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Volleyball Hosts Stanford, Cal in Final Homestand
By: UCLA Athletics

November 17, 1998

UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 13-10
Pac-10 Record: 12-4
Ranking: No. 16 AVCA/USA Today
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 842-198 (32nd year)

The Schedule The No. 16 ranked UCLA women's volleyball team opens the final homestand of the regular-season playing host to No. 4 Stanford and Cal this weekend. The Bruins home finale will be Tuesday against local rival Pepperdine.

Friday Nov. 20 No. 4 Stanford 7:00 p.m.
Delayed Broadcast on KIEV Radio (870AM) 8:00

Sunday Nov. 22 Cal (DH with WBB vs.West Virginia at noon) 4:00 p.m.
Live Webcast on Internet (

Tuesday Nov. 24 Pepperdine 7:00 p.m.
Live Webcast on Internet (

Bowles Named Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Freshman outside hitter Ashley Bowles, from Manhattan Beach, CA, became the third Bruin in five weeks to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after she helped lead UCLA to a pair of Pac-10 victories over Washington State and Washington. Just last week, sophomore Elisabeth Bachman received the acclaim, while four weeks ago fellow rookie Kristee Porter claimed the award and also garnered the national honor. This is this first Pac-10 POW honor for Bowles and the 38th time a UCLA player has won the award.

Over the weekend, Bowles was impressive as she hit .328 and totaled 56 kills (7.0 kpg), 29 digs (3.63 dpg), seven service aces and seven blocks. She opened with 21 kills, 13 digs and a career-high six aces as she was one of three Bruins over the 20-kill mark at Washington State. She capped the exceptional weekend by becoming only the second freshman in UCLA history to register over 30-kills in a match (the other being Porter twice this season) when she put away a career-high 35 kills at Washington. She also added 16 digs and a career-high four blocks at UW. With double figures in the last 19 matches and 20 times this season, Bowles owns nine 20-plus outings and has 12 double-doubles on the year.

Special Promos For Final Homestand

STANFORD - The first 250 fans in attendance at Friday's match with Stanford will receive Bruin Beanie Bears (not TY) and UCLA Volleyball T-shirts.

CAL - Double header with women's basketball (vs. West Virginia at noon) All fans bringing a nonperishable food item to Sunday's match will get in FREE to both the women's volleyball match and the women's basketball game. In addition, anyone who buys admission to the women's basketball game is invited to stay for the women's volleyball match for FREE.

PEPPERDINE - Seniors playing in their final regular-season home match will be honored in this, the final home match of the season.

Recapping Last Week .
Bruins Secure .500 Mark & Pac-10 3rd With Two Wins In Washington UCLA assured that it will finish in no lower than third place in the Pac-10 Conference and secured a record of at least .500 by posting a pair of 3-1 victories in the state of Washington.

11/13 Won 3-1 (10-15, 15-4, 15-5, 15-10) at Washington State
In the Pac-10 televised Match of the Week on Friday night the No. 16 ranked Bruins hit .327 as a team and saw three players reach the 20-kill mark in a 3-1 victory. Freshman sensation Kristee Porter topped the kill chart with 25 and put away a career-high seven blocks. Fellow rookie phenom Ashley Bowles totaled 21 kills, 13 digs three blocks and served a career-high six aces. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman notched her third 20-kill effort as she hit .486 and added eight blocks. Amy Nihipali chipped in eight kills and Chaska Potter 14 digs. Setter Erika Selsor provided 63 assists. Washington State was held to a .196 attack percentage as Wendy Rouse and Joy Sperry led the way with 13 and 12 kills respectively.

11/15 Won 3-1 (14-16, 15-6, 15-4, 15-11) at Washington
UCLA finished the weekend with its second 3-1 win of the trip as freshman Ashley Bowles drilled a career-high 35 kills. With that effort, Bowles added her name to the list of elite performances as just the second rookie in UCLA history to surpass the 30-kill mark. Kristee Porter registered 20-plus kills for the third consecutive match and finished with 24 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman continued to be on fire as she hit .412 with 16 kills and notched a career-high 12 blocks. Bachman barely missed a triple-double as she collected nine digs. Sophomore Amy Nihipali hit .421 with 11 kills and seven blocks while senior Chaska Potter scooped up 20 digs. Setter Erika Selsor was also impressive with 78 assists, five kills, 10 digs and five blocks. Washington was led by Kristina Laffling's 25 kills and .340 attack percentage, but was held to .149 as a team.

