Oct. 25, 1999
This Week's Schedule -- October 25-31
The Bruins put their spotless Pac-10 record on the line once again this week, playing host to conference foes Washington and Washington State at Pauley Pavilion. Thursday's match against the Huskies will be available on broadcast.com.
Thu. Oct. 28 Washington Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT Fri. Oct. 29 Washington State Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT
Despite a close call at Arizona last Friday night, UCLA takes an unblemished 11-0 Pac-10 record into this week's homestand against Washington (8-11, 4-7 Pac-10) and Washington State (11-8, 5-6 Pac-10). The seventh-ranked Bruins are 19-1 overall, and have defeated their last 17 opponents.
When the Bruins traveled to Washington and WSU in late September, UCLA came away with two 3-0 victories, despite a harried travel schedule getting from Seattle to Pullman between matches. Elisabeth Bachman turned in an impressive performance on Friday at WSU, posting one block solo and 10 block assists as part of UCLA's season-best 18 block performance.
This Week's Ticket
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Seattle, Wash.
Head Coach: Bill Neville, 16th year
1999 Record: 8-11 (4-7 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 30-5
Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-0, 9/30 in Seattle
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Head Coach: Cindy Fredrick, 15th season
1999 Record: 11-8 (5-6 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 22-5
Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-0, 10/11 in Pullman
UCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 19-1
1999 Pac-10 Record: 11-0
Ranking: 7th, AVCA/USA Today 4th, Volleyball Magazine
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 864-201 (33rd season)
UCLA Downs ASU, Takes Hard-Fought Win from Arizona
After chalking up its 16th consecutive victory with a 15-5, 15-11, 15-6 win at Arizona State on Thursday night, the Bruins drove down to Tucson, Ariz., for what would prove to be a challenging match at No. 18 Arizona on Friday night, eventually winning 11-15, 15-6, 9-15, 16-14, 15-13.
UCLA SuperSoph Kristee Porter came out swinging on the evening, posting 10 game-one kills and adding seven more in game two. After UCLA dropped game three, Arizona had a 14-10 lead and served at match point three times before the Bruins tied it up at 14-14 and eventually won the game 16-14. Porter finished with a season-high 36 kills, the second time this year and sixth time in her career that she has topped the 30-kill plateau (ties Natalie Williams for UCLA career mark). Her 36 kills is also the highest total every accumulated by a Wildcat opponent. Five Bruin starters posted double-figure kills in the match, led by Porter, Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick who had 19 apiece. Defensive specialist Michelle Quon checked in with 13, while setter Erika Selsor had 11. Bowles posted a match-and season-high eight blocks with one solo and seven assisted blocks. Selsor had 72 assists in the match, the seventh time in her career that she topped the 70-assist mark, a new UCLA record.
Porter Named MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week
For the second time this season, Kristee Porter has been named UCLA's MET-Rx student-athlete of the week. Porter notched 53 kills (6.63 per-game average), 23 digs and a .451 hitting percentage on 91 total attempts in UCLA's matches in Arizona.
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 (864-201, 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.
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.
Poll-Watchers Take Note
Despite owning the Pac-10's best record at 19-1, 11-0 Pac-10, the Bruins dropped one spot in this week's AVCA/USA Today poll. Stanford, who UCLA defeated in four games on Oct. 7 at Pauley Pavilion, moved up to second in the Oct. 25 coaches poll. UCLA did, however, earn its first first-place vote of the season this week.
Many Bruins are busy moving up on the school's career lists this season. Junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is now ranked in all three career block categories with 77 block solos (6th), 396 total blocks (7th) and 319 block assists (10th). Among active Pac-10 players, she ranks second behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh (428 TB). With 2,437 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor ranks second on the Pac-10 list of active setters. Among all Bruins, Selsor ranks sixth, with fifth place just 24 assists away. Sophomore Kristee Porter is quickly closing in on 1,000 career kills. She has 973 through matches of Oct. 22, with just 48 matches and 177 games played, and is third among the Pac-10's active players.
Bruins Lead Four Pac-10 Individual Statistical Categories
Four Bruins have posted season totals that are Pac-10 bests. Tamika Johnson continues to lead the Pac-10 in hitting percentage, currently with a .384 mark. Bachman (.358, 4th) and Porter (.322, 9th) join her on that list. Among conference setters, UCLA's Erika Selsor is the best, averaging 13.69 assists/game. Bachman continues as a "Wiz" on the blocks with a Pac-10 best 1.41 per game, a comfy 0.11 better than the second-best athlete. Johnson is ninth among Pac-10 blockers with a 1.13 average. It should be no surprise that Kristee Porter leads the conference in kills per game with a 5.43 average. She is the only player in the conference averaging over 5.00 kills/game.
