Women's Volleyball Hosts NCAA First/Second Round This Weekend

Nov. 30, 2005

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For the third consecutive year, UCLA has been chosen to host a first and second round site for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, it was announced on Sunday. The Bruins are the 16th seed in the 64-team tournament and will open against Kansas on Friday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Long Beach State and San Diego will play in the day's first match. UCLA has played both of those teams recently, bouncing the 49ers in the second round of last year's tournament and eliminating USD in a first-round match at Pauley in 2003.

Tournament Information
All-session tickets will be available at Pauley Pavilion on the day of the event. All-sessions passes will sell for $12 for adults and $8 for students and youth. Single-session tickets, which will only be sold on game-days, are available for $8 for adults and $5 for students and youth. All tickets are general admission.

NCAA First Round Matches - Friday, December 2, 2005
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
5:30 pm San Diego vs. Long Beach State
8 pm Kansas at UCLA

NCAA Second Round Match - Saturday, December 3, 2005
7 pm San Diego/Long Beach State winner vs. Kansas/UCLA winner

Second-round winner advances to the Omaha, Neb., regional.

Five Bruins Earn Conference Honors; Meriwether and Spicer First-Team All-Pac-10
Junior Nana Meriwether and freshman Nellie Spicer led a group of five Bruins who earned All-Conference honors on Monday, as both were named to the All-Pac-10 team. Senior Nancy Barba was Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, while Spicer and Kaitlin Sather were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Libero Jordan Smith rounded out the group, earning Honorable Mention All-Freshman notice. Spicer was the only freshman other than Conference Freshman of the Year Foluke Akinradewo (STAN) to earn All-Pac-10 honors.

UCLA vs. Kansas Jayhawks (15-14; At-Large Bid, Big 12 Conference)
Friday will mark the second all-time meeting between the Bruins and Jayhawks with UCLA winning a match at the DGWS National Tournament in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 4, 1971. Game scores from that match are unavailable. Kansas is an at-large selection from the Big 12 Conference and is coached by Ray Bechard, who is in his eighth season with KU. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Josi Lima (3.44/game), ASSISTS- Andi Rozum (12-87/game), ACES- Emily Brown (0.40/game), DIGS- Jamie Mathewson (3.33/game), BLOCKS- Josi Lima (1.14/game).

UCLA vs. San Diego Toreros (22-5; At-Large Bid, West Coast Conference)
UCLA and USD have already played once this season, a 3-1 UCLA victory on Sept. 3 at the Sands/SBC Tournament in Reno, Nev. UCLA leads the all-time series with USD 3-0, including a 30-20, 30-17, 30-24 win by the Bruins in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion. USD is coached by Jennifer Petrie, who is in her seventh year with the Toreros. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Christie Dawson (4.26/game), ASSISTS- Lindsey Sherburne (13.57/game), ACES- Christie Dawson (0.32/game), DIGS- Jackie Bernardin (5.13/game), BLOCKS- Christie Dawson (0.78/game).

UCLA vs. Long Beach State 49ers (25-6; Automatic Bid, Big West Conference)
The Bruins and 49ers have a long-standing rivalry, with UCLA holding a 54-18 advantage in the all-time series, including a 13-3 mark against Long Beach State in postseason play. UCLA has won the last two postseason meetings, a 3-0 second-round win in Pauley Pavilion last year and a sweep of the 49ers in the first round of the 2002 tournament at Pepperdine. LBSU is coached by Brian Gimmillaro who is in his 21st season at The Beach. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Alexis Crimes (3.68/game), ASSISTS- Dyanne Lawlor (12.93/game), ACES- Heather Laudato (0.30/game), DIGS- Heather Laudato (4.11/game), BLOCKS- Alexis Crimes (1.45/game).

Banachowski Wins 1,000th Match with Upset of Washington
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-undefeated Washington on Nov. 12 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 1,002-265 (.791), is in his 39th 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) 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 1109-200.) 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.

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