This Week's Opponents...
Stanford "Cardinal"
Current Ranking: No. 4 AVCA/USA Today & Volleyball mag;
1998 Record: 23-2 Overall; 16-0 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 31-21
Most Recent: Stanford defeated UCLA 3-1 on Sept. 20 in Stanford. Last season, the Cardinal swept the Bruins twice.
Notable: Although the Cardinal has taken the last seven meetings, UCLA's last win was a 3-2 victory in Pauley Pavilion in 1994 and the Bruins own a 14-8 advantage when playing at home.

California "Golden Bears"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 7-20 Overall; 3-13 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 33-0
Most Recent: UCLA knocked off Cal 3-1 back on Sept. 18 in Berkeley. Last season, the Bruins defeated the Golden Bears 3-2 in Pauley Pavilion and 3-0 up North.
Notable: UCLA's longest current win streak is its 33-0 advantage over Cal.

Pepperdine "Waves"

Current Ranking: Received Votes in AVCA/USA Today poll

1998 Record: 16-9 Overall; 10-3 WCC

Series History: UCLA leads 40-5

Most Recent: The two teams faced off twice last season, with the Bruins taking both matches. UCLA beat Pepperdine 3-1 at the Banker's Classic and 3-1 a week later in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Santa Barbara.

Notable: The Bruins are 26-1 against the Waves since 1980.

"Fan of the Game" At Home Matches
The most spirited fan at each home match will receive a "Fan of the Game" prize. Dominoes Pizza and Big 5 Sporting Goods are rotating sponsorship of the promotion. A $25 gift certificate to Big 5 or volleyball autographed by the 1998 UCLA women's volleyball team will be given away by Big 5 while Dominoes delivers hot pizza to the most spirited fan. Of the remaining home matches, Stanford is sponsored by Dominoes, while Cal and Pepperdine are by Big 5.

Streaking Bruins
Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country has advantages and disadvantages, for the Bruins this has led to streaks of two different kinds. UCLA opened the season with six straight losses, five against teams ranked in the top-15 at match time. The Bruins' youth played a major factor in that poor start, but the team has shown consistent improvement and has now become one of the hottest teams in the nation. UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 matches, including sweeps in five of those outings against Pac-10 foes and is ranked No. 16.

UCLA Stabilizes In National Polls
The Bruins stabilized in the No. 16 slot in the AVCA/USA Today national poll after improving four slots last week. Ranked No. 16 last week, UCLA posted a pair of 3-1 wins over vote getter Washington State, then repeated that with a 3- 0 win over Washington. UCLA remained No. 16 in the coaches' poll and at No. 18 in the Volleyball magazine rankings.

Prior to the start of the season, UCLA was ranked No. 18 by the coaches and No. 14 by Volleyball. The Bruins remained in the AVCA rankings for a week before falling out, then reappeared on Oct. 19 after posting an impressive upset of then-No. 4 UCSB. UCLA was ranked by both the AVCA (23) and Volleyball (20) on Oct. 26 for its first appearance in both polls since the preseason. Oddly, the Bruins fell out of the magazine poll last week, yet climbed to No. 20 in the coaches poll.

Brief Bruin Overview
This year's theme of "Winning Hand In Hand" builds on the foundation of excellence which is second to none. The UCLA women's volleyball program is joining hands in a quest to bring home its seventh national title. The 1998 Bruins combine nine newcomers, including the second ranked recruiting class in the nation, with nine returners, including a pair of redshirts from last year. This year's squad is extremely young with six sophomores, one junior and only two seniors. Three freshman received the starting nod in the season opener at Hawaii and six have already made significant contributions. Co-captains for the season are Chaska Potter and Elisabeth Bachman.