As a team, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 with 17.31 kills and 15.81 assists per game.
Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
A remarkable streak came to an end on Friday evening in Tucson, when Arizona hit .220 as a team, despite losing, 3-2, to the Bruins. Since the team's first weekend of play, UCLA had held 16 straight (17 total) opponents 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 17 of 20 opponents (including the opponents in its first 10 Pac-10 matches) under .200, and nine teams have been held under .100. In addition to the Wildcats, only Minnesota (.237) and Hawaii (.240) have hit above .200 against the 1999 Bruins.
Bowles Playing Double Role
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent much of the season at opposite hitter, and has spent time setting at the end of numerous matches. Her experience setting both at the end of several recent matches, and at the high school and club level paid off for the Bruins in Friday's key match 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.
Kristee Porter has 364 kills through 20 matches, 136 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 and six for her career, tying Natalie Williams for the career lead in that category ...Porter leads the Pac-10 with a 5.43 kills/game average and is ninth in hitting percentage, connecting at a .322 clip She is also ranked 11th in the most recent available NCAA statistics (10/17) with a 5.27 kills per game average ...Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (973 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1,350) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1,138).
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).
Bruin junior Amy Nihipali has left the team for personal reasons. She played in nine matches (18 games) this season, averaging 1.79 kills and 1.28 blocks per game.
UCLA holds the Pac-10's longest active winning streak, downing its last 17 opponents At 19-1, UCLA is off to its best start since 1993, when the team won its first 21 matches...Setter Erika Selsor continues to lead the Bruins in aces with 21...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 643 ...UCLA is averaging just under five kills/game more than their opponents (17.3-12.6) and are out-blocking (3.0-2.1) and out-digging (15.5-13.3) their opponents on average.
AVCA/USA Today Poll (10/25/99)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Penn State (56) 1492 2. Stanford (3) 1363 3. Hawai'i 1321 4. Florida 1310 5. Pacific 1250 6. Long Beach State 1237 7. UCLA (1) 1235 8. UC Santa Barbara 1052 9. Texas 1020 10. Pepperdine 936 11. BYU 891 12. Colorado State 810 13. Nebraska 749 14. Clemson 725 15. Kansas State 695 16. Texas A&M 596 17. USC 552 18. Northern Iowa 438 19. Arizona 379 20. Colorado 279 21. Arkansas 270 22. Minnesota 228 23. Illinois 204 24. Univ. of San Diego 198 24. North Carolina 110
Volleyball Magazine Poll (10/25/99)
No. School 1. Penn State 2. Stanford 3. Florida 4. UCLA 5. Long Beach State 6. Hawai'i 7. Pacific 8. UCSB 9. Texas 10. Colorado State 11. Nebraska 12. BYU 13. Pepperdine 14. Kansas State 15. Clemson 16. Texas A&M 17. USC 18. Northern Iowa 19. Cal Poly SLO 20. Arizona
1999 UCLA Record
all matches 19-1 vs. conference opponents 11-0 vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 4-1 home matches at Pauley Pavilion 5-0 playing on a Friday 8-0 playing on a Saturday 6-0 playing on a Sunday 1-0 playing Monday through Thursday 4-1
The Bruins' Record When They
Won 1st game 17-1 Lost 1st game 2-0 Won 2nd game 17-0 Lost 2nd game 2-1 Won 3rd game 16-0 Lost 3rd game 3-1 Won 4th game 5-0 Lost 4th game 0-1 Played five games 2-0
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
1999 UCLA Bruins -- Inside the Numbers
#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 .818 (9-0-11) against Oregon State, 10/18 Pac-10 POW
#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: 12 matches with double-figure kills, 11 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 Aces: 2 three times 3 v.Wash.St., v.Virginia Notable: On pace to record 1,000th career kill this season (973 as of 10/25) Tied Natalie Williams with sixth career 30-kill match on 10/22
#6 Millichap Season (Freshman) Kills: 1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24 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: 11 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, @ Ariz. 10/22 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 2,437 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 10th in the NCAA (10/17) with a .401 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: 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 nine matches this season, incl. G5 at Arizona
#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