Volleyball Sweeps No. 6 Minnesota at HAL Classic

Aug. 31, 2003

Final Stats

HONOLULU, HI - The 13th-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the young season on Sunday night at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, downing No. 6 Minnesota with game scores of 30-27, 30-21, 30-19. Brynn Murphy and Cira Wright both had double-figure kills and hit over .350 in the UCLA victory.

The Bruins came out of the gate hot, hitting .529 on nine kills with no errors on 17 attacks as they sprinted to a 13-8 lead. From that point, however, UCLA's accuracy was not as good, allowing Minnesota to come back and tie the game at 15-15 thanks in part to five Bruin hitting errors and one UCLA service error. UCLA was able to regroup, re-taking the lead and pulling out a 30-27 game one victory. Brittany Ringel and Brynn Murphy posted five kills apiece in the opening game. Ringel was error-free on 10 swings for a .500 attack percentage.

The Bruins built a 14-10 lead early in game two, once again starting the game with accurate hitting. In game two, UCLA started with seven kills and one error on 15 attacks for a .400 attack percentage. Colby Lyman had three early kills, and the Bruins had two block assists by the time UCLA's lead had extended to 20-14. The Bruins hit .333 in the game with 15 kills and three errors on 36 attacks, and posted three blocks in the game, holding the Golden Gophers to a .186 attack percentage. At the break, UCLA had five players with at least five kills, as Cira Wright led the team with nine, Ringel and Murphy had seven apiece, Lyman had six and Heather Cullen had five.

The Bruins sprinted to an early 5-2 lead in game three and never looked back. At one point, UCLA held a 24-12 lead, and closed out the 30-19 win on a Brynn Murphy kill, her 11th of the match.

"Our enthusiasm is carrying us a lot right now," said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski of his team's animated performance against the Golden Gophers. "Minnesota fought hard in the first game, tying us at 15 and getting close in the low 20s. That was what I had expected the entire match to be, but the last two games didn't happen that way."

For the Bruins, Brynn Murphy had a match-high 11 kills, hitting .370 for the match, while Cira Wright had 10 kills, hit .471, and led all players with four blocks on the evening. Three Bruins turned in double-figure digs, with Chrissie Zartman and Heather Cullen turning in 13 apiece and Colby Lyman contributing 10 digs in the match.

The Bruins conclude their Hawaiian Airlines Classic schedule on Monday evening with a 4 pm HT start against host Hawaii. The Rainbow Wahine are ranked No. 2 in the current AVCA poll, and are 3-1 on the 2003 season.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE