Sept. 25, 2001
UCLA resumed its women's volleyball season last Friday night, opening its Pac-10 schedule with a 3-0 loss at No. 5 USC.
The Bruins look to return to the win column this Friday night, Sept. 28, with UCLA's home opener at 7 pm at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's opponent will be No. 3 Arizona, the sixth consecutive top-20 opponent on the Bruins schedule. A Saturday night match against Arizona State will complete UCLA's weekend schedule. Last year, the Bruins and Wildcats split their season series, with each team winning its road game. UCLA holds a 40-8 all-time advantage over the Wildcats. In 2000, the Bruins swept the season series against Arizona State, and UCLA holds a 45-5 all-time record against the Sun Devils.
Friday is "Beach Night" at Pauley Pavilion
Friday night will be Beach Night at Pauley Pavilion, as the Bruins host No. 3 Arizona for their home opener. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive free UCLA Volleyball beach chairs, and fans who arrive early will have the opportunity to use those chairs immediately to sit courtside in the endzones. Fans are also encouraged to wear appropriate beach attire and/or Hawaiian shirts.
Bruins Fall to USC in Pac-10 Opener for Both Teams
The Bruins opened their Pac-10 schedule last Friday night 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 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 903-214 (.808), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, none of whom have 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 2000, losing to NCAA Runner-Up Wisconsin), and will rewrite nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has already recorded her 5,000th career set assist, and is closing in on both the UCLA and Pac-10 career assist records. Bowles has already joined an elite group of players that compiled 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 100 service aces during their careers, while Porter is on pace to destroy the Pac-10 and UCLA kill record of 2,115, set by Pac-10 Player of the Decade Natalie Williams.
In addition, on Sept. 7, Porter became the first 2,000 kill/1,000 dig performer in Pac-10 history, when she recorded, her 1,000th dig. Liz Masakayan is the only other Bruin to achieve that tandem (2,044 kills/1,142 digs from 1982-85), but she completed her career before the inception of Pac-10 women's sports.
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter 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 already holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 17 ...That nearly triples the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams (1989-92) ...Williams currently holds a different UCLA and Pac-10 record that Porter is closing in on, with a conference record of 2,115 career kills ...Porter needs just 52 kills to take over the UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record from Williams ...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/Through matches of Sept. 21
2,064 kills (2nd in UCLA and Pac-10 history. Needs 52 kills to pass Natalie Williams for both records), 1,029 digs (9th UCLA history), 48 solo blocks, 194 block assists, 242 total blocks, 79 service aces. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor is closing in on a career milestone of her own, needing 495 more assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5667). On Sunday, Sept. 2, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists. Selsor, who enters the Arizona series with 5,173 assists, is currently third in Pac-10 history behind Holly McPeak (Cal/UCLA, 5421 assists) and Miya Malauua (OSU, 5368). Boyer's first season at UCLA was prior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is 4840. 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 Reaches 1,000 Career Digs
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. 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 1,348 kills (13th UCLA history), 1,021 digs and 110 aces 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 each match, when Bruin setter Erika Selsor was subbed out for a defensive replacement.
Fresh Faces Find Time on Court
This season, head coach Andy Banachowski utilized several players that were either new to the team or new to UCLA's regular rotation. Both Bruin starting middle blockers, Angela Eckmier (who redshirted the 2000 season due to a knee injury) and freshman Brynn Murphy, are new to the rotation, as are freshman DS Chrissie Zartman and middles Cira Wright and freshman Heather Cullen. Wright played in just 36 of a possible 124 games a year ago, but has seen action in 15 of a possible 22 games this year, averaging 0.47 blocks/game. Zartman and Murphy serve as a pair in the rotation, with Zartman playing in the back row with a 2.27 per-game dig average while Murphy plays in the front row and averages 0.65 blocks per game with 34 kills in 20 games played. Cullen has served as a situational replacement, playing in six games this season.
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 0.47 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.76 blocks/game. Cullen has played in five games, while Ringel has seen action in six games over three matches.
Zartman Participates in U-21 Beach World Championships
Freshman defensive specialist Chrissie Zartman missed most of the last week of UCLA's preseason training, as she was in LeLavondou, France, for the Under-21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Zartman and her partner Kristin Ursillo (a sophomore setter at Northeastern) finished tied for ninth after advancing from pool play into the elimination round, where they lost their first match.