Women's Volleyball Hosts Washington Schools For Home Openers This Weekend

Sept. 25, 2002

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After a rough start to the Pac-10 season last weekend, the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend for their home openers against Washington and Washington State. Last season, UCLA posted a 7-2 record in Pauley Pavilion and holds a 271-56 all-time record in Pauley since the 1970-71 season, good for a .829 winning percentage. UCLA has had 11 seasons with a perfect record in Pauley, most recently in 1999 when the team went 11-0 in Pauley, including two NCAA Tournament wins over Eastern Washington and Ohio State.

Bruins Drop Two in Desert

UCLA lost two closely fought matches, losing 3-1 at Arizona on Friday and 3-1 at Arizona State on Saturday last weekend, the team's first Pac-10 matches of the season. In Friday's opener at Arizona, sophomore outside hitter Brittany Ringel had an outstanding match, downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage, scoring 23 points in the match. Heather Cullen and Cira Wright also finished with double-figure kills, downing 15 and 13 apiece. On Saturday night, senior Lauren Fendrick led the Bruins with 19 kills and 16 digs, hitting .340 and recording three blocks on the evening. Four of Fendrick's teammates had 10 kills in the match, including Ringel, Wright, Cullen and Brynn Murphy.

UCLA vs. Washington

The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Huskies by a 35-5 margin, and swept the season series in 2001. UCLA won the first meeting 3-1 (30-23, 30-20, 28-30, 30-27) in Seattle on Oct. 4 before winning a five-game match 27-30, 30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12 on Nov. 2 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA holds a current eight-match winning streak over the Huskies dating back to the 1997 season. Friday will be Beach Night at Pauley Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts in keeping with the beach theme. Leis and team posters will be given away at the door, and an autograph session with current and former Bruins will take place after the match.

UCLA vs. Washington State

UCLA swept the season series from the Cougars in 2001, and hold a 26-6 all-time advantage in the series against WSU. Last year, UCLA won 30-24, 30-21, 30-22 in Pullman on Oct. 5, and earned a 27-30, 30-25, 29-31, 30-28, 15-9 win on Nov. 2 in Pauley Pavilion. Saturday is Sports Campers Reunion night, with campers from this past summer admitted free with a coupon.

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 926-226 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

Next Week for the Bruins

The Bruins return to the road for Pac-10 conference matches at Stanford and California. The Stanford match will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.

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