Nov. 30, 2001
STATE COLLEGE, PA - The eighth-seeded UCLA women's volleyball team extended its season on Friday night at Penn State's Rec Hall, downing the Penn Quakers with game scores of 30-26, 30-25, 30-23. The Bruins improve to 19-8, while Penn completes its season with an 18-7 record. The Bruins were led in kills and digs by Kristee Porter, who had 17 kills and 17 digs on the evening.
UCLA jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in game one, but the Quakers fought back to within one point at 12-11 on a five-point scoring run behind the service of Kai Gonsorowski. UCLA would again build a 26-20 lead before the Quakers scrapped back, but they were only able to come within two points, at 28-26 before an Ashley Bowles kill and a solo block by Angela Eckmier closed it out as UCLA notched the 30-26 win.
Game two had a similar start, as UCLA sprinted out to a 14-6 lead. Penn came back to within three points at 24-21, but were unable to close the gap further, closing it out on a kill and service ace by Kristee Porter, who was playing her first match after sitting out UCLA's last 13 matches of the regular season.
The Quakers sprinted out to a 2-0 lead early in game three, and the score was tied as late as 17-17 before the Bruins pulled away for the 30-23 win.
"We've been working on a few things," said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski. "We still need some refinement as we move on to face our next opponent. It was good to be able to experiment a bit, and I'm glad we got a win while making ourselves better. Kristee played well, although she did have some rust after her long layoff."
Porter led the Bruins with 17 kills and 17 digs on the evening, the top totals for an individual on either team. Lauren Fendrick and Ashley Bowles checked in with 12 kills apiece, while Bowles had a very impressive .500 attack percentage on the evening with 12 kills on 20 swings with just two errors to go along with her 14 digs.
UCLA out-blocked the Quakers by a 6.5-3 margin, and were led individually by Angela Eckmier, who had one solo blocks and four block assists. Porter recorded two of UCLA's three aces on the evening, with Stacey Lee owning the third.
The Bruins advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and will face either Fairfield or host Penn State on Saturday evening at 7 pm eastern time. The match will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com with Tony Luftman calling the action.