Oct. 18, 2005
UCLA returns to the friendly environment of Pauley Pavilion this weekend for a pair of Pac-10 matches against No. 8 Arizona and Arizona State. The Bruins will remain in Los Angeles for two consecutive weekends, as next week's schedule sends the Bruins to cross-town rival USC. Although UCLA was unable to take a game from Pac-10 powerhouse Washington last weekend, the Bruins did come away with a three-game win over Washington State on Friday night, holding the Cougars to a .084 team attack percentage while hitting over .350 as a team for the second time in three matches. The return to the lineup of junior outside hitter Colby Lyman continues to pay dividends for UCLA as the junior has recorded 10 aces in just four Pac-10 matches, averaging nearly an ace per game (0.83) against conference opponents.
Natalie Williams Named to NCAA 25th Anniversary Team
The Pac-10 Player of the Decade for the first 10 years of women's athletics, former UCLA great Natalie Williams has been named as one of seven members of the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team for Division I women's volleyball. The team included six players: Dietre Collins (Hawaii, MB), Elaina Oden (Pacific, MB), Danielle Scott (Long Beach State, MB), Logan Tom (Stanford, OH), Kerri Walsh (Stanford, OH) and Williams along with Hawai'i head coach Dave Shoji.
Williams, who lettered in volleyball and basketball and earned All-America honors in both sports from 1989-94, is second on UCLA's all-time kills list with 2,115 and was a member of UCLA's 1990 and `91 NCAA Championship Teams. A four-time AVCA All-American and two-time Honda Award recipient, Williams was a member of the gold medal-wining 2000 U.S Olympic Team for women's basketball and recently completed her third season with the WNBA's Indiana Fever.
Arizona (14-2, 6-1 Pac-10)
The Wildcats vaulted into the Pac-10 title hunt last weekend, posting a five-game win over No. 3 Stanford and a sweep of No. 13 California in the McKale Center. UCLA holds a 42-14 all-time record against Arizona and split the season series in 2004, winning a four-game match on Oct. 1 in Tucson before dropping a three-game match in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 30. The Wildcats are coached by David Rubio, who is in his 14th season at Arizona. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Kim Glass (4.62/game), ASSISTS- Amy Dyck (11.16/game), ACES- Kim Glass/Jennifer Abernathy (0.38/game), DIGS- Jennifer Abernathy (3.23/game), BLOCKS- Dominique Lamb (1.17/game).
Arizona State (8-10, 1-4 Pac-10)
The Sun Devils travel to Southern California having lost six straight matches after winning their Pac-10 opener in four games over Oregon on Sept. 23. UCLA holds a 52-6 all-time record against Arizona State, including sweeps in both meetings last season. ASU is coached by Brad Saindon, who is in his third year at the helm of the Sun Devils.. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Nicole Morton (2.80/game), ASSISTS- Giovana Melo (8.68/game), ACES- Staci Smith (0.41/game), DIGS- Sydney Donahue (5.89/game), BLOCKS- Staci Smith (0.95/game)
Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Currently holding a career record of 994-261 (.792), UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just seven more wins to become the first Collegiate Women's Volleyball head coach with 1,000 career wins. In his 39th season on the Bruin bench, Banachowski trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach. Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.