Bruins Gearing up for NCAA Tournament

Women's volleyball squad to open tourney against Virginia.

December 5, 1998

This Week's Schedule

  • The No. 15 ranked UCLA women's volleyball team opens NCAA Tournament action against the University of Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 5 at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome. The winner of the match advances to face the winner of the UCSB vs. Santa Clara match on Sunday.

    NCAA Tournament Pairings Announced ...
    For the first time in the history of the sport, the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship field contains 64 teams which were announced on Sunday, Nov. 29. Thirty conferences received automatic qualification, while the remaining 34 teams were selected at large, including UCLA. Ten teams are making their first ever NCAA appearance, including UCLA's first round opponent Virginia.

    Saturday  Dec. 5 UCLA vs. Virginia at UCSB (NCAA 1st) - 6 p.m.
                     UCSB vs. Santa Clara - 45 minutes after completion

    Live Broadcast on KIEV Radio (870 AM) and Internet (

    Sunday Dec. 6 Winners play at UCSB (NCAA 2nd) - 4 p.m.

    Delayed Broadcast on KIEV Radio (870 AM) & Internet ( 5 p.m.

    Championship Structure ...
    The 64-team NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship uses a single-elimination, best three-of-five game match format. Sixteen teams were seeded nationally and will play host to first and second round matches Dec. 3-6. They are (in order) Long Beach State, Penn State, Nebraska, Florida, Hawai'i, Wisconsin, Brigham Young, Stanford, Texas, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Arkansas, Southern California, Michigan State, Louisville and Illinois. Winners from these sub-regionals will advance to four regional tournaments also played at participating institutions Dec. 10-13. The four regional winners will meet in Madison, Wisconsin for the championship Dec. 17 and 19 hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.

    UCLA's NCAA History...
    UCLA is making its 17th NCAA appearance, having missed post-season play just once (1996). The Bruins have won six national championships (1991, '90, '84, '75, '74 and '72), including three titles since NCAA play began in 1981. UCLA owns a 120-23 record in all post-season action and is 44-14 in NCAA Tournament matches. All of this success has come under the direction of National Volleyball Hall of Fame coach Andy Banachowski, who is the 1998 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. UCLA's complete NCAA Volleyball Tournament results can be found in this year's media guide on page 34, while complete semi and final finishes are on page 35.

    Last Year In NCAA Action ...
    Last year UCLA also traveled to UC Santa Barbara for NCAA Tournament action. The Bruins defeated Pepperdine 3-1 (15-10, 15-12, 14-16, 15-9) in the first round before falling just short (8-15, 8-15, 15-6, 15-6, 14-16) in a five-game match with UCSB in the second. The championship semifinals and finals were held in Spokane, Washington where Stanford defeated Penn State in five games for the title.

    Recapping Last Week ...
    Bruins Conclude Regular-Season With 3-2 Win Over Pepperdine

    UCLA concluded regular-season play with another exciting 3-2 victory, this one over local rival Pepperdine on senior day at Pauley Pavilion. 11/24 Won 3-2 (7-15, 15-11, 15-8, 11-15, 15-13) vs. Pepperdine With the NCAA selection committee watching the outcome closely, No. 15 ranked UCLA finished the regular-season with an exciting 3-2 win over fellow NCAA hopeful Pepperdine, which did not make the 64-team field. Named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an all-conference selection earlier in the day, Kristee Porter drilled a match-high 33 kills to notch her fourth 30-plus match. Fellow rookie and All-Pac-10 choice Ashley Bowles collected 17 kills and tied for the team-high with 14 digs. The Bruins' third All-Pac-10 selection, Elisabeth Bachman led all hitters with a .385 attack percentage as she totaled 14 kills and also reached double figures with a match-high 11 blocks. An honorable mention All-Freshman pick, setter Erika Selsor provided 59 assists and also added 14 digs. Sophomore Michelle Quon added 12 digs, while seniors Chaska Potter and Mandi Lawson closed their UCLA careers with 11 and seven digs, respectively. Sophomore Amy Nihipali added eight kills and four blocks. Pepperdine was also led by a freshman, as Lindsay Phillips drilled a team-best 24 kills and totaled 14 digs.

    UCLA Claims Pac-10 Coach & Freshman of the Year
    Bachman, Bowles, Porter Selected All-Pac-10; 3 Bruins Receive All-Freshman

    When the Pac-10 All-Conference honors were released on Nov. 24, UCLA fans should have been pleased. Not only did rookie sensation Kristee Porter (Tyler, TX) earn Freshman of the Year honors, but head coach Andy Banachowski nabbed the Coach of the Year Award as well. Add to that the fact that three Bruins were named to the All-Pac-10 Team, including an unprecedented two rookies, and UCLA faithful had yet another reason to celebrate. Joining Porter as all-conference selections were redshirt sophomore Elisabeth Bachman (Lakeville, MN) and freshman Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, CA). In addition to the all-conference honors, both Porter and Bowles were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, and fellow rookie Erika Selsor (Linden, CA) received honorable mention.

    Never before have two UCLA rookies been named to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team in the same year. In fact, only two Bruin rookies have claimed all-conference honors (Natalie Williams in 1989 and Elaine Youngs in 1988). The last time UCLA landed three players on the All-Pac-10 Team was 1993 when Julie Bremner, Annett Buckner and Jenny Johnson all received the honor.

    Coach Banachowski was rewarded for guiding a very young UCLA team to a third place finish in the Pac-10 race. The Bruins posted a 13-5 league record and finished the regular-season 15-11 overall, despite losing the first six matches of the season. This is the fifth time Banachowski has been chosen the Pac-10 Conference Coach of The Year.

    This Week's Opponents...

    Virginia "Cavaliers"

    Current Ranking: Unranked
    1998 Record: 26-7 Overall; 12-4 (2nd) Atlantic Coast Conf.
    UCLA Series History: This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
    NCAA History: An at-large NCAA Selection, Virginia is making its first appearance in the tournament.
    Most Recent Action: UVA reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament over the weekend by defeating Maryland 3-2 before losing to Florida State 3-0.
    Notable: The Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 14 matches.
    Coach: Melissa Aldrich Shelton (William &Mary '91)
    Career Record/Years: 77-56/4th year
    All-Conference: All-ACC First Team selection junior middle hitter Jessica Parsons leads the Cavs in kills (483, 3.89/gm) and hitting percentage (.331). Senior outside hitter Claire Folga and defensive specialist/setter Amanda Wells both earned second team All-ACC honors.

    UC Santa Barbara "Gauchos"

    Current Ranking: Ranked No. 11 in AVCA/USA Today poll and No. 8 by Volleyball magazine.
    1998 Record: 26-5 Overall; 13-3 Big West Conference
    UCLA Series History: UCLA leads the all-time series 60-8 and is 11-2 against the Gauchos in the last 10 years.
    Most Recent Meeting: The two teams last met this season on Oct. 14, with UCLA posting a pivotal 3-2 win over then-No. 4 ranked UCSB.
    Post-season Series History: UCLA leads the series 4-2 in post-season action, but the only one in NCAA tournament play was last year's UCSB 3-2 victory.
    UCSB NCAA History: An at-large NCAA selection, UCSB is one of only four teams to play in every NCAA Tournament, owning a 17-10 slate in NCAA action. Although they reached three final fours prior to NCAA play, the Gauchos made their farthest advancement by reaching the Elite Eight last year.
    Most Recent Action: UCSB has won its last four matches in three games, bringing their total for the year to 21 sweeps. The Gauchos have only been swept twice this season but are 0-2 in five-game matches.
    Notable: Since that earlier loss to UCLA, the Gauchos won 10 of their final 13 matches, losing only to No. 4 BYU, No. 10 Pacific and No. 1 Long Beach State.
    Coach: Kathy Gregory (Cal State LA '68)
    Career Record/Years: 571-257/22 years
    All-Conference: Three UCSB players received All-Big West first team honors. Junior outside hitters Roberta Gehlke and Charlene Conley were selected along with Gaucho rookie setter Brooke Rundle, who was also named the Big West Freshman of the Year. Senior middle blocker Katie Crawford, who missed considerable action this season (including the first meeting with UCLA) with an injury, was selected to the All-Big West Second Team.

