Women's Volleyball Downs Matadors, 3-1

Sept. 1, 2004

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, CA - The UCLA women's volleyball team opened its 2004 season with a 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge at the Matadome on Wednesday night. Game scores were 30-13, 24-30, 30-26, 30-23. UCLA had three players with double figure kills, led by Becky Green with 15. Early in the game, the teams traded points, and were tied as late as 9-9 before UCLA turned in a 20-4 run to close out the game. That stretch included a showcase of new NCAA volleyball rules that allow the libero to serve for one player each rotation as UCLA senior libero Chrissie Zartman served the Bruins to eight straight points in the game. In game two, the Bruins took an early 8-4 lead, but the Matadors fought back, rallying to tie the score at 19-19 before head coach Andy Banachowski called his first timeout of the game. The Matadors would continue their rally, however, forcing the Bruins into their final timeout of the game trailing 23-19. UCLA mounted a brief rally, but was unable to come back and win the game, falling by a score of 30-24 to go to the locker rooms tied at one game apiece. After the break, the teams returned to the court for another tight battle. The teams were tied at 18-18 and traded points from there with UCLA holding a slim lead at 22-20 when Northridge called its first time out. The Matadors were able to stay within one point as late as 24-23 before the Bruins were able to end the game on a Nana Meriwether kill for a 30-26 final and a two games to one lead. In the fourth and final game of the match, the teams were tight early, but the Bruins pulled out to a 15-7 lead behind the service of Becky Green. UCLA would then sprint out to a 27-14 lead before a string of attack errors cut the lead to 27-18 and prompted a Bruin timeout before UCLA was able to close out the game and the match on a Brynn Murphy kill, winning game three 30-23 Becky Green led the Bruins with 15 kills, and she was joined in double figures by Brynn Murphy with 12 and Nana Meriwether with 10. Meriwether had an impressive Bruin debut, checking in with 10 kills, a .600 attack percentage and a team-high nine blocks (one solo, eight assists) on the evening. Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins in digs with 18. UCLA travels to College Station, Texas, this weekend for the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational, where UCLA will play Southern Mississippi, Samford and host Texas A&M. Bethune Cookman was also scheduled to play the Bruins on Friday evening, but the Lady Wildcats will not be traveling to Texas due to travel concerns related to Hurricane Frances.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE