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By: UCLA Athletics

Oct. 12, 1998

UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 4-9
Pac-10 Record: 4-3
Rankings: NR AVCA/ NR VB mag
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 833-197 (32nd year)

This Week's Schedule

  • The Bruins brace for a busy week as they host No. 4 ranked UC Santa Barbara in an important midweek match, then entertain Washington and Washington State in a pair of Pac-10 Conference matches over the weekend. Two of this week's matches (vs. UCSB and WSU) will be broadcast live on the internet at Lou Riggs will call the action with Michael Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali providing color commentary.

    Wednesday Oct. 14 UC Santa Barbara 7:00 pm Live webcast on internet (
    Friday Oct. 16 Washington 7:00 pm
    Sunday Oct. 18 Washington State 1:00 pm Live webcast on internet (

    New Promotion For Home Matches

  • The most spirited fan at each home match will receive a "Fan of the Game" prize. Domino's Pizza will deliver a HOT PIZZA to two lucky fans at Wednesday's match vs. UC Santa Barbara. Big 5 Sporting Goods is sponsoring the "Fan of the Game" promotions for the weekend matches. On Friday vs. Washington one lucky fan will win a $25 gift certificate to Big 5 and on Saturday one volleyball autographed by the 1998 UCLA women's volleyball team will be given to the most spirited fan.

    Recapping Last Week

    Bruins Just Miss At Arizona, Then Sweep ASU For Split In Desert The Bruins came close to having a great weekend on the first road trip since classes began. UCLA took No. 18 ranked Arizona to five games before coming up short, then rebounded to register the first sweep of the season at Arizona State.

    10/9 Lost 2-3 (10-15, 15-10, 15-17, 15-5, 14-16) at No. 18 Arizona

    The Bruins came as close as possible without actually posting the victory as they lost in five games at No. 18 ranked Arizona. Both Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter registered double-doubles and notched 20-kill outings to lead the Bruins. The return of senior co-captain Chaska Potter, who has been hampered by injuries, was an important factor on, and beyond, the stats sheet as she hit .538 with seven kills and no errors in 13 attempts, added 10 digs and tied her career-best with five blocks. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman also tied her career- high with nine assisted blocks. For Arizona, sophomore Allison Napier registered a career-high 21 kills.

    10/11 Won 3-0 (15-11, 15-3, 15-2) at Arizona State

    UCLA registered its first sweep of the season with a bit of drama. The Bruins started slow and fell behind 10-3 in game one before mounting a major rally for the 15-11 game-one win. The momentum and match belonged to UCLA the rest of the way as the Bruins allowed just five more points the rest of the match. Freshman Ashley Bowles again led the Bruins as she recorded her fifth double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs. Fellow rookie Kristee Porter added 12 kills and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman hit .533 with nine kills.

    Arizona State was held to a .000 attack percentage while UCLA hit .435 in the final game and .208 in the match. The Bruins also won the blocking war 12-2. Sophomore Amy Nihipali tied her career-best with eight blocks, including three solo, and Chaska Potter assisted on a career-high six blocks. ASU was led by rookie Jami Coughlin's seven kills and eight digs, while sophomore Amanda Burbridge added a team-high 11 digs.

    This Week's Opponents

    UC Santa Barbara "Gauchos"
    Current Ranking: No. 4 AVCA/USA Today, No. 4 Volleyball mag 1998
    Record: 16-1 Overall; 5-1 Big West
    Series History: UCLA leads the series 59-8. Most Recent: The Bruins were defeated twice by the Gauchos in 1997 while on the road. UCSB defeated UCLA 3-1 at The Thunderdome in Oct. 14. In a postseason match on Dec. 7, Santa Barbara came away with a 3-2 win. Notable: UCLA owns a 10-2 record over the Gauchos in the last 10 years.

