UCLA Prepares For Oregon State, Oregon

Sept. 23, 2003

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UCLA continues its Pac-10 opening homestand on Thursday and Friday nights as it plays host to Oregon State and Oregon, respectively. Last weekend marked the first games of Pac-10 play,and no team split its conference series, resulting in standings log-jams with four teams at 2-0 and four teams at 0-2. UCLA and USC were the travel partner pairing and played only one match last week.The Arizona schools play each other this weekend with all other Pac-10 schools having two-match weekends.

Two Bruins downed double-figure kills as UCLA fell to top-ranked USC 30-21,22-30,30-19,30- 22 on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion.UCLA out-blocked the Women of Troy by a 16-10 margin. UCLA was led on the blocks by Cira Wright who had nine blocks in the match (1 BS/8 BA).Three Bruins,Chrissie Zartman (19),Krystal McFarland (14)and Heather Cullen (13)had double-figure digs,while Cullen led the team in kills with 17 and in points with 20. Although UCLA was unable to win the match,they did accomplish something that none of USC 's previous nine opponents had been able to do when UCLA won the second game of the match by a 30-22 margin.In that game,UCLA held the Women of Troy to a -.037 team attack percentage,while Cullen and Wright hit .500 (5K-0E-10TA)and .677 (4-0-6),respectively,for the Bruins.UCLA recorded six of its 16 blocks in that game two win.

The Bruins hold a 33-2 mark against the Beavers and swept both meetings last season.OSU is 9-4 (0-2 Pac-10)this season and is coached by Nancy Somera.Stat Leaders: Allison Lawrence (3.72 kills/game,220 points and 3.34 digs/game),Anne Watts-Roberts (.369 ATK%),Laura Collins (9.92 assists/game),Amanda Eggert (1.00 blocks/game).

UCLA VS.OREGON (3-7,0-2 PAC-10)
UCLA holds a 37-1 all-time record against the Ducks,and UCLA won both meetings last season, including a 3-0 win on Oct.11 in Pauley Pavilion and a 3-1 win at McArthur Court in Eugene on Nov. 9. The Ducks are coached by Carl Ferreira,and have a 3-7 (0-2 Pac-10)record heading into a Tuesday night match at Portland.Stat Leaders: Kelly Russell (2.21 kills/game,.346 ATK%,1.00 blocks/game and 143 points),Jodi Bell (8.81 assists/game),Erin Little (1.97 digs/game).

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 947-237 (.800),and has coached the Bruins to six national championships,including three NCAA titles.

The Bruins return to the road next week for Pac-10 contests in Pullman and Seattle,WA.UCLA 's Thursday night match at Washington State will be broadcast tape-delayed on FOX Sports Net. Exact broadcast times have not yet been announced.

Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 124 kills and 3.88 kills per game entering the first Oregon series,and is second on the team with a .383 attack percentage and 1.03 blocks per game.She has already posted career-high numbers for kills (17 at Hawai 'i),aces and points (20.5 at Hawai 'i)this season.Murphy has played primarily in the front row,as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row.Murphy 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 uclabruins.com 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 90 kills for a 3.00 per-game average,has nine service aces 0.35 average)and has 22 blocks for a 0.73 per-game average.In the Sept.19 match against USC, Cullen matched her career high with 17 kills and led the Bruins with a career-high 20 points in the match.She also added double-figure kills against the Women of Troy with 13.For the season, Cullen trails only Brynn Murphy in points,as Cullen checks in with 111.5 on the season.Her third career-high mark set this season was a 15-dig performance in UCLA 's five-game loss at Hawai 'i.

A heavy hitter,Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.62 per-game average entering the Oregon series.Replaced by a libero in the back row,Ringel has served five aces this season.She had three aces on Sept.6 at Montana,setting a new career-high mark.She is averaging 1.15 digs per game,and has scored 79.0 points this season.

The only senior on the 2003 Bruins to see regular playing time,Cira Wright earned All- Tournament honors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic.Wright leads the team averaging 1.29 blocks per game entering the first Oregons series.Playing all the way around for the first time in her career,Wright has already posted a career-high digging match,recording eight digs in UCLA 's five-game loss to then-No.2 Hawai 'i on Sept.1.She has also tied her career high for aces this season.

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).

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.Zartman leads the team with 3.90 digs per game.She opened the season with a 4.45 digs per game at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend,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 33 games entering the first Oregons series.In UCLA 's Pac-10 opener against No.1 USC, Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs for a 4.75 per-game average in conference play. 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.

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 through the early parts of the season.McFarland leads the Bruins in assists,averaging 10.22 per game, and has also averaged 2.04 digs and 0.48 blocks through UCLA 's home opener aginst USC. 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 has already posted a career-high blocking match,recording five block assists at Hawai 'i on Sept.1, a match in which she also posted a career-high with 7.5 points.

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 she is cleared to return to the lineup for conference play.She started against USC on Sept.19,assisting on two of UCLA 's 16 blocks in the match. 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 11 aces on the season for an 0.44 per-game average,and played in all four games against USC. 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 2.39 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 played in two games against USC. 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,and posted four digs against USC.


  • 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 will sideline Johnson for at least four weeks.
  • Sophomore Nancy Barba tore the webbing between two of her fingers in practice on Sept.18. The injury required five stitches

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