    Santa Clara "Broncos"

    Current Ranking: Received votes in AVCA/USA Today poll
    1998 Record: 20-9 Overall; 11-3 (2nd) West Coast Conf.
    UCLA Series History: The series is tied at one match each. UCLA won the first meeting 2-0 in the season opener at the CS Fullerton Tournament in 1984, while Santa Clara won this year 3-1.
    Most Recent Meeting: The two teams last met earlier this season on Sept. 16 when Santa Clara claimed a 3-1 win to hand UCLA its only loss to an unranked team.
    NCAA History: An at-large selection, Santa Clara is making its third NCAA appearance. The Broncos lost first round matches to BYU in 1992 and to New Mexico in 1993.
    Most Recent Action: Santa Clara won its last two matches, 3-0, and now have 12 sweeps this season.
    Notable: The Broncos have won 12 of their last 13 matches, including a string of 10 straight.
    Coach: Annie Feller (UC Riverside '87)
    Career Record/Years: 98-80/6th season
    All-Conference: Two Santa Clara players garnered All-West Coast Conference honors, both middle blockers. Junior Laura Echolds was named to the first team, while sophomore Any Kohl was chosen to the second team.

    A Glance At UCLA ...

    UCLA "Bruins"

    Current Ranking: Ranked No. 15 in AVCA/USA Today poll and No. 17 by Volleyball magazine.
    1998 Record: 15-11 Overall; 13-5 (3rd) Pacific-10 Conf.
    UCLA NCAA History: An at-large NCAA selection, UCLA has played in the post-season in all but one year (1996) and is making its 17th appearance since NCAA action began. The Bruins own six national titles, three of those from the NCAA. UCLA owns a record of 44-14 in NCAA post-season play. Last year UCLA defeated Pepperdine and lost to UC Santa Barbara in NCAA action also at UCSB's Thunderdome.
    Most Recent Action: UCLA won its last two matches, including an important 3-2 win over Pepperdine in the regular-season finale. The Bruins have now won 12 of their last 14 outings.
    Notable: All of UCLA's losses this season have come against teams competing in the NCAA Tournament, and Santa Clara is the only unranked team to defeat the Bruins. UCLA is 5-4 in three-game matches, 7-3 in four games and 3-4 when the match goes the limit.
    Coach: Andy Banachowski (UCLA '68)
    Career Record/Years: 844-199/32 years
    All-Conference: Three UCLA players were chosen to the All-Pac-10 Conference First Team, including two freshmen for the first time in history. Rookies Kristee Porter and Ashley Bowles were also selected to the All-Freshman Team, and Porter was chosen the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Redshirt-sophomore Elisabeth Bachman also earned All-Pac-10 honors. In addition, rookie setter Erika Selsor received honorable mention All-Freshman.

    Head Coach Andy Banachowski ...
    Chosen the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski achieved one of the highest honors possible when he became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the national Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach last year. A great teacher of the game, Banachowski is not only the owner of more victories than any other NCAA Division I women's coach, but also mentor to numerous individual success stories during and after college. Now in his 32nd season guiding the Bruins, he has led the Bruins to six national championships, top-four national finishes in 20 of the last 27 years, and has compiled 30 or more victories in seven of the last 10 seasons. Banchowski entered the season with a career record of 829-188 and now stands 844-199 entering the NCAA Tournament.

    Brief Bruin Overview ...
    This year's theme of "Winning Hand In Hand" builds on the foundation of excellence which is second to none. The UCLA women's volleyball program is joining hands in a quest to bring home its seventh national title. The 1998 Bruins combine nine newcomers, including the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation, with nine returners, including a pair of redshirts from last year. This year's squad is extremely young with six sophomores, one junior and only two seniors. Three freshmen received the starting nod in the season opener at Hawai'i and six have made significant contributions. Co-captains for the season are Chaska Potter and Elisabeth Bachman.

    UCLA Holds Steady In National Poll ...
    The Bruins held steady in the No. 15 slot of the AVCA/USA Today national poll for the second week after holding the No. 16 position for the two previous weeks. In its final-regular season action, UCLA defeated local rival Pepperdine 3-2 (7-15, 15-11, 15-8, 11-15, 15-13). The Bruins climbed one notch to No. 17 in the Volleyball magazine rankings after staying at No. 18 for three consecutive weeks.

    Prior to the start of the season, UCLA was ranked No. 18 by the coaches and No. 14 by Volleyball. The Bruins remained in the AVCA rankings for a week before falling out, then reappeared on Oct. 19 after posting an impressive upset of then-No. 4 UCSB. UCLA was ranked by both the AVCA (23) and Volleyball (20) on Oct. 26 for its first appearance in both polls since the preseason.

    Check Out The Power Ratings ...
    According to the latest (through Nov. 29) AVCA/Sagarin Ratings, which determine a team's ranking using a combination of win-loss record, strength of schedule, and record vs. top 25 and 64 teams, UCLA is ranked No. 21 in the nation with an overall power rating of 94.31. Most impressive is the fact that the youthful Bruins' schedule is currently ranked as the second toughest in all of NCAA Division I women's volleyball. UCLA's schedule has featured matches against 10 top 25 teams, including No. 1 Penn State in a string of five top-15 teams to open the season and a mid-season win over No. 4 UCSB.

