Oct. 12, 2009
Friday, Oct. 16
6 p.m. - #12 UCLA at #4 Washington
Saturday, Oct. 17
7 p.m. - #12 UCLA at Washington State
Gametracker, free video (Washington only)
BRUINS BACK ON THE ROAD AT WASHINGTON SCHOOLS
The 12th-ranked Bruins (13-5, 3-2 Pac-10) head to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for a pair of conference matches. On Friday, UCLA faces #4 Washington (15-1, 5-1) at 6 p.m. The following evening, the Bruins tangle with Washington State (14-3, 3-3) at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both matches, as will free live video for the contest against Washington, with links located on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion next weekend to face Oregon on Friday, Oct. 23 and Oregon State on Saturday, Oct. 24. Both matches start at 7 p.m. Friday's contest with the Ducks will be broadcast on tape delay on Fox Sports Net.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS JERSEYS UP FOR AUCTION
Match jerseys and volleyballs from Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, which took place two weekends ago, are up for auction at UCLABruins.com. All proceeds benefit the UCLA/Revlon Breast Center. The auction ends on Saturday. Click here to bid.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins moved up four spots to 12th in this week's AVCA Top 25 poll. UCLA earned 138 additional points in this week's rankings, the second straight week it has gained points. The Bruins were ranked 16th in last week's Volleyball Magazine poll, with a new poll coming out on Tuesday. In the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches poll, the Bruins were ranked fourth behind Washington, California and Stanford.
BRUINS ON THE NET
All UCLA home matches will feature free audio and video at UCLABruins.com. Darren Preston and Michael Sondheimer will call all the action. In addition, Gametracker or live stats will be available for all home matches and most road contests. Links can be found on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington saw its undefeated season come to an end on Saturday at Stanford, dropping a five-setter to the Cardinal. Prior to that setback, the Huskies had won each of their first 15 matches by 3-0 scores, including sweeps over Top 10 foes Florida, Minnesota and Oregon. As a team, Washington is hitting .325 on the season with 1.86 aces and 2.36 blocks per set. Three players average over three kills per set, led by junior outside hitter Kindra Carlson, who is posting 3.52 kps and a .307 hitting percentage. Senior outside Jill Collymore is second with 3.38 kps and 2.58 digs per set, while junior outside hitter Becky Perry is third with 3.15 kps. Junior setter Jenna Hagglund handles the setting and averages 10.72 assists per set. Defensively, senior Tamari Miyashiro is the top digger with 5.00 dps. During their first six Pac-10 contests, the Huskies are averaging 1.80 aces and 2.28 blocks per set, hitting at a .307 clip. Carlson has been the go-to hitter during league play, recording 4.40 kps.
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-WASHINGTON
The Huskies have won five straight against the Bruins, but UCLA still holds a 40-15 all-time series advantage. Last season, Washington won in five at Pauley Pavilion and four at Bank of America Arena. In the match in Westwood on Oct. 10, Dicey McGraw had a team-high 16 kills, while Amanda Gil added 13 kills and six blocks in the defeat. On Nov. 9 in Seattle, Katie Camp led the Bruins with 13 kills, while McGraw had 10. The Bruins have dropped six straight matches at Washington, with their last victory coming in five sets in 2003, and are 19-10 all-time in Seattle. UCLA's last win overall against the Huskies was a five-set triumph at Pauley Pavilion in 2006.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Washington State was flying high following a 3-1 start to its Pac-10 season, but fell back to .500 after a four-set loss at Stanford and a sweep at Cal last weekend. The Cougars have a pair of victories over ranked teams, sweeping then-#17 Utah on Sept. 5 and then-#18 Arizona on Oct. 2. Washington State is hitting .262 as a team with 0.73 aces and 2.33 blocks per set. Outside hitters Jackie Albright (3.20 kps) and Meagan Ganzer (3.04) are 1-2 on the team in kills per set, with Albright third in digs per set at 2.85. Renee Bordelon quarterbacks the offense and averages 11.72 assists per set. Defensively, Cassie Robbins is the top blocker, posting 1.35 bps to go along with 2.53 kps, while Oceana Bush leads the squad with 4.78 dps. During conference play, Washington State is hitting .226 with 0.55 aces and 2.39 blocks per set. Ganzer leads the way offensively with 3.50 kps, Robbins is averaging 1.41 bps and Bush is posting 5.45 dps.
