Oct. 5, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Off to its best start since opening the 1994 season at a 15-1 clip, the UCLA women's volleyball team looks to extend the Pac-10's longest current winning streak this weekend, playing host to No.4 Stanford (11-1, 5-0 Pac-10) and Cal (7-6, 3-2) at Pauley Pavilion.
Despite a complicated travel schedule between Seattle and Pullman, Wash., the Bruins extended their winning streak to 10 matches over the weekend with wins at Washington and Washington State.
Next up will be a challenging three-match homestand, beginning this week with a Thursday match against Stanford, then playing Cal in Pauley Pavilion on Friday and hosting USC on Wednesday of next week. Cal is one of two Pac-10 teams that has never beaten the Bruins (Oregon State).
This Week's Schedule : October 4-10
One of the Pac-10's longest winning streaks will come to an end on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion, as Stanford and UCLA both put 10-match streaks on the line in a key Pac-10 matchup. After Thursday's matchup with the Cardinal, the Bruins look to continue their undefeated streak against Cal, a team that has never beaten the UCLA women's volleyball team.
Thu. Oct. 7 Stanford (#6/4) Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT Fri. Oct. 8 Cal Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT
This Week's Ticket
Current Ranking: No. 6/No. 4
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Head Coach: Don Shaw, 16th year
1999 Record: 11-1 (5-0 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 31-22
Last Year: Stanford won 3-1, 9/20 in Stanford
Stanford won 3-2, 11/20 in Pauley Pav.
Current Ranking: not ranked
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Head Coach: Rich Feller, 15th season
1999 Record: 7-6 (3-2 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 34-0
Last Year: UCLA won 3-1, 9/18 in Berkeley
UCLA won 3-1, 11/22 in Pauley Pav.
Tough Travel Schedule Doesn't Slow Down Bruins
Following UCLA's expedient 15-3, 15-7, 15-5 victory over Washington on Thursday night, the team returned to the hotel to rest up for the next day's travel to and match in Pullman, Wash. Little did the team know just what would unfold in the morning. What occurred was fog on Friday morning at SeaTac airport that caused the cancellation of the Bruins' flight to Spokane.
While the team was collecting its baggage and making arrangements to bus to Pullman, its original flight was reinstated, but United officials couldn't find the group. Eventually, the team was booked on an Alaska Airlines flight that got the Bruins to Spokane at 1 p.m. After a pre-game meal, UCLA had an hour of down-time before departing for Washington State, where the ill-effects of travel were not apparent on the court. UCLA won 3-0 and had a season-high 18 blocks.
Elisabeth Bachman led the way for the blocking Bruins on Friday night, recording one block solo and 10 block assists. Over the two-match stretch, 'Wiz' averaged 2.33 blocks/game.
AVCA/USA Today Poll (10/4/99)
No. School (1st place) Points 1. Penn State (33) 1464 2. Hawai'i (24) 1458 3. Pacific (1) 1338 4. Florida (1) 1289 5. Long Beach State(1) 1271 6. Stanford 1192 7. UC Santa Barbara 1148 8. Texas 1106 9. UCLA 1024 10. BYU 926 11. Pepperdine 879 12. Nebraska 815 13. Clemson 774 14. Texas A&M 754 15. Colorado State 675 16. Kansas State 620 17. USC 456 18. Arizona 437 tie Wisconsin 437 20. Colorado 245 21. Arkansas 244 22. Northern Iowa 121 23. Michigan 165 24. Univ. of San Diego 106 25. Loyola Marymount 98 RV: Minnesota (27th)
Volleyball Magazine Poll (10/4/99)
No. School 1. Penn State 2. Hawai'i 3. Pacific 4. Stanford 5. Florida 6. Long Beach State 7. UC Santa Barbara 8. UCLA 9. Texas 10. Nebraska 11. Pepperdine 12. Colorado State 13. BYU 14. Clemson 15. Kansas State 16. Texas A&M 17. Arizona 18. USC 19. Northern Iowa 20. Wisconsin
Porter Named MetRX Student-Athlete of the Week
Putting together 40 kills, 15 digs and six blocks with a .441 hitting percentage over the weekend, UCLA outside hitter Kristee Porter was named the UCLA MetRX Student-Athlete of the Week. During the Bruins sweep of Washington and Washington State, Porter averaged 6.67 kills, 2.50 digs and 1.00 blocks per game.
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 October 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 (857-201, 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.
Middle Blockers Continue Solid Play
All four of UCLA's middle blockers, Elisabeth Bachman, Tamika Johnson, Amy Nihipali and Angela Eckmier are averaging over one block per game through three weekends of non-conference play. Bachman leads the way with 52 blocks for a 1.30 per-game average, followed by Johnson (44, 1.22/game), Nihipali (18, 1.20) and Eckmier (6, 1.00/game). As a group, the four are hitting .359 (245K-64E-504TA), and have combined for 35 digs with limited back-row action.
Bachman is second on the Pac-10's list of active career leaders with 358 blocks, 38 behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh. Nihipali (263, 6th) and Johnson (209, 9th) also appear on the blocks list. Johnson continues to lead the league in hitting percentage, connecting at a .403 percentage, while Bachman is eighth at .324. In the most recent available NCAA Statistics (updated 9/26), Johnson ranks second in the nation with a .436 hitting percentage. Among Pac-10 players, Bachman ranks fourth with a 1.30 per-game average.
Despite limited defensive drills in practice and no regular match time in the back row, UCLA's middle blockers have performed admirably when placed in that situation. Against Arizona on Sept. 24, Johnson and Bachman both saw back-row time, contributing six digs, and Bachman served out the last two points of the second game.
Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
Since the team's first weekend of play, the Bruins have held every opponent to a team hitting percentage under .200. Twice, against Idaho State at the Pioneer Classic and on Saturday at Washington State, opposing teams have finished the match with a negative team hitting percentage. In all, the Bruins have held 11 of 13 opponents (including all four Pac-10 foes) under .200, and six teams have been held under .100.
Freshmen Fendrick and Millichap Continue to Shine
Two of UCLA's three freshman have consistently seen significant playing time throughout the 1999 season. Lauren Fendrick has played consistently on the outside, and Stacy Millichap is a constant as a back-row sub. Both have continued in their full-time roles, with Millichap remaining one of only three Bruins to have played in all 44 of the team's games.
Bowles Playing Double Role
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent the last several matches at opposite hitter, and has spent time setting at the end of the team's last two matches. A setter at the high school and club level, Bowles has not had a problem handling the Bruin offense with Erika Selsor out of the match, and her presence at opposite has given Banachowski added offensive options for this squad. Last weekend at Washington and Washington State, finishing each match as the team's setter, Bowles tallied 19 kills, a .265 hitting percentage, 17 digs (2.83 average) and eight blocks (1.33 avg.) while accumulating 13 assists.
Kristee Porter has 228 kills through 13 matches, 103 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) :?After five weekends of competition, Porter's 31 kills at Hawaii is still the top total by a Pac-10 player :?Porter leads the Pac-10 with a 5.30 kills/game average and is ninth in hitting percentage, connecting at a .288 clip : She is also ranked 13th in the most recent available NCAA statistics (9/26) with a 5.08 kills per game average :?Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (837 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1306) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1091).
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).
The Bruins and Cardinal are tied for the longest winning streak in the Pac-10, with each team having won its last 10 matches : At 12-1, UCLA is off to its best start since 1994, when the team won 15 of its first 16 matches :?Setter Erika Selsor continues to lead the Bruins in aces with 16 through 13 matches : Quon and Porter are next in line with 12 aces apiece :?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 500 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 588 :?UCLA is averaging just over five kills/game more than their opponents (17.5-12.3) and are out-blocking (2.9-2.2) and out-digging (15.8-12.6) their opponents on average.
1999 UCLA Record
all matches 12-1 vs. conference opponents 4-0 vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 1-1 home matches at Pauley Pavilion 2-0 playing on a Friday 5-0 playing on a Saturday 5-0 playing on a Sunday 1-0 playing Monday through Thursday 1-1
The Bruins' Record When They:
Won 1st game 11-1 Lost 1st game 1-0 Won 2nd game 10-0 Lost 2nd game 2-1 Won 3rd game 11-0 Lost 3rd game 1-1 Won 4th game 3-0 Lost 4th game 0-1 Played five games 1-0
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
1999 UCLA Bruins : Inside the Numbers
Match Highs #1 Bachman Season Career Kills: 15 vs. Wright State 9/10 24 twice 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: Hit .619 (15-2-21) against Wright State
#2 Bowles Season Career Kills: 23 vs. Minnesota 9/5 35 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 21 vs. Arizona State 9/25 same Blocks: 5 (1/4) @ Wash. St. 10/1 same Aces: 1 six times 6 @Wash. State 11/13/98 Notable: Eight matches with double-figure kills, 6 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: Only traveled on the Denver trip
#4 Porter Season Career Kills: 31 @Hawai'i 9/7 38 vs. UCSB 11/14/98 Digs: 19 @Denver 9/10 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 Aces: 2 v.Pitt9/3,v.Cincinnati 9/18 3 v.Wash.St., v.Virginia Notable: On pace to record 1,000th career kill this season (837 as of 10/1)
#6 Millichap Season (Freshman) Kills: 1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18 vs. Arizona 9/24 Digs: 9 vs. Minnesota 9/5 @Hawai'i 9/7, vs. Arizona 9/24 Aces: 3 @Denver 9/10 Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game
#8 Selsor Season Career Assists: 68 vs. Minnesota 9/5 88 vs. UCSB 10/14/98 Kills: 5 vs. Lamar 9/11 5 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 11 vs. Cincinnati 9/18 17 vs. UCSB 10/30/98 Blocks: 2 five times 5 (0/5) vs. Washington 11/15/98 Aces: 3 vs. Minnesota 9/5 3 vs. USC 10/30/98 Notable: 6th in UCLA history with 2,117 career assists
#10 Johnson Season Career Kills: 15 @Hawai'i, @Denver 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 2nd in the NCAA (9/26) with a .436 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 three times, last @Kent 9/18 (career is same) Aces: 1 three times, last @Kent 4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Notable: Returning from redshirt season in 1998
#14 Fendrick Season (Freshman) Kills: 15 @Washington 9/30 Digs: 16 @Hawai'i 9/7 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
#16 Eckmier Season Career Kills: 11 vs. Idaho State 9/11 same Digs: 1 @ Wash. St. 10/1 12 at Santa Clara 9/16/98 Blocks: 3 (0/3) vs. Idaho State 9/11 5 (0/5) @Cal 9/18/98 Aces: none 1 @Hawai'i 9/4/98 @Cal 9/18/98 Notable: Has played in five matches this season
#17 Nihipali Season Career Kills: 9 vs. Wright State 9/10 14 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Digs: 2 vs. Wright State 9/10 6 three times Blocks: 7 (2/5) vs. Idaho State 9/11 8 five times Notable: Has 51 career solo blocks with 212 career block assists
#18 Ryba Season Career Kills: 3 v.Wright State9/10v.Lamar 9/11 (career same) Digs: 4 three times,lastv. Lamar 9/11 (career same) Blocks: 2 (0/2)twice,v.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