    Streaking Bruins ...
    Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country has advantages and disadvantages; for the Bruins, the outcome has been streaks of two different kinds. UCLA opened the season with six straight losses, five against teams ranked in the top-15 at match time. The Bruins' youth played a major factor in that poor start, but the team has shown consistent improvement and has become one of the hottest teams in the nation. UCLA has won 12 of its last 14 matches, including sweeps in five of those outings and an upset of then-No. 4 UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins' last three losses came in five-game matches with top-20 ranked teams. UCLA is currently ranked No. 15 by the AVCA.

    Individuals Among The Stats Leaders ...
    Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kristee Porter not only leads the conference with an impressive 5.44 kills per game average, but has also climbed to No. 5 in the national statistical rankings.

    Close behind Porter is classmate and fellow All-Pac-10 selection Ashley Bowles with a 4.45 kills average which stands sixth in the conference. Bowles is also tied for 10th among the Pac-10 leaders for service aces with a 0.28 per game average.

    Also listed among the nation's best is sophomore middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman, who is currently listed No. 19 in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10 with a 1.51 bpg per game average. The Bruins third All-Pac-10 selection is also listed third in the league with a .374 hitting percentage.

    An honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman selection, setter Erika Selsor is currently averaging 13.77 assists per game which is second in the Pac-10 and No. 12 in the nation.

    Youth Movement ...
    One half of the 18-player UCLA roster is made up of freshmen (including the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation), and six more are sophomores. Needless to say, the starting lineup is dominated by underclassmen. In fact, all three of the Bruin upperclassmen have been hampered by injuries thus far. Seven rookies have already seen action, and five have earned starts, including three mainstays (Erika Selsor, Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter) who have played every game. Although several people have seen action in the opposite hitter slot, the remainder of the starting rotation belongs to a trio of sophomores. Elisabeth Bachman, who redshirted last year with an injury, and Amy Nihipali have owned the starting nods inside, while defensive specialist Michelle Quon has shared the rotation. The Bruins' only seniors fill the final slots in the rotation with Chaska Potter as the starter in the opposite slot and Mandi Lawson coming in for Bachman as a defensive specialist.

    Seniors Key Turn-Around ...
    A major factor in the Bruins' success during the second-half of the season was the return of senior co-captain Chaska Potter to the lineup. The Bruins' only fourth-year player, Potter returned to the starting rotation at Arizona on Oct. 9 as the opposite hitter. The Bruins lost that match at Arizona in five games but went on a six-match win streak after that and finished the season winning 12 of the remaining 14 matches. Potter had been out with a shoulder injury that continues to limit her actions. Also contributing to the stability in the lineup and subsequent mid-season turn around was the return of second-year Bruin defensive specialist Mandi Lawson from a pulled muscle.

    Rookie Rampage, Freshmen Trio Excels...
    For the first time in history, UCLA had two freshmen named to the All-Pac-10 Team and saw three rookies garner All-Freshman recognition, including the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

    Starting setter Erika Selsor received honorable mention All-Freshman honors and is averaging 13.77 assists per game, which is the second highest average in the conference and 12th highest in the nation. An All-Pac-10 and All-Freshman selection, starting outside hitter Ashley Bowles leads the team in digs (257, 2.66/gm) and aces (29, 0.28/gm) and is second in kills (454, 4.54/gm). Bowles ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in kills (6th) and aces (t10th). The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-10 and All-Freshman pick, starting outside hitter Kristee Porter leads the team and conference with a 5.44 kills per game average, which also ranks fifth in the nation. Her 555 total kills already ranks ninth on the UCLA all-time single-season best list, while her 1,266 attempts stand as the fifth-highest total in a UCLA season. In addition, four of the Bruins' other rookies have seen action this season. Angela Eckmier has played in 28 of 102 games in the opposite slot, earning the starting nod in Chicago. Lauren Hogan started the first two home matches as the opposite. Outside hitter Taylor Rodger and middle blocker Danielle Ryba have also had match action.

    Building Blocks ...
    Redshirt-sophomore Elisabeth Bachman reached double figures in blocks for the first time when she posted a new career-high 12 blocks (two solo, 10 assisted) at Washington on Nov. 15. This effort also put Bachman into the UCLA 12 & Over Elite Performance Club. Her previous high of nine had been set and then equalled four more times this season, including in three consecutive outings. Bachman has put down at least five blocks in 17 matches, including two double-figure outings. Her team-leading 35 solo blocks rank as the sixth highest single-season total at UCLA, while her team-best 157 total blocks are just four short of the top-10. She currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 19th in the nation with a per game blocking average of 1.54.

    Fellow sophomore Amy Nihipali put down three solo blocks in three straight matches and had four at Cal. She is behind Bachman with 23 solo blocks, 16 of those coming during Pac-10 matches. She tied her career-high by registering eight blocks (3 BS, 5 BA) at Arizona State and matched that (1 BS, 7 BA) at home against ASU. She has posted five-plus blocks eight times and at least three in eight others.

    Bruin Injury Report ...

  • Sophomore outside hitter Celeste Peterson underwent knee surgery during the spring and will redshirt this season.
  • Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg underwent surgery to her right shoulder on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and will be out for the remainder of the season. Wittenburg has already utilized her redshirt year.
  • Rookie Taylor Rodger missed the Chicago and Bay Area trips due to a strained muscle then suffered a sprained ankle which caused her to miss further action. She has not played since the Arizona match on Oct. 9.
  • Junior Tamika Johnson has been slowed by injuries all season and missed the Arizona trip with the flu. She has been cleared to return but must now contend for playing time and has not seen action since USC on Oct. 2.
  • Senior Chaska Potter saw limited action due to a shoulder injury until she was cleared for full action at Arizona. She has started every match since, although she now serves left-handed, and is a key in the Bruins' second-half turn around.

    Double Dips ...
    One of the hottest players on the court nationwide, freshman Kristee Porter has notched 20-plus kills in 16 of the last 20 matches and has reached double-figures in 22 consecutive outings. Porter recorded her fifth double-double in incredible fashion, as she registered 38 kills and 24 digs against UCSB on Oct. 14 to become the first freshman and only the fifth player in UCLA history to record 30-kills and 20-digs in the same match. She now has 10 double-doubles on the season. Porter continues to write her name in the record book, as she has registered 30-plus kills a total of four times. She drilled 36 kills against USC on Oct. 30, 35 against Stanford on Nov. 20 and 33 against Pepperdine on Nov. 24. Earlier in the season she fell just shy of the 30-kill and 20-20 clubs with 29 kills and 18 digs at Stanford. She came up just short of the three-game match record against Arizona when she put away 28 kills in the sweep.

    The latest member of the 30-plus kill club, fellow rookie Ashley Bowles recorded a career-high 35 kills at Washington on Nov. 15. She was the first Bruin to register double figures in kills when she notched 21 against Ohio State on Sept. 6. Bowles has also posted double figure kills in the last 22 matches, including 10, 20-plus efforts. She has a total of 23 double-dips thus far and owns 14 double-doubles. Bowles also came close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills /18 digs at Stanford and 20k/17d vs. Washington.

    Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in 18 matches, including the last 13 outings. Her career total in this category is now 29. She fell just shy of a triple-double vs. Oregon (9/25) when she registered nines in kills, digs and blocks and again at Washington with 16 kills, nine digs and 12 blocks. She owns two double-doubles, both coming in kills and blocks. Bachman posted a career-high 24 kills against UCSB and equalled that mark against USC. Sophomore middle blocker Amy Nihipali reached double figures in kills four times and has seven career double-digit outings.

    Senior specialist Mandi Lawson reached double-figures in digs for the first four times in her career this season. She notched 11 at Santa Clara, 12 at Stanford, 13 vs. UCSB and 12 against USC. Fellow specialist Michelle Quon, a sophomore, improved her career-high with 16 digs at Oregon and has reached double figures in digs 11 times this season, including the last three matches. Setter Erika Selsor has registered nine double-figure dig matches, including a career-high 17 against USC. Senior Chaska Potter has double-digit digs in 10 matches this season, including a career-high 25 digs against UCSB and 20 at Washington. Rookie Angela Eckmier notched her career-high 12 digs at Santa Clara.

