Bruins Coming Off Big Wins Over No. 6 Stanford, Cal

Oct. 11, 1999

vs. USC, at Oregon/Oregon State - Oct. 13, 15-16, 1999 - Pauley, Eugene/Corvallis, Ore.

Fresh off of a 2-0 week that included wins over sixth-ranked Stanford and a 3-0 victory over Cal, the Bruins (14-1, 6-0 Pac-10) now have a three-match week, playing host to USC (9-4, 4-2 Pac-10) before traveling to Eugene and Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon (6-10, 0-7 Pac-10) and Oregon State (8-7, 2-5 Pac-10).

USC swept last season's series over the Bruins, winning 3-1 at USC and 3-2 at Pauley. The Ducks are looking for their first Pac-10 win of the year and are currently on a 10-match slide, while Oregon State is one of two Pac-10 foes that have never defeated UCLA in women's volleyball (Cal is the other school).

Bruins Down Cardinal for First Time Since 1994, Defeat Cal

In a battle of two top-10 teams on Thursday evening at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA earned a 3-1 victory over then-No. 6 Stanford, 3-1. The match, which had game scores of 15-8, 15-9, 9-15, 15-3, marked the first time the Bruins had earned a win over the Cardinal since the 1994 season, the year UCLA last appeared in the NCAA Championship match. The Bruins out-blocked Stanford by a 12-5 margin, led by junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman (2BS/6BA) and senior middle Tamika Johnson (1BS/3BA). Also notable was Kristee Porter's match-high 21 kills and 12 digs from sophomore opposite hitter Ashley Bowles.

The following night, the Bruins needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Cal, winning 15-2, 15-11, 15-7. Bowles was the only player in the match to notch double-figure kills with 11, hitting .450 in the process. Bachman was once again impressive, with four blocks (1BS/3BA), to go along with eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage. The Bears, who have never defeated the UCLA womens' volleyball team, hit just .067 as a team.

Porter Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

A match-high 21 kills in UCLA's 3-1 victory over then-No. 6 Stanford helped sophomore outside hitter Kristee Porter to Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Oct. 11. Porter, who earned AVCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors once last season, totalled 30 kills, three assists, two aces, 13 digs and six block assists in the Stanford and Cal matches. Despite averaging 4.29 kills per game, well below her season average of 5.16/game, Porter hit .365 on the weekend.

Head Coach Andy Banachowski

In his 33rd season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On October 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 (859-201, 33rd year). The only other collegiate volleyball coach, men's or women's, with more career wins than Banachowski is UCLA men's coach Al Scates, who notched career victory number 900 during the 1997 season. Banachowski played under Scates at UCLA and also got his start in coaching with Scates. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

Middle Blockers Continue Solid Play

Three of UCLA's middle blockers, Elisabeth Bachman, Tamika Johnson and Amy Nihipali, are averaging over one block per game for the '99 season. Bachman leads the way with 64 blocks for a 1.36 per-game average, followed by Johnson (48, 1.20/game) and Nihipali (23, 1.28). As a group, they are hitting .356 (267K-69E-556TA), and have combined for 37 digs with limited back-row action.

Despite limited defensive drills in practice and no regular match time in the back row, UCLA's middle blockers have performed admirably when placed in that situation. Against Arizona on Sept. 24, Johnson and Bachman both saw back-row time, contributing six digs, and Bachman served out the last two points of the second game.

A Blocking "Wiz"

Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman needs just one more block assist to reach 300 on her career. Six more BA's will tie her for 10th on UCLA's all-time list with Ann Boyer (305 from 1985-88). She already ranks eighth in UCLA history with 71 career block solos and ninth with 370 total career blocks.

Bachman is second on the Pac-10's list of active career leaders with 370 blocks, 31 behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh, while Bruin teammates Nihipali (268, 6th) and Johnson (213, 9th) also appear on the conference blocks list. Johnson continues to lead the league in hitting percentage, connecting at a .385 percentage, while Bachman is sixth at .348. In the most recent available NCAA Statistics (updated 10/5), Johnson ranks 10th in the nation with a .403 hitting percentage. Among Pac-10 players, Bachman ranks second in blocks with a 1.36 per-game average.

Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out

When Stanford finished its Oct. 7 match against the Bruins with a .178 team hitting percentage and Cal hit just .067 the following night, UCLA continued a remarkable streak. Since the team's first weekend of play, the Bruins have held every opponent to a team hitting percentage under .200. Twice, against Idaho State at the Pioneer Classic and on Oct. 1 at Washington State, opposing teams have finished the match with a negative team hitting percentage. In all, the Bruins have held 13 of 15 opponents (including all six Pac-10 foes) under .200, and seven teams have been held under .100. Only Minnesota (.237) and Hawaii (.240) have hit above .200 against the 1999 Bruins.

Freshmen Fendrick and Millichap Continue to Shine

Two of UCLA's three freshman have consistently seen significant playing time throughout the 1999 season. Lauren Fendrick has played consistently on the outside, and Stacy Millichap is a constant as a back-row sub. Both have continued in their full-time roles, with Millichap remaining one of only three Bruins to have played in all 51 of the team's games.

Bowles Playing Double Role

Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent the last several matches at opposite hitter, and has spent time setting at the end of several matches. A setter at the high school and club level, Bowles has not had a problem handling the Bruin offense with Erika Selsor out of the match, and her presence at opposite has given Banachowski added offensive options for this squad.

Porter Points

Kristee Porter has 258 kills through 15 matches, 91 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) ... Porter's 31 kills at Hawaii is still the top total by a Pac-10 player this season ... Porter leads the Pac-10 with a 5.16 kills/game average and is 10th in hitting percentage, connecting at a .298 clip ... She is also ranked 11th in the most recent available NCAA statistics (10/5) with a 5.30 kills per game average ... Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (867 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1,329) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1,113).

Missing Match?

Yes, the Bruins did play one less match than originally scheduled at the Kent Invitational. Due to the remnants of Hurricane Floyd, UCLA's Friday evening opponent, Seton Hall, was unable to leave South Orange, N.J., and was forced to cancel its trip to Northeast Ohio. Kent and Cincinnati made up for the lost match by facing off twice in tourney play, once in the originally-scheduled match on Friday (a 3-1 Cincinnati victory) and an additional match on Saturday (3-0 Cincinnati).


UCLA holds the Pac-10's longest active winning streak, downing its last 12 opponents ... At 14-1, UCLA is off to its best start since 1994, when the team won 15 of its first 16 matches ... Setter Erika Selsor continues to lead the Bruins in aces with 17 through 15 matches ... Only three Bruins have played in every game of the season: Selsor and defensive specialists Michelle Quon and Stacy Millichap ... Quon is the only current Bruin with 500 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 606 ... UCLA is averaging five kills/game more than their opponents (17.3-12.3) and are out-blocking (2.9-2.1) and out-digging (15.6-12.8) their opponents on average.

UCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 14-1
1999 Pac-10 Record: 6-0
Ranking: 6th, AVCA/USA Today, 5th, Volleyball Magazine
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 859-201 (33rd season)

This Week's Schedule - October 11-17
Owners of the Pac-10's longest winning streak, the Bruins wrap up a three-match homestand on Wednesday night when they play host to USC, before travelling to Eugene and Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon and Oregon State.

