Nov. 19, 2001
UCLA concludes its regular season early this week, with rescheduled matches at Oregon State on Monday and Oregon on Tuesday. These are matches that were originally scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14, respectively, and were postponed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Including UCLA's wins over both teams last week, the Bruins now hold all-time records of 31-1 against the Beavers and 34-1 against the Ducks. The Bruins are currently enjoying a three-match winning streak.
Bruins Sweep Oregon Schools
UCLA concluded its regular season home schedule last Thursday and Friday, with 3-0 sweeps over Oregon and Oregon State, respectively. Senior Ashley Bowles led the Bruins in kills both days, with 14 kills, 10 digs and a season-high six aces against the Ducks to go along with 15 kills against the Beavers on Friday night. Junior Lauren Fendrick also posted two double-figure kill matches, with 13 against Oregon and 12 against Oregon State. Meanwhile, senior setter Erika Selsor moved up to 14th on the NCAA's career assist list, and is just 19 assists shy of reaching 6,000 for her Bruin career.
UCLA Awaits NCAA Decision on Porter's Eligibility
As of Monday, Nov. 12, UCLA has not yet received a decision from the NCAA regarding the eligibility of senior outside hitter Kristee Porter. Porter was declared ineligible by UCLA on Oct. 19 after UCLA became aware of the possibility that Porter inadvertently accepted what would be considered by the NCAA as "extra benefits." She has missed UCLA's last 11 matches.
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 February. 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 915-219 (.807), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Selsor Nears 6,000 Career Assists, NCAA Top-10
In her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor has taken over both the Pac-10 and UCLA records for career assists. On Oct. 12 against California, Selsor surpassed Holly McPeak's 5,421 career assists (Cal 1987-89/UCLA 1990) to take over the Pac-10 career record, and surpassed Ann Boyer's UCLA mark of 5,664 on Nov. 2 at Pauley Pavilion against Washington State. Selsor currently has 5,981 career assists, ranking 14th on the NCAA's all-time list. Only 12 players in NCAA Division I history have recorded 6,000 career assists, a milesone that is easily within Selsor's reach. She would need to reach 6,052 career assists in order to be included in the NCAA's all-time top-10.
On Sun., Sept. 2, against then-No. 5 Hawai'i, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists. 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 Ranked in UCLA Top-10 in Four Categories
The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team in the 14-year history of the tournament, 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.
Bowles currently has 1,585 kills (9th UCLA history), 1,206 digs (3rd), 4,039 total attacks (4th) and 138 aces (6th) 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.
Eckmier Stuffs Way to Top of Pac-10 Blocks List
Redshirt junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier started her first career matches at this year's Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and has earned a spot near the top of the Pac-10 blocks per game list. Eckmier's two best blocking matches of the season occurred in the state of Washington, with 11 blocks at Washington and seven at Washington State. Eckmier is currently third in the Pac-10 in blocks per game with a 1.22 per-game average. Oct. 5 (at WSU) was the second seven-block performance of the season for Eckmier, who reached that previous career-high on Sept. 2 at then-No. 5 Hawai'i.
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 led the Bruins in kills in all three matches last week (15 vs. Cal, 17 vs. No. 3 Stanford, 17 vs. Saint Mary's) and is currently ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in kills per game and seventh in points per game with 4.53. This season, she has matched 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 24k-5e-47ta).
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, while Bowles and Selsor have not 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 have rewritten nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has set new Pac-10 and UCLA career assist records this season. 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 became the first Pac-10 player in history with 2,000+ kills and 1,000+ digs. The trio has a career UCLA record of 86-31 (.735).
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter became the UCLA and Pac-10 record holder for career kills when she downed her 2,116th career kill on Oct. 4 at Washington in game two of the match against the Huskies ...On Oct. 11, she posted the first 30-kill performance in the Pac-10 this season, reaching that milestone against No. 4 Stanford ...She 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 holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 18 ...That triples the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams (1989-92) ...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 Updated Career Stats
2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (9th UCLA history), 50 solo blocks, 205 block assists, 255 total blocks, 97 service aces. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
Five of UCLA's six true freshmen have seen action for the 2001 Bruins. Three players, Chrissie Zartman, Brynn Murphy and Heather Cullen opened their careers during UCLA's first weekend of play at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Brittany Ringel opened her Bruin career on Sept. 7 against Notre Dame, recording two kills on three swings with a dig, and Marissa Borelli earned her first playing time during UCLA's trip to the Bay Area, playing against both Cal and Saint Mary's. Additionally, redshirt freshman Natalie Ray has played in five games over four matches, primarily as a defensive specialist. She also earned a trip across the front row on Nov. 11 at Saint Mary's, recording two kills on three attacks. UCLA's other redshirt freshman, Regan Beam, has not seen game action, but did sing the national anthem prior to UCLA's match vs. Washington on Nov. 3.
Currently, Zartman is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with a 0.34 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.75 blocks/game. Cullen has played in 43 games and started the first match of her Bruin career on Oct. 19 against USC, while Ringel has seen action in 31 games over 17 matches. Ringel earned the first start of her Bruin career on Oct. 4, against Washington.