Women's Volleyball Looks for Lexus Gauntlet Points at USC

Oct. 13, 2004

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With both UCLA and USC smarting from their second Pac-10 loss of the 2004 season, the cross-town rivals will initiate competition for the 2004-05 Lexus Gauntlet Trophy on Friday night at USC's Lyon Center. It will be the 94th meeting between the two schools with the Bruins holding a 50-43 advantage in the all-time series. UCLA aims to end a six-match losing streak to the Women of Troy, dating back to a 3-0 UCLA win on Nov. 3, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion.

Bruins Defeat Cal, Fall to Stanford
UCLA extended its all-time record against California to 45-0 on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion with a 30-20, 30-27, 30-28 victory over the Golden Bears. Nana Meriwether led the Bruins with 11 kills and 14.0 points in the match, while Colby Lyman was the team's leading digger with 12. Brynn Murphy topped UCLA's individual block total, assisting on six of UCLA's 10 blocks in the match.

The Bruins were not as fortunate on Saturday evening, falling 30-24, 24-30, 30-25, 30-28 to Stanford. UCLA nearly extended the match to a fifth game with a strong late-game rally during which the Bruins went on a 9-0 run to take a 25-23 lead. Unfortunately, the Cardinal roared back to take the lead and the match, behind a 36-kill effort by Ogonna Nnamani. UCLA had four players with double-figure kills in the match, led by Heather Cullen, who had season-high totals with 16 kills, seven block assists and 19.5 points in the match.

UCLA vs. No. 6 USC (9-3, 4-2 Pac-10)
On Saturday night at the Lyon Center, two-time defending NCAA Champion USC was swept by California, the first time the Women of Troy had been swept since the 2001 season and the first time they had been swept at home since 1999. The Women of Troy have won the last six meetings with UCLA, dating back to the 2000 season, although UCLA does lead the all-time series by a 50-43 margin. Last season, USC won all three meetings with the Bruins, including a 3-1 win in the NCAA Regional Final at Nebraska, ending UCLA's season. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Keao Burdine (168 kills, 3.73/game); ASSISTS- Allison Dillon (306, 6.95/game); ACES- Burdine (16, 0.36/game); DIGS- Deborah Seilhamer (198, 4.50/game); BLOCKS- Emily Adams (69, 1.53/game).

The Lexus Gauntlet: UCLA vs. USC
Friday's match will assign the first five points for the 2004-05 athletic year. The Bruins won the award for the 2002-03 year, while USC was presented with the inaugural award following the 2001-02 athletic year and won the trophy following the 2003-04 season. Women's Volleyball accounts for 10 points in the Gauntlet standings. There are a total of 110 points available, distributed over 18 sports. For more information on the Lexus Gauntlet, visit www.gauntlettrophy.com

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 974-248 (.797), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
(26-24, 25-15, 25-19)
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-18, 25-22)
Sunday, Oct 18
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-21, 25-16, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
(25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 29-27)
Sunday, Oct 25
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
(25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-5)
Friday, Oct 30
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
(25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16)
Sunday, Nov 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
(20-25, 26-24, 15-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Nov 04
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 26-24, 25-17)
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16)
Thursday, Nov 12
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
(25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 12-15)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
Wednesday, Nov 25
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 12-25, 15-12)
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 11-15)
Friday, Dec 04 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Lipscomb
Los Angeles, CA