Nov. 8, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The Bruins lost their chance at a perfect Pac-10 season on Friday evening, but the team's first Pac-10 title since 1993 is still within reach. UCLA currently sits a half-game ahead of Stanford in the conference standings with the Bruins at 14-1 and Cardinal at 13-1 in Pac-10 play. The next task for the Bruins is the team's last regular-season homestand with matches against Oregon (7-16, 1-13 Pac-10) and Oregon State (8-14, 2-12). The Ducks just notched their first Pac-10 victory of the season on Friday, downing Oregon State, 3-1 at MacArthur Court. UCLA holds decisive advantages in both all-time series, leading Oregon by a 30-1 margin, while the Beavers have never topped the UCLA women's volleyball team in 26 tries. UCLA swept the Oregon schools at the start of a four-match road swing on Oct. 15-16.
Bruins Split Bay-Area Trip, Win 14th Pac-10 Match
Following a disappointing 3-1 loss at Stanford on Friday evening, the Bruins finished off their two-match road swing with their 14th Pac-10 victory of the season, a 3-0 triumph over Cal. With that victory, the Bruins are assured of their best Pac-10 record since the 1994 season, when UCLA finished with a 16-2 conference mark, good for second place.
With 33 kills in the two matches combined, sophomore OH Kristee Porter improves to 1,033 career kills, moving past Kathy Herse into 15th place on UCLA's career-kills list. Porter became the 16th player in Bruin history to record 1,000 career kills when she became the NCAA's second-fastest player to that mark on Oct. 29 at Pauley Pavilion in the Bruins 3-0 win over Washington State.
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 (867-202, 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.
Many Bruins are busy moving up on the school's career lists this season. Kristee Porter became the second-fastest person in NCAA history and 16th Bruin to record 1,000 career kills, doing so in her 50th career match. Her 1,033 kills (as of 11/8) is 15th in Bruin history and is third among the Pac-10's active players. Junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is now ranked in all three career block categories with 79 block solos (6th), 411 total blocks (7th) and 332 block assists (9th). Among active Pac-10 players, she ranks second behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh (441 TB). With 2,610 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor ranks second on the Pac-10 list of active setters, and fifth in Bruin history.
UCLA is still in a position to capture its first Pac-10 title since 1993, despite Friday's loss at Stanford. Should the Bruins and Cardinal both finish at 17-1, co-champions will be declared, and Pac-10 tiebreakers will be utilized only to decide which team receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tiebreakers for the automatic berth are as follows, with the Stanford-UCLA implications in parentheses: 1) head-to-head competition in the conference (tied), 2) most games won head-to-head in conference matches (tied), 3) team with highest for-against ratio of points in head-to-head competition (Stanford leads 89-86).
Bruins Lead Four Pac-10 Individual Statistical Categories
Four Bruins have accumulated season totals that are Pac-10 bests. Bachman now holds two of the conference's top spots, leading the way in hitting percentage (.412) and blocks (1.36 per game). Two other Bruins, Tamika Johnson (.391) and Kristee Porter (.310) rank second and eighth on that list, respectively. Among conference setters, UCLA's Erika Selsor is the best, averaging 13.63 assists/game. It should be no surprise that Kristee Porter leads the conference in kills per game with a 5.30 average. She is the only player in the conference averaging over 5.00 kills/game.
Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
Since the team's first weekend of play, UCLA has held 19 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 20 of 24 opponents (including the opponents in 13 of 15 Pac-10 matches) under .200, and 11 teams have been held under .100. Only Minnesota (.237), Hawaii (.240) and Arizona (.220 on Oct. 22) have hit above .200 against the 1999 Bruins. Stanford (11/5) is the only team to hit over .300 against UCLA, posting a mark of .340 in last Friday's victory.
Setting Everyone Up
Sophomore setter Erika Selsor started the 1999 season ranked eighth in Bruin history with 1,506 career assists. Since then, she has added 1,104 to her total and currently ranks fifth on UCLA's all-time career list with 2,610 to her credit. With 72 assists at Arizona on Oct. 22, Selsor set a new UCLA standard with her seventh career match with 70 assists or more, breaking the previous record held by Ann Boyer (1985-88) and her predecessor, Kim Coleman (1994-97).
Bowles Playing Double Role
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent much of the season at opposite hitter, and has set for the Bruins at the end of numerous matches. Her setting experience paid off for the Bruins in the key match on Oct. 22 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 424 kills through 22 matches, 152 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 (tops in Pac-10) and six for her career, tying Natalie Williams and Liz Masakayan for the career lead in that category ?She is also ranked ninth in the most recent available NCAA statistics (10/31) with a 5.36 kills per game average ?Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (1,033 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1,439) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1,218).
