-5 margin, as UCLA earned five points with a double-overtime women's soccer win on Oct. 15 and UCLA's four-game women's volleyball in at the Lyon Center on Oct. 20 gave the Bruins custody of all 10 available points in that sport. USC's men's water polo team has secured the five points available in that sport to date. USC won the award last year (2005-06). There are a total of 110 points available, distributed over 18 sports. For more information on the Lexus Gauntlet, visit www.gauntlettrophy.com

UCLA vs. USC Women of Troy (23-3, 12-3 Pac-10)
USC comes to Pauley Pavilion having won its last five matches. The Women of Troy jumped two spots to No. 4 in the CSTV/AVCA coaches poll on Monday after an impressive three-game sweep of then-No. 2 Stanford on Friday night followed by a Saturday sweep of California in the Bay Area. UCLA holds a 41-47 lead in the all-time series, including a 25-30, 30-20, 30-24, 30-22 win in the final match at USC's Lyon Center on October 20. USC is coached by Mick Haley, who is in his sixth year at USC. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Asia Kaczor (4.95/game), ASSISTS- Taylor Carico (12.90/game), ACES- Asia Kaczor (0.30/game), DIGS- Debora Seilhamer (6.16/game), BLOCKS- Bethany Johansen (1.18/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 1,029-269 (.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).

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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 - 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
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vs. NCAA Second Round
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Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
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Omaha, NE