Nov. 22, 1999
LOS ANGELES - With Friday's UCLA victory at USC, a unique situation was created. For the first time in Pac-10 history, Co-Champions exist in women's volleyball. With the Bruins and Stanford both finishing the conference schedule with 17-1 records, the two teams share the title.
Now, it's time for the Bruins to finish out their 1999 regular season, with a Tuesday matchup at Pepperdine. The Waves trail the all-time series by a 41-5 margin, but are currently ranked 10th in the current AVCA/USA Today poll.
This Week's Schedule - November 22-28
Appearing for the first time as the 1999 Pac-10 Co-Champions, the UCLA women's volleyball team takes to the road on Tuesday, traveling to Malibu, Calif., for the team's final regular-season match. The NCAA Tournament will then be announced on Sunday, Nov. 28. Contact the UCLA Media Relations office for details.
Bruins Earn Pac-10 Co-Championship With Win at USC
It was a bizarre way to finish, but the end result was definitely good for the Bruins. Following a 20-minute delay because of a false-alarm fire alarm in game four, UCLA closed out a 19-17 game win en route to a 3-1 victory over the 15th-ranked Trojans.
Several career highs were set in the match, led by Lauren Fendrick's 17 kills and Celeste Peterson's three block assists. Peterson played only in the fourth and final game of the match. Additionally, UCLA's Kristee Porter notched a match-high 25 kills, tied her career high with three service aces, and was one of three starters to double-double for the Bruins. Setter Erika Selsor turned in 61 assists and 13 digs, while Fendrick had 11 digs to go with her career-high kills. UCLA out-blocked the Trojans by a 16-8 margin, one of the key factors in the match.
Tue. Nov. 23 at Pepperdine (#10/13) Malibu, CA 7:00 p.m. PT Sun. Nov. 28 NCAA Tournament Selection 7:00 p.m. PT
This Week's Ticket
Current Ranking: 10 AVCA/No. 13 VB Mag
Location: Malibu, CA
Head Coach:Nina Matthies
1999 Record: 23-3, (14-0 West Coast Conf.)
Series: UCLA leads 41-5
Last Meeting: UCLA won, 3-2, Nov. 24, 1998, in Pauley
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 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 (870-202, 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. Bachman, Quon Recognized for Academic Excellence
Junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman was recognized on Nov. 18 as a first-team member of the District VIII GTE Academic All-America team. Bachman's name will now be included on the national Academic All-America ballot. The 1999 GTE Academic All-America team will be announced on Tues., Dec. 14. Additionally, Bachman and junior Michelle Quon earned Pac-10 recognition as members of the conference's All-Academic Women's Volleyball Team. Bachman earned first-team honors with a 3.71 GPA in communications, while Quon was a second-team honoree with a 3.27 GPA in psychology with a business specialization.
Many Bruins are busy moving up on the school's career lists this season. 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 1,083 kills (as of 11/22) is 15th in Bruin history and is third among the Pac-10's active players. Junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is now ranked in all three career block categories with 84 block solos (5th), 426 total blocks (7th) and 342 block assists (7th). Among active Pac-10 players, she ranks second behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh (463 TB). With 2,748 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor ranks second on the Pac-10 list of active setters, and fifth in Bruin history.
Pac-10 Title Tiebreakers
Pac-10 tiebreakers are only utilized to decide which team receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tiebreakers for the automatic berth are as follows, with the Stanford-UCLA implications in parentheses: 1) head-to-head competition in the conference (tied), 2) most games won head-to-head in conference matches (tied), 3) team with highest for-against ratio of points in head-to-head competition (Stanford leads 89-86).
Bruins Lead Four Pac-10 Individual Statistical Categories
Four Bruins have accumulated season totals that are Pac-10 bests. Bachman once again holds two of the conference's top spots, leading the way in hitting percentage (.424) and blocks (1.38 per game). Two other Bruins, Tamika Johnson (.394) and Kristee Porter (.304) rank second and ninth in hitting percentage, respectively. Among conference setters, UCLA's Erika Selsor is the best, averaging 13.65 assists/game. It should be no surprise that Kristee Porter leads the conference in kills per game with a 5.27 average. She is the only player in the conference averaging over 5.00 kills/game. As a team, the Bruins are tops in assists (15.80/gm), kills (17.35/gm), and won-lost percentage (.944 Pac-10, .926 overall).
Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
Since the team's first weekend of play, UCLA has held 21 opponents to a team hitting percentage under .200, and are responsible for three of the Pac-10's top-five hitting percentages this season. Three times, against Idaho State at the Pioneer Classic , on Oct. 1 at Washington State, and Nov. 11 against Oregon, opposing teams have finished the match with a negative team hitting percentage. In all, the Bruins have held 22 of 27 opponents (including the opponents in 15 of 18 Pac-10 matches) under .200, and 12 teams have been held under .100. Six teams have hit .200 against the Bruins: Minnesota (.237), Hawaii (.240), Arizona (.220 on Oct. 22) and USC (.209 on Nov. 19), while Stanford (11/5) is the only team to hit over .300, posting a mark of .340 in the Cardinal's Nov. 5 victory. .300 Club
Three Bruins are on pace to etch their names in the UCLA record book for hitting percentage in a single season. Elisabeth Bachman leads the way with a .424 hitting percentage, a mark that would easily improve upon the Pac-10 and school record of .416, set by Natalie Williams in 1992. Tamika Johnson is next in line with a .394 mark that would rank third, behind Bachman and Williams, while Kristee Porter has a chance to join the group with a .304 hitting percentage for the season. To qualify for the list, players must average three attempts/game.
Setting Everyone Up
Sophomore setter Erika Selsor started the 1999 season ranked eighth in Bruin history with 1,506 career assists. Since then, she has added 1,242 to her total and currently ranks fifth on UCLA's all-time career list with 2,748 to her credit. With 72 assists at Arizona on Oct. 22, 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 her predecessor, Kim Coleman (1994-97).
Bowles Playing Double Role
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent much of the season at opposite hitter, and has set for the Bruins at the end of numerous matches. Her setting experience paid off for the Bruins in the key match on Oct. 22 at Arizona. With regular setter Erika Selsor in the front row in game five, Banachowski was able to replace Selsor with middle blocker Angela Eckmier, giving UCLA a better blocking weapon in the front row. Bowles was the only setter on the floor for seven rallies in game five, and finished the match with eight assists.
Five-Game Match Notes
There are several similarities between UCLA's five game victories over Minnesota (Sept. 5) and Arizona (Oct. 22). The most interesting coincidence is probably that the Bruins faced a match point in both matches at 14-10. On Sept. 5, the key moment was in game three, when the Gophers had apparently won the match before an overturned call gave UCLA new life. They eventually won game three 16-14, and posted victories in games four and five to win the match. On Friday at Arizona, the Bruins were again down 14-10, facing match point to the Wildcats. Arizona served for the match three times before UCLA rallied to a 16-14 game four win, eventually winning the fifth and deciding game, 15-13.
Kristee Porter has 474 kills through 27 matches, 180 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) Porter's 36 kills at Arizona is the top total by a Pac-10 player this season She has two 30-kill matches this season (tops in Pac-10) and six for her career, tying Natalie Williams and Liz Masakayan for the career lead in that category She is also ranked 15th in the most recent available NCAA statistics (11/15) with a 5.22 kills per game average Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (1,083 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1,471) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1,253).
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).
With a record of 25-2 (17-1 Pac-10), UCLA has not only earned its first Pac-10 title since 1993, but has its best overall record since the 1994 season, when the Bruins lost in the NCAA Championship match to Stanford. Setter Erika Selsor and Porter are tied for the team lead in service aces with 25, just two ahead of Ashley Bowles and four ahead of Michelle Quon Only three Bruins have played in every game of the season: Selsor and defensive specialists Quon and Stacy Millichap Quon is the only current Bruin with 700 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 709 Either Bachman or Bowles will be the next Bruin to reach 1,000 kills. Both rank among Pac-10 top active players with 824 (8th) and 785 kills (10th), respectively UCLA is averaging more than four kills/game more than their opponents (17.4-12.7) and are out-blocking (2-9-2.0) and out-digging (15.2-13.2) their opponents on average.
