Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play on Friday

Sept. 21, 2005

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The Bruins completed their 2005 tournament schedule on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 loss at then-No. 13 Wisconsin and now turn their attention north, to the Bay Area where UCLA will travel to face No. 25 California and No. 3 Stanford to open Pac-10 play this weekend. UCLA has an all-time perfect record of 46-0 against the Golden Bears, while Saturday night's match against No. 3 Stanford will be a key early-season test for the Bruins. The UCLA at Stanford match will be played on Saturday night, but will air on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday at 3 pm PT as part of the "NCAA Volleyball on CSTV: AVCA Match of the Week" season series. This marks the second consecutive week that the Bruins will be featured on the AVCA Match of the Week. Knee injuries to three key players (see Injury Report on page three of this release) suffered during last week's InnTowner Invitational will force UCLA into a significantly different look for this weekend's matches at Cal and Stanford.

No. 25 California (7-2)
The Golden Bears completed their pre-conference schedule with a 7-2 record, falling in give games to San Diego and Nevada before rebounding with sweeps of Montana State and Akron last weekend in Nevada. The Golden Bears are coached by seventh-year mentor Rich Feller. Despite several close calls over the past few years, the Bruins maintain a perfect 46-0 record all-time against California, including last year's contests that included a three-game victory on Oct. 8 in Pauley Pavilion and a five-game win on Nov. 5 in Berkeley.

No. 3 Stanford (11-1) • NCAA Volleyball on CSTV: AVCA Match of the Week
The defending NCAA Champions, third-ranked Stanford lost its second match of the season at Nebraska during the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase in Omaha, Neb., and has won its last 10 games since that time. The Cardinal has only been pushed past the minimum three games on three occasions, a season-opening five-game loss to Penn State as well as four-game wins over Syracuse on Sept. 3 and on Sunday against No. 24 UCSB. Stanford is coached by John Dunning, who is in his fifth year on The Farm. UCLA leads the all-time series against Stanford by a 34-31 margin, including a pair of losses to Stanford last season: a four-game loss at Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 9 and a five-game loss at Stanford on Nov. 4.

Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Entering the InnTowner Invitational with a career record of 991-257 (.794), UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just nine more wins to become the first Collegiate Women's Volleyball head coach with 1,000 career wins. In his 39th season on the Bruin bench, Banachowski trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach. Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
(26-24, 25-15, 25-19)
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-18, 25-22)
Sunday, Oct 18
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-21, 25-16, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
(25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 29-27)
Sunday, Oct 25
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
(25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-5)
Friday, Oct 30
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
(25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16)
Sunday, Nov 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
(20-25, 26-24, 15-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Nov 04
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 26-24, 25-17)
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16)
Thursday, Nov 12
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
(25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 12-15)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE