Oct. 2, 2001
The Bruins return to the road on Thursday night, traveling to Seattle and Pullman, WA, for Pac-10 matches against Washington and Washington State. Last season, the Bruins swept the Huskies, winning both matches 3-0. Meanwhile, UCLA split the season series with Washington State, as each team won its home match. All-time, the Bruins lead the series against both schools with a 33-5 lead against Washington and a 24-6 lead over Washington State.
Following this weekend's trip to the Northwest, the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for their longest homestand of the season, featuring matches against Stanford, Cal and USC.
Porter Needs 20 Kills for Pac-10, UCLA Career Record
Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter enters Thursday's match at Washington needing just 20 kills to surpass Pac-10 Player of the Decade Natalie Williams (1989-92) for the Pac-10 and UCLA record for career kills. At her current season average of 5.96 kills per game, that would give Porter the record some time during her fourth game of this weekend's schedule. Porter currently has 2,106 career kills through 102 matches and 369 games played at UCLA, while Willilams tallied 2,115 kills in 458 games played over 137 matches during her four-year Bruin career.
Bruins Sweep Arizona, Arizona State in Home Openers
UCLA opened its home schedule in style, sweeping both No. 3 Arizona and Arizona State last weekend at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins needed just over 90 minutes to dispatch the previously unbeaten Wildcats with game scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-19 in a match broadcast by FOX Sports Net. It was more of the same on Saturday night, as UCLA downed Arizona State 30-19, 30-20, 30-24. For the weekend, Bruin outside hitter Kristee Porter had 42 kills (20 vs. UA, 22 vs. ASU), leaving her just 20 kills shy of setting a new UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record. Porter averaged 7.00 kills/game and 1.17 aces/game, as she set a new career-high with four aces against the Wildcats on Friday night. Junior Lauren Fendrick also turned in impressive performances, hitting .560 with 15 kills and just one error aginst ASU, while junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier had an impressive weekend on the blocks, with 10 block assists in the five games she played during the weekend.
UCLA, Pac-10 Reschedule Three Matches
UCLA has rescheduled its two road matches at Oregon and Oregon State that were postponed due to the September 11 tragedies. The Bruins will travel north to play Oregon State at 7 pm on Mon., Nov. 19, in Corvallis, OR, then will play Oregon at 7 pm on Tue., Nov. 20, in Eugene, OR. The matches originally were scheduled for September 13 and 14, respectively. These new dates for Pac-10 contests conflict with UCLA's originally scheduled non-conference match on Nov. 20 at Pepperdine. The Bruins will now travel to Malibu, CA, to play the Waves on Tue., Oct. 30, at 7 pm at Firestone Field House.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
Now in his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1 in Hawaii, he became the first collegiate women's volleyball coach in history to record 900 career wins, and is just the second collegiate volleyball coach for either gender to reach that milestone. UCLA men's coach Al Scates, for whom Banachowski was a setter during his collegiate career, posted his 1,000th career win last March. The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career record of 905-214 (.809), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter recorded her 2,000th career kill on Sept. 2 in UCLA's 3-0 victory over then-No. 5 Hawai'i while averaging 6.22 kills per game for the tournament ...At the US Bank/Arby's Classic, she became the first Pac-10 player and second Bruin to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs ...The 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, Porter already holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 17 ...That nearly triples the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams (1989-92) ...Williams currently holds a different UCLA and Pac-10 record that Porter is closing in on, with a conference record of 2,115 career kills ...Porter needs just 20 kills to take over the UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record from Williams ...Last season, Porter downed 741 kills, a new UCLA and Pac-10 record en route to earning first-team AVCA All-American honors ...A three-sport athlete at UCLA, Porter also played basketball and triple jumped for the Pac-10 champion Bruin track and field team ...In the cage, Porter was second in the Pac-10 in rebounding with an 8.1 per-game average, and ranked third in the Pac-10 and 28th in the NCAA standings with 1.8 blocked shots per game ...On the track, Porter was third in the triple jump at the Pac-10 Championship, with a mark of 40-11.75 as UCLA won its fifth-straight Pac-10 title.