    Bruin Honor Roll (listed by player):

    Andy Banachowski
    Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year

    Elisabeth Bachman
    Pac-10 Conf. Player of the Week
    Pac-10 All-Academic First Team
    GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII
    All-Pac-10 Conference First Team

    Ashley Bowles
    All-Tournament at Hawaii
    Pac-10 Conf. Player of the Week
    All-Pac-10 Conference First Team
    Pac-10 All-Freshman Team

    Chaska Potter
    Pac-10 All-Academic Hon. Mention

    Kristee Porter
    Pac-10 Conf. Player of the Week
    AVCA National Player of the Week
    All-Pac-10 Conference First Team
    Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
    Pac-10 All-Freshman Team

    Michelle Quon
    Pac-10 All-Academic Hon. Mention

    Erika Selsor Pac-10 All-Freshman Hon. Mention

    Elite Performances ...

    Porter: 30-plus Kills Four Times Including One 30k/20d
    Freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter gave Bruin fans a night to remember when she drilled 38 kills and recorded 24 digs in leading UCLA to a come-from-behind five-game win over No. 4 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14. Porter's kill total in that match is the second highest in UCLA history, just five shy of the 43 posted by Natalie Williams against Hawaii in 1991. With this effort, Porter became the first freshman in Bruin history to drill 30-plus kills in a match. In addition, Porter joined a very elite group, as she became the first rookie and only the fifth player in UCLA history to notch 30-kills and 20-digs in the same match. Other members of the 30-20 club are Liz Masakayan (three times), Jenny Evans, Elaine Youngs and Kara Milling. Porter is only the eighth player in UCLA history to reach the 30-kill milestone.

    Not about to let up, Porter etched her name onto the 30-plus kill list for the second time on Oct. 30 when she drilled 36 kills in the Bruins' 2-3 loss to No. 11 USC. Her assault on the record book continued when she drilled 35 kills in a 2-3 loss to No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 20. These are the fifth and sixth highest kill totals in UCLA history. In the regular-season finale, Porter again surpassed the 30-kill mark as she led the Bruins to victory with 33 against Pepperdine on Nov. 24. Porter is only the fifth Bruin to have multiple entries in this prestigious club and just the third with four or more.

    Bowles: 30-plus Kills
    Also making an entry into the UCLA elite performance club was freshman Ashley Bowles who made her mark at Washington on Nov. 15. Bowles became only the second UCLA rookie and ninth Bruin player in history to surpass the 30-kill mark in a single match when she drilled 35 against the Huskies. This effort ties Bowles with Porter for the sixth highest kill total in UCLA history.

    Bachman: .600-Plus Hitting and 12 & Over Blocks
    Preventing the rookies from being the only ones impacting the elite clubs, sophomore Elisabeth Bachman registered the fourth highest single-match hitting percentage in UCLA history when she put away 17 kills without an error in 26 attempts for a .654 mark against Arizona on Nov. 8. Bachman later became only the eighth player in UCLA history to record 12 or more blocks in a match when she stuffed two solo and 10 assisted blocks at Washington on Nov. 15 to join the 12 & Over Blocks Club.

    Selsor: 70-plus Assists Six Times
    Rookie setter Erika Selsor etched her name deep in the UCLA all-time leaders lists when she provided 88 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14. With this accomplishment, Selsor became the first freshman in UCLA history to have over 80 assists in a single match and put her name third on the all-time best list behind only Holly McPeak's outings of 97 and 95 during the 1990 season.

    Selsor also became only the seventh player in UCLA history to notch 70-plus assists in a single match when she tallied 70 at Stanford on Sept. 20. She then equalled that feat against Oregon on Oct. 25, again finishing with 70. The 70-mark had only been reached in four games on five occassions until Selsor eclipsed the mark at Stanford. Selsor made her fourth entry in the 70-plus club when she provided 73 assists against USC on Oct. 30. Her fifth 70-plus entry and second highest total of the season came at Washington on Nov. 15 when she provided 78 assists. Selsor tied the record for most entries in the category when she provided 72 for her sixth 70-plus effort vs. Stanford on Nov. 20.

    Bruin Honors:

    Bowles Named All-Tournament in Hawaii ...
    Earning all-tournament honors in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Ashley Bowles (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High) is already establishing herself as a force in the UCLA lineup and in the nation. Bowles was impressive in each outing during the weekend and posted her best numbers (21 kills, .395, 9 digs) in UCLA's 2-3 loss to Ohio State. She hit .299 and totaled 39 kills for a team-high 3.55 kills per game and added 19 digs over the weekend en route to the honor.

    Porter Named Pac-10 & AVCA National Player of the Week ...
    Freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, Texas) was named the Pac-10 Conference and AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after helping lead UCLA to three victories, including an upset of No. 4 ranked UCSB.

