Sept. 21, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The pre-conference schedule is over, and now it's time for the Bruins to take on Pac-10 foes Arizona (8-2, 2-0 Pac-10) and Arizona State (6-2, 2-0 Pac-10). Both games will take place in Pauley Pavilion, and Friday's match against the Wildcats will mark the team's 1999 home opener. The Arizona schools played host to and defeated Oregon and Oregon state this past weekend.
Friday's match will mark the first of three occasions this season that the Bruin women will appear on FOX Sports Net. To accommodate television, Friday's start time is 7:30 as opposed the team's usual 7 p.m. start. Saturday's match against Arizona State will begin at 7 p.m. UCLA's next appearance will be next Friday, Oct. 1, against Washington State in Pullman.
Last season, the Bruins split with Arizona, with each team winning its home match, and UCLA earned a season sweep of Arizona State. The Bruins lead both all-time series with a 37-7 advantage over Arizona and a 41-5 record against Arizona State.
Porter Named MVP, Three Others All-Tourney
In a tournament that was abbreviated because of Hurricane Floyd, the Bruins brought home victories over Cincinnati and Kent to earn the tournament title at the Kent Invitational. On her way to a second consecutive tourney MVP honor, sophomore outside hitter Kristee Porter totaled 24 kills, three service aces, 15 digs and seven total blocks (2 BS/5 BA) on the weekend.
Three additional Bruins, Ashley Bowles, Tamika Johnson and Erika Selsor were named to the All-Tournament Team. On the weekend, Bowles posted 19 kills, two aces, 17 digs and six blocks, Johnson added 19 kills and five blocks, and Selsor, UCLA's sophomore setter, averaging 13.33 assists/game with 13 digs for a 2.17 average. The remaining two All-Tournament team members were from Cincinnati.
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).
With 3-0 victories over both Kent and Cincinnati, UCLA was named tourney champs as the only undefeated team.
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 October 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 (853-201, 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.
Middle Blockers Continue Solid Play
All four of UCLA's middle blockers, Elisabeth Bachman, Tamika Johnson, Amy Nihipali and Angela Eckmier are averaging over one block per game through three weekends of non-conference play. Bachman leads the way with 33 blocks for a 1.22 per-game average, followed by Johnson (25, 1.09/game), Nihipali (18, 1.20) and Eckmier (6, 1.50/game). As a group, the four are hitting .387 (172K-38E-346TA), are without a service error, and have combined for 22 digs with limited back-row action.
Bachman is second on the Pac-10's list of active career leaders with 339 blocks, 41 behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh. Nihipali (263, 5th) and Johnson (190, 10th) also appear on the blocks list. Johnson continues to lead the league in hitting percentage, connecting at a .453 percentage, while Bachman's 1.22 blocks/game average ranks sixth in the Pac-10.
When the Bruins ran out of subs in the key third game against Minnesota, both Johnson and Bachman wound up with some rare playing time in the back row. Both responded with successful serving and passing, despite limited drills in those aspects of the game during the preseason.
Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
During play at the Kent Invitational, both UCLA opponents finished the match with a team hitting percentage below .100. In the tournament opener against Cincinnati, three Bearcats hit negative, and Cincinnati was out-blocked by a 14-4 margin as their final team hitting percentages closed out at .086. The tournament finale against the host Golden Flashes saw more of the same, with Kent finishing at .075 as opposed to UCLA's .478 team hitting percentage. For the 1999 season, UCLA's team hitting percentage has been significantly higher than their opponents, a .273-.133 difference.
Golden Gophers Give Bruins a Scare
Nobody who was present in the Stan Sheriff Center in Hawaii on Sept. 5 had ever seen anything like it. With Minnesota serving at match point, up 14-12 in game three, UCLA's Kristee Porter hit into a block that caromed off of the antenna and onto the floor, in-bounds. The play was originally called a legal block, and both officials signaled a point for Minnesota and match-over. After conferring with the linesman, however, the up-official overturned her call, giving the Bruins a sideout and new life.