Wed. Oct. 13  USC (#17/18) Pauley Pavilion    7:00 p.m. PT
Fri. Oct. 15  at Oregon Eugene, Ore.          7:00 p.m. PT
Sat. Oct. 16  at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 7:00 p.m. PT
AVCA/USA Today Poll (10/11/99)
No. School (1st place) Points
 1. Penn State (41)      1478
 2. Hawai'i (19)         1457
 3. Pacific              1372
 4. Florida              1294
 5. Long Beach State     1276
 6. UCLA                 1204
 7. Stanford             1067
 8. BYU                  1026
 9. UC Santa Barbara      975
10. Texas                 914
11. Pepperdine            907
12. Nebraska              851
13. Kansas State          849
14. Colorado State        762
15. Clemson               596
16. Texas A&M             554
17. USC                   515
18. Arizona               488
19. Northern Iowa         324
20. Colorado              323
21. Arkansas              246
22. Minnesota             215
23. Illinois              173
24. Wisconsin             166
25. Univ. of San Diego    163
Volleyball Magazine Poll (10/11/99)
No. School 
 1. Penn State
 2. Hawai'i
 3. Pacific
 4. Florida
 5. UCLA
 6. Long Beach State
 7. Stanford
 8. Colorado State
 9. Kansas State
10. Nebraska
11. UCSB
12. Texas
13. BYU
14. Pepperdine
15. Arizona
16. Clemson
17. Texas A&M
18. USC
19. Northern Iowa
20. Cal Poly SLO

1999 UCLA Record...

all matches                         14-1
vs. conference opponents             6-0
vs. ranked opponents(at match time)  2-1
home matches at Pauley Pavilion      4-0
playing on a Friday                  6-0
playing on a Saturday                5-0
playing on a Sunday                  1-0
playing Monday through Thursday      2-1
The Bruins' Record When They...
Won 1st game      13-1  Lost 1st game  1-0
Won 2nd game      12-0  Lost 2nd game  2-1
Won 3rd game      12-0  Lost 3rd game  2-1
Won 4th game       4-0  Lost 4th game  0-1
Played five games  1-0 

This Week's Ticket

Nickname: Trojans
Current Ranking: No. 17/No. 18
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Enrollment: 28,300
Interim Head Coach: Jerritt Elliott, first year
1999 Record: 9-4 (4-2 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 21-14
Last Year: USC won 3-1, 10/2 at USC
USC won 3-2, 10/30 in Pauley Pav.

Nickname: Ducks
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Enrollment: 17,300
Head Coach: Cathy Nelson, fifth year
1999 Record: 6-10 (0-7 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 29-1
Last Year: UCLA won 3-1, 9/25 in Pauley Pav.
UCLA won 3-2, 10/25 in Eugene

Oregon State
Nickname: Beavers
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Enrollment: 15,000
Head Coach: Nancy Somera, first year
1999 Record: 8-7 (2-5 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 25-0
Last Year: UCLA won 3-1, 9/27 in Pauley Pav.
UCLA won 3-0, 10/23 in Corvallis

All-Tournament Bruins

Wahine Classic  Pioneer Classic    Kent Inv.
    Porter        Porter (MVP)     Porter (MVP)
    Bowles        Johnson          Bowles
1999 Bruins in the Rankings
Week      AVCA/USA  Today VB Magazine
Preseason    10           10
9/6/99       10           10
9/13/99      11           10
9/20/99      11           10
9/27/99      10            8
10/4/99       9            8
10/11/99      6            5
1999 UCLA Bruins - Inside the Numbers

Match Highs

#1 Bachman

            Season                     Career
 Kills:     15 vs. Wright State 9/10   24, twice
 Digs:      6 vs. Minnesota 9/5        9 vs. Oregon 9/25/98
 Blocks:    11 (1/10) @Wash.St. 10/1   12 (2/10) vs. Wash. 11/15/98
 Aces:      none 3 vs. Oregon 9/27/98
Notable: Hit .619 (15-2-21) against Wright State, 2BS/6BA vs. Stanford

#2 Bowles

            Season                      Career
 Kills:     23 vs. Minnesota 9/5        35 @Washington 11/15/98
 Digs:      21 vs. Arizona State 9/25   same
 Blocks:    5 (1/4) @ Wash. St. 10/1    same
 Aces:      1 seven times               6 @Wash. State 11/13/98
Notable: Eight matches with double-figure kills, 6 with double-figure digs

#3 Dwyer

            Season (did not compete in 98)
Digs:       1 vs. Lamar 9/11
Assists:    7 vs. Lamar 9/11
Aces:       1 vs. Lamar 9/11
Notable: Only traveled on the Denver trip