AVCA/USA Today Poll (11/22/99)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Penn State (54) 1491 2. Stanford (6) 1435 3. Hawai'i 1367 4. Florida 1299 5. Pacific 1274 6. UCLA 1216 7. Long Beach State 1151 8. UC Santa Barbara 1066 9. BYU 982 10. Pepperdine 980 11. Nebraska 887 12. Colorado State 856 13. Texas A&M 775 14. USC 663 15. Texas 617 16. Clemson 578 17. Northern Iowa 557 18. Kansas State 485 19 Arizona 433 20. Minnesota 352 21. Colorado 247 22. Baylor 219 23. North Carolina 217 24. Arkansas 133 25. Univ. of San Diego 124
Volleyball Magazine Poll (11/22/99)
No. School 1. Penn State 2. Stanford 3. Florida 4. Hawai'i 5. Pacific 6. UCLA 7. Long Beach State 8. Nebraska 9. BYU 10. UCSB 11. Colorado State 12. Texas A&M 13. Pepperdine 14. Texas 15. Northern Iowa 16. USC 17. Kansas State 18. Clemson 19. Baylor 20. Arizona
1999 UCLA Record
all matches 25-2 vs. conference opponents 17-1 vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 5-2 home matches at Pauley Pavilion 9-0 playing on a Friday 11-1 playing on a Saturday 7-0 playing on a Sunday 1-0 playing Monday through Thursday 6-1
The Bruins' Record When They
Won 1st game 23-1 Lost 1st game 2-1 Won 2nd game 23-1 Lost 2nd game 2-1 Won 3rd game 21-0 Lost 3rd game 4-2 Won 4th game 6-0 Lost 4th game 0-2 Played five games 2-0
Wahine Classic Pioneer Classic Kent Inv. Porter Porter (MVP) Porter (MVP) Bowles Johnson Bowles Johnson Selsor
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 10/18/99 6 5 10/25/99 7 4 11/1/99 7 4 11/8/99 7 7 11/15/99 6 6 11/22/99 6 6
1999 UCLA Bruins - Inside the Numbers
#1 Bachman Season Career Kills: 15 vs. Wright State 9/10 24, twice 15 vs. Washington 10/28 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: 10/18 and 11/1 Pac-10 POW, UCLA-record and NCAA's 3rd-best .938 hitting percentage (15K-0E-16TA) against Washington 10/28
#2 Bowles Season Career Kills: 23 vs. Minnesota 9/5 35 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 21 vs. Arizona State 9/25 same Blocks: 8 (1/7) @ Arizona 10/22 same Aces: 4 vs. USC 10/13 6 @Wash. State 11/13/98 Notable: 16 matches with double-figure kills, 15 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: Has traveled on Denver and Arizona trips.
#4 Porter Season Career Kills: 36 @Arizona 10/22 38 vs. UCSB 11/14/98 Digs: 19 @Denver 9/10, @Ariz. 10/22 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 5 (0/5) vs. Cal 11/6 Aces: 3 @ USC 11/19 3 v.Wash.St., v.Virginia Notables: Second-fastest in NCAA history to 1,000 kills (50 MP/183 GP) Tied Natalie Williams and Liz Masakayan with sixth career 30-kill match on 10/22
#6 Millichap Season (Freshman) Kills: 1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24, vs. Wash.St. 10/29 Digs: 14 vs. USC 10/13 Aces: 3 @Denver 9/10 Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game
#8 Selsor Season Career Assists: 72 @ Arizona 10/22 88 vs. UCSB 10/14/98 Kills: 5 v. Lamar 9/11, at WSU 10/1 5 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 13 @ USC 11/19 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, @ USC 11/19 3 vs. USC 10/30/98 Notable: 5th in UCLA history with 2,748 career assists
#10 Johnson Season Career Kills: 17, vs. USC 10/13 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 7th in the NCAA (11/14) with a .398 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: 3 (0/3) @ USC 11/19/99 (career is same) Aces: 4 vs. Cal 10/8 4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Notable: Returning from medical redshirt season in 1998, started at Stanford Nov. 5.
#14 Fendrick Season (Freshman) Kills: 17 @ USC 11/19 Digs: 19 @ Arizona 10/22 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: 2 @Arizona 10/22 12 at Santa Clara 9/16/98 Blocks: 6 (2/4) @Oregon 10/15 5 (0/5) @Cal 9/18/98 Aces: none 1 @Hawai'i 9/4/98, @Cal 9/18/98 Notable: Has played in 15 matches this season, incl. 12 Pac-10 matches
#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 0/10 Notable: Saw action in all four matches of the Pioneer Classic