All-Conference Trio Powers UCLA Past Pepperdine

November 25, 1998

Los Angeles - In yet another exciting night of women's volleyball action in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's trio of All-Pac-10 selections powered the No. 15 ranked Bruins to a 3-2 (7-15, 15-11, 15-8, 11-15, 15-13) victory over Pepperdine in the regular-season finale tonight. UCLA improved its overall record to 15-11 while Pepperdine suffered its first loss during the month of November and dropped to 17-10 overall.

One of a pair of UCLA freshman to claim all-Pac-10 honors, Kristee Porter drilled a match-high 33 kills as she notched 30-plus kills for the fourth time and also tied her career-high with seven blocks. Fellow UCLA rookie and All-Pac- 10 choice Ashley Bowles collected 17 kills and tied for the team-high with 14 digs. The Bruins' third All-Pac-10 selection Elisabeth Bachman led all hitters with a .385 attack percentage as she totaled 14 kills and also reached double figures with a match-high 11 blocks. An honorable mention All-Freshman pick, setter Erika Selsor provided 59 assists and also added 14 digs. Sophomore Michelle Quon added 12 digs and senior Chaska Potter 11 digs to go along with four blocks. Sophomore Amy Nihipali added eight kills and four blocks and senior Mandi Lawson collected seven digs.

Pepperdine was also led by a freshman as Lindsay Phillips drilled a team- best 24 kills and totaled 14 digs. Junior Jamie Hill added 18 kills, senior Kristin Lee chipped in 13 kills and a match-high 22 digs and senior Anna Witkowski totaled 12 kills and five blocks for the Waves.

Pepperdine claimed game one 15-7, but UCLA rallied to take the next two games 15-11 and 15-8. The Waves pulled away from an eight-all tie in game four to win 15-11 and even the match at two games a piece. In the decisive game five, Pepperdine scored the first two points and UCLA the next two to set the pace. Pepperdine's biggest lead in the game was two points (at 6-4 and 7-5). UCLA's biggest advantage came at 13-10, but Pepperdine came back to make it 13-12. Porter had kept the Bruins in the game early on with six of her match-high 33 kills, but it was Bowles who came through down the stretch with the final four kills as UCLA won 15-13.

Both teams now await the announcement of NCAA Tournament bids at 5:30 (PT) Sunday, Nov. 29 each hoping for an at-large selection.

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 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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