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-WASHINGTON STATE
The Bruins have won 12 in a row against the Cougars to improve their all-time lead in the series to 39-7. Of the dozen consecutive victories, nine have been sweeps, including the last five. Last year on Oct. 11 at Pauley, Katie Camp had 11 kills in the Bruins' victory. In Pullman on Nov. 7, Dicey McGraw had a team-high 14 kills. The Bruins are 18-5 all-time at Washington State and have won six straight in Pullman. The Cougars' last victory at home and overall in the series was a five-set triumph on Oct. 25, 2002.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Sophomore Amanda Gil remained at second in the nation in blocks per set (1.53) in this week's NCAA rankings, placing just behind South Florida's Alli Arbogast (1.69). Gil is also 27th in the nation in hitting percentage at .379. As a team, the Bruins are 20th in bps (2.67), 27th in kills per set (13.88), 47th in assists per set (12.55) and 50th in digs per set (15.95).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
Sophomore Amanda Gil continues to lead all Pac-10 players in blocks per set at 1.53 and also ranks fifth in hitting percentage at .379. Sophomore Lainey Gera checks in this week at fourth in digs per set (4.33), ranking second among conference players in league matches with 5.28 dps. Freshman Lauren Cook is seventh in assists per set at 10.41, freshman Bojana Todorovic is eighth in service aces per set (0.31) and junior Dicey McGraw ranks 10th in kills per set with 3.45. As a team, the Bruins remain one of the top defensive squads, ranking second in dps (15.95) and opponent hitting percentage (.166) and third in bps (2.67). Through the first three weeks of conference play, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in dps at 18.00. Offensively, UCLA is fifth overall in kps (13.88) and sixth in saps (1.20). During Pac-10 matches, the Bruins have stepped up their offensive attack, ranking third in kps (14.67)
APPROACHING A GRAND CLUB
With her fifth consecutive double-figure digs match last Friday against USC, senior Kaitlin Sather moved closer to joining an elite UCLA club, which she could join as soon as this weekend. Sather has 969 digs and is just 31 away from becoming only the 12th Bruin to reach 1,000 in both kills and digs. The senior posted her seventh double-double of the season and 44th of her career against the Trojans with 15 digs to go along with a match-high 15 kills. She has three double-doubles in a row (Oct. 2-9) after recording four consecutive from Sept. 10-16. Sather's current streak started against Stanford when she had 13 kills and 10 digs and continued the following night versus California with a 13-kill, 16-dig performance. The 16 digs tied a season high, which she also had at Nebraska on Sept. 13. Sather's first four double-doubles came in succession against BYU (12 k, 12 d), Virginia (13 k, 13 d), Nebraska (13 k, 16 d) and Pepperdine (12 k, 12 d). Sather is second on the team with 2.54 kills and 2.88 digs per set. She has 10 matches with at least 10 digs this season, which is second on the team, and 48 for her career. Offensively, Sather had notched 13 kills in a match four times before recording a new season high against USC. Her nine double-figure kills contests are second on the team and give her 78 for her career. Sather has led the Bruins in kills in a match five times this season. She moved into 15th place on UCLA's all-time kills list against USC and has 1,319 as a Bruin. Next up on the list is 14th-place Lauren Fendrick, who had 1,356 career kills.
THREAT AT THE NET
Sophomore Amanda Gil maintained her standing as both the top blocker in the Pac-10 and second nationally in blocks per set. Gil has 1.53 bps, which is just .16 behind the nation-leading 1.69 bps of South Florida's Alli Arbogast. The sophomore has 28 blocks in her last four matches (1.87 bps) and is averaging 1.75 bps in conference action. Against USC on Friday, Gil had a season-best 13 kills and hit .478 with only two errors in 23 attempts, adding four blocks. She tied a season high with nine blocks against Stanford on Oct. 2, adding 10 kills. The next evening versus California, Gil had eight roofs, adding eight kills and only one error for a .368 hitting percentage. The sophomore has at least five blocks in a match 10 times. She had nine at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 18 and eight apiece against Virginia (Sept. 11) and at Pepperdine (Sept. 16). Offensively, Gil has seven double-figure kills matches this season and 19 for her career and ranks third on the team with 2.38 kills per set. Prior to her season-best output against the Trojans, the sophomore had 11 at Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 18) and 10 kills in five other contests. Gil, who leads the team and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 27th in the country with a .379 hitting percentage, has swung at a .400 clip or better eight times. Her season-best total (with at least 10 kills) came against Virginia when she hit .562 with 10 kills and one error in 16 attempts. Gil has also chipped in with her defense and serving. She has at least four digs in a match seven times, including a career-best seven against Nebraska. In the serving department, the sophomore has seven aces and no errors.
QUICK DRAW McGRAW
After posting only four double-doubles in her first two seasons at UCLA, junior Dicey McGraw already has four this year after producing a 14-kill, 10-dig effort against Stanford on Oct. 2. The double-double was her third in a row, a streak that began on Sept. 25 when McGraw had 13 kills and 11 digs at Arizona State. The following night at Arizona, the junior torched the Wildcats for a career-high 20 kills and added 15 digs, which was just one shy of a personal best. She fell just short of another double-double last Friday against USC with 12 kills and nine digs, committing only one error in 27 attempts for a .407 hitting percentage. McGraw leads the team with 3.45 kills per set and 10 double-figure kills contests (41 for her career). She has led the Bruins in kills in a match a team-best 10 times and has produced at least seven kills in all 18 contests. McGraw has broken the 15-kill threshold three other times, recording 18 at Nebraska (Sept. 13), 17 against BYU (Sept. 10) and 16 versus Loyola Marymount (Sept. 5). In the match with BYU, she added 12 digs for her first double-double of the season. McGraw has five double-figure digs matches and is fifth on the team with 2.00 digs per set. The junior has set or tied six career highs this year. She had a personal-best three aces and 22.5 points at Nebraska and hit .500 against Santa Clara on Aug. 28, which was also a career high. McGraw also tied career bests with two block solos against Loyola Marymount and five total blocks against Stanford.
