Oct. 31, 2001
A three-match week is in store for the Bruin women's volleyball team, with Tuesday's match at Pepperdine (rescheduled from Nov. 20 due to the Sept. 11 tragedies) followed by Pac-10 contests against Washington State and Washington at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA has already faced and defeated all three teams this season with a 3-0 win over the Waves on Sept. 8 in Lincoln, NE, and wins at Washington (3-1) and WSU on Oct. 4-5. The Bruins hold all-time series advantages against all three schools with a 44-6 record against Peperdine, a 25-6 mark against WSU and a 34-5 advantage over the Huskies.
Bruins Split in the Desert
The Bruins played two 90-minute matches last week in Arizona, posting a 3-0 win over Arizona State before falling to Arizona 3-0. Both Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick posted solid performances on the trip, both averaging over 5.00 kills per game for the weekend. On Thursday against the Sun Devils, Fendrick led the way with a .370 attack percentage and 18 kills, followed by Bowles with 17 kills. The pair had 16 kills apiece on Friday in Tucson, with Bowles hitting .323 for the match. Erika Selsor recorded a total of 79 assists, leaving her just 64 shy of the Bruin career record.
Last Time Against Washington/Washington State
On Oct. 4 in Seattle, Bruin senior Kristee Porter recorded the 2,116th kill of her career, becoming the Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder. In addition, the Bruins turned in several impressive individual performances in the 3-1 win over the Huskies. Bowles hit .371 with 19 kills, 10 digs and six blocks (1 BS, 5 BA), while Fendrick had 11 kills with a .333 attack percentage. Junior Angela Eckmier had a career-high 11 blocks (2 BS, 9 BA), participating in 11 of the team's 15 blocks on the evening. The next night against Washington State, it was more of the same, as Porter and Fendrick tied with a match-high 13 kills while Fendrick double-doubled with a match-high 16 digs. Eckmier once again had an impressive match, stuffing seven blocks (2 BS, 5 BA) while downing 10 kills on an error-free 15 attacks for a career-high .667 attack percentage.
Last Time Against Pepperdine
Ashley Bowles recorded her 1,000th carer dig in UCLA's 3-0 win over Pepperdine on Sept. 8 at the US Bank/Arby's Classic, where the Bruins posted a 2-1 mark, losing to host Nebraska. In UCLA's win over the Waves, the Bruins hit .398 for the match as a team, headlined by a 20 kill, .741 attack percentage performance by Porter, the first error-free match of her stellar Bruin career.
Bruins Await NCAA Decision on Porter's Eligibility
As of Wednesday, October 24, UCLA has not yet received a decision from the NCAA regarding the eligibility of senior outside hitter Kristee Porter. Porter was declared ineligible by UCLA last Friday after UCLA became aware of the possibility that Porter inadvertently accepted what would be considered by the NCAA as "extra benefits." She has missed UCLA's last three matches.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
Now in his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1 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 last March. 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 909-217 (.807), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
Selsor Nears UCLA Career Assists Record
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor, who enters the Arizona series with 5,604 assists, has already set one record and is closing in on another one, needing 64 assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5,667). On Oct. 12 against California, Selsor surpassed Holly McPeak's 5,421 career assists (Cal 1987-89/UCLA 1990) to take over the Pac-10 career record. On Sun., Sept. 2, against then-No. 5 Hawai'i, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists, Boyer's first season at UCLA was prior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is 4,840. Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or more assists with three matches in the 80s, including an 89-assist performance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at Pauley Pavilion against Michigan State. That was the third-highest single-match assist total in school history.
