Aug. 29, 2003
HONOLULU, HI - The UCLA women's volleyball team opened its 2003 season on Friday night in Honolulu with a 30-24, 30-13, 32-30 victory over No. 22 Louisville at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. UCLA (1-0) hit .308 as a team in the victory and out-blocked the Cardinals by an 11-5 margin.
UCLA started hot in the opening game of the season, pulling out to a 7-1 lead early in game one. Junior Brittany Ringel had kills on the first two plays of the match, and freshman Colby Lyman added two kills and a block assist in the early run.
Louisville did not put together a run of more than three consecutive points until a four-point run brought the Cardinals to within three points at 25-22. After a UCLA timeout, the Bruins closed out the game, as a block by Lyman and Wright taking followed a UL service error to give the Bruins a 27-22 lead. After a kill by Anastasia Zaitseva for UL. The Bruins capitalized on a solo block by Cira Wright to get to 28-23. UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski then made his first non-libero substitution of the game, putting Haley Jorgensborg in to serve for Wright, and middle blocker Nancy Barba in for setter Krystal McFarland. Jorgensborg served, then set Colby Lyman for her fifth kill of the game, giving UCLA game point. Following a UL kill and subsequent service error, the Bruins won the opening game by a score of 30-24.
Game two started much the same as game one, with the Bruins sprinting out to a 9-2 lead, then extending it to 15-5 before a TV timeout. UCLA was able to keep its lead around 10 points for the remainder of the game, as the Bruins hit .472 (22 kills, 5 errors, 36 attacks) for game two while holding the Cardinals to a .033 attack percentage in the game. Lyman added seven more kills to lead all players with 12 kills, eight digs and a .625 attack percentage (12K-2E-16TA) at the break
Louisville came out of the locker room and gave the Bruins more of a fight, tying the game at 10, 11 and 12 before UCLA put together a three-point run on two kills by Brynn Murphy and one by Heather Cullen, giving the Bruins a 15-12 lead and forcing UL into its first timeout. From that point, UCLA held a slim lead until a ball handling error by UCLA gave UL their first lead at 20-19. The Bruins re-took the lead at 22-21 on Becky Green's first career kill. A bad Cardinals set that landed out of bounds on UCLA's side of the net gave the Bruins a 23-21 lead and forced UL into its final timeout of the game.
UCLA came back from the timeout with a block by Nancy Barba and Brynn Murphy that extended the Bruin lead to three points at 24-21. UL came back to tie the game at 29-all, and the teams traded points again to tie at 30-30. From there, a Cardinals hitting error and a Brynn Murphy kill wrapped up the game and match for the Bruins with a 32-30 game three win.
"I think we got a lot done tonight," said head coach Andy Banachowski. "Our freshmen are very enthusiastic about the game and we were able to get them some experience tonight. Our junior class worked very hard in the off-season and as a result, we're better as a team. It was great to get a win against a big-hitting team tonight."
Lyman finished her first collegiate competition with a match-high 14 kills and a .478 attack percentage. Two of her teammates joined her with double-figure kills, as Brynn Murphy hit .500 while downing 13 kills and Cira Wright also had 13 kills on the evening. UCLA out-blocked Louisville by an 11-5 margin, with Wright leading the way with one solo and seven assisted blocks. Two Bruins, Lyman, and Chrissie Zartman, finished with a match-high 14 digs in the win.
The Bruins return to action on Sunday afternoon, August 31, with a 3 pm HT match against Minnesota at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic in Honolulu, HI.