Sept. 28, 2004
Following a weekend stop for two Pac-10 matches in Pauley Pavilion last weekend, the Bruins return to the road this Friday and Saturday for a pair of conference matches at Arizona and Arizona State. The 17th-ranked Wildcats have won five of their last seven meetings with UCLA, including the last five. Conversely, the Bruins have won 15 of their last 16 meetings against Arizona State, including the last three meetings. The Arizona schools will travel to Pauley Pavilion for Halloween weekend. Both Arizona and Arizona State are still seeing their first Pac-10 win of the 2004 campaign.
Bruins Split With UW /WSU; Murphy Downs 1,000th Kill
The Bruins opened Pac-10 play on Friday night with a televised match against the third-ranked and undefeated Washington Huskies. UCLA started the match with a game one attack percentage more than .200 points lower than Washington's, but rebounded in the second game of the match with a .267 attack percentage while holding UW to a .191 clip. Senior outside hitter Brynn Murphy recorded her 1,000th career kill in the second game of the match. Brittany Ringel was UCLA's kill and points leader with 17 and 19, respectively, and she double-doubled with a season-high 12 digs in the match. Chrissie Zartman led all players with 24 digs in the four-game UW victory.
Both the story and the result changed on Saturday night when UCLA played host to Washington State at Pauley Pavilion. The Cougars trailed throughout the first game of the match and did not hold a lead of any kind until the 6-5 mark in game two. The Cougars had just one player with double-figure kills while hitting .134 as a team for the match. Becky Green led all players with 12 kills on the evening, while Zartman added 20 digs in the 30-19, 30-22, 30-26 UCLA win.
UCLA vs. No. 17 Arizona (8-4, 0-2 Pac-10)>BR> Arizona is still looking for its first Pac-10 victory of the season after a three-game loss at Stanford last Thursday and a five-game loss at California on Friday evening. The Wildcats are coached by David Rubio and trail the all-time series against UCLA by a 41-13 margin despite winning the last five meetings between the two schools. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Jennifer Abernathy (166 kills, 4.15/game); ASSISTS- Stephanie Butkus (499, 11.60/game); ACES- Abernathy (13, 0.32/game); DIGS- Kellin Mulvany (106, 2.52/game); BLOCKS- Jolene Killough (46, 1.12/game).
UCLA vs. Arizona State (5-5, 0-2 Pac-10)
Following a four-game loss at California and a three-game loss at Stanford last week, Arizona State is also seeking its first Pac-10 victory of the season. The Sun Devils are coached by second-year mentor Brad Saindon and trail the all-time series with UCLA by a 50-6 margin. UCLA has won the last three meetings between the two teams. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Nicole Morton (126, 3.60/game); ASSISTS- Rachel Mittlestaedt (318, 9.64/game); ACES- Sarah Watkins (12, 0.36/game); DIGS- Sydney Donahue (148, 4.11/game); BLOCKS- Colette Meek (47, 1.38/game).
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 38th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, 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 in February, 2000. 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 971-247 (.797), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.