Freshman Lauren Cook has four consecutive matches with at least 40 assists and produced her seventh double-double on Friday against USC with 47 assists and 10 digs. Cook leads the team with 10.41 assists per set and is third with 11 aces and 2.38 digs per set. She has crossed the 40-assist mark eight times, notching a personal-high 48 to go along with 15 digs at Nebraska on Sept. 13. That match concluded an outstanding weekend that saw Cook post three double-doubles to earn Ameritas Players Challenge MVP, AVCA National Player of the Week and Pac-10 POW honors. She began the weekend with 43 assists and 14 digs against BYU (Sept. 10) and had 44 assists and 15 digs versus Virginia (Sept. 11). Cook became just the fifth Bruin to earn AVCA NPOW accolades, joining Annett Buckner (1994), Kristee Porter (1998), Nellie Spicer (2005) and Nana Meriwether (2006). The double-double streak continued the following week when Cook went for 37 assists and 12 digs at Pepperdine (Sept. 16) and 44 assists and 13 digs at Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 18). She added another one on Oct. 2 against Stanford with 47 assists and a career-high 17 digs. Besides quarterbacking the offense, Cook has been helping the Bruins with her killing, posting four kills or more eight times. She had a season-high six kills against Virginia and Arizona (Sept. 26). The freshman has posted at least three kills with no errors six times. Cook had a season-high three service aces against California on Oct. 3.
LAINEY THE LIBERO
Sophomore Lainey Gera surpassed 20 digs for the third time in four matches and ran her double-figure digs streak to six after posting 23 against USC last Friday. The team leader in digs per set at 4.33 has 15 matches with at least 10 digs to give her 21 for her career. Gera's season high in digs came at Nebraska on Sept. 13 when she had 25. She also notched 22 digs against BYU (Sept. 10) and Stanford (Oct. 2) and 21 at Arizona on Sept. 26. Gera has at least 10 digs in 13 of her last 14 matches. The only time she didn't make it to double figures was on Sept. 19 against Fordham when she was given a break from her libero duties, but she still had seven digs and posted her first kill of the year. In addition to her prowess at digging, Gera has chipped in offensively with her serving and setting. The sophomore's 15 service aces are second on the team, as she has recorded at least one in 10 of the last 15 matches, including three at Pepperdine on Sept. 16, which tied a career high. Gera has also tallied at least five assists in a match seven times, posting a career-high seven against Hawai'i.
BO KNOWS VOLLEYBALL
Freshman Bojana Todorovic is really coming into her own, having posted at least seven kills and seven digs in five straight matches. Her run began when she came off the bench to post 11 kills and seven digs at Arizona State on Sept. 25. She has since earned four straight starts and posted her first double-double on Oct. 3 against California, leading the Bruins with a career-high 14 kills, hitting .345 and adding 13 digs. Todorovic is averaging 2.56 kills and 2.67 digs per set over her last five contests. In addition, the freshman had five blocks against Stanford (Oct. 2) and three versus California, with the eight blocks doubling the total from her previous 15 matches. Todorovic posted her first double-figure kills contest at Nebraska on Sept. 13 when she had 10. She is sixth on the team with 1.40 kps and fourth with 2.21 dps. Her season high in digs came on Sept. 19 against Fordham, when she had 16 playing as the libero. Her first double-figure digs match was against BYU on Sept. 10 when she notched 12. Todorovic has nine digs in four other contests. The freshman has also produced with the aces, leading the squad with 19. She had a season-best four at Pepperdine on Sept. 16 and added three against Fordham. Todorovic has at least one ace in 11 of 18 matches.
Sophomore Katie Camp recorded her first two double-figure kills matches of the season two weekends ago and is averaging 2.55 kills per set over her last three matches. Camp posted 11 kills against Stanford on Oct. 2 and had 10 versus California the following evening. Against the Golden Bears, Camp hit .421 with only two errors in 19 attacks to go along with four blocks. She had seven kills against USC last Friday. The sophomore has at least five kills in nine of her last 12 matches and is fifth on the team with 1.89 kills per set. Camp also ranks fourth in hitting percentage at .303 and second with 0.83 blocks per set. She had nine kills in back-to-back matches against BYU and Virginia (Sept. 10 and 11) and added eight more at Nebraska on Sept. 13. Against BYU, she hit a season-best .571 with one error in 14 attempts. Camp has produced five blocks in a match three times against Nebraska, Fordham and Long Beach State (Sept. 19).
MILESTONE UPCOMING FOR BANACHOWSKI
Head coach Andy Banachowski is closing in on his 1,100th career victory. The UCLA skipper has an overall record of 1,095-297, making him the winningest coach in women's volleyball history.