Pac-10 Leading Women's Volleyball Hits The Road This Week

Oct. 18, 1999

LOS ANGELES - Undefeated halfway through the conference season, the sixth-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team takes to the road again, this time traveling for matches at Arizona State (10-5, 6-3) and No. 18 Arizona (12-5, 6-3). Both Arizona schools are tied for third place in the current Pac-10 standings.

Back on Sept. 24, the Bruins opened their home and Pac-10 season with a televised match against Arizona at Pauley Pavilion. Kristee Porter turned in an impressive 23 kills with a .350 hitting percentage in the 15-4, 15-8, 15-13 victory over then-No. 14 Arizona. Outside hitter Ashley Bowles double-doubled on the evening with 10 kills and 10 digs, and defensive specialist Michelle Quon celebrated her 20th birthday with a match-high 10 digs. The following night against Arizona State, the Bruins posted a 15-1, 15-10, 12-15, 15-7 win with Bowles racking up a career-high 21 digs. The Sun Devils are one of only two Pac-10 teams to take a game from the Bruins. Bruins Take Three Wins From USC, Oregon and Oregon State

A rare three-match conference week for UCLA yielded three wins as the Bruins downed No. 17 USC 15-10, 15-10, 15-5, Oregon with game scores of 15-5, 15-4, 15-4, and Oregon State, 15-4, 15-2, 15-13. Porter accumulated 53 kills in the three matches, upping her career total to 920 through 46 career matches played. Bowles led the Bruins in kills against Oregon State, posting 16 to go with 10 digs for the double-double.

In keeping with recent trends, all three Bruin opponents were unable to hit .200 against UCLA with the Trojans hitting .149, the Ducks checking in at .023 and the Beavers finishing with a .158 team hitting percentage. Bachman Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

As the team leader in blocks over the weekend, junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman posted four block solos and 11 block assists for a 1.67 per-game average, and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Her best blocking match of the week came in the team's final contest, when she posted two block solos and six block assists at OSU on Saturday. She also had 19 kills, and hit .436 with one set assist and two digs over the course of the week. With last week's performance, Bachman moved up on all three UCLA career blocking lists, and is currently tied for sixth with 75 block solos, eighth with 385 total blocks and 10th with 301 block solos. It is the second consecutive week a Bruin has earned the award, as Kristee Porter was honored on Oct. 11.

Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 33rd season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Oct. 24, 1997, he was the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, and was the first women's coach in history to record 800 career wins (862-201, 33rd year). The only other collegiate volleyball coach, men's or women's, with more career wins than Banachowski is UCLA men's coach Al Scates, who notched career victory number 900 during the 1997 season. Banachowski played under Scates at UCLA and also got his start in coaching with Scates. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

Bachman, Bowles Enter UCLA Record Books at Oregon State
UCLA's impressive .426 team hitting percentage on Saturday night was due in no small part to the individual percentages of Elisabeth Bachman and Ashley Bowles. Bachman posted nine kills on 11 swings for a .818 hitting percentage. That ranks as the seventh-best individual hitting percentage in UCLA history with a minimum of 10 total attacks. Bowles had 16 kills and one error on 25 total attacks, for a .600 hitting percentage. With that tally, she becomes the 21st Bruins to hit .600 or better with a minimum of 20 total attacks, and the second Bruin to do so this season (Bachman, 15K-2E-21TA, .619 vs. Wright State Sept. 10). Career Updates

In addition to Elisabeth Bachman, several other Bruins are busy moving up on the school's career lists. With 2,335 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor ranks second on the Pac-10 list of active setters. Among all Bruins, Selsor ranks sixth, with fifth place just 126 assists away. Sophomore Kristee Porter is quickly closing in on 1,000 career kills. She has 920 through matches of Oct. 16, with just 46 matches and 169 games played, and is third among the Pac-10's active players.