Pac-10 Conference Standings

School,            Pac-10/ Overall
Stanford,           16-0/   23-2
USC,                14-2/   19-4
UCLA,               12-4/  13-10
Arizona,            10-6/   19-6
Washington State,    8-8/  11-11
Arizona State,       7-9/  10-13
Washington,         6-10/   7-13
California,         3-13/   7-20
Oregon,             3-14/   8-20
Oregon State,       2-15/  12-16
Bruins In The Statistical Rankings
Category,       Player, Pac-10, Pace
Hitting Pct.,   Bachman, 3rd,    .380
Assists,        Selsor,  2nd,  14.00
Blocks,         Bachman, 3rd,   1.58
Kills,          Porter,  2nd,   5.31
Kills,          Bowles,  5th,   4.56
Service Aces,   Bowles,  7th,   0.31
Digs,           Bowles, 10th,   2.72
Bruins in the Rankings .
Week          AVCA/USA Today  VB magazine
Preseason           18             14
Week 1 (9/8)        20             NR
Week 2 (9/15)       RV             NR  
Week 3 (9/22)       NR             NR  
Week 4 (9/28)       NR             NR
Week 5 (10/5)       RV             NR  
Week 6 (10/12)      NR             NR
Week 7 (10/19)      25             NR
Week 8 (10/26)      23             20   
Week 9 (11/2)       20             NR
Week 10 (11/9)      16             18
Week 11 (11/16)     16             18

Check Out The Power Ratings
According to the latest AVCA/Sagarin Ratings, which determine a team's ranking using a combination of win-loss record, strength of schedule, and record vs. top 25 and 64 teams, UCLA is ranked No. 23 in the nation with an overall power rating of 90.88. Most impressive is the fact that the youthful Bruins' schedule is now ranked as the second toughest in all of NCAA Division I women's volleyball. UCLA's schedule has featured matches against nine top 25 teams, including No. 1 Penn State in a string of five top-15 teams to open the season and a win over No. 4 UCSB.

Individuals Among The Best . Freshman sensation Kristee Porter has brought her statistics to a new level. Last week she climbed to No. 9 in the national rankings. She has now improved her kill average to 5.31 per game and is listed second among Pac-10 leaders. Close behind Porter is classmate Ashley Bowles with a 4.56 kills average which is fifth in the conference. Bowles broke into the conference leader list in both aces (7th / 0.31 sapg) and digs (10th / 2.72 dpg) this week.

Sophomore middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman has also climbed to new heights as she was listed No. 20 in the nation for blocking. She improved her blocking average to 1.58 per game which puts her third in the Pac-10. She is also listed third in the league in hitting percentage at .380. Rookie setter Erika Selsor was listed No. 16 in the nation last week. She moved her assist average to 14.00 per game this week which is second in the Pac-10.

Youth Movement .
One half of the 18-player UCLA roster is made up of freshman (including the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation) and six more are sophomores. Needless to say the starting lineup is dominated by underclassmen. In fact all three of the Bruins upperclassmen have been hampered by injuries thus far. Seven rookies have already seen action and five have earned starts, including three mainstays (Erika Selsor, Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter) who have played every game. Although several people have seen action in the opposite hitter slot, the remainder of the starting rotation belongs to a trio of sophomores. Elisabeth Bachman and Amy Nihipali have owned the starting nods inside while defensive specialist Michelle Quon has shared the rotation.

Seniors Key Turn Around .
A major factor in the Bruins recent success is the return of both seniors to the lineup. Co-captain and fourth-year Bruin Chaska Potter returned to the starting rotation at Arizona as the opposite hitter, while second-year Bruin Mandi Lawson returned as a defensive specialist in the same match. The Bruins lost at Arizona in five games and went on a six-match win streak after that. Potter had been hampered by a shoulder injury, while Lawson had a pulled muscle.

Rookie Report, Three Freshmen Start . Starting setter Erika Selsor is averaging 14.00 assists per game, which is the second highest average in the conference. Starting outside hitter Kristee Porter leads the team with 467 kills and ranks second in the conference and among the national leaders with a 5.31 per game average. Also a starting outside hitter Ashley Bowles is right behind with 401 total kills and a 4.56 average (5th in Pac-10). Bowles also leads the team with 239 total digs for a 2.72 per game average which lists 10th in the Pac-10.

Angela Eckmier has seen significant action (26 of 88 games) in the opposite slot and earned the starting nod in Chicago. Lauren Hogan started the first two home matches. Taylor Rodger and Danielle Ryba have also seen action.

Building Blocks . Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman reached double figures in blocks for the first time when she posted a new career-high 12 blocks (two solo, 10 assisted) at Washington on Nov. 15. Bachman's previous high of nine had been set then equalled four more times this season, including in the three consecutive matches. Bachman has put down at east five blocks in 15 matches and leads the team with 139 total and 31 solo blocks. She currently ranks third in the Pac-10 and was last 20th in the nation with a per game blocking average of 1.58.

