Oct. 22, 2002
The Bruins return to the road this weekend, traveling to Pullman and Seattle, WA, to face Washington State and Washington. Friday night's match at WSU will be televised on a tape delayed basis on FOX Sports Net. This marks UCLA's next-to-last road weekend on the Pac-10 schedule, as UCLA travels only once more for the remainder of the Pac-10 schedule, to visit the Oregon schools Nov. 8-9, before returning to Pauley Pavilion for the final two conference weekends, hosting USC and the Arizona schools.
BRUINS FALL TO TOP-RANKED USC In a Lexus Gauntlet matchup, the top-ranked and undefeated USC Women of Troy extended their winning streak to 16 matches with a 30-24, 30-22, 30-24 victory over UCLA at the Lyon Center last Friday night. Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with nine kills in the match, while sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman led the team with 13 digs. Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier contributed five of UCLA's six blocks with three solo and two assisted blocks in the match.
UCLA VS. WASHINGTON STATE UCLA swept the season series from the Cougars in 2001, and hold a 27-6 all-time advantage in the series against WSU. LAST TIME (SEPT. 28): An outstanding defensive effort in the final three games of the match powered UCLA to a 25-30, 26-30, 30-25, 30-26, 15-12 win in Pauley Pavilion. Of the team's 90 digs in the match, 51 were recorded in the final three games. Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman turned in a match-high 27 digs, the second-best match total for a Pac-10 player this season. UCLA had six players with double-figure kills in the match, led by Brittany Ringel with 17.
UCLA VS. WASHINGTON The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Huskies by a 36-5 margin, and swept the season series in 2001. UCLA holds a current nine-match winning streak over the Huskies dating back to the 1997 season. . LAST TIME (SEPT. 27): Brittany Ringel, Lauren Fendrick and Heather Cullen led the Bruins with 12 kills apiece as the Bruins recorded a 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 victory in UCLA's home opener. In the third and final game of the match, UCLA hit .353, downing 16 kills on 34 attacks with just four errors as a team. Ringel finished that match with a .571 attack percentage, recording 12 kills on 21 swings with no errors.
HEAD COACH ANDY BANACHOWSKI In his 36th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, 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 in February, 2000. 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 931-228 (.803), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE BRUINS The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion next week to play host to Stanford and California on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Both matches will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com, and are scheduled to begin at 7 pm in Pauley Pavilion.
FENDRICK DOWNS MILESTONE KILL On Saturday, Sept. 7 in Minneapolis, senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick became the 19th player in UCLA women's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career kill. Fendrick enters the Washington series with 1,161 career kills, ranking 18th in UCLA history. She is also moving up the Bruin all-time lists in service aces, ranking 11th with 109, and she is on pace to record her 1,000th career dig this season, as she enters the weekend with 964 career digs. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.47 kills per game, and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played in every game of every match this season.
ECKMIER LEADS BRUIN BLOCK Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike Portland Invitational, and enters this weekend's Washington series with 236 career blocks to her credit. In her second season as a full-time player for the Bruins, Eckmier currently has 46 solo and 190 assisted blocks for her UCLA career. Eckmier missed the 2000 season after tearing the ACL in her right knee during preseason practice, but has rebuilt her strength and jumping ability to where it was prior to her injury. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at UCLA's NCAA Regional last year, her third and fourth matches after being cleared to play without a knee brace. In 2002, Eckmier leads the Bruins with 1.16 blocks per game, and has recorded eight service aces. Her blocks average is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 standings.
ZARTMAN DIGS CONSECUTIVE CAREER HIGHS With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiate game in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity to shine. Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Portland Invitational, Zartman leads the Bruins in both digs (251) and digs per game (3.80). She currently ranks third in the Pac-10 in digs per game. In the first half of the Pac-10 season, Zartman recorded career-high digs in consecutive matches, posting a 27-dig effort in UCLA's 3-2 win over Washington State on Sept. 28 before coming back with a new career-best of 28 digs in UCLA's 3-1 win at Cal on Oct. 4. That 28-dig effort was just two digs shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-game match. An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games this past summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 World Championships last summer, finishing second.
MURPHY FINDS SUCCESS ON THE OUTSIDE Sophomore Brynn Murphy played last season as a middle blocker for the Bruins, but has made a successful transition to outside hitter for the 2002 season. Murphy is one of five Bruins averaging two or more kills per game, and is the only Bruin to earn two All-Tournament team honors this season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and Nike Portland Invitational All-Tournament Teams. Murphy is averaging 2.71 kills per game with 171 total kills, and ranks third on the team in blocks, averaging 0.71 blocks per game.
RINGEL CONTINUES TO LEAD BRUINS OFFENSIVELY Brittany Ringel opened Pac-10 play with a bang at Arizona on Sept. 20, downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage. Ringel had kills on five of her first six swings on in the match, and led the Bruins both with 22 kills and 12 points on the evening. She has continued her solid play since that point, posting team-high kills against both Washington schools, hitting .571 with 12 kills against the Huskies on Sept. 27 and downing 17 kills in UCLA's five-game victory over the Cougars on Sept. 28. She has been UCLA's kill leader in seven matches, five in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball and basketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.15 kills per-game average and has played in 62 of the team's 66 games.
MCFARLAND, JORGENSBORG SET BRUINS IN 2002 Head coach Andy Banachowski has adopted a 6-2 offense for the 2002 season, a system that utilizes two setters. The pair that is quarterbacking the Bruin offense includes redshirt sophomore co-captain Krystal McFarland and true freshman Haley Jorgensborg. McFarland redshirted the 2001 season while Erika Selsor completed her record-setting career, but McFarland was participating fully in team practices. She currently leads the team with 8.54 assists per game, ranking 10th in the Pac-10 in that category. She generally starts matches, and has played across the front row on numerous occasions. Jorgensborg practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLA campus, as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has set successfully during her 55 games on the court entering this weekend's Washington series, and has averaged 6.04 assists per game to this point in the season with a 6.33 average in conference matches.
THE WRIGHT STUFF Junior middle blocker Cira Wright completed her pre-conference season in style, earning MVP honors at the Nike Portland Invitational. Wright is among the team leaders in kills and blocks, ranking second on the team with a 0.94 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a 2.57 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA's most versatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her first season as a full-time player for Banachowski's Bruins.
CULLEN CONTINUES TO SERVE ACES Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen enters this weekend's Washington series leading the Bruins at the service line with 19 aces on the season. She has been playing in all rotations, and is one of five players averaging at least 2.00 kills per game this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is also averaging 2.31 digs per game, and has recorded 26 block assists and two solo blocks during her 62 games on the floor this season.