Oct. 25, 2006
Fresh off of a critical four-game win over cross-town rival USC last Friday night, the Bruins (21-1, 8-1 Pac-10) return to the road for matches at Washington State and Washington. Friday night's match in Seattle will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. In Southern California, the match will air five times, once on FOX Sports West (Sunday, Oct. 29, at noon) and four times on FSN Prime Ticket. On Prime Ticket, the match will air twice on Saturday, Oct. 28 (1 pm and 5:30 pm), once on Monday at 3 pm and once on Monday night/Tuesday morning at midnight. Jim Watson will call the action with Karch Kiraly on color.
Nana Meriwether Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season, it was announced on Monday. Meriwether led the Bruins with 19 kills, a .486 attack percentage, 10 blocks (1 BS/9 BA) and a season-high 24.5 points in Friday night's win at then-No. 5 USC. The win by UCLA over its cross-town rival snapped a streak of 11 consecutive victories by the Women of Troy over the Bruins and was UCLA's first over USC since the 2000 season. This is Meriwether's second Pac-10 Player of the Week award this season and UCLA's 51st honor all-time.
UCLA vs. Washington State Cougars (14-9, 2-7 Pac-10)
Following a 12-2 start to this season, WSU has lost seven of its nine Pac-10 contests at the halfway point of the conference schedule. The Cougars wins were a five-game victory in Bohler Gym against OSU and a four-game win at Arizona last Thursday. Washington State took a game off of the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion on Sept. 29, but fell in four games, 30-17, 24-30, 30-21, 30-26. UCLA leads the all-time series 34-7 and has won the last seven meetings dating back to the 2002 season. Washington State is coached by Brian Heffernan, who is in his third year at WSU. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Brittany Johnson (4.00/game), ASSISTS- Corina Beyer (11.94/game), ACES- Corina Beyer (0.29/game), DIGS- Kelly Hyder (5.47/game), BLOCKS- Tara West (1.28/game).
UCLA vs. Washington Huskies (17-3, 7-2 Pac-10)
Since losing both matches in Los Angeles the last weekend of September, the Huskies have won five straight going into Thursday's match-up with USC. On Sept. 28, in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins won a five-game battle with the Huskies 28-30, 23-30, 30-21, 31-29, 15-13. The Bruins lead the all-time series 40-10 and have won the last two meetings between the schools. Washington is coached by Jim McLaughlin who is in his seventh year at UW. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Christal Morrison (4.72/game), ASSISTS- Courtney Thompson (14.75/game), ACES- Christal Morrison (0.38/game), DIGS- Tamari Miyashiro (4.82/game), BLOCKS- Jessica Swarbrick (1.27/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 1,025-267 (.794), 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).