Porter then served three straight points to give the Bruins a 15-14 advantage. Following a series of six sideouts, which included serves by middle blockers Bachman and Johnson, Porter's 25th kill of the match put the game away, giving UCLA a 16-14 win. From there, the Bruins took game four 15-5, and went out to a 9-3 lead in the rally-scored fifth game, eventually taking the game, 15-9, and the match.
Freshmen Fendrick and Millichap Continue to Shine
Two of UCLA's three freshman have consistently seen significant playing time through the first three weekends of 1999. 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 31 of the team's games. Fendrick has played consistently well, and had standout numbers last Saturday against Kent, coming off of the bench to record six kills on as many swings to go along with three digs and four of the team's nine service aces.
1999 Bruin Women's Volleyball
vs. Arizona/Arizona State
September 24-25, 1999
This Week's Schedule - September 20-26
The upcoming weekend marks the opening of Pac-10 play for UCLA, and is the team's first homestand of the 1999 season. Friday evening's home opener against Arizona will be televised live on FOX Sports Net, and an audio broadcast of the match will be available on broadcast.com
Fri. Sept. 24 vs. Arizona (TV) Pauley Pavilion 7:30 p.m. PT
Sat. Sept. 25 vs. Arizona State Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT
This Week's Ticket
Current Ranking: 14 AVCA/14 VB Mag
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Head Coach: David Rubio, 13th year
1999 Record: 8-2 (2-0 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 37-7
Last Year: Arizona won 3-2, 10/9 in Tucson
UCLA won 3-0, 11/8 at Pauley Pav.
Nickname: Sun Devils
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Head Coach: Patti Snyder-Park, 11th year
1999 Record: 6-2 (2-0 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 41-5
Last Year: UCLA won 3-0, 10/9 in Tempe
UCLA won 3-0 11/8 at Pauley Pav.
UCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 8-1
1998 Overall Record: 16-14
1998 Pac-10 Record: 13-5 (3rd)
Ranking: 11th, AVCA/USA Today
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 853-201 (33rd season)
AVCA/USA Today Poll (9/20/99)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Pacific (54) 1496 2. Penn State (2) 1419 3. Hawai'i (4) 1397 4. Nebraska 1283 4. Long Beach State 1256 6. Florida 1222 7. Stanford 1140 8. Texas 1057 9. UC Santa Barbara 1012 10. BYU 941 11. UCLA 923 12. Pepperdine 871 13. Clemson 680 14. Arizona 666 15. Wisconsin 659 16. Texas A&M 616 17. Colorado State 563 18. Ohio State 427 tie USC 427 20. Michigan 339 21. Arkansas 292 22. Colorado 190 23. Loyola Marymount 152 24. Kansas State 141 25. Illinois 137
Volleyball Magazine Poll (9/20/99)
No. School 1. Pacific 2. Penn State 3. Hawai'i 4. Nebraska 5. Long Beach State 6. Florida 7. Stanford 8. Texas 9. BYU 10. UCLA 11. UC Santa Barbara 12. Pepperdine 13. Colorado State 14. Arizona 15. Ohio State 16. Wisconsin 17. Clemson 18. Michigan 19. Arkansas 20. Texas A&M
1999 UCLA Record:
all matches 8-1
vs. conference opponents 0-0
vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 0-1
vs. all district ranked teams 0-1
home matches at Pauley Pavilion 0-0
playing on a Friday 3-0
playing on a Saturday 4-0
playing on a Sunday 1-0
playing Monday through Thursday 0-1
The Bruins' Record When They:
Won 1st game 7-1
Won 2nd game 6-0
Won 3rd game 8-0
Won 4th game 2-0
Lost 1st game 1-0
Lost 2nd game 2-1
Lost 3rd game 0-1
Lost 4th game 0-1
Played five games 1-0
Wahine Classic Pioneer Classic Kent Inv. Porter Porter (MVP) Porter (MVP) Bowles Johnson Bowles Johnson Selsor1999 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