Oct. 11, 2001
UCLA opens its longest homestand of the season this Thursday, playing host to No. 4 Stanford and California this week at Pauley Pavilion before hosting No. 3 USC next Friday, all matches. Stanford and USC are the lone remaining undefeated teams in Pac-10 play, with the Bruins sitting in third place at 4-1 in the Pac-10.
UCLA holds advantages in the season series against both Stanford and California, with a 34-23 record against the Cardinal and a 38-0 record against the Golden Bears. Last year, the Bruins swept the season series against both schools. Porter Sets Pac-10, UCLA Career Record
Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter posted 20 kills last Thursday against Washington, easily surpassing Pac-10 Player of the Decade Natalie Williams (1989-92) for the Pac-10 and UCLA record for career kills. Porter's 10th kill of the match was the record-breaker, and it came as UCLA held a 14-6 lead in game two of the match. Williams tallied 2,115 kills over a career that spanned 137 matches and 458 games played, while Porter broke the record in the 103rd match and 371st game of her Bruin career. Porter currently has 2,139 career kills.
Bruins Down Washington, Washington State
In addition to Porter's record-breaking evening on Thursday at Washington, the Bruins turned in several impressive individual performances in the 3-1 win. Ashley Bowles hit .371 with 19 kills, 10 digs and six blocks (1 BS, 5 BA), while Lauren 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.
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 907-214 (.809), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor is comprised completely of four-year starters, none of whom have 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 will rewrite nearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor has already recorded her 5,000th career set assist, and is closing in on both the UCLA and Pac-10 career assist records. 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 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 ...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 already holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 17 ...That nearly 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/Through matches of October 5
2,139 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder. Next kill moves her into NCAA top-20), 1,061 digs (8th UCLA history), 49 solo blocks, 200 block assists, 249 total blocks, 93 service aces. For more information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of the UCLA media guide.
Selsor Nears Pac-10 Assists Record
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor is closing in on a career milestone of her own, needing 311 more assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5,667). On Sun., Sept. 2, Selsor became the second player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists. Selsor, who enters the Stanford/Cal series with 5,357 assists, is currently third in Pac-10 history behind Holly McPeak (Cal/UCLA, 5,421 assists) and Miya Malauua (OSU, 5,368). 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 Needs Seven Kills for UCLA Top-10
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 1,398 kills (11th UCLA history), 1,060 digs and 117 aces 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.
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 .361 attack percentage, and trails only Porter in kills per game (3.89). Fendrick is currently ranked in three Pac-10 statistical categories, as her .361 attack percentage is eighth, her 3.89 kills per game ranks sixth and she is seventh in the conference in points per game wtih 4.47. 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).
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 taken over for former Bruin Wiz Bachman at the top of the Pac-10 blocks per game list. Eckmier posted two outstanding blocking matches last weekend with 11 blocks against Washington and seven against Washington State. Eckmier currently leads the Pac-10 in blocks per game with a 1.69 per-game average. Last Friday (at WSU) was the second seven-block performance of the seasn for Eckmier, who reached that previous career-high on Sept. 2 at then-No. 5 Hawai'i.
Fresh Faces Find Time on Court
This season, head coach Andy Banachowski utilized several players that were either new to the team or new to UCLA's regular rotation. Both Bruin starting middle blockers, Angela Eckmier (who redshirted the 2000 season due to a knee injury) and freshman Brynn Murphy, are new to the rotation, as are freshman DS Chrissie Zartman and middles Cira Wright and freshman Heather Cullen. Wright played in just 36 of a possible 124 games a year ago, but has seen action in 23 of a possible 35 games this year, averaging 0.39 blocks/game. Zartman and Murphy serve as a pair in the rotation, with Zartman playing in the back row with a 2.29 per-game dig average while Murphy plays in the front row and averages 0.59 blocks per game with 52 kills in 32 games played. Cullen has served as a situational replacement, playing in seven games this season.
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 0.40 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.59 blocks/game. Cullen has played in seven games, while Ringel has seen action in 10 games over six matches. Ringel earned the first start of her Bruin career last Thursday, starting against Washington on Oct. 4.