Women's Volleyball Travels to NCAA Regional in Honolulu

Dec. 5, 2006

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UCLA advanced to its fourth straight Regional Semifinal and seventh in an eight-year span with opening weekend victories over UAB and Utah at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins now advance to the Honolulu, Hawaii, regional where they will face No. 13 Oklahoma. Should UCLA defeat the Sooners, it would set up a rematch with either No. 12 Hawai'i or No. 5 USC, both teams that UCLA has defeated this season. UCLA is the top seed in the Honolulu Regional, and the winner in Hawaii will advance to face the winner of the Gainesville, Fla. bracket. Of the 16 seeded teams, 15 advanced to the round of 16 with the lone upset coming out of San Luis Obispo where California defeated No. 15 Cal Poly. The Pac-10 has five of its seven qualifying teams still alive in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and could have as many as three teams advance to Omaha, Neb., for the National Semifinals.

UCLA vs. #13 Oklahoma (28-5, At-Large, Big XII Conference)
The Sooners advanced to Honolulu with wins over Oral Roberts and Missouri State in Fayetteville, Ark., last weekend. Oklahoma finished second in the Big XII Conference this season, getting swept by top national seed Nebraska and losing in five games at Texas on Oct. 21. Friday's match will be the first-ever meeting between the Bruins and Sooners in women's volleyball. OU is coached by Santiago Restrepo, who is in his third year with the Sooners. Website: soonersports.com Stat Leaders: KILLS- Joanna Schmitt (4.32/game), ASSISTS- Rachel Jackson (13.67/game), ACES- Rachel Jackson (0.32/game), DIGS- Anna Monsen (4.62/game), BLOCKS- Eliane Santos (1.61/game).

UCLA vs. #5 USC (27-4, At-Large, Pacific 10 Conference)
Should USC and UCLA both advance to Saturday's Regional Final, it would be the third meeting of the season between the Bruins and Women of Troy. UCLA has captured both regular season matches this year, snapping an 11-match losing streak to the Women of Troy. UCLA leads the all-time series by a 52-47 margin but trails 9-3 in postseason play. The most recent postseason meeting between these cross-town rivals was on Dec. 13, 2003, in Lincoln, Neb., where UCLA lost in four games to USC after upsetting host Nebraska in the regional semifinal. USC is coached by Mick Haley who is in his sixth year at USC. A USC win against UCLA on Saturday would change the distribution of Lexus Gauntlet points for the 2006-07 season. Website: usctrojans.com Stat Leaders: KILLS- Asia Kaczor (4.96/game), ASSISTS- Taylor Carico (12.76/game), ACES- Asia Kaczor (0.33/game), DIGS- Debora Seilhamer (6.41/game), BLOCKS- Bethany Johansen (1.12/game).

UCLA vs. #12 Hawai'i (28-5, Automatic, Western Athletic Conference)
UCLA and Hawai'i have a long-standing rivalry, with the Bruins traveling to Honolulu annually since 1980. Including a three-game sweep of the Rainbow Wahine in the final match of the Hawaiian Airlines Classic on Sept. 3 of this year, the Bruins trail the all-time series 34-29, but hold a 7-4 advantage in postseason play. UH is coached by Dave Shoji, who is in his 32nd year at Hawai'i. Website: hawaiiathletics.com Stat Leaders: KILLS- Jamie Houston (5.46/game), ASSISTS- Kanoe Kamana'o (13.49/game), ACES- Sarah Mason (0.59/game), DIGS- Jayme Lee (3.84/game), BLOCKS- Kari Gregory (1.63/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 1,035-269 (.794), is in his 40th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates (1,135 wins) 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. 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)
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
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