Pac-10 Statistics Feature Several Bruins
Bachman is second on the Pac-10's list of active career leaders with 385 blocks, 28 behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh, while Bruin teammates Amy Nihipali (268, 6th) and Johnson (218, 9th) also appear on the conference blocks list. ?Wiz? also leads the Pac-10 in blocks per game, with a 1.41 average. Johnson continues to lead the league in hitting percentage, connecting at a .401 percentage, while Bachman is fourth at .361. Sophomore setter Erika Selsor is just a fraction behind first place in assists/game. She checks in with a 13.82 average, just 0.01 behind Stanford's Lindsay Kagawa. In the most recent available NCAA Statistics (through 10/11 matches), Johnson ranks 16th in the nation with a .385 hitting percentage, Porter is 16th with 5.16 kills/game and Selsor is 11th with a 13.67 assists/game average.

As a team, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 with 17.47 kills and 15.97 assists per game.

Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
With opposing hitting percentages of .149 (USC), .023 (Oregon) and .158 (Oregon State) over the past week, UCLA continued a remarkable streak. Since the team's first weekend of play, the Bruins have held every opponent to a team hitting percentage under .200. Twice, against Idaho State at the Pioneer Classic and on Oct. 1 at Washington State, opposing teams have finished the match with a negative team hitting percentage. In all, the Bruins have held 16 of 18 opponents (including all nine Pac-10 foes) under .200, and eight teams have been held under .100. Only Minnesota (.237) and Hawaii (.240) have hit above .200 against the 1999 Bruins.

Freshmen Fendrick and Millichap Continue to Shine
Two of UCLA's three freshman have consistently seen significant playing time throughout the 1999 season. Lauren Fendrick has played consistently on the outside, and Stacy Millichap is a constant as a back-row sub. Both have continued in their full-time roles, with Millichap remaining one of only three Bruins to have played in all 51 of the team's games.

Bowles Playing Double Role
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent the last several matches at opposite hitter, and has spent time setting at the end of numerous matches. A setter at the high school and club level, Bowles has not had a problem handling the Bruin offense with Erika Selsor out of the match, and her presence at opposite has given Banachowski added offensive options for this squad.

Porter Points
Kristee Porter has 311 kills through 18 matches, 102 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) ?Porter's 31 kills at Hawaii is still the top total by a Pac-10 player this season ?Porter leads the Pac-10 with a 5.27 kills/game average and is 10th in hitting percentage, connecting at a .304 clip She is also ranked 16th in the most recent available NCAA statistics (10/11) with a 5.16 kills per game average ?Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (920 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1,350) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1,138). Missing Match?

Yes, the Bruins did play one less match than originally scheduled at the Kent Invitational. Due to the remnants of Hurricane Floyd, UCLA's Friday evening opponent, Seton Hall, was unable to leave South Orange, N.J., and was forced to cancel its trip to Northeast Ohio. Kent and Cincinnati made up for the lost match by facing off twice in tourney play, once in the originally-scheduled match on Friday (a 3-1 Cincinnati victory) and an additional match on Saturday (3-0 Cincinnati). Notables

UCLA holds the Pac-10's longest active winning streak, downing its last 15 opponents At 17-1, UCLA is off to its best start since 1993, when the team won its first 21 matches ?Setter Erika Selsor continues to lead the Bruins in aces with 18 Only three Bruins have played in every game of the season: Selsor and defensive specialists Michelle Quon and Stacy Millichap. Quon is the only current Bruin with 500 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 662 UCLA is averaging five kills/game more than their opponents (17.5-12.4) and are out-blocking (3.0-2.0) and out-digging (15.4-12.9) their opponents on average.

