Bruins Prepare For Bay Area Road Swing

Oct. 13, 2003

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UCLA begins a five-match road swing this weekend,opening with matches at Stanford and California this Thursday and Friday.Both Bay Area schools are at the top of the Pac-10 standings,as Cal is undefeated after earning its first-ever victory over Stanford in a five-game match in Berkeley last weekend.That match is Stanford 's only Pac-10 loss to date.Thursday night 's match will be broadcast live on from Stanford 's Maples Pavilion.

UCLA dropped a four-game decision to Arizona on Friday night before rebounding with a three- game sweep of Arizona State on Saturday night.In Friday 's loss to the Wildcats,the Bruins hit a season-low .133 as a team,and had just two players,Brynn Murphy and Colby Lyman, finish with double-figure kills. Saturday 's contest with Arizona State showed significant improvement, as the Bruins hit .300 as a team for the match,including a third game with only one team attack error for a .457 attack percentage in the game.Three Bruins posted a team-high 13.5 points in the victory over the Sun Devils,led by Murphy with 11 kills and five block assists.Murphy was joined by Cira Wright (7 kills,1 solo block,5 block assists,3 aces)and Heather Cullen (9 kills,1 ace,7 block assists).Wright 's three aces tied her career high,and were recorded consecutively at the beginning of the third game of the match.

UCLA VS.STANFORD (13-3,6-1 PAC-10)
The Bruins are 34-27 all-time against Stanford,although the Cardinal won both meetings last season.UCLA is 11-14 all-time in Palo Alto.Stanford is coached by John Dunning,who is in his third season at Stanford.Stat Leaders: Kills-Ogonna Nnamani (5.24/game);Aces-Jennifer Hucke (0.39);Digs-Katie Goldham (2.38),Blocks-Jennifer Harvey (1.66);Points-Nnamani (320.5)

UCLA leads the all-time series against California 42-0,and the Bruins are 17-0 in Berkeley.UCLA won both meetings last season.The Golden Bears are coached by Rich Feller,who is in his fourth season at Cal.Stat Leaders: Kills-Mia Jerkov (6.09/game);Aces-Jerkov,Gabrielle Abermathy (0.46);Digs-Jerkov (3.14),Blocks-Camille Leffall (1.32);Points-Jerkov (381.0).

HEAD COACH Andy Banachowski
In his 37th season on the Bruin bench,UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession.On Sept.1,2001,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 in February, 2000.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 952-238 (.800),and has coached the Bruins to six national championships,including three NCAA titles.

The Bruins remain on the road next week with a pair of matches in Oregon.UCLA will be in Eugene for a Thursday match against the Ducks,then will travel to Corvallis,OR,for a Friday contest against Oregon State.

Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 216 kills and 3.86 kills per game entering the first Arizona series,and is second on the team with a .340 attack percentage and 0.93 blocks per game.Murphy was named the Pac-10 Player of the week on Oct.6 after posting career-high matches against Washington and Washington State.For the week,she hit .268 with 43 kills (4.30 kpg)on 112 attack attempts with just 13 errors.She also had 16 digs,seven blocks and two service aces as the Bruins won two five-game matches in Washington.Murphy has played primarily in the front row,as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row.She was named to the All-Tournament Team at all three of UCLA 's pre-conference tournaments,the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and the Ruby 's Montana Invitational.At the HAL Classic,she led the Bruins with 41 kills (3.73/game)while hitting .307 and recording 10 blocks for an 0.91 per-game average.In Montana,Murphy 's numbers were again impressive,as she averaged team-highs of 4.00 kills per game,a .509 attack percentage and eight blocks for a 1.00 per-game average.Murphy was named the Student-Athlete of the Week after her MVP performance at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational,where she had 4.22 kills per game and a .479 attack percentage in UCLA 's three victories.

Heather Cullen earned MVP honors at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational Sept.5-6,downing 32 kills in nine games with a .397 attack percentage and 12 digs.Cullen led all players with a career-high 17 kills against Idaho in UCLA 's tournament opener,hitting .600 (17 K-2 E-25 TA).On the season, Cullen is second on the team with 171 kills for a 3.17 per-game average,has 11 service aces and 43 blocks for a 0.80 per-game average.Cullen also stepped out in a big way against the Washington schools in UCLA 's pair of dramatic five-game victories,hitting a team-high .306 for the weekend with 34 kills,22 digs and 10 blocks.In UCLA 's five-game win over Washington on Oct.3,Cullen turned in four career-high numbers with 18 kills,15 digs,seven blocks (1BS/6BA)and 22 points.

Redshirt junior Krystal McFarland is one of UCLA 's tri-captains for the 2003 season (with classmates Heather Cullen and Chrissie Zartman),and has been UCLA 's primary setter this season.McFarland leads the Bruins in assists,averaging 10.08 per game,and has also averaged 2.18 digs and 0.45 blocks through the first Arizona series.McFarland set the Bruins through the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,but stepped aside through parts of the Montana and Texas Invitationals as sophomore Haley Jorgensborg took over setting duties.

McFarland was one of several Bruins to post impressive numbers at Washington State and Washington in early October,turning in season-high numbers of 56 assists,five kills (ties career- high)and 20 digs (one shy of career-high)against UW on Oct.3.

