Sept. 27, 2000
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this week, facing off against Oregon State and Oregon. UCLA is coming off of a successful weekend in the Bay Area, defeating Cal and Stanford to remain undefeated in Pac-10 play.
UCLA holds all-time series leads against both Oregon and Oregon State, with the Beavers checking in as one of two Pac-10 teams that the Bruins have never lost to (Cal is the other school). UCLA's all-time record against Oregon State is 27-0, while UCLA is 31-1 all-time against the Ducks.
Bachman Reaches Two Milestones in Bay Area Sweep
Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman posted two career milestones in Friday's 3-1 win over Cal, posting her 1,000th career kill and 500th career block in the same match. Bachman posted the milestone kill on the third rally of the match and earned her ninth block of the game and 500th of her career on the next-to-last rally of the fourth and final game. Bachman is the fourth Bruin and 14th Pac-10 player to achieve both milestones. Also notable in the win over Cal was the performance of sophomore Lauren Fendrick, who had seven aces in the match, a new UCLA record for a four-game match.
On Saturday evening, the Bruins headed southward to face off against Stanford, and earned their first victory in Maples Pavilion since a 3-2 victory to end the 1995 Pac-10 regular season. The last time UCLA swept Stanford in Maples was in the 1991 NCAA Regional Final with a 15-2, 15-12, 16-14 win en route to UCLA's most recent NCAA title. Kristee Porter was the Bruins prime-time performer on Saturday, as she had 26 kills on 43 attacks with just five errors for a .488 attack percentage in the match.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 34th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Oct. 24, 1997, he was the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, and was the first women's coach in history to record 800 career wins (882-207, .810). Additionally, Banachowski was honored with USA Volleyball's "All-Time Great Coach" award last May in Columbus, OH. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
National Player of the Year candidate Kristee Porter opened the 2000 season by becoming the first player this year to record 30 kills in a match, and has now accomplished the feat twice, against Penn State (Aug. 25) and vs. Texas A&M (Sept. 3) ??The Texas A&M match was Porter's 10th career 30-kill match, a 33-kill performance that set a new UCLA record for kills in a four-game match Porter leads the Pac-10 with 263 kills, good for a 5.84 per-game average She also ranks fifth in the current NCAA standings with that average With 10 career 30-kill matches, Porter easily outdistances Natalie Williams and Liz Masakayan (seven each) for the Pac-10 and UCLA career lead in that category Porter was named All-Tournament three straight weekends during the Bruins pre-conference schedule, including MVP honors at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over the Labor Day weekend She also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after that tournament on Sept. 5, following the Hawaiian Airlines Classic Porter now has three total Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, one during each year of her Bruin career.
Porter's Career Numbers
Last year, Kristee Porter became the second-fastest person in NCAA history and 16th Bruin to record 1,000 career kills, doing so in her 50th career match. Her 1,461 kills is ninth-best in Bruin history and is tops among the Pac-10's active players. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
Westwood's "Wiz": Elisabeth Bachman
Senior middle blocker Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman posted two career milestones on Friday evening in Berkeley, earning her 1,000th career kill on the third rally of UCLA's 3-1 win over Cal, and stuffed her 500th career block on the next-to-last rally of the same match. Bachman is the fourth player in UCLA history and 14th in Pac-10 history to record both 1,000 kills and 500 total blocks in her career, and currently has 1,019 kills and 504 career total blocks. The other three Bruins to have accomplished that feat are Davia Tomkus, Kim Krull and the Pac-10's Athlete of the Decade, Natalie Williams. Bachman earned her nickname of "Wiz" at the age of two, when a childhood friend couldn't pronounce an "L", turning "Liz" into "Wiz." For more information on All-America candidate Wiz Bachman, please refer to pages 14-15 of the UCLA media guide.
Setting Everyone Up
Junior setter Erika Selsor currently ranks third on UCLA's all-time career list with 3,650 to her credit. That number is also tops among the Pac-10's active setters. Selsor currently ranks 12th in the NCAA standings with 13.76 assists/game. With 72 assists at Arizona on Oct. 22, 1999, Selsor set a new UCLA standard with her seventh career match with 70 assists or more, breaking the previous record held by Ann Boyer (1985-88) and Selsor's predecessor, Kim Coleman (1994-97). Since then, she has upped that total to nine, most recently with a 70-assist performance against Texas A&M on Sept. 3. Selsor was named to the All-Tournament Team at the State Farm Women's Volleyball Classic.
Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
Seven of UCLA's 12 opponents this season have hit below .200, with Texas A&M (.215) and Hawaii (.203) barely breaking the Mendoza line. Washington checked out at -.010, while Washington State hit .101 for the match in the first weekend of Pac-10 play. In matches against the top-four teams in the Sept. 18 AVCA poll, the Bruins held No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Hawaii, No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 Nebraska to a combined .219 attack percentage. Following UCLA's Sept. 10 match against the Cornhuskers, those four teams were averaging an attack percentage of .322 for their 2000 seasons. In 1999, UCLA held 25 of its 32 opponents (including the opponents in 15 of 18 Pac-10 matches) under .200, and 13 teams were held under .100.
UCLA Faces Nine Ranked Teams in Five Weekends
Considering both mileage traveled and the teams being played, the Bruins could very well have the nation's toughest schedule in 2000. The only team in the AVCA/USA Today top-eight that UCLA does not play is No. 6 Minnesota. Eight of UCLA's first 10 matches were against top-25 teams. Stanford, UCLA's opponent last weekend, took \ the number of ranked opponents to start the season to nine of 12. UCLA has already played the top-four teams in the current AVCA poll. Penn State was ranked No. 2 at the time of the Nittany Lions match with UCLA.
UCLA's academic schedule is on a quarter system, therefore the Bruins do not begin classes until Thursday, Sept. 28. UCLA had already finalized its 2000 schedule when the Bruins were invited to the State Farm Women's Volleyball Classic, adding the nation's premier tournament to the team's pre-conference schedule.
Many Bruins continue to move up on the school's career lists. Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is now ranked in all three of UCLA's career block categories with 99 block solos (t3rd), 405 block assists (5th) and 504 total blocks (5th), and ranks at the top of the list among active Pac-10 players in total blocks. Ashley Bowles will be the next Bruin in line for 1,000 career kills, as she begins this week with a career total of 980 kills. With 3,650 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor leads the Pac-10 list of active setters, and is third-best in Bruin history.
Five of UCLA's seven freshmen have now seen match action this season. Redshirt freshman Ella Harley stepped in to UCLA's second middle blocker spot when Angela Eckmier was lost for the year with a torn ACL. Harley has done an admirable job stepping into that role, ranking second on the team with 0.79 blocks/game.
In the back row, Stacey Lee and Alyssa Rylander have shared the defensive specialist role opposite senior Michelle Quon, with Lee playing in 33 games and averaging 2.18 digs/game with eight aces, and Rylander posting one ace to go along with 1.59 digs/game.
Other freshmen seeing court time include Krystal McFarland, who has subbed for both Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick in various situations. Cira Wright has subbed in as a front-row defensive replacement for Selsor, and has racked up nine blocks in 13 games played.
Bruins Lose Eckmier to Torn ACL
Junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier suffered a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee on Monday, Aug. 14, while the team was in Mammoth, CA, for pre-season double day workouts. She will be lost to the Bruins for all of the 2000 season. Eckmier had surgery on the knee on Sept. 7.
Criss-Crossing the Country
If you think that Presidential Candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore are logging a lot of miles on the campaign trail, just take a look at the Bruins schedule during the first month of the season.
UCLA departed Westwood on Aug. 23 for Gainesville, FL (round-trip of approx. 4,850 miles) before heading to Honolulu for the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic (round-trip: 5,100 miles) and going back east for the Adidas Invitational in South Bend, IN (round-trip: 4,190 miles). The month concluded with a Pac-10 road trip to the Bay Area schools, a comparitively miniscule 760 mile round-trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Along the way, UCLA faced off against eight teams away from Pauley Pavilion that appeared in either poll at match time.
Total mileage for the Bruins between the start of the season and Oct. 1? Approximately 14,900 miles.
Bruins Top Pac-10 Preseason Poll
In a vote of the Pac-10's coaches, the Bruins were chosen as the preseason favorite to take home the Pac-10 crown. UCLA earned all nine possible votes, as coaches are not allowed to include their own team on their preseason ballot. UCLA topped the poll with 90 points and nine first-place votes, followed by Stanford (78 points, one first place vote), USC (74), Arizona (70), Arizona State (56), Cal (42), Washington State (39), Oregon State (38), Washington (35) and Oregon (18). UCLA has not captured an outright Pac-10 women's volleyball title since the 1993 season, although the Bruins did share the 1999 title with Stanford.