This Week's Schedule - October 18-24
At the halfway mark of the Pac-10 season, the Bruins take their perfect conference record on the road, traveling to Tempe and Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona State and No. 18 Arizona. Friday's match against the Wildcats will be available on

Thu.   Oct. 21      at Arizona State       Tempe, Ariz.    7:00 p.m. PT
Fri.   Oct. 22      at Arizona (#18/15).   Tucson, Ariz.   7:00 p.m. PT

AVCA/USA Today Poll (10/18/99)

No.   School (1st place)   Points
 1.   Penn State (43)       1480
 2.   Hawai'i (17)          1455
 3.   Pacific               1374
 4.   Florida               1293
 5.   Long Beach State      1266
 6.   UCLA                  1212
 7.   Stanford              1126
 8.   BYU                   1069
 9.   UC Santa Barbara       993
10.   Texas                  915
11.   Pepperdine             914
12.   Kansas State           854
13.   Nebraska               839
14.   Clemson                660
15.   Colorado State         588
16.   Texas A&M              569
17.   USC                    524
18.   Arizona                475
19.   Northern Iowa          425
20.   Illinois               313
21.   Colorado               292
22.   Arkansas               255
23.   Minnesota              203
24.   Univ. of San Diego     149
24.   North Carolina         109

Volleyball Magazine Poll (10/18/99)

No.   School   
 1.   Penn State
 2.   Hawai'i
 3.   Pacific
 4.   Florida
 5.   UCLA
 6.   Long Beach State
 7.   Stanford
 8.   Kansas State
 9.   Nebraska
10.   UCSB
11.   Texas
12.   BYU
13.   Pepperdine
14.   Colorado State
15.   Arizona
16.   Clemson
17.   Texas A&M
18.   USC
19.   Northern Iowa
20.   Cal Poly SLO

1999 UCLA Record

all matches                          17-1
vs. conference opponents              9-0
vs. ranked opponents(at match time)   3-1
home matches at Pauley Pavilion       5-0
playing on a Friday                   7-0
playing on a Saturday                 6-0
playing on a Sunday                   1-0
playing Monday through Thursday       3-1

The Bruins' Record When They

Won 1st game   16-1   Lost 1st game  1-0
Won 2nd game   15-0   Lost 2nd game  2-1
Won 3rd game   15-0   Lost 3rd game  2-1
Won 4th game   4-0   Lost 4th game   0-1
Played five games   1-0

This Week's Ticket

Arizona State
Nickname: Sun Devils
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Enrollment: 42,255
Head Coach: Patti Snyder-Park, 11th year
1999 Record: 10-5 (6-3 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 42-5
Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-1, on Sept. 25 at Pauley Pavilion

Nickname: Wildcats
Current Ranking: 18 AVCA/15 VB Mag
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Enrollment: 35,306
Head Coach: David Rubio, 13th year
1999 Record: 12-5 (6-3 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 38-7
Last Year: UCLA won 3-0, on Sept. 24 at Pauley Pavilion

All-Tournament Bruins

Wahine Classic    Pioneer Classic   Kent Inv.
Porter            Porter (MVP)      Porter (MVP)
Bowles            Johnson           Bowles

1999 Bruins in the Rankings

Week       AVCA/USA Today   VB Magazine
Preseason      10               10
9/6/99         10               10
9/13/99        11               10
9/20/99        11               10
9/27/99        10                8
10/4/99         9                8
10/11/99        6                5
10/18/99        6                5

1999 UCLA Bruins - Inside the Numbers

Match Highs

#1 Bachman  Season                  Career
Kills: 15 vs. Wright State 9/10     24, twice
Digs: 6 vs. Minnesota 9/5            9 vs. Oregon 9/25/98
Blocks: 11 (1/10) @Wash.St. 10/1    12 (2/10) vs. Wash. 11/15/98
Aces: none                           3 vs. Oregon 9/27/98
Notable: Hit .818 (9-0-11) against Oregon State, 10/18 Pac-10 POW

#2 Bowles Season Career Kills: 23 vs. Minnesota 9/5 35 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 21 vs. Arizona State 9/25 same Blocks: 5 (1/4) @ Wash. St. 10/1 same Aces: 4 vs. USC 10/13 6 @Wash. State 11/13/98 Notable: 12 matches with double-figure kills, 11 with double-figure digs

