Oct. 30, 2002
After a tough start to the second half of the Pac-10 season last weekend, the Bruins return to the familiar confines of Pauley Pavilion this weekend to host Stanford and California. Thus far, UCLA holds a perfect 4-0 record while playing at Pauley Pavilion this season. Six of UCLA's next eight matches are at home before the Bruins will travel to Albuquerque, NM, for the Albuturkey tournament to conclude regular season play for the 2002 season. *NOTE: At this time, the Volleyball Magazine poll for Oct. 28 has not yet been released.
Tough Trip to Washington Results in Two Losses
The Bruin women's volleyball team traveled to the Pacific Northwest last weekend and opened the second half of the Pac-10 season by dropping matches at Washington State and Washington. The weekend opened with a tough 3-2 loss in Pullman to WSU. The Bruins dropped each of the first two games by a 31-29 margin, a particularly tough loss in game two, as UCLA had led through the majority of the game. UCLA rebounded to take games three and four, but the Cougars came out hot in the fifth and deciding game to take the 3-2 victory. Chrissie Zartman tied a career-high for digs with 28 in the match. UCLA then traveled to Seattle for a Saturday night match at Washington, the Bruins hit a dismal .123 as a team, despite the fact that Lauren Fendrick led all players with 18 kills and Zartman led all players with 23 digs in the match. The Huskies out-blocked UCLA by a 14.5-4 margin in the 30-28, 30-27, 30-32 win.
UCLA vs. Stanford
The Bruins hold a 34-26 all-time advantage over the Cardinal, despite falling to Stanford 30-24, 25-30, 30-25, 30-22 in Maples Pavilion on October 5. UCLA holds a 16-10 all-time advantage while playing in Westwood. LAST TIME (Oct. 5): Three Bruins had double-figure kills against the Cardinal, led by Brittany Ringel with 15, while Lauren Fendrick and Heather Cullen contributed 14 and 10, respectively. Fendrick double-doubled with a match-high 19 digs, while Cullen and Chrissie Zartman recorded 12 apiece.
UCLA vs. California
UCLA holds a 41-0 all-time record against the Golden Bears, and holds a 18-0 all-time record against Cal when playing in Westwood. UCLA downed the Golden Bears 31-29, 26-30, 30-21, 30-23 when the teams met earlier this season in Berkeley. LAST TIME (Oct. 4): In the opening game of the match at Cal, the Bruins trailed 29-23 before scoring eight straight points to win the game 31-29, en route to the 3-1 victory over the Golden Bears. Zartman posted a career-high 28 digs, leading all players, in the match. Four Bruins had double-figure digs, with Cullen leading the way with 16, followed by Fendrick with 14, Ringel with 12 and Cira Wright with 11. Angela Eckmier posted a match-high seven blocks, all assists, as one of five Bruins to score double-figure points.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 36th 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 931-230 (.802), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA will embark on its final Pac-10 road trip next weekend, traveling to Corvallis and Eugene, OR, to face Oregon State and Oregon, respectively. Both matches of the Friday/Saturday series are scheduled to begin at 7 pm.
Fendrick Needs 10 Digs for 1,000
On Saturday, Sept. 7 in Minneapolis, senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick became the 19th player in UCLA women's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career kill. Fendrick enters the Washington series with 1,195 career kills, ranking 17th in UCLA history. She is also moving up the Bruin all-time lists in service aces, ranking 11th with 113, and she is on pace to record her 1,000th career dig this season, as she enters the weekend with 990 career digs. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.55 kills per game, and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played in every game of every match this season.
Eckmier Leads Bruin Block
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike Portland Invitational, and enters this weekend's Washington series with 245 career blocks to her credit. In her second season as a full-time player for the Bruins, Eckmier currently has 49 solo and 196 assisted blocks for her UCLA career. Eckmier missed the 2000 season after tearing the ACL in her right knee during preseason practice, but has rebuilt her strength and jumping ability to where it was prior to her injury. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at UCLA's NCAA Regional last year, her third and fourth matches after being cleared to play without a knee brace. In 2002, Eckmier leads the Bruins with 1.15 blocks per game, and has recorded eight service aces. Her blocks average is seventh in the Pac-10 standings.
Murphy Finds Success on the Outside
Sophomore Brynn Murphy played last season as a middle blocker for the Bruins, but has made a successful transition to outside hitter for the 2002 season. Murphy is one of five Bruins averaging more than 2.5 kills per game, and is the only Bruin to earn two All-Tournament team honors this season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and Nike Portland Invitational All-Tournament Teams. Murphy is averaging 2.68 kills per game with 190 total kills, and ranks third on the team in blocks, averaging 0.70 blocks per game.
Ringel Continues to Lead Bruins Offensively
Brittany Ringel opened Pac-10 play with a bang at Arizona on Sept. 20, downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage. Ringel had kills on five of her first six swings on in the match, and led the Bruins both with 22 kills and 12 points on the evening. She has continued her solid play since that point, posting team-high kills against both Washington schools, hitting .571 with 12 kills against the Huskies on Sept. 27 and downing 17 kills in UCLA's five-game victory over the Cougars on Sept. 28. She has been UCLA's kill leader in eight matches, six in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball and basketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.10 kills per-game average and has played in 69 of the team's 74 games.
Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero
With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiate game in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity to shine. Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Portland Invitational, Zartman leads the Bruins in both digs (302) and digs per game (4.08). She currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in digs per game. In the first half of the Pac-10 season, Zartman recorded career-high digs in consecutive matches, posting a 27-dig effort in UCLA's 3-2 win over Washington State on Sept. 28 before coming back with a new career-best of 28 digs in UCLA's 3-1 win at Cal on Oct. 4. That 28-dig effort was just two digs shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-game match. Zartman tied that career-best mark as part of an outstanding individual defensive effort in the state of Washington, posting 28 digs at Washington State on Oct. 25, and followed with 23 digs in UCLA's three-game loss to Washington on Oct. 26. An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games this past summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 World Championships last summer, finishing second.
McFarland, Jorgensborg Set Bruins in 2002
Head coach Andy Banachowski has adopted a 6-2 offense for the 2002 season, a system that utilizes two setters. The pair that is quarterbacking the Bruin offense includes redshirt sophomore co-captain Krystal McFarland and true freshman Haley Jorgensborg. McFarland redshirted the 2001 season while Erika Selsor completed her record-setting career, but McFarland was participating fully in team practices. She currently leads the team with 8.95 assists per game, ranking eighth in the Pac-10 in that category. She generally starts matches, and has played across the front row on numerous occasions. Jorgensborg practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLA campus, as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has set successfully during her 63 games on the court, and has averaged 5.56 assists per game to this point in the season.
The Wright Stuff
Junior middle blocker Cira Wright completed her pre-conference season in style, earning MVP honors at the Nike Portland Invitational. Wright is among the team leaders in kills and blocks, ranking second on the team with a 0.96 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a 2.54 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA's most versatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her first season as a full-time player for Banachowski's Bruins.
Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen leads the Bruins at the service line with 19 aces on the season. She has been playing in all rotations, and is one of five players averaging at least 2.50 kills per game this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is also averaging 2.14 digs per game, and has recorded 29 block assists and two solo blocks during her 69 games on the floor this season.