Oct. 11, 2006
UCLA brings a perfect 19-0 record back to Pauley Pavilion for the Bruins second homestand of the 2006 season. Cal and Stanford, two top-10 teams, come to town to face off against the undefeated Bruins and UCLA's cross-town rival USC, a team that is also undefeated heading into this week's play. All four teams involved in this weekend's Pac-10 matches in Los Angeles are ranked in the AVCA top-10, as UCLA is ranked third, USC is fourth, Stanford is sixth and California is seventh.
Bruins Host Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Friday
UCLA will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Night this Friday, October 13, against Stanford. Breast cancer awareness ribbons will be distributed at the gate as well as blue t-shirts with a pink script UCLA on the front. The shirts are specially colored to promote breast cancer awareness. The UCLA Medical Center will have information available at Pauley Pavilion on Friday night and will provide several items that will be distributed as prizes throughout the evening.
Breast cancer awareness has taken on a more prominent role for UCLA women's volleyball this year, as assistant coach Kim Jagd was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in March of 2006. Early detection is the key to curing all types of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have annual mammograms beginning at age 40 in addition to clinical breast exams on an annual basis beginning in their 20s.
UCLA vs. California Golden Bears (14-2, 3-2 Pac-10)
The Golden Bears opened the season with 11 straight victories before opening Pac-10 play with a three-game loss at Washington. Cal improved to 3-1 in the Pac before dropping a three-game decision at Stanford on Friday night. UCLA leads the all-time series 47-1 with the teams splitting a their season series last year. Cal won in three games on Sept. 23 in Berkeley and the Bruins took a four-game win on Nov. 26. Cal is coached by Rich Feller who is in his eighth year with the Golden Bears. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Angie Pressey (4.75/game), ASSISTS- Samantha Carter (12.81/game), ACES- Hana Cutura (0.36/game), DIGS- Jillian Davis (4.36/game), BLOCKS- Ellen Orchard (1.34/game).
UCLA vs. Stanford Cardinal (13-2, 4-1 Pac-10)
Stanford travels to Southern California for a Thursday evening televised match at USC before visiting Pauley Pavilion on Friday night. Stanford is coming off of a three-game win over Cal at Maples Pavilion on Friday night and has lost just two matches this year, a four-game loss at BYU on Sept. 1 and a three-game loss at Washington on the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. UCLA holds a 34-33 lead in the all-time series, but Stanford swept last year's meetings and has won the last 10 meetings. The Cardinal is coached by John Dunning, who is in his sixth year at Stanford. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Cynthia Barboza (4.59/game), ASSISTS- Bryn Kehoe (12.46/game), ACES- Cynthia Barboza (0.46/game), DIGS- Jessica Fishburn (4.09/game), BLOCKS- Foluke Akinradewo (1.60/game)
Banachowski Undefeated In 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 1,023-266 (.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).