#3 Dwyer Season (did not compete in 98) Digs: 1 vs. Lamar 9/11 Assists: 7 vs. Lamar 9/11 Aces: 1 vs. Lamar 9/11 Notable: Only traveled on the Denver trip

#4 Porter Season Career Kills: 31 @Hawai'i 9/7 38 vs. UCSB 11/14/98 Digs: 19 @Denver 9/10 24 vs. UCSB 11/14/98 Blocks: 5 (2/3) vs. Cincinnati 9/18 7 (1/6) @Wash.St.,v.Pepperdine 5 (1/4) @Washington State 10/1 5 (0/5) vs. Cal 10/8 Aces: 2 three times 3 v.Wash.St., v.Virginia Notable: On pace to record 1,000th career kill this season (920 as of 10/18)

#6 Millichap Season (Freshman) Kills: 1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24 Digs: 14 vs. USC 10/13 Aces: 3 @Denver 9/10 Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game

#8 Selsor Season Career Assists: 68 vs. Minnesota 9/5 88 vs. UCSB 10/14/98 Kills: 5 v. Lamar 9/11, at WSU 10/1 5 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 11 vs. Cincinnati 9/18 17 vs. UCSB 10/30/98 Blocks: 3 (0/3) vs. Cal 10/8 5 (0/5) vs. Washington 11/15/98 Aces: 3 vs. Minnesota 9/5 3 vs. USC 10/30/98 Notable: 6th in UCLA history with 2,335 career assists

#10 Johnson Season Career Kills: 17, vs. USC 10/13 20 vs. Wash. St. 10/24/97 Digs: 4 vs. Minnesota 9/5 11 vs. UCSB 12/7/97 Blocks: 8 (3/5) vs. Arizona State 9/25 9 (3/6) vs. Pepperdine 12/6/97 Aces: none 2 five times, last: Florida 9/7/98 Notable: Ranked 2nd in the NCAA (9/26) with a .436 hitting percentage

#12 Peterson Season Career Kills: 8 vs. Lamar 9/11 20 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Digs: 8 vs. Arizona 9/24 14 vs. UNC 9/6/97,CSUN 11/18/97 Blocks: 2 three times, last @Kent 9/18 (career is same) Aces: 4 vs. Cal 10/8 4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Notable: Returning from redshirt season in 1998

#14 Fendrick Season (Freshman) Kills: 15 @Washington 9/30 Digs: 16 @Hawai'i 9/7 Blocks: 8 (0/8) vs. Minnesota 9/5 Aces: 4 @Kent 9/18 Notable: Had six kills on six swings @Kent 9/18

#15 Quon Season Career Kills: none 2 vs. Ohio State 9/6/98 Digs: 16 vs. Minnesota 9/5 19 @Oregon State 10/11/97 Aces: 3 vs. Arizona State 9/25 3 @Ariz. 10/9/98,v.Ariz. 11/8/98 Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game

#16 Eckmier Season Career Kills: 11 vs. Idaho State 9/11 same Digs: 1 @ Wash. St. 10/1 12 at Santa Clara 9/16/98 Blocks: 6 (2/4) @Oregon 10/15 5 (0/5) @Cal 9/18/98 Aces: none 1 @Hawai'i 9/4/98, @Cal 9/18/98 Notable: Has played in eight matches this season

#17 Nihipali Season Career Kills: 9 vs. Wright State 9/10 14 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Digs: 2 vs. Wright State 9/10 6 three times Blocks: 7 (2/5) vs. Idaho State 9/11 8 five times Notable: Has 51 career solo blocks with 217 career block assists

#18 Ryba Season Career Kills: 3 v.Wright State 9/10, v.Lamar 9/11 (career same) Digs: 4 three times, last vs. Lamar 9/11 (career same) Blocks: 2 (0/2) twice, vs. Wright St. 9/10, vs. Idaho State 9/11 Aces: 1 vs. Wright State 0/10 Notable: Saw action in all four matches of the Pioneer Classic

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