Nov. 26, 2002
The Bruins finished Pac-10 play with a 9-9 record and a tie for fifth place in the conference standings. UCLA has three matches remaining in its regular season, which will take place this weekend at the Albuturkey Tournament in Albuquerque, NM. UCLA will face Rice and Butler on Friday, with a match against host New Mexico on Saturday evening. The Bruins will return to Westwood on Sunday, and will learn their postseason fate that evening, as the NCAA selection show will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.
Bruins Split With Arizonas to Finish Pac-10 Play at .500
With a five-game win over Arizona State on Thursday and a four-game loss to Arizona on Friday, the 21st-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team completed Pac-10 play in a tie for fifth (with Washington) and a 9-9 conference record in 2002. Friday's match provided many dramatics, highlighted by UCLA overcoming a 13-10 deficit in game five to win 15-13. Three Bruins had double-figure kills in the match, led by Brittany Ringel with 17, Lauren Fendrick with 16 and Brynn Murphy with 10. Four Bruins had double-figure digs with Krystal McFarland and Chrissie Zartman posting 17 apiece, Ringel with 15 and Fendrick with 11. The Bruins came out strong on senior night against Arizona, and all three seniors started the match. UCLA won the first game 34-32, but lost the following three games 30-21, 30-21, 30-28. Four Bruins had double-figure kills, led by Ringel with 16, while Zartman contributed 26 digs.
Chrissie Zartman Named First-Team All-Pac-10
Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman was named First-Team All-Pac-10 on Tuesday, and was the only libero on the conference first team. Senior Lauren Fendrick earned Hon. Mention All-Pac-10 honors, while setter Haley Jorgensborg was named to the Hon. Mention All-Freshman team.
UCLA vs. Rice
Friday will mark the first meeting between UCLA and Rice on the volleyball floor. The Owls are lead by Rebeca Pazo (4.83 kpg, 3.33 dpg, 550 points) and Rebecca Kainz (1.26 bpg).
UCLA vs. Butler
Friday will also mark the first meeting between UCLA and Butler. The Bulldogs are led by Kali Carter (3.12 kpg), Megan Knightly (2.97 dpg) and Kealy Norris (0.93 bpg).
UCLA vs. New Mexico
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Lobos by a 5-0 margin, including a 1-0 record when playing in Albuquerque. The last meeting between these two teams was on Sept. 2, 1993. The Bruins won 15-8, 15-3, 15-6 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos are led by Anna Reines (3.82 kpg), Blaire Burns (3.30 dpg) and Chelsea Sondrup (1.18 bpg).
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 36th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, in Hawaii, 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 935-234 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA's schedule for next week will be determined on Sunday, December 1 at 6 pm Pacific Time, when the NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced on ESPNEWS. Information will be updated on www.uclabruins.com and on the UCLA FanPhone at 310-825-8575 as soon as possible.
Fendrick Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10
The only senior in uniform for the Bruins at the conclusion of this season, outside hitter Lauren Fendrick was named to her third career Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 team on Nov. 26. Fendrick recorded her 1,000th carer kill earlier this season on Sat., Sept. 7 in Minneapolis and went on to notch her 1,000th career dig on Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion. Currently, Fendrick ranks ninth in Bruin history with 117 career service aces, 10th with 1,090 digs and 15th with 1,301 career kills. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.62 kills per game, and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played in every game of every match this season.
Murphy Finds Success on the Outside
Sophomore Brynn Murphy played last season as a middle blocker for the Bruins, but has made a successful transition to outside hitter for the 2002 season. Murphy is one of five Bruins averaging more than 2.5 kills per game, and is the only Bruin to earn two All-Tournament team honors this season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and Nike Portland Invitational All-Tournament Teams. Murphy is averaging 2.59 kills per game with 256 total kills, and ranks third on the team in blocks, averaging 0.89 blocks per game.
Ringel Continues to Lead Bruins Offensively
Brittany Ringel opened Pac-10 play with a bang at Arizona on Sept. 20, downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage. Ringel had kills on five of her first six swings on in the match, and led the Bruins both with 22 kills and 12 points on the evening. She has continued her solid play since that point, posting team-high kills in 13 matches, including 10 in Pac-10 play and 12 of the Bruins 20 matches. Ringel, who played both volleyball and basketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.38 kills per-game average and has played in 97 of the team's 102 games.
