September 28, 1998
UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 3-7
Pac-10 Record: 3-1
Rankings: NR AVCA/ NR VB mag
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 832-195 (32nd year)
This Week's Schedule - Fueled by a pair of home victories, the Bruins prepare to do battle with crosstown-rival USC in one of the most spirited rivalries in college sports. The match takes place Friday, Oct. 2 in USC's North Gym and will be delay broadcast on KIEV Radio (870 AM). Lou Riggs will call the play-by-play, with Michael Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali providing color commentary and analysis. Friday Oct. 2 at USC 6:00
(Delay Broadcast on KIEV Radio - 870AM at 8:00)
Recapping Last Week
Bruins Win Both Matches In First Home Weekend - The Bruins used the friendly confines of Pauley Pavilion to post a pair of Pac- 10 Conference victories in their first home action of the season.
9/25 - Won 3-1 (15-9, 15-8, 8-15, 15-7) over Oregon The home debut of UCLA's stellar rookie class, saw four freshman starters help lead the Bruins to an important Pac-10 victory over the Ducks. Kristee Porter drilled 22 kills to register her third consecutive 20-plus outing, while classmate Ashley Bowles notched her fourth straight double-figure outing with 13 kills. Blocking was also a key element in the victory as UCLA totaled 16.5 team blocks as sophomore Elisabeth Bachman notched a career-high nine blocks and also improved her career-best with nine digs and added nine kills. Freshman Lauren Hogan earned her first collegiate start and registered a career-best six block assists, while setter Erika Selsor tallied 53 assists. Oregon's Madeline Ernst led all hitters with 26 kills and added four blocks to lead the Ducks.
9/27 - Won 3-1 (15-11, 1 5-9, 13-15, 15-9) over Oregon State The Bruins made it a great opening weekend by posting their second consecutive four-game win, this time over Oregon State. Kristee Porter again led the attack as she drilled a match-high 27 kills to notch her fourth straight 20-plus outing and hit .327 in the match. Fellow rookie Ashley Bowles led the Bruin hitters with a .381 attack percentage as she drilled 19 kills and notched her third double-double with a match-high 13 digs. Elisabeth Bachman recorded her fourth double-figure outing as she put away 12 kills and also registered a match-high seven blocks. Rookie setter Erika Selsor set the Bruins to a .287 team attack percentage while providing 55 assists. Three Oregon State players also reached double digits as freshman Gina Schmidt notched a career-best 19 kills and team- best 11 digs.
This Week's Opponent
USC "Women of Troy"
Current Ranking: No. 8 AVCA/USA Today, No. 13 Volleyball mag 1998 Record: 7-3 Overall; 3-1 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 47-33 (date back to 1970). Most Recent: The Bruins dropped both matches in 1997, losing 2-3 at Pauley Pavilion and 0-3 at USC. The Women of Troy have won four of the last six meetings, with UCLA's last win coming at USC in 1996. However, since 1988, UCLA has won 16 of the last 20 meetings.
Notable: UCLA owns a 16-10 advantage when playing across town on USC's home court.
UCLA-USC History: In the all-time series meetings between UCLA and USC, the match has gone five-games 20 times and 4-games 15 times. Only 19 of the matches have resulted in 3-game sweeps, and UCLA owns a 16-3 advantage in those matches.
Rookie Report - One half of the 18-player UCLA roster is made up of freshman, including the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation. 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. As the starting setter, Selsor has not missed a rotation and is averaging 12.51 assists per game. Porter leads the team with 159 kills and ranks fifth in the conference with a 4.30 per game average. Bowles is right behind Porter with 145 total kills and a 3.92 per game average (10th in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 90 digs and a 2.43 per game average.
Angela Eckmier has seen considerable action (23 of 37 games) and earned the starting nod in Chicago. Lauren Hogan started both home matches. Taylor Rodger and Danielle Ryba have also seen action.
Double Dips - The hottest player on the court, freshman Kristee Porter has notched 20-plus kills in the last four matches and has reached double-figures in six consecutive. Porter also notched her third double-double at Stanford falling just shy of the prestigious 20-20 club with 29 kills and 18 digs. Fellow rookie Ashley Bowles was the first Bruin to register double figures in kills this season when she notched 21 against Ohio State. Bowles has also posted double figure kills in the last six matches, including her second 20-plus outing against Stanford, and has a total of seven double-dips thus far. Adding her third double-double (kills and digs) in the most recent match, Bowles also came close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills and 18 digs against Stanford. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in four of the last five matches, bringing her career total in this category to 15. She fell just shy of a triple-double vs. Oregon when she registered nines in kills, digs and blocks.
Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson has reached double-figures in digs for the first two times in her Bruin career this season. Fellow specialist, sophomore Michelle Quon has tied her career-high with 10 digs on five occasions this season. Setter Erika Selsor also notched a double-figure dig match with 11 at Stanford. Rookie Angela Eckmier notched her career-high 12 digs at Santa Clara.
Building Blocks - Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has had a hand on at least seven kills in each of the last five matches, including a new career-high nine (two solo, seven assisted) vs. Oregon. Bachman is currently ranked fourth in the Pac-10 Conference with an overall blocking average of 1.49. She is averaging 2.00 blocks per game in Pac-10 matches. Seven of her team-high 11 solo blocks have come during conference matches.
Power Surge For Pac-10 - Rookie Kristee Porter owns a .308 hitting percentage during Pac-10 matches (the last four matches played). Porter has drilled 102 of her total 159 kills during conference play. Her average is also higher in digs during league action as she boasts a 2.88 Pac-10 digs per game average, compared to a 2.11 overall digs average. In addition, Porter has registered nearly half of her blocks during conference play with 12 of a total 25 coming against Pac-10 foes.
Elite Performance - Rookie setter Erika Selsor became only the seventh player and third freshman in UCLA history to notch 70-plus assists in a single match when she tallied 70 at Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 20. The fact that this was a four-game match makes it even more rare as that has only happened six times in the total of 22 matches with 70-plus assists by a Bruin setter.
Coach Banachowski - A great teacher of the game, 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. Now in his 32nd season guiding the Bruins, 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. He has led the Bruins to six national championships, top-four national finishes in 20 of the last 27 years and compiled 30 or more victories in seven of the last 10 seasons.
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.
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 freshman received the starting nod in the season opener at Hawaii and six have already made significant contributions. Captains for the season are senior Chaska Potter and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman.
Pac-10 Conference Standings Pac-10 Overall Stanford 4-0 8-2 Arizona 3-1 11-1 USC 3-1 7-3 UCLA 3-1 3-7 Arizona State 2-2 5-6 Oregon 1-2 6-7 Washington State 1-2 4-5 Washington 1-2 2-5 Oregon State 0-3 10-4 California 0-4 3-9
Bruins In The Pac-10 Stats Hittting Pct. Bachman 7th .306 Assists Selsor 6th 12.51 Blocks Bachman 4th 1.49 Kills Porter 5th 4.30 Kills Bowles 10th 3.92
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