    University of Washington "Huskies"
    Current Ranking: NR
    1998 Record: 4-7 Overall; 3-4 Pac-10
    Series History: UCLA leads the series 27-5. Most Recent: UCLA fell to Washington twice in 1997. The Huskies defeated the Bruins 3-0 on Sept. 26 in Seattle, and stole a victory from them again on Oct. 26, winning 3-1 in Pauley Pavilion. Notable: UCLA owns a 12-2 record when playing the University of Washington at home.

    Washington State "Cougars"
    Current Ranking: NR
    1998 Record: 7-6 Overall; 4-3 Pac-10
    Series History: UCLA leads the series 19-5 Most Recent: The Cougars defeated the Bruins twice last year, beating them 3-1 in the first match and 3-1 in their second meeting. Notable: The Bruins hold a 10-2 home match record over the Cougars.

    Brief Bruin Overview

    This year's theme of "Winning Hand In Hand" builds on the foundation of excellence which is second to none. The UCLA women's volleyball program is joining hands in a quest to bring home its seventh national title. The 1998 Bruins combine nine newcomers, including the second ranked recruiting class in the nation, with nine returners, including a pair of redshirts from last year. This year's squad is extremely young with six sophomores, one junior and only two seniors. Three freshman received the starting nod in the season opener at Hawaii and six have already made significant contributions. Captains for the season are senior Chaska Potter and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman.

    Youthful Bruins

    One half of the 18-player UCLA roster is made up of freshman, including the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation, and six more are sophomores. Needless to say the starting lineup is dominated by underclassmen. In fact all three of the Bruins upperclassmen have been hampered by injuries thus far. Seven rookies have already seen action and five have earned starts, including three mainstays (Erika Selsor, Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter) who have played every game. Although several people have seen action in the opposite hitter slot, the remainder of the starting rotation belongs to a trio of sophomores. Middle blockers Elisabeth Bachman and Amy Nihipali have owned the starting nods inside while defensive specialist Michelle Quon has shared the rotation with one of them.

    Rookie Report

    As the starting setter, Erika Selsor has not missed a rotation and is averaging 12.14 assists per game. Outside hitter Kristee Porter leads the team with 210 kills and ranks fifth in the conference with a 4.29 per game average. Outside hitter Ashley Bowles is right behind Porter with 199 total kills and a 4.06 per game average (eighth in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 123 digs and a 2.51 per game average. Angela Eckmier has seen considerable action (23 of 49 games) in the opposite slot and earned the starting nod in Chicago. Lauren Hogan started both home matches. Taylor Rodger and Danielle Ryba have also seen action.

    Double Dips

    The hottest player on the court, freshman Kristee Porter has notched 20-plus kills in five of the last seven matches and has reached double-figures in nine consecutive outings. Porter also notched her fourth double-double at Arizona and fell just shy of the prestigious 20-20 club with 29 kills and 18 digs at Stanford. Fellow rookie Ashley Bowles was the first Bruin to register double figures in kills this season when she notched 21 against Ohio State. Bowles has also posted double figure kills in the last nine matches, including 20-plus outings at Stanford, USC, and Arizona. She has a total of 10 double-dips thus far and owns five double-double (kills and digs), including thelast two outings. Bowles also came close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills and 18 digs at Stanford.

    Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in five matches, bringing her career total in this category to 16. She fell just shy of a triple-double vs. Oregon when she registered nines in kills, digs and blocks. Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson reached double-figures in digs for the first two times in her Bruin career this season when she notched 11 at Santa Clara and later 12 at Stanford. Fellow specialist, sophomore Michelle Quon improved her career-high with 11 digs at USC and has reached double figures in digs on six occasions this season. Setter Erika Selsor has notched three double- figure dig matches, including the last two outings. Rookie Angela Eckmier notched her career-high 12 digs at Santa Clara. Senior Chaska Potter put up her first double-digit performance with 10 digs at Arizona.

