Nov. 6, 2001
UCLA takes to the road this week, traveling to the Bay Area for matches at California, No. 3 Stanford and St. Mary's. The Bruins will take on their conference opponents on Thursday and Friday evenings before traveling to Moraga, CA, to face the Gaels at 2 pm on Sunday.
UCLA holds a 39-0 all-time record against Cal and a 34-24 mark against Stanford. Those records include a 3-0 sweep of the Golden Bears and a 3-2 loss to Stanford at Pauley Pavilion earlier this season. Sunday's match will be the first meeting between the Bruins and Gaels.
Bruin Career Assist Record Set by Selsor
Senior setter Erika Selsor surpassed Ann Boyer's UCLA career assist record early in game two against Washington State on Friday night, recording the 5,665th assist of her career on a kill by Brynn Murphy that gave UCLA a 17-12 edge en route to the game win. Selsor, who set the Pac-10 record for career assists earlier this season, enters the Cal match with 5,768 assists. That number ranks 22nd on the NCAA's all-time list for career assists.
UCLA Falls to Pepperdine, Wins in Five vs. WSU, UW
UCLA lost a three-game match to then-No. 13 Pepperdine last Tuesday, despite nearly earning the win in game three. Game scores were 30-25, 30-25, 34-32. Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick led the way for the Bruins with 14 kills apiece.
The Bruins then returned home for two five-game marathon wins against Washington State and Washington. Against the Cougars, Bowles played an outstanding match and posted her second career 20 kill/20 dig match, recording season-highs of 24 kills and 21 digs in the win. It was more of the same on Saturday evening against the Huskies, as Bowles led the way with 19 kills and 21 digs.
Last Time Against Stanford/California
UCLA suffered a disappointing loss on Oct. 11 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 of 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.
Bruins Await NCAA Decision on Porter's Eligibility
As of Monday, Nov. 5, UCLA has not yet received a decision from the NCAA regarding the eligibility of senior outside hitter Kristee Porter. Porter was declared ineligible by UCLA on Oct. 19 after UCLA became aware of the possibility that Porter inadvertently accepted what would be considered by the NCAA as "extra benefits." She has missed UCLA's last six matches.
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 Hawaii, 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 909-217 (.807), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Selsor Nears NCAA Top-20 for Career Assists
In her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor has taken over both the Pac-10 and UCLA records for career assists. 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, and surpassed Ann Boyer's UCLA mark of 5,664 on Nov. 2 at Pauley Pavilion against Washington State. Selsor currently has 5,768 career assists, ranking 22nd on the NCAA's all-time list. 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. 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.
Bowles currently has 1,533 kills (10th UCLA history), 1,169 digs (4th), 3,891 total attacks (5th) and 131 aces (7th) 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.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, and Bowles and Selsor have not missed a match in their Bruin career. Despite the humble beginnings of an 0-6 start to their freshman campaign in 1998, this trio has gone on to play in two NCAA Regional Finals (1999, losing to eventual NCAA Champion Penn State, and losing to NCAA Runner-Up Wisconsin in 2000), and have rewritten nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has already set the Pac-10 assist record and is closing in on the UCLA mark. Bowles has joined an elite group of players that compiled 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 100 service aces during their careers, while Porter is the first Pac-10 player in history with 2,000+ kills and 1,000+ digs. The trio has a career UCLA record of 82-30 (.732), and a 66-18 (.786) mark since the end of their freshman year.
Eckmier Stuffs Way to Top of Pac-10 Blocks List
Redshirt junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier started her first career matches at this year's Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and has earned a spot near the top of the Pac-10 blocks per game list. Eckmier posted two outstanding blocking matches the first time the Bruins faced the Washington schools, with 11 blocks against Washington and seven against Washington State. Eckmier is currently third in the Pac-10 in blocks per game with a 1.31 per-game average. Oct. 5 (at WSU) was the second seven-block performance of the season for Eckmier, who reached that previous career-high on Sept. 2 at then-No. 5 Hawai'i.
Fendrick Finds Success on Outside
Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick has turned in consistently stellar performances this season, earning All-Tournament honors at both the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic and the US Bank/Arby's Classic tournaments. Fendrick finished the 2000 season with a career match in the NCAA Regional Final against Wisconsin, and currently leads the Bruins with a .292 attack percentage. Fendrick is currently ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in kills per game and eighth in points per game with 4.42. This season, she has already tied her career-high of 24 kills, recording that mark on Sept. 1 vs. Kansas State, a match in which she hit over .400 (.404 on 24k-5e-47ta).
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 in 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 to 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
2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (9th 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.
The three true freshmen that saw playing time at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend got their Bruin careers off to a very quick start. On the first rally of their collegiate careers, Chrissie Zartman served an ace to start the match against Michigan, Brynn Murphy recorded a solo block, and Heather Cullen downed a kill. Brittany Ringel opened her Bruin career on Sept. 7 against Notre Dame, recording two kills on three swings with a dig. Currently, Zartman is eighth in the Pac-10 with a 0.36 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.70 blocks/game. Cullen has played in 30 games and started the first match of her Bruin career on Oct. 19 against USC, while Ringel has seen action in 26 games over 13 matches. Ringel earned the first start of her Bruin career on Oct. 4, against Washington.