#4 Porter

            Season                         Career
 Kills:     31 @Hawai'i 9/7                38 vs. UCSB 11/14/98
 Digs:      19 @Denver 9/10                24 vs. UCSB 11/14/98
 Blocks:    5 (2/3) vs. Cincinnati 9/18    7 (1/6) @Wash.St.,v.Pepperdine
            5 (1/4) @Washington State 10/1
            5 (0/5) vs. Cal 10/8
 Aces:      2 v.Pitt 9/3, v.Cincinnati 9/18 3 v. Wash.St., v. Virginia
Notable: On pace to record 1,000th career kill this season (867 as of 10/9)

#6 Millichap

            Season (Freshman)
 Kills:     1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24
 Digs:      9 vs. Minnesota 9/5, @Hawai'i 9/7, vs. Arizona 9/24
 Aces:      3 @Denver 9/10
Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game

#8 Selsor

            Season                  Career
 Assists:   68 vs. Minnesota 9/5    88 vs. UCSB 10/14/98
 Kills:     5 vs. Lamar 9/11        5 @Washington 11/15/98
 Digs:      11 vs. Cincinnati 9/18  17 vs. UCSB 10/30/98
 Blocks:    3 (0/3) vs. Cal 10/8    5 (0/5) vs. Washington 11/15/98
 Aces:      3 vs. Minnesota 9/5     3 vs. USC 10/30/98
Notable: 6th in UCLA history with 2,117 career assists

#10 Johnson

            Season                          Career
 Kills:     15, @Hawai'i, @Denver           20 vs. Wash. St. 10/24/97
 Digs:      4 vs. Minnesota 9/5             11 vs. UCSB 12/7/97
 Blocks:    8 (3/5) vs. Arizona State 9/25  9 (3/6) vs. Pepperdine 12/6/97
 Aces:      none 2 five times, last: Florida 9/7/98
Notable: Ranked 2nd in the NCAA (9/26) with a .436 hitting percentage

#12 Peterson

            Season                                           Career
 Kills:     8 vs. Lamar 9/11                                 20 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97
 Digs:      8 vs. Arizona 9/24                               14 vs. UNC 9/6/97,CSUN 11/18/97
 Blocks:    2 three times, last @Kent 9/18 (career is same)
 Aces:      4 vs. Cal 10/8                                   4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97
Notable: Returning from redshirt season in 1998

#14 Fendrick

            Season (Freshman)
 Kills:     15 @Washington 9/30
 Digs:      16 @Hawai'i 9/7
 Blocks:    8 (0/8) vs. Minnesota 9/5
 Aces:      4 @Kent 9/18
Notable: Had six kills on six swings @Kent 9/18

#15 Quon

            Season                         Career
 Kills:     none 2 vs. Ohio State 9/6/98
 Digs:      16 vs. Minnesota 9/5           19 @Oregon State 10/11/97
 Aces:      3 vs. Arizona State 9/25       3 @Ariz. 10/9/98,v.Ariz. 11/8/98
Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game

#16 Eckmier

            Season                               Career
 Kills:     11 vs. Idaho State 9/11              same
 Digs:      1 @ Wash. St. 10/1                   12 at Santa Clara 9/16/98
 Blocks:    3 (0/3) vs. Idaho State 9/11         5 (0/5) @Cal 9/18/98
 Aces:      none 1 @Hawai'i 9/4/98, @Cal 9/18/98
Notable: Has played in six matches this season

#17 Nihipali

             Season                        Career
 Kills:      9 vs. Wright State 9/10       14 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97
 Digs:       2 vs. Wright State 9/10       6 three times
 Blocks:     7 (2/5) vs. Idaho State 9/11  8 five times
Notable: Has 51 career solo blocks with 217 career block assists

#18 Ryba

             Season                                                    Career
 Kills:      3 v.Wright State 9/10, v.Lamar 9/11                      (career same) 
 Digs:       4 three times, last vs. Lamar 9/11                       (career same)
 Blocks:     2 (0/2) twice, vs. Wright St. 9/10, vs. Idaho State 9/11 
 Aces:       1 vs. Wright State 10/10 
Notable: Saw action in all four matches of the Pioneer Classic

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