McFarland, Jorgensborg Set Bruins in 2002
Head coach Andy Banachowski has adopted a 6-2 offense for the 2002 season, a system that utilizes two setters. The pair that is quarterbacking the Bruin offense includes redshirt sophomore co-captain Krystal McFarland and true freshman Haley Jorgensborg. McFarland redshirted the 2001 season while Erika Selsor completed her record-setting career, but McFarland was participating fully in team practices. She currently leads the team with 8.70 assists per game, ranking eighth in the Pac-10 in that category. She generally starts matches, and has played across the front row on numerous occasions. Jorgensborg, an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLA campus, as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has set successfully during her 91 games on the court, and has averaged 5.58 assists per game to this point in the season.
Barba Solid in Return to Lineup
True freshman middle blocker Nancy Barba played in one game each of the Ohio State and Hawai'i matches in September before being sidelined with a stress fracture. Barba was on track for a medical redshirt season before Angela Eckmier's injury put her back in the lineup. In her first two career Pac-10 matches, Barba responded, posting identical offensive lines against both Oregon schools (7K-0E-12TA, .583 ATK%). For the season, Barba is now averaging 1.17 kills and 0.79 blocks per game.
Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero; All-Pac-10 Selection
With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiate game in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity to shine. On Nov. 26, she became the first defensive player in conference history to be named First-Team All-Pac-10, and was the only Bruin named to the conference first team. Zartman leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 in digs (465), digs per game (4.56), and digs per-game in conference matches only (5.08, leading WSU's Kortney Jamtaas by 0.56 digs per game). With three matches remaining in UCLA's regular season, Zartman currently ranks third on UCLA's single-season list, needing five digs to move into second place and 35 digs to surpass Samantha Shaver's Bruin single-season record (499 in 1993) and become the first player in UCLA history with a 500-dig season. She is on pace to become the first Bruin in history to lead the Pac-10 in digs per game.
In the first half of the Pac-10 season, Zartman recorded career-high digs in consecutive matches, posting a 27-dig effort in UCLA's 3-2 win over Washington State on Sept. 28 before coming back with a new career-best of 28 digs in UCLA's 3-1 win at Cal on Oct. 4. That 28-dig effort was just two digs shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-game match. Zartman matched her career-best mark as part of an outstanding individual defensive effort in the state of Washington, posting 28 digs at Washington State on Oct. 25, and followed with 23 digs in UCLA's three-game loss to Washington on Oct. 26.
An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games this past summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 World Championships last summer, finishing second.
The Wright Stuff
Junior middle blocker Cira Wright completed her pre-conference season in style, earning MVP honors at the Nike Portland Invitational. Wright is among the team leaders in kills and blocks, ranking second on the team with a 1.19 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a 2.53 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA's most versatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her first season as a full-time player for the Bruins.
Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins at the service line with 24 aces on the season. She has been playing in all rotations, and is one of five players averaging at least 2.5 kills per game this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is averaging 2.63 kills and 1.77 digs per game, and has recorded 48 block assists and two solo blocks during her 97 games on the floor this season.
Eckmier Concludes Career with ACL Injury
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier's UCLA carer came to a close on Tue., Nov. 5, when she ruptured the ACL in her right knee during practice. Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike Portland Invitational, and finishes her career with 253 career blocks to her credit. Eckmier had played in 78 of a possible 80 games for the Bruins this season, recording 146 kills (1.87 per game), 11 service aces, 49 digs and team-highs of 16 solo blocks, 75 block assists and 91 total blocks for a 1.17 per-game average. Eckmier was ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with her 1.17 blocks per-game average at the time of her injury.
"We are all saddened for Angela," said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski. "She is an ideal player who always gives maximum effort, and it's unfortunate that her senior season is ending this way." Eckmier suffered the injury while participating in a defensive drill during practice on Tuesday, November 5, when she collided with a teammate.
Eckmier did start a final game for the Bruins on senior night (Nov. 22), when injured teammate Lauren Hogan served the first point of the match, then recorded a dig on the second rally. Hogan has missed the majority of her collegiate career due to continuing shoulder problems. Eckmier, who was less than three weeks removed from surgery, started the match without her knee brace, and was replaced by Bruin libero Chrissie Zartman before the ball was put in play.