Porter's Career Stats/Through matches of Sept. 21
2,106 kills (2nd in UCLA and Pac-10 history. Needs just 20 kills to pass Natalie Williams for both records), 1,1042 digs (t4th UCLA history), 48 solo blocks, 198 block assists, 246 total blocks, 86 service aces. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor is closing in on a career milestone of her own, needing 414 more assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5,667). On Sun., Sept. 2, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists. Selsor, who enters the Washington series with 5,254 assists, is currently third in Pac-10 history behind Holly McPeak (Cal/UCLA, 5,421 assists) and Miya Malauua (OSU, 5,368). Boyer's first season at UCLA was prior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is 4,840. Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or more assists with three matches in the 80s, including an 89-assist performance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at Pauley Pavilion against Michigan State. That was the third-highest single-match assist total in school history.
Bowles Reaches 1,000 Career Digs
The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team in history, senior opposite hitter Ashley Bowles became the seventh player in UCLA history to record both 1,000 career kills and digs, and the fifth Bruin to add 100 aces to that tandem when she recorded the milestone dig on Sept. 8 vs. Pepperdine. Additionally, Bowles has the highest career service aces total among the 2001 Bruins, reaching the 100 career aces milestone in UCLA's season opener on Aug. 31 against Michigan. Last season, she became the 18th Bruin to reach 1,000 career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion. She currently has 1,348 kills (13th UCLA history), 1,021 digs and 110 aces for her Bruin career. A "jack of all trades," Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and can set for the Bruins if need be. This season, Bowles has set for UCLA for portions of every match, when Bruin setter Erika Selsor is subbed out for a defensive replacement.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, none of whom have missed a match in their Bruin career. Despite the humble beginnings of an 0-6 start to their freshman campaign in 1998, this trio has gone on to play in two NCAA Regional Finals (1999, losing to eventual NCAA Champion Penn State, and losing to NCAA Runner-Up Wisconsin in 2000), and will rewrite nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has already recorded her 5,000th career set assist, and is closing in on both the UCLA and Pac-10 career assist records. Bowles has joined an elite group of players that compiled 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 100 service aces during their careers, while Porter is on pace to destroy the Pac-10 and UCLA kill record of 2,115, set by Pac-10 Player of the Decade Natalie Williams.
In addition, on Sept. 7, Porter became the first 2,000 kill/1,000 dig performer in Pac-10 history, when she recorded, her 1,000th dig. Liz Masakayan is the only other Bruin to achieve that tandem (2,044 kills/1,142 digs from 1982-85), but she completed her career before the inception of Pac-10 women's sports.
Fendrick Finds Success on Outside
Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick has turned in consistently stellar performances this season, earning All-Tournament honors at both the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic and the US Bank/Arby's Classic tournaments. Fendrick finished the 2000 season with a career match in the NCAA Regional Final against Wisconsin, and currently leads the Bruins with a .362 attack percentage, and trails only Porter in kills per game (3.86). Fendrick is currently ranked in two Pac-10 statistical categories, as her .362 attack percentage is seventh and her 3.86 kills per game ranks 10th. This season, she has already tied her career-high of 24 kills, recording that mark on Sept. 1 vs. Kansas State, a match in which she hit over .400 (.404 on 24d-5e-47ta).
Fresh Faces Find Time on Court
This season, head coach Andy Banachowski utilized several players that were either new to the team or new to UCLA's regular rotation. Both Bruin starting middle blockers, Angela Eckmier (who redshirted the 2000 season due to a knee injury) and freshman Brynn Murphy, are new to the rotation, as are freshman DS Chrissie Zartman and middles Cira Wright and freshman Heather Cullen. Wright played in just 36 of a possible 124 games a year ago, but has seen action in 20 of a possible 28 games this year, averaging 0.45 blocks/game. Zartman and Murphy serve as a pair in the rotation, with Zartman playing in the back row with a 2.18 per-game dig average while Murphy plays in the front row and averages 0.56 blocks per game with 40 kills in 25 games played. Cullen has served as a situational replacement, playing in seven games this season.
The three true freshmen that saw playing time at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend got their Bruin careers off to a very quick start. On the first rally of their collegiate careers, Chrissie Zartman served an ace to start the match against Michigan, Brynn Murphy recorded a solo block, and Heather Cullen downed a kill. Brittany Ringel opened her Bruin career on Sept. 7 against Notre Dame, recording two kills on three swings with a dig. Currently, Zartman is eighth in the Pac-10 with a 0.39 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.56 blocks/game. Cullen has played in seven games, while Ringel has seen action in eight games over five matches.