The only senior remaining on the 2003 Bruins active roster,Cira Wright earned All-Tournament honors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic.Wright leads the team averaging 1.37 blocks per game entering the Bay Area series.Playing all the way around for the first time in her career,Wright has already posted a career-high digging match twice this season,recording eight digs in UCLA 's five-game loss to then-No.2 Hawai 'i on Sept.1 and topping that mark with a 10- dig performance at Washington on Oct.3.She set a new career-high with three aces against Oregon on Sept.26 in a 20-point performance,and has posted her season-high of 14 kills on three occasions,including both matches against the Washington schools.On Oct.11 against Arizona State,Wright matched her career-high for aces with three consecutive aces in the early stages of game three.

A heavy hitter,Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.49 per-game average. Replaced by a libero in the back row,Ringel has served seven aces this season.She had three aces on Sept.6 at Montana,setting a new career-high mark.She is averaging just under one dig per game,and has scored 106.0 points.She had 10 kills,including five in game five,of UCLA 's five-game win over Washington on Oct.3.Ringel sat out the previous weekend 's matches with an ankle sprain.

UCLA 's home opener against USC featured freshman Rachell Johnson singing the "Star Spangled Banner " prior to the start of the match..Johnson has yet to see game action for the Bruins due to a broken bone in her right hand (see Injury Update).When the scheduled anthem singer for UCLA 's Oct.11 match at Pauley Pavilion faltered twice early in the song,Johnson stepped out to the edge of the court and helped her through the remainder of the anthem.

ZARTMAN DIGS NO.1,000 IN WASHINGTON Named the "Top Libero " at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational despite playing the position for just seven of UCLA 's nine tournament games,junior Chrissie Zartman continues to shine as the Bruin libero,leading the Bruins with 4.02 digs per game.On Oct.3 at Washington,Zartman became the 14th player in UCLA women 's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career dig,a mark she recorded with her final dig of game four in UCLA 's five-game win over the Huskies.She enters the Bay Area series with 1,033 career digs,good for 12th on UCLA 's all-time list.She needs 15 more digs to pass Annett Buckner (1,047)for 11th on UCLA 's all-time list.Zartman opened the season with a 4.45 digs/game average at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,and went on to average 4.33 digs/game as she earned All-Tournament honors at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, UCLA 's final tournament of the regular season.Zartman is the only Bruin to have played in all of UCLA 's 50 games entering the first Washingtons series.In UCLA 's Pac-10 opener against No.1 USC,Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs and she holds a 4.45 per-game average in conference play.She posted a season-high 23 digs in UCLA 's five-game win at Washington.

An accomplished beach volleyball player,Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating,and won a gold medal at the World University Games in 2002 while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist.She also finished second at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships with playing partner Keao Burdine.

Four of UCLA 's five freshmen have seen game action this season.Colby Lyman had an impressive collegiate debut match against Louisville,posting 14 kills,14 digs,four blocks and 16 total points with a .478 attack percentage.She started all three matches in Honolulu.She did not participate at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational due to injury,but was cleared to return to the lineup in time for conference play.She started against USC on Sept.19,assisting on two of UCLA 's 16 blocks in the match.Against OSU,Lyman had a 12-kill,16-dig,six-block,two-ace performance for a career-high 18.5 points.She has played in 24 of a possible 28 Pac-10 games. Becky Green came off the bench in UCLA 's five-game loss to Hawai 'i on Sept.1,turning in an impressive performance,particularly during the last two games of the match.Green then set career highs in nearly every category in the Sept.5 match against Idaho at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational,turning in nine kills,four digs,three block assists and 11.5 points with a .467 attack percentage.Her three aces in the tournament finale against host Montana are also a career best. Green continued her impressive play at the Texas Invitational,downing 25 kills in her eight games on the floor and serving seven aces for a 0.88 per-game average.Green leads the Bruins with 16 aces on the season for an 0.36 per-game average.She has played in 23 of 28 Pac-10 games. Katie Carter saw limited action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,then earned her first career start against Boise State on Sept.6 at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational.Carter posted several career highs in that match against the Broncos,recording 11 kills,two service aces,four digs and 13 points in the match.She is averaging 2.13 kills per game this season.In Texas,Carter was second on the team with a 3.33 kills per-game average,while contributing 2.00 digs/game and two block assists for 22 points on the weekend.She has played in just under half of UCLA 's Pac-10 games. Laura Kroneberger played libero in game three against Boise State on Sept.5,recording her first career dig in the match.Kroneberger was unable to play at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic due to a pulled abdominal muscle,but is once again capable of playing.She played in six games in Texas,recording nine digs and an assist.Against Oregon State,she had a career-high eight digs.


  • Senior Natalie Ray was sidelined on Oct.6 when blood clots were discovered in her right shoulder.Ray has had the blood clots removed,and is awaiting surgery to have a rib removed on her right side.She is not expected to return to the lineup.

  • Sophomore Nancy Barba tore the webbing between two of her fingers in practice on Sept.18. The injury required five stitches.She has played sparingly since returning to the lineup on Oct.2.

  • Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand..The injury occurred in practice on Aug.24,and she has been cleared to practice.

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