Fellow sophomore Amy Nihipali put down three solo blocks in three straight matches and had four at Cal. She is behind Bachman with 22 solo blocks, 16 of those coming during Pac-10 matches. She tied her career-high by registering eight blocks (3 BS, 5 BA) at Arizona State and matched that (1 BS, 7 BA) at home against ASU. Nihipali has posted at least five blocks in eight matches this season.

Coach Banachowski . A great teacher of the game, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski achieved one of the highest honors possible when he became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the national Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach last year. Now in his 32nd season guiding the Bruins, Banachowski is not only the owner of more victories than any other NCAA Division I women's coach, but also mentor to numerous individual success stories during and after college. He has led the Bruins to six national championships, top-four national finishes in 20 of the last 27 years and compiled 30 or more victories in seven of the last 10 seasons.

Bruin Sidelines

  • Sophomore outside hitter Celeste Peterson underwent knee surgery during the spring and will redshirt this season.
  • Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg underwent surgery to her right shoulder on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and will be out for the remainder of the season. Wittenberg has already utilized her redshirt year.
  • Rookie Taylor Rodger missed the Chicago and Bay Area trips due to a strained muscle, then suffered a sprained ankle which caused her to miss further action. Her return date is not yet determined, but could be in the next week or two.
  • Junior Tamika Johnson has been slowed by injuries all season and missed the Arizona trip with the flu. She has been cleared to return, but must now contend for playing time.
  • Senior outside hitter Chaska Potter saw limited action due to a shoulder injury until the trip to Arizona when she was cleared for full action. She has started every match since, and is a key in the Bruins recent turn around.

    Elite Performances Freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter gave Bruin fans a night to remember when she drilled 38 kills and recorded 24 digs in leading UCLA to a come-from- behind five-game win over No. 4 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14. Porter's kill total is the second highest in UCLA history, just five shy of the 43 posted by Natalie Williams against Hawaii in 1991. Porter is the first freshman in Bruin history to drill 30-plus kills. In addition, Porter joined a very elite group as she became the first rookie and only the fifth player in UCLA history to notch 30- kills and 20-digs in the same match. Other members of the 30-20 club are Liz Masakayan (three times), Jenny Evans, Elaine Youngs and Kara Milling. She became only the eighth player in UCLA history to reach the 30-kill milestone.

    Not about to let up, Porter etched her name onto the 30-plus kill list for the second time on Oct. 30 when she drilled 36 kills in the Bruins' 2-3 loss to No. 11 USC. This is the fifth highest kill total in UCLA history and makes Porter only the fifth Bruin to have multiple entries in this prestigious club. The latest editions to the UCLA elite performance club occurred at Washington on Nov. 15 by freshman Ashley Bowles and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman . Bowles became only the second UCLA rookie in history to surpass the 30-kill mark in a single match when she drilled 35 against the Huskies. Bachman joined the 12& Over Blocks Club, when she put down two solo and 10 assisted in the match.

    Rookie setter Erika Selsor etched her name deep in the UCLA all-time leaders lists when she provided 88 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14. With this accomplishment, Selsor became the first freshman in UCLA history to have over 80 assists in a single match and put her name third on the all-time best list behind only Holly McPeak's outings of 97 and 95 during the 1990 season.

    Selsor also became only the seventh player in UCLA history to notch 70-plus assists in a single match when she tallied 70 at Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 20. She then equalled that feat against Oregon on Oct. 25, again finishing with 70. Unlike the match with Oregon State, the Stanford meeting was a four-game match and that has only happened six times in the total of 22 matches with 70-plus assists by a Bruin. Selsor made her fourth entry in the 70-plus club when she provided 73 assists in the Bruins 2-3 loss to USC on Oct. 30.

    Double Dips
    One of the hottest players on the court, freshman Kristee Porter has notched 20-plus kills in 13 of the last 17 matches and has reached double-figures in 19 consecutive outings. Porter recorded her fifth double-double in incredible fashion as she registered 38 kills and 24 digs against UCSB on Oct. 14 to become the first freshman and only the fifth player in UCLA history to record 30-kills and 20-digs in the same match. She has nine double-doubles on the season.

    Porter continued to write her name in the record book as she registered 30- plus kills for the second time with 36 against USC on Oct. 30. Earlier in the season she fell just shy of the 30-kill and 20-20 clubs with 29 kills and 18 digs at Stanford. She came up just short of the three-game match record against Arizona when she put away 28 kills in the sweep.

