Bruins Ready For Top-Ranked Trojans

Oct. 15, 2002

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    It's UCLA-USC week, and the Bruins will travel to the Lyon Center on the USC campus this Friday to face the top-ranked team in both polls. Friday's match will be the first Lexus Gauntlet contest of the 2002 women's volleyball season, and marks the end of the first half of the Pac-10 schedule.

    UCLA Downs Oregon Schools, Moves to Third in Pac-10

    The Bruins swept the Oregon schools last weekend in Pauley Pavilion, turning in a 35-33, 30-22, 30-18 win over Oregon State on Thursday, followed by a 30-28, 30-24, 30-20 win over Oregon on Friday night. Both the Beavers and the Ducks hit .000 as a team in the third and final game of the match. Sophomore Brynn Murphy led the Bruins offensively for the week, downing 24 kills and a 4.00 kills per-game average. She hit .488 for the week to go along with eight blocks for a 1.33 per-game average. Murphy hit .522 against the Beavers on Thursday, downing a match-high 13 kills on 23 attempts. She followed with a .444 attack percentage on Friday against the Ducks.

    UCLA vs. USC

    UCLA leads the all-time series against USC by a 50-38 margin, including a 17-12 record on USC's campus. Last season, USC swept both meetings with a 3-0 win in the Lyon Center on Sept. 21 and a 25-30, 28-30, 30-12, 30-22, 15-11 win in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 19.

    The Lexus Gauntlet

    Friday's match will be the first women's volleyball contest in the year-long Lexus Gauntlet Trophy competition. The Lexus Gauntlet Trophy will be awarded to the institution that wins the most head-to-head competitions in all sports between the schools. Currently the Bruins lead the Trojans in the Lexus Gauntlet standings, having won two of three meetings in men's water polo this season. For more information on the Trophy, go to

    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 931-227 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

    Next Week for the Bruins

    UCLA travels to Washington and Washington State next week for a pair of Pac-10 matches. On Friday night, the Bruins will face Washington State at 7 pm for a match that will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net. UCLA will then travel to Seattle for a Saturday match at Washington.

    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)
    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