    For the week, Porter hit .321 and recorded 80 kills, 39 digs, five blocks and four aces. She averaged 6.67 kills, 3.25 digs and .42 blocks per game in 12 games played. Against the Gauchos, Porter tallied career-highs with 38 kills and 24 digs to go along with two blocks, an ace and a .412 hitting percentage. She had 22 kills, six digs, two blocks and a .279 hitting percentage in a four-game victory over Washington and finished the week with 20 kills, nine digs and three aces in a three-game win over Washington State.

    Her 38 kills against UC Santa Barbara is the second highest single-match total at UCLA, just five shy of four-time AVCA All-American Natalie Williams' record of 43 set in 1991. She also posted 24 digs against UCSB to become the first freshman and only the fifth player ever in UCLA history to record over 30 kills and 20 digs in the same match.

    Porter becomes just the second freshman to earn AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honors. Stanford junior Kerri Walsh is the only other rookie to earn the honor.

    Porter Named UCLA Athlete of the Month...
    Freshman outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, Texas) was selected the UCLA Female Athlete of the Month for Sept. - Oct. after getting her collegiate career off to a fantastic start. Porter received the honor along with Male Athlete of the Month honoree Cade McNown, the Bruins' Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback on the highly ranked football team, during Basketball Preview Day on Sunday, Nov. 8.

    Bachman Named Pac-10 Player of the Week ...
    Sophomore middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman, from Lakeville, MN, became the second Bruin this season to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Nov. 9 after she helped lead UCLA to a pair of Pac-10 sweeps with victories over Arizona State and Arizona. This is this first Pac-10 POW honor for Bachman.

    Bachman hit .509 for the week with 29 kills (4.83 kpg) and nine blocks (1.5 bpg) in the two sweeps. In the win over ASU, Bachman hit .370 with 12 kills and seven blocks, including three solo. She was near-perfect against Arizona, as she drilled 17 kills without an error in 26 attempts for an impressive .654 attack percentage and added two blocks. Bachman also recorded the 500th kill of her career and has now hit above .350 in each of the last nine matches.

    Bowles Named Pac-10 Player of the Week ...
    Freshman outside hitter Ashley Bowles, from Manhattan Beach, CA, became the third Bruin in five weeks to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Nov. 16 after she helped lead UCLA to a pair of Pac-10 victories over Washington State and Washington. Just weeks before, sophomore Elisabeth Bachman received the acclaim, while four weeks ago fellow rookie Kristee Porter claimed the award and also garnered the national honor. This is this first Pac-10 POW honor for Bowles and the 38th time a UCLA player has won the award.

    Over the weekend, Bowles was impressive as she hit .328 and totaled 56 kills (7.0 kpg), 29 digs (3.63 dpg), seven service aces and seven blocks. She opened with 21 kills, 13 digs and a career-high six aces and was one of three Bruins over the 20-kill mark at Washington State. She capped the exceptional weekend by becoming only the second freshman in UCLA history to register over 30-kills in a match (the other being Porter twice this season) when she put away a career-high 35 kills at Washington. She also added 16 digs and a career-high four blocks at UW.

    Three Bruins Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors
    Elisabeth Bachman received first team recognition, while Chaska Potter and Michelle Quon garnered honorable mention on the Pac-10 Conference Women's Volleyball All-Academic teams. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, be either a starter or significant contributor and have attended the University for a minimum of one academic year. A sophomore communication studies major, Bachman boasts a 3.77 GPA. A senior psychology student, Potter carries a 3.16 average. A sophomore yet to declare her major, Quon owns a 3.30 mark.

    Bachman Chosen Academic All-District
    Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman (Lakeville, MN) was chosen to the GTE/CoSIDA District VIII Women's Volleyball Academic All-American First Team. A sophomore communications studies major with a 3.77 GPA, Bachman will now advance to the national ballot. First, second and third team national selections will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15. A student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant reserve and be in at least their second year at their current school in order to be eligible for Academic All-America honors. Forty-eight eligible student-athletes were nominated by 26 schools from California, Hawai'i, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Washington and British Columbia on the District VIII ballot.


    USA Today/AVCA Top 25

     1. Long Beach State
     2. Penn State
     3. Nebraska
     4. Florida
     5. Stanford
     6. Hawai'i
     7. Brigham Young
     8. Wisconsin
     9. Pacific
    10. USC
    11. UC Santa Barbara
    12. Texas
    13. Arkansas
    14. Michigan State
    15. UCLA
    16. San Diego
    17. Colorado
    18. Texas A&M
    19. Arizona
    20. Illinois
    21. Kansas State
    22. Texas Tech
    23. Louisville
    24. Northern Iowa
    25. Loyola Marymount

    UCLA Record Book Updates

    Additions to Elite Performance Clubs
    Assists - 70 & Over Club
    Erika Selsor  88 (5) 10/14/98 v. UCSB
    Erika Selsor  78 (4) 11/15/98 at Washington
    Erika Selsor  73 (5) 10/30/98 v. USC
    Erika Selsor  72 (5) 11/20/98 v. Stanford
    Erika Selsor  70 (5) 10/25/98 at Oregon State
    Erika Selsor  70 (4)  9/20/98 at Stanford

    Kills - 30 & Over Club Kristee Porter 38 (5) 10/14/98 v. UCSB Kristee Porter 36 (5) 10/30/98 v. USC Ashley Bowles 35 (4) 11/15/98 at Washington Kristee Porter 35 (5) 11/20/98 v. Stanford Kristee Porter 33 (5) 11/24/98 v. Pepperdine

    30 Kills / 20 Digs Club Kristee Porter 38 k / 24 d (5) 10/14/98 v. UCSB

    Blocks - 12 & Over Club Elisabeth Bachman 2BS / 10BA (4) 11/15/98 at Washington

    Hitting Percentage - .600 & Over (Min 20 attempts) Elisabeth Bachman .654 (17-0-26) (3) 11/8/98 v. Arizona

    Pac-10 Conference Standings

                      Pac-10   Overall
    *Stanford           17-1     25-3
    *USC                16-2     22-5
    *UCLA               13-5    15-11
    *Arizona            12-6     21-6
    Washington State    8-10    12-14
    Arizona State       8-10    11-14
    Washington          7-11     9-15
    Oregon State        3-15    13-16
    Oregon              3-15     8-23
    California          3-15     7-22

    Bruins In The Statistical Rankings

    Category         Player       Pac-10     Pace
    Hitting Pct.     Bachman         3rd     .374
    Assists          Selsor          2nd    13.77
    Blocks           Bachman         4th     1.54
    Kills            Porter          1st     5.44
    Kills            Bowles          6th     4.45
    Service Aces     Bowles        T10th     0.28

    Bruins in the Rankings

                     AVCA/USA Today   VB Magazine
    Preseason              18              14
    Week 1 (9/8)           20              NR
    Week 2 (9/15)          RV              NR 
    Week 3 (9/22)          NR              NR 
    Week 4 (9/28)          NR              NR
    Week 5 (10/5)          RV              NR 
    Week 6 (10/12)         NR              NR
    Week 7 (10/19)         25              NR
    Week 8 (10/26)         23              20 
    Week 9 (11/2)          20              NR
    Week 10 (11/9)         16              18
    Week 11 (11/16)        16              18
    Week 12 (11/23)        15              18
    Week 13 (11/30)        15              17

    Already On Single Season Top-10

    Hitting percentage

       NAME                   PCT.       K-E-TA  SEASON
    1. Natalie Williams       .416  493-120-896    92
    2. Elaine Youngs          .389  402-115-737    92
    3. Daiva Tomkus           .387  452-102-903    88
    4. Alyson Randick         .382   312-67-642    94
    5. Marissa Hatchett       .380   316-84-611    92
    6. Daiva Tomkus           .375   413-96-845    89
    7. Elisabeth Bachman      .374   341-74-713    98


       NAME                   KILLS   SEASON
    1. Annett Buckner          639      94
    2. Patty Orozco            627      83
    3. Kara Milling            623      97
    4. Natalie Williams        615      91
    5. Natalie Williams        610      90
    6. Liz Masakayan           595      85
    7. Liz Masakayan           558      84
    8. Liz Masakayan           556      83
    9. Kristee Porter          555      98

    Total Attacks

       NAME                 ATTACKS   SEASON
    1. Annett Buckner         1426      94
    2. Kara Milling           1343      97
    3. Liz Masakayan          1333      85
    4. Natalie Williams       1333      90
    5. Kristee Porter         1266      98

    Block Solos

       NAME                   SOLOS   SEASON
    1. Marissa Hatchett         60      90
    2. Merja Connolly           42      83
    3. Daiva Tomkus             38      88
    4. Daiva Tomkus             36      87
    5. Annett Buckner           36      94
    6. Elisabeth Bachman        35      98