Nov. 8, 2006
UCLA will play its final two road matches of the regular season this week as the team travels to Cal and Stanford for a critical Pac-10 weekend. Friday night's match at Cal will be televised by FOX Sports net on a tape-delayed basis. The contest is scheduled to air twice in Southern California, on FSN Prime Ticket on Saturday at noon and on FSN West at 1:30 pm that same day. Jim Watson will call the action with Karch Kiraly providing color commentary. Saturday's match at Stanford will be broadcast on CSTV with Chris McGee and Holly McPeak calling the action. The Stanford match will air tape-delayed at 12:30 pm PT on Sunday, Nov. 12, and at 7 pm PT on Monday, Nov. 13.
Nana Meriwether Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
For the third time this season, UCLA senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether has been selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. The Potomac, Md., native posted her fifth double-figure blocking night of the season on Friday night against Arizona State, her fourth such performance against a Pac-10 school this season.
With two matches with an attack percentage over .500, Meriwether now has 12 such matches this season. These were her first two matches over .500 for attack percentage since hitting .519 vs. Washington State on Sept. 29. Meriwether's 25.5 points against Arizona State on Friday night was a new season high and just 1.5 points shy of her career-high total.
UCLA vs. California Golden Bears (17-6, 6-6 Pac-10)
Cal has posted a streaky season to this point, winning its first 11, dropping the Pac-10 opener to Washington, then winning three, losing four and winning three before dropping its rivalry match to Stanford at home on Friday night. In the previous meeting between the Bruins and Bears, UCLA posted a 30-26, 30-17, 32-30 win in Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 13, giving UCLA a 48-1 advantage in the all-time series. Cal's lone win against the Bruins was a three-game victory in Haas Pavilion last season. Cal is coached by Rich Feller, who is in his eighth season in Berkeley. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Angie Pressey (4.43/game), ASSISTS- Samantha Carter (13.05/game), ACES- Hana Cutura (0.30/game), DIGS- Jillian Davis (4.81/game), BLOCKS- Ellen Orchard (1.43/game).
UCLA vs. Stanford Cardinal (20-2, 11-1 Pac-10)
The Cardinal holds a half-game lead in the Pac-10 standings over Washington at UCLA entering this weekend's matches. Stanford's lone loss of the Pac-10 schedule was at Washington on the first weekend of conference play. In the previous meeting between UCLA and Stanford, the Cardinal prevailed in an exciting 30-27, 27-30, 25-30, 30-25, 15-10 win over UCLA in front of 2,310 fans in Pauley Pavilion for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Saturday night's contest at Stanford's Maples Pavilion will be "Dig for the Cure" night at Stanford will be raising money for the Susan G. Kommen Breast Cancer Foundation. Stanford is coached by John Dunning, who is in his sixth year with the Cardinal. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Cynthia Barboza (4.54/game), ASSISTS- Bryn Kehoe (13.01/game), ACES- Cynthia Barboza (0.45/game), DIGS- Jessica Fishburn (3.76/game), BLOCKS- Foluke Akinradewo (1.45/game).
Banachowski Leads Bruins For 40th Season
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-undefeated Washington on Nov. 12, 2005, made UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski the first women's Division I volleyball coach to win 1,000 career matches. Banachowski, who holds a career record of 1,028-268 (.793), is in his 40th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates and Juniata (Div. III) head women's coach Larry Bock (1,069 entering 2006) 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 1135-212.) 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 (1984, `90, `91).