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.
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).
With a 14-1 Pac-10 record, UCLA is assured of its best Pac-10 record since the 1994 season, when the Bruins lost in the NCAA Championship match to Stanford. ?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 600 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 679 ?Either Bachman or Bowles will be the next Bruin to reach 1,000 kills. Both rank among Pac-10 top active players with 800 (7th) and 763 kills (10th), respectively UCLA is averaging just under 4.5 kills/game more than their opponents (17.3-12.7) and are out-blocking (2-9-2.0) and out-digging (15.3-13.2) their opponents on average.
This Week's Schedule - November 8-14
It's back to Pauley Pavilion for the final regular-season homestand of the year for the seventh-ranked Bruins. UCLA plays host to Oregon and Oregon State this week, with both matches scheduled for 7 p.m. starts. Thursday's match will be available on broadcast.com, while Friday's match is senior night for Tamika Johnson, Lyn Embree and manager Meredith O'Sullivan.
Thu. Nov. 11 Oregon Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT Fri. Nov. 12 Oregon State Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT
AVCA/USA Today Poll (11/8/99)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Penn State (55) 1491 2. Stanford (5) 1437 3. Hawai'i 1361 4. Florida 1301 5. Pacific 1254 6. Long Beach State 1216 7. UCLA 1168 8. Pepperdine 1033 9. UC Santa Barbara 1023 10. BYU 959 11. Colorado State 805 12. Nebraska 845 13. Clemson 759 14. Texas 700 15. Texas A&M 667 16. USC 605 17. Northern Iowa 526 18 Arizona 416 19. Kansas State 359 20. Minnesota 355 21. Univ. of San Diego 315 22. Colorado 242 23. Baylor 241 24. Arkansas 116 25. North Carolina 95
Volleyball Magazine Poll (11/8/99)
No. School 1. Penn State 2. Stanford 3. Florida 4. Long Beach State 5. Hawai'i 6. Pacific 7. UCLA 8. Colorado State 9. Nebraska 10. BYU 11. UCSB 12. Pepperdine 13. Texas 14. Clemson 15. USC 16. SanDiego 17. Texas A&M 18. Northern Iowa 19. Baylor 20. Kansas State
1999 UCLA Record
all matches 22-2 vs. conference opponents 14-1 vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 4-2 home matches at Pauley Pavilion 7-0 playing on a Friday 9-1 playing on a Saturday 7-0 playing on a Sunday 1-0 playing Monday through Thursday 5-1
The Bruins' Record When They
Won 1st game 20-1 Lost 1st game 2-1 Won 2nd game 20-1 Lost 2nd game 2-1 Won 3rd game 19-0 Lost 3rd game 3-2 Won 4th game 5-0 Lost 4th game 0-2 Played five games 2-0
This Week's Ticket
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Head Coach:Cathy Nelson, fifth year
1999 Record: 7-16, (1-13 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 30-1
Last Meeting: UCLA won, 3-0, Oct. 15 in Eugene
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Head Coach: Nancy Somera, first year
1999 Record: 8-14 (2-12 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 26-0
Last Year: UCLA won 3-0, Oct. 16 in Corvallis
Wahine Classic Pioneer Classic Kent Inv. Porter Porter (MVP) Porter (MVP) Bowles Johnson Bowles Johnson Selsor
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 11/1/99 7 4 11/8/99 7 7
1999 UCLA Bruins - Inside the Numbers
#1 Bachman Season Career Kills: 15 vs. Wright State 9/10 24, twice 15 vs. Washington 10/28 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: 10/18 and 11/1 Pac-10 POW, UCLA-record and NCAA's 3rd-best .938 hitting percentage (15K-0E-16TA) against Washington 10/28
#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: 15 matches with double-figure kills, 13 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 5 (0/5) vs. Cal 11/6 Aces: 2 three times 3 v.Wash.St., v.Virginia Notables: Second-fastest in NCAA history to 1,000 kills (50 MP/183 GP) Tied Natalie Williams and Liz Masakayan with sixth career 30-kill match on 10/22
#6 Millichap Season (Freshman) Kills: 1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24, vs. Wash.St. 10/29 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: 5th in UCLA history with 2,610 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 11th in the NCAA (10/24) with a .395 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 four times, last vs. Wash.St. 10/29 (career is same) Aces: 4 vs. Cal 10/8 4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Notable: Returning from medical 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 10 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