Sept. 7, 2004
After a 4-0 start to the 2004 season, the team's best start since a 5-0 start in 2001, UCLA women's volleyball travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Volleyball Challenge, where UCLA will face No. 22 Santa Clara, Southwest Missouri State and No. 13 Hawai'i. UCLA is a regular visitor to the Islands, having played UH on their home turf every year since 1980. This season, UCLA abandoned their traditional spot in last weekend's Hawaiian Airlines Classic, but will make the trip westward this weekend. The 2004 HAL Classic was the first time UCLA had not participated in that particular tournament in its 17-year history.
Bruins Down Cal State Northridge in Opener
The Bruins opened their season on Sept. 1 with a 30-13, 24-30, 30-26, 30-23 victory at Cal State Northridge. The Bruins had three players with double figure kills, led by sophomore Becky Green with 15, Brynn Murphy with 12 and Nana Meriwether with 10. Meriwether, a sophomore transfer from Duke, had a very impressive UCLA debut, posting 10 kills with one error on 15 attacks for a .600 attack percentage to go along with a service ace and a team-high nine blocks (one solo, eight assists). Senior libero Chrissie Zartman led all players with 18 digs and added a service ace on the night.
McFarland Named MVP as UCLA Wins TAMU Tourney
Brynn Murphy was named to the All-Tournament Team and Krystal McFarland earned All-Tournament honors as UCLA swept its way through the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. The Bruins opened tournament play on Friday by holding southern Mississippi to a team attack percentage of .019 for the match. Murphy led the Bruins with 11 kills in the contest. Saturday saw UCLA win both of their matches, a 30-12, 30-21, 30-11 win over Samford before a 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 win over No. 15 Texas A&M. Against the Aggies, Murphy led the team with 14 kills and was joined in double figures by Brittany Ringel with 12 and Colby Lyman with 11. Zartman again led all players with 14 digs and added a match-high two aces to her totals.
UCLA vs. No. 17 Santa Clara
UCLA holds a 1-1 all-time record against the Broncos, including a 15-8, 15-3 UCLA win on 9/14/84 at the Cal State Fullerton tournament and an 11-15, 6-15, 15-10, 13-15 loss at Santa Clara on 9/16/98. The Broncos are coached by Jon Wallace, and enter the Mauna Loa Challenge with a 3-0 record.
UCLA vs. Southwest Missouri State
The Bruins have played SMS six times, all prior to the start of NCAA play for women's sports, and UCLA holds a 6-0 all-time record over the Bears. The teams met most recently in December of 1098 at the National Championship tournament. UCLA won the match 15-13, 15-8. SMS is coached by Melissa Stokes, and enters this weekend with a 5-0 record.
UCLA vs. No. 11 Hawai'i
The long-standing rivalry between the Bruins and Wahine continues, as 2004 marks the 31st season with at least one meeting between the two schools. UCLA has traveled to Hawaii annually since 1980, normally playing in the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Last season, the Wahine outlasted UCLA, winning a 25-30, 30-18, 30-24, 29-31, 15-13 thriller in the final match of the HAL Classic. Hawaii is coached by Dave Shoji, and UH enters this weekend with a 3-0 record.
Zartman Digs Bruin Record
During the third and final game of UCLA's three-game victory over Texas A&M, senior libero Chrissie Zartman recorded the 1,406th dig of her Bruin career, passing Samantha Shaver (1,405 from 1987-90) for the UCLA career record. Zartman enters the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Volleyball Challenge with 1,411 career digs. That total ranks her ninth on the Pac-10's all-time list.
Named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second time in her Bruin career last season, Zartman is believed to be the only defensive specialist in conference history to earn All-Pac-10 honors.
McFarland Most Valuable in Texas
Senior setter Krystal McFarland opened the 2004 season in style, piloting the Bruins to a 4-0 start, the team's best since the 2001 season. McFarland was also honored as the Most Valuable Player of the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, over the Labor Day weekend. McFarland set her team to a trio of three-game victories, including a 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 win over the host school, then-No. 15 Texas A&M. In Texas, McFarland averaged 11.50 assists per game while directing the Bruin offense to 16 kills per game and a .270 team attack percentage in victories over Cal State Northridge, Southern Mississippi, Samford and Texas A&M.
Last season, McFarland earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, averaging 11.31 per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10 statistical standings. She also averaged 2.25 digs and 0.50 blocks per game.
Murphy Named to Texas A&M Tourney Team
Senior Brynn Murphy was named to the All-Tournament Team at the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational over Labor Day Weekend, turning in a team-high 35 kills and 10 blocks as UCLA posted sweeps over Southern Mississippi, Samford and No. 15 Texas A&M. Murphy was one of UCLA's most consistent performers a year ago, leading the team with 3.75 kills per game and is UCLA's top returning blocker, turning in 0.93 blocks per game. She was named to the All-Tournament team at all three of UCLA's regular season tournaments in 2003, and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week award was also received last season, as she earned the award for the week of Oct. 6.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 38th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, 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 963-244 (.798), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.