Sept. 1, 1999
Last season, the Bruin women's volleyball program came out of the gate slowly, a problem that was worsened by the fact that three of the team's six starters, including the team's setter were freshmen. At last year's HAL Wahine Classic, that young UCLA team lost its first three matches of the season, to 14th-ranked Hawaii, sixth-ranked Florida and 13th-ranked Ohio State.
This year, all but two players from last season's roster are back for more, with an additional year of collegiate volleyball experience under their belt.
The group includes three members of the 1999 All-Pac-10 First Team, outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, TX), middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman (Lakeville, Minn.) and outside hitter Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, CA). Porter was named the conference's Freshman of the Year, and was joined on the AVCA District VIII First-Team by Bachman. Bowles and Porter were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman First-Team, a group that included setter Erika Selsor (Linden, CA) among its honorable mention honorees. Additionally, Bowles was UCLA's representative on last year's Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team.
A late-season surge vaulted the Bruins to a third-place 13-5 Pac-10 finish and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. It was a team, however, that was just starting to realize its potential.
This Week's Schedule - August 29-September 7
UCLA's first serve of the 1999 season will take place at the 12th annual Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. Action begins on Friday, against Pittsburgh, and will continue through the holiday weekend with matches against Minnesota and fourth-ranked Hawaii. Rankings are from the current AVCA/USA Today poll.
Fri. Sept. 3 vs. Pittsburgh Honolulu, HI 5:00 p.m. HT Sun. Sept. 5 vs. Minnesota (rec.d votes) Honolulu, HI 3:00 p.m. HT Mon. Sept. 6 at Hawaii (#4) Honolulu, HI 5:00 p.m. HT
Hawaii Match to be Broadcast on KIEV 870 AM
In the team's only regular-season over-the-air appearance, the Sept. 6 match at Hawaii will be broadcast live on KIEV 870 AM. The match is scheduled to start at 8 pm Pacific Time. Early-Season Schedules
The Bruins will be the only member of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic field playing its first regular-season match of 1999 on Friday. UCLA's first opponent, Pittsburgh, kicks off its schedule on Wednesday, hosting another 1999 UCLA opponent, Kent. The Rainbow Wahine open their season on Wednesday night at Cal, while Mike Hebert will coach his 100th match for Minnesota when his Golden Gophers travel to St. Mary's (Calif.) on the way to Hawaii.
While the three other teams in the tournament field are opening their seasons in various locations on Wednesday, the Bruins will be enjoying a 9 am practice at the Stan Sheriff Center on UH's Lower Campus, site of this weekend's tournament and the 1999 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
Entering his 33rd season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On October 24, 1997, he was the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, and was the first women's coach in history to record 800 career wins. The only other collegiate volleyball coach, men's or women's with more career wins than Banachowski is UCLA men's coach Al Scates, who notched career victory number 900 during the 1997 season. Banachowski played under Scates at UCLA and also got his start in coaching with Scates. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Alumni Sunday Successful
Sunday, Aug. 29, was spent at the John Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, featuring two best-of-three matches: an intrasquad scrimmage and an Alumni Match. The 1999 Bruins were subdivided into Blue and White squads, and provided some exciting action along the way. UCLA Blue started off quickly, with Selsor and Bowles leading the group to a 15-6 game 1 victory. The score was reversed in game 2, with Bachman and Porter working towards their respective match-highs of five blocks and 14 kills. The rally scored third game was extremely competitive, with neither team taking a lead of more than one point prior to UCLA White taking the final 16-14 win.
All Three Freshmen See Alumni Action
All three Bruin freshmen, Stacy Millichap, Ella Harley and Lauren Fendrick, saw significant time during Sunday's scrimmage. Millichap contributed six digs as UCLA White's defensive specialist, while Fendrick accumulated seven kills and four digs for the White. Harley saw time on the outside for UCLA Blue.
Westwood's "Wiz" Back for Block Party
Known to teammates and friends as "Wiz", Elisabeth Bachman was UCLA's top blocker in 1998, leading the way in all three blocking columns, solo blocks (39), block assists (128) and total blocks (167). Her 1.52 blocks per game average earned notice as the 19th-best in the NCAA and third-highest in the Pac-10. Returning from a medical redshirt in 1997, Bachman earned first-team All-Pac-10 notice, and was named to the AVCA All-District VIII first-team. She is in her second season as team captain, and earned Pac-10 and GTE/CoSIDA District VIII Academic notice last season. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Porter Returns for More VB
Kristee Porter's spectacular freshman campaign didn't end with her Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, first-team All-District VIII and first-team All-Pac-10 recognition in volleyball. After the conclusion of her fall sport, she went on to play in four games with UCLA's women's basketball team and then join the Pac-10 Champion women's track and field team as a triple jumper. Although she did not qualify for the NCAA Championships in the triple jump, she did finish third at the Pac-10 Championships and the U's. Junior Nationals in that event. Finally, Porter was named co-UCLA Freshman of the Year with Amanda Freed, a pitcher on UCLA's 1999 NCAA Champion softball team.
Her next challenge? To pick up where she left off on the volleyball floor last December, when the Bruins advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Porter's 5.54 kills/game led the Pac-10 and ranked fourth in the nation last year, behind Michigan State senior Jenna Wrobel (5.94), San Diego junior Petia Yanchulova (5.90) and South Florida freshman Michelle Collier (5.68). Porter enters the 1999 season with a streak of 24-straight matches with at least 10 kills. The Other Half of History, Bowles Ready for More
When Porter and fellow frosh OH Ashley Bowles were both named first-team All-Pac-10, it was the first time two Bruin freshman had ever been named to the same All-Pac-10 team. Additionally, with Bowles and Porter on the list, that doubled the number of UCLA freshman to ever have earned the honor joining Natalie Williams in 1989 and Elaine Youngs in 1998.
Although she can be overshadowed by Porter's eye-popping athleticism, Bowles had an exceptional rookie campaign in her own right. She became just the second Bruin frosh to record more than 30 kills in a match, notching 35 at Washington on Nov. 15. She also brings a streak of 24 straight double-digit kill matches into the 1999 season, and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in kills (4.46/gm) and ninth in service aces (0.31/gm) a year ago.
Selsor Sets Sites on Continued Improvement
This time last year, Erika Selsor played her first collegiate volleyball matches at the Wahine Volleyball Classic. She finished the year statistically as the second-best setter in the Pac-10, with a 13.69 assists/game average that also ranked 19th in the NCAA. This season, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski is looking forward to the opportunity to expand and diversify the Bruin attack. ?With (Erica) returning, we should be able to run more combinations this year and attack effectively with more people out of the back. Notables
Only 14 of the 18 rostered players will be making the trip to Hawaii. The four not making the trip are #3 Kate Dwyer, #5 Taylor Rodger, #9 Lyn Embree and #19 Lauren Hogan Dwyer missed the Alumni Match to attend a wedding The team leaves campus at 3:30 pm Tuesday afternoon (8/31), and will return to Los Angeles at 5:40 am, Sept. 7 The off-day during this tournament, Saturday, Sept. 4, is due to Hawaii's home football game against USC UCLA has participated in all 12 HAL Wahine Volleyball Classic tournaments, and has traveled to Hawaii each year since 1980 The Bruins and Rainbow Wahine have played annually since 1974.
AVCA/USA Today Poll (preseason)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Penn State (30) 1,420 2. Stanford (20) 1,378 3. Nebraska (1) 1,284 4. Hawai.i (3) 1,285 5. Long Beach State (5) 1,226 6. Pacific 1,196 7. BYU 1,186 8. Florida 1,169 9. Wisconsin 963 10. UCLA (1) 815 11. UC Santa Barbara 781 12. Pepperdine 722 13. Texas 667 14. Illinois 644 15. Arizona 621 16. Texas A&M 562 17. Ohio State 517 18. UC San Diego 500 19. Colorado 336 20. Arkansas 322 21. USC 314 22. Michigan State 294 23. Kansas State 202 24. Colorado State 173 25. Loyola Marymount 144 Received Votes (rank): Minnesota (30th)
Volleyball Magazine Poll (preseason)
No. School 1. Penn State 2. Stanford 3. Nebraska 4. BYU 5. Long Beach State 6. Florida 7. Pacific 8. Hawai.i 9. Wisconsin 10. UCLA 11. Illinois 12. UC Santa Barbara 13. Arizona 14. Pepperdine 15. Texas 16. Ohio State 17. Michigan State 18. San Diego 19. USC 20. Notre Dame
1998 UCLA Record
all matches 16-12
vs. conference opponents 13-5
vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 2-11
vs. all district ranked teams 7-12
home matches at Pauley Pavilion 8-2
home matches at the John Wooden Center 1-0
playing on a Friday 6-6
playing on a Saturday 1-2
playing on a Sunday 7-3
playing Monday through Thursday 2-1
1998 UCLA Record When
Won 1st game 11-2 Lost 1st game 5-10
Won 2nd game 14-4 Lost 2nd game 2-8
Won 3rd game 11-3 Lost 3rd game 5-9
Won 4th game 10-3 Lost 4th game 1-5
Plaed five games 3-4
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Head Coach: Cindy Alvear, 7th yr
1998 Record (Big East): 16-14 (5-6)
Series: UCLA leads 2-0
Last Meeting: UCLA, 3-0, 1996
Nickname: Golden Gophers
Current Ranking: Rec.d votes (AVCA)
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Head Coach: Mike Hebert, 24th yr
1998 Record (Big Ten): 17-14 (7-13)
Series: UCLA leads 2-0
Last Meeting: UCLA, 3-0, 1995
Nickname: Rainbow Wahine
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Head Coach: Dave Shoji, 24th yr
1998 Record (WAC): 32-3 (13-1)
Series: Hawai.i leads 28-26
Last Meeting: UH, 3-0, 1998
1999 Bruins In the Rankings
AVCA/USA Today VB Magazine Preseason 10 10