Aug. 28, 2001
At Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic
Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Friday's season opener against Michigan at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic marks a milestone. It will be the first time since Sept. 7, 1997, that the Bruins have played even a single game of a volleyball match without defensive specialist Michelle Quon on the floor, and the first time since the start of the 1996 season that Elisabeth Bachman is not listed on the UCLA roster.
However, these new-look Bruins still have power and precision, and will be led by a group of three players who are embarking upon their fourth year as full-time starters for head coach Andy Banachowski: outside hitter Ashley Bowles, outside hitter Kristee Porter and setter Erika Selsor. Those three players are nearing milestones, with Bowles and Porter closing in on their 1,000th career dig and Porter and Selsor near record-breaking numbers for career kills and set assists.
Hawaiian Airlines Classic
UCLA opens its season this weekend at the 14th annual Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic. Banachowski's Bruins have participated in every Hawaiian Airlines Classic and have won the tournament five times, most recently in 1997. This year, UCLA opens on Friday night against Michigan, followed by matches against No. 19 Kansas State and No. 5 Hawaii. UCLA leads the all-time series against the Wolverines (1-0) and Wildcats (1-0), but trails the Wahine 30-26 in the all-time series. All three matches will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com. There is currently a three-hour time difference between Honolulu and Los Angeles.
Bruins Ranked No. 7, No. 13 in Preseason Polls
The AVCA/USA Today coaches poll chose UCLA as the seventh-ranked team in its preseason poll, while Volleyball Magazine has the Bruins picked as No. 13 on their preseason list. Nebraska, which went 34-0 en route to the 2000 NCAA Championship, is the consensus No. 1 pick, earning 63 of a possible 65 first-place votes for the AVCA poll. UCLA will play the Cornhuskers on Sept. 9 in Lincoln, NE, at the US Bank/Arby's Classic. UCLA's regular season schedule includes four additional top-10 AVCA teams, including conference rivals USC (No. 2), Arizona (No. 6) and Stanford (No. 10).
UCLA Picked Fourth in Pac-10 Preseason Poll
Pac-10 coaches selected UCLA to finish fourth in their annual pre-season poll. 2000 Pac-10 Co-Champion USC was picked first, followed by Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and Washington State to complete the top-five. Rounding out the poll were Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington, respectively.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
Beginning his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. He opens the 2001 season just two wins shy of becoming the first collegiate women's volleyball coach to record 900 career victories, and just the second collegiate volleyball coach for either gender to reach that milestone. UCLA men's coach Al Scates 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 enters the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, with a career record of 898-212 (.809), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
The 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, Kristee 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 opens the 2001 season needing just 117 kills to take over the UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record from Williams ...Porter also needs just 41 digs in order to reach 1,000 for her career, and needs just 61 kills to reach 2,000 for her career ...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 track and field team ...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.
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 813 assists during the 2001 season to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5667). Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or more assists, and three matches in the 80s, including an 89-assist performance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at Pauley Pavilion against Michigan State, which was the third-highest single-match assist total in school history.
Bowles Takes Aim at Two Milestones
A three-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team, senior opposite hitter Ashely Bowles is just 47 digs shy of becoming the seventh player in UCLA history to record both 1,000 career kills and digs. Additionally, Bowles has the highest career service aces total among the 2001 Bruins with 97. Bowles became the 18th Bruin to reach 1,000 career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion. A "jack of all trades," Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and can set for the Bruins if need be.
Zartman Back from U-21 Beach World Championships
Freshman defensive specialist Chrissie Zartman has returned to Westwood after spending the bulk of last week in LeLavondou, France, for the Under-21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Zartman and her partner Kristin Ursillo (a sophomore setter at Northeastern) finished tied for ninth after advancing from pool play into the elimination round, where they lost their first match.
U.S. Women, UCLA's Bachman Win Grand Prix Gold
The U.S. National Women's Volleyball team, including 2000 UCLA senior Elisabeth Bachman, won the gold medal at the FIVB's World Grand Prix 2001, the top international indoor volleyball tournament of the year. Bachman was among the 12 players on the U.S. roster, and saw action primarily as a front-row specialist, playing in all four games of the championship final win over China and all five games of the semifinal win over Russia. This is the second time that the U.S. has won the World Grand Prix, having previously captured the tournament title in 1995.