Bowles Ranked in UCLA Top-10 in Four Categories
The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team in history, senior opposite hitter Ashley Bowles became the seventh player in UCLA history to record both 1,000 career kills and digs, and the fifth Bruin to add 100 aces to that tandem when she recorded the milestone dig on Sept. 8 vs. Pepperdine. Additionally, Bowles has the highest career service aces total among the 2001 Bruins, reaching the 100 career aces milestone in UCLA's season opener on Aug. 31 against Michigan. Last season, she became the 18th Bruin to reach 1,000 career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion. She currently has 1,476 kills (10th UCLA history), 1,123 digs (6th), 3,741 total attacks (5th) and 127 aces (t7th) for her Bruin career. A "jack of all trades," Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and can set for the Bruins if need be. This season, Bowles has set for UCLA for portions of every match, when Bruin setter Erika Selsor is subbed out for a defensive replacement.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, and Bowles and Selsor have not missed a match in their Bruin career. Despite the humble beginnings of an 0-6 start to their freshman campaign in 1998, this trio has gone on to play in two NCAA Regional Finals (1999, losing to eventual NCAA Champion Penn State, and losing to NCAA Runner-Up Wisconsin in 2000), and have rewritten nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has already set the Pac-10 assist record and is closing in on the UCLA mark. Bowles has joined an elite group of players that compiled 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 100 service aces during their careers, while Porter is the first Pac-10 player in history with 2,000+ kills and 1,000+ digs. The trio has a career UCLA record of 80-29 (.734), and a 64-17 (.790) mark since the end of their freshman year.
Eckmier Stuffs Way to Top of Pac-10 Blocks List
Redshirt junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier started her first career matches at this year's Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and has earned a spot at the top of the Pac-10 blocks per game list. Eckmier posted two outstanding blocking matches the last time the Bruins faced the Washington schools, with 11 blocks against Washington and seven against Washington State. Eckmier is currently second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game with a 1.42 per-game average. Oct. 5 (at WSU) was the second seven-block performance of the season for Eckmier, who reached that previous career-high on Sept. 2 at then-No. 5 Hawai'i.
Fendrick Finds Success on Outside
Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick has turned in consistently stellar performances this season, earning All-Tournament honors at both the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic and the US Bank/Arby's Classic tournaments. Fendrick finished the 2000 season with a career match in the NCAA Regional Final against Wisconsin, and currently leads the Bruins with a .324 attack percentage, and trails only Porter in kills per game (3.98). Fendrick is currently ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in kills per game and eighth in points per game with 4.42. This season, she has already tied her career-high of 24 kills, recording that mark on Sept. 1 vs. Kansas State, a match in which she hit over .400 (.404 on 24k-5e-47ta).
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter became the UCLA and Pac-10 record holder for career kills when she downed her 2,116th career kill on Oct. 4 at Washington in game two of the match against the Huskies ...On Oct. 11, she posted the first 30-kill performance in the Pac-10 this season, reaching that milestone against No. 4 Stanford ...She recorded her 2,000th career kill on Sept. 2 in UCLA's 3-0 victory over then-No. 5 Hawai'i while averaging 6.22 kills per game for the tournament ...At the US Bank/Arby's Classic, she became the first Pac-10 player and second Bruin to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs ...The 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, Porter holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 18 ...That triples the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams (1989-92) ...Last season, Porter downed 741 kills, a new UCLA and Pac-10 record en route to earning first-team AVCA All-American honors ...A three-sport athlete at UCLA, Porter also played basketball and triple jumped for the Pac-10 champion Bruin track and field team ...In the cage, Porter was second in the Pac-10 in rebounding with an 8.1 per-game average, and ranked third in the Pac-10 and 28th in the NCAA standings with 1.8 blocked shots per game ...On the track, Porter was third in the triple jump at the Pac-10 Championship, with a mark of 40-11.75 as UCLA won its fifth-straight Pac-10 title.
Porter's Career Stats
2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (9th UCLA history), 50 solo blocks, 205 block assists, 255 total blocks, 97 service aces. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
The three true freshmen that saw playing time at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend got their Bruin careers off to a very quick start. On the first rally of their collegiate careers, Chrissie Zartman served an ace to start the match against Michigan, Brynn Murphy recorded a solo block, and Heather Cullen downed a kill. Brittany Ringel opened her Bruin career on Sept. 7 against Notre Dame, recording two kills on three swings with a dig. Currently, Zartman is eighth in the Pac-10 with a 0.37 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.62 blocks/game. Cullen has played in 18 games and started the first match of her Bruin career on Oct. 19 against USC, while Ringel has seen action in 21 games over 11 matches. Ringel earned the first start of her Bruin career on Oct. 4, against Washington.