Oct. 17, 2001
It's rivalry weekend for the second and final time this women's volleyball season as No. 3 USC travels across town for a 7 pm match in Pauley Pavilion this Friday. The Women of Troy have not won in Pauley since winning an five-game marathon (18-16 in game 5) on Oct. 30, 1998.
Last season, UCLA dismantled USC quickly at Pauley, sweeping the Women of Troy 15-9, 15-3, 15-13 in a match televised live by FOX Sports Net. UCLA holds an all-time record of 50-37 against USC, including a 23-14 record in Westwood.
SELSOR SETS PAC-10 CAREER ASSISTS RECORD
Senior setter Erika Selsor became the Pac-10's record holder for career assists on Friday night UCLA's 3-0 win over California at Pauley Pavilion. She recorded the 5,422nd assist of her Bruin career early in game one of the match against Cal, surpassing the career total of 5,421 amassed by Holly McPeak, who played for Cal (1987-89) and UCLA (1990). Selsor currently has 5,466 career kills and enters this Friday's match against USC needing 222 assists to break Ann Boyer for the UCLA career record. Boyer played one season at UCLA before the Pac-10 started to sponsor women sports, which is why she holds the UCLA record but is fourth in the Pac-10 standings (4,840).
BRUINS FALL TO STANFORD IN FIVE, SWEEP CALIFORNIA
UCLA suffered a disappointing loss on Thursday night against the Cardinal, falling in five games, 27-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-24, 15-13. UCLA had its way with the Cardinal in the first two games the match, led in game one by a 13-kill effort by Kristee Porter. In game two, the Bruins jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held a 10-point lead as late as 19-9. Game three was tied as late as 27- 27 before a Logan Tom kill and two Bruin errors closed it out for the Cardinal, who also won game four 30-24, sending the match to a fifth and final game that was won by Stanford.
Despite a sluggish start against California, the Bruins hit .571 in game two, setting the definitive tone in a 31-29, 30-12, 30-21 sweep. Porter once again led the Bruins, this time with 20 kills, and Porter, Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick all hit .480 or higher with Fendrick at .481 and Bowles and Porter both hitting .500 for the match.
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter became the UCLA and Pac-10 record holder for career kills when she downed her 2, 116th career kill on Oct. 4 at Washington game two of the match against the Huskies ... On Oct. 11, she posted the first 30-kill performance in the Pac-10 this season, reaching that milestone against No. 4 Stanford ... She recorded her 2,000th career kill on Sept. 2 in UCLA's 3-0 victory over then-No. 5 Hawai'i while averaging 6.22 kills per game for the tournament ... At the US Bank/Arby's Classic, she became the first Pac-10 player and second Bruin to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs ... The 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, Porter holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 18 ... That TRIPLES the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams 1989-92) ... Last season, Porter downed 741 kills, a new UCLA and Pac-10 record en route 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 Bruin track and field team ... In the cage, 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.
PORTER'S CAREER STATS/THROUGH MATCHES OF OCTOBER 12
2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (8th UCLA history), 50 solo blocks, 205 block assists, 255 total blocks, 97 service aces. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON KRISTEE PORTER, PLEASE REFER TO PAGES 20-21 OF THE UCLA MEDIA GUIDE.
SELSOR NEARS UCLA CAREER ASSISTS RECORD
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor who enters this Friday's USC match with 5,466 assists, has already set one record and is closing in on another one, needing 222 assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5,667). On Oct.12 against California, Selsor surpassed Holly McPeak's 5,421 career assists (Cal 1987-89/UCLA 1990) to take over the Pac-10 career record. On Sun., Sept. 2, against then-No. 5 Hawai'i, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists, Boyer's first season at UCLA was prior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is 4, 840. Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or more assists with three matches in the 80s, including an 89-assist performance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at Pauley Pavilion against Michigan State. That was the third-highest single-match assist total in school history.
BOWLES RANKED IN UCLA TOP-10 IN FOUR CATEGORIES
The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team in history, senior opposite hitter Ashley Bowles became the seventh player in UCLA history to record both 1,000 career kills and digs, and the fifth Bruin to add 100 aces to that tandem when she recorded the milestone dig on Sept. 8 vs. Pepperdine. Additionally, Bowles has the highest career service aces total among the 2001 Bruins, reaching the 100 career aces milestone in UCLA's season opener on Aug. 31 against Michigan. Last season, she became the 18th Bruin to reach 1,000 career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion. She currently has 1,422 kills (10th UCLA history), 1,084 digs (9th), 3,616 total attacks (6th) and 121 aces (8th) for her Bruin career. A "jack of all trades, " Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and can set for the Bruins if need be. This season, Bowles has set for UCLA for portions of every match, when Bruin setter Erika Selsor is subbed out for a defensive replacement.
LAST TIME AGAINST USC
The Bruins opened their Pac-10 schedule on Sept. 21 at USC's Lyon Center, falling to the Women of Troy in three games. Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter led the way for UCLA with 13 kills in the match, while fellow senior Ashley Bowles posted a team-best 11 digs on the evening. The Bruins played well in game one, keeping the game tied as late as 24-24, and were within one point as late as 27-26 before USC pulled out the 30-27 game one victory. The Bruins would not be that close again, as the Women of Troy took big early leads in both games two and three, winning by scores of 30-21 and 30-12.
HEAD COACH ANDY BANACHOWSKI
Now in his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1 in Hawai'i, 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 last March. 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 908-215 (.809), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.