    Coming on strong enough to earn the latest Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, fellow rookie Ashley Bowles is the latest member of the 30-plus kill club. She was the first Bruin to register double figures in kills when she notched 21 against Ohio State. Bowles has also posted double figure kills in the last 19 matches, including nine 20-plus efforts. She has a total of 20 double-dips thus far and owns 12 double-doubles. Bowles also came close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills /18 digs at Stanford and 20k/17d vs. Washington.

    Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in 15 matches, including the last 10 outings. Her career total in this category is now 26. She fell just shy of a triple-double vs. Oregon (9/25) when she registered nines in kills, digs and blocks and again at Washington with 16 kills, nine digs and 12 blocks. Bachman posted a career-high 24 kills against UCSB and equalled that mark against USC. Sophomore middle blocker Amy Nihipali reached double figures in kills twice and has four career double-digit outings.

    Senior specialist Mandi Lawson reached double-figures in digs for the first four times in her career this season. She notched 11 at Santa Clara , 12 at Stanford, 13 vs. UCSB and 12 against USC. Fellow specialist, sophomore Michelle Quon improved her career-high with 16 digs at Oregon and has reached double figures in digs eight times this season. Setter Erika Selsor has registered seven double-figure dig matches, including a career-high 17 against USC. Senior Chaska Potter has double-digit digs in eight matches this season, including a career-high 25 digs against UCSB and 20 in the latest action at Washington. Rookie Angela Eckmier notched her career-high 12 digs at Santa Clara.

    Bruin Honors:

    Bowles Named All-Tournament in Hawaii
    Earning All-Tournament honors in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High) is already establishing herself as a force in the UCLA lineup and in the nation. Bowles was impressive in each outing during the weekend, and posted her best numbers (21 kills, .395, 9 digs) in UCLA's 2-3 loss to Ohio State. She hit .299 and totaled 39 kills for a team- high 3.55 kills per game and added 19 digs over the weekend en route to the honor.

    Porter Named Pac-10 & AVCA National Player of the Week .
    UCLA freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, Texas) was named the Pac-10 Conference and AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 19, after helping lead UCLA to three victories, including an upset of No. 4 ranked UCSB. For the week, Porter hit .321 and recorded 80 kills, 39 digs, five blocks and four aces. She averaged 6.67 kills, 3.25 digs and .42 blocks per game in 12 games played. Against the Gauchos, Porter tallied career-highs with 38 kills and 24 digs to go along with two blocks an ace and a .412 hitting percentage. She had 22 kills, six digs, two blocks and a .279 hitting percentage in a four- game victory over Washington, and finished the week with 20 kills, nine digs and three aces in a three-game win over Washington State.

    Her 38 kills against UC Santa Barbara is the second highest single-match total at UCLA, just five shy of four-time AVCA All-American Natalie Williams' record of 43 set in 1991. She also posted 24 digs against UCSB to become the first freshman and only the fifth player ever in UCLA history to record over 30 kills and 20 digs in the same match.

    Porter becomes just the second freshman to earn AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honors. Stanford junior Kerri Walsh is the only other rookie to earn the honor.

    Porter Named UCLA Athlete of the Month
    Freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, Texas) was selected the UCLA Female Athlete of the Month for Sept. - Oct. after getting her collegiate career off to a fantastic start. Porter received the honor along with Male Athlete of the Month honoree Cade McNown, the Bruins' Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback on the highly ranked football team, during Basketball Preview Day on Sunday, Nov. 8.

    Bachman Named Pac-10 Player of the Week .
    Sophomore middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman, from Lakeville, MN, became the second Bruin this season to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors as she helped lead UCLA to a pair of Pac-10 sweeps with victories over Arizona State and Arizona. Rookie Kristee Porter claimed the award just three weeks ago and also garnered the national honor. This is this first Pac-10 POW honor for Bachman and the 37th time a UCLA player has claimed the award.

    Bachman hit .509 for the week with 29 kills (4.83 kpg) and nine blocks (1.5 bpg) in the two sweeps. In the win over ASU, Bachman hit .370 with 12 kills and seven blocks, including three solo. She was near perfect against Arizona as she drilled 17 kills without an error in 26 attempts for an impressive .654 attack percentage and added two blocks. Bachman also recorded the 500th kill of her career and has now hit above .350 in each of the last nine matches.

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