    Building Blocks

    Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has had a hand on at least seven kills in six of the last eight matches, including a new career-high nine (two solo, seven assisted) vs. Oregon. She equaled that mark with nine assisted at Arizona. Bachman is currently ranked fifth in the Pac-10 Conference with an overall blocking average of 1.37. She is averaging 1.57 blocks per game in Pac-10 matches. Eight of her 12 solo blocks have come during conference matches.

    Fellow sophomore Amy Nihipali put down three solo blocks in each of the last two matches and now leads the team with 15 solo blocks, 12 of those coming during Pac-10 matches. Nihipali has improved her blocking average tremendously during conference play recording 31 of her total 44 blocks against league foes. She tied her career-high by registering eight blocks (3 BS, 5 BA) at Arizona State.

    Power Surge For Pac-10

    Rookie outside hitter Kristee Porter owns a .284 hitting percentage during Pac-10 matches (the last seven matches played). Porter has drilled 153 of her total 210 kills during conference play. Her average is also higher in digs during league action as she boasts a 2.50 Pac-10 digs per game average, compared to a 2.08 overall digs average. In addition, Porter has registered nearly half of her blocks during conference play with 18 of a total 31 coming against Pac-10 foes.

    Elite Performance

    Rookie setter Erika Selsor became only the seventh player and third freshman in UCLA history to notch 70-plus assists in a single match when she tallied 70 at Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 20. The fact that this was a four-game match makes it even more rare as that has only happened six times in the total of 22 matches with 70-plus assists by a Bruin.

    Bruin Sidelines

  • Sophomore outside hitter Celeste Peterson underwent knee surgery during the spring and has not made sufficient progress to be cleared to participate yet this season.
  • Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg has not traveled or played due to injuries.
  • Rookie Taylor Rodger missed the Chicago and Bay Area trips due to a strained muscle, but is cleared to return to action.
  • Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson missed the Bruins' home opener due to a pulled muscle, but returned to action at Arizona.
  • Senior outside hitter Chaska Potter saw limited action due to injuries until the trip to Arizona last weekend when she started both matches.

    Coach Banachowski

    A great teacher of the game, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski achieved one of the highest honors possible when he became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the national Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach last year. Now in his 32nd season guiding the Bruins, Banachowski is not only the owner of more victories than any other NCAA Division I women's coach, but also mentor to numerous individual success stories during and after college. He has led the Bruins to six national championships, top-four national finishes in 20 of the last 27 years and compiled 30 or more victories in seven of the last 10 seasons.

    Bruin Honors:

    Bowles Named All-Tournament in Hawaii

    Earning All-Tournament honors in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High) is already establishing herself as a force in the UCLA lineup and in the nation. Bowles was impressive in each outing during the weekend, and posted her best numbers (21 kills, .395, 9 digs) in UCLA's 2-3 loss to Ohio State. She hit .299 and totaled 39 kills for a team- high 3.55 kills per game and added 19 digs over the weekend en route to the honor.

    Pac-10 Conference Standings
                       Pac-10 Overall
    Stanford              7-0 12-2
    USC                   6-1 11-3
    Arizona               6-1 14-2
    Washington State      4-3 7-6
    UCLA                  4-3 4-9
    Arizona State         4-4 7-8
    Washington            3-4 4-7
    Oregon State          1-6 11-7
    Oregon                1-6 6-12
    California            0-7 4-12

    Bruins In The Pac-10 Stats
    Hitting Pct., Bachman, 9th, .305
    Assists, Selsor, 6th, 12.14
    Blocks, Bachman, 5th, 1.37
    Kills, Porter, 5th, 4.29
    Kills, Bowles, 8th, 4.06
    Aces, Quon, 8th, 0.29

    Bruins in the Rankings

    Poll(Date)    AVCA/USA Today   VB magazine
    Preseason       18                  14
    Week 1 (9/8)    20                  NR
    Week 2 (9/15)   RV                  NR
    Week 3 (9/22)   NR                  NR
    Week 4 (9/28)   NR                  NR
    Week 5 (10/5)   RV                  NR
    Week 6 (10/12)  NR                  NR
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