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Women's Volleyball Travels To Arizona Schools
By: UCLA Athletics

October 6, 1998

UCLA Quick Facts
Overall Record: 3-8
Pac-10 Record: 3-2
Rankings: NR AVCA/ NR VB mag
Last year's record: 17-13
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Career Record: 832-196 (32nd year)

This Week's Schedule .
The Bruins make their first roadtrip since the start of classes this weekend when they travel to the state of Arizona for a pair of Pac-10 Conference matches.
Friday Oct. 9 at Arizona 7:00 pm
Saturday Oct. 10 at Arizona State 11:00 am

Recapping Last Week .
No. 8 USC Proves To Be Too Much This Time Around . The strength of the Bruins' schedule continues to show as UCLA suffered its fifth loss of the season at the hands of a top-10 ranked team and seventh to a ranked team, falling in four games at cross-town rival USC on Friday, Oct. 2. 10/2 Lost 3-1 (15-9, 9-15, 15-3, 15-6) to USC Despite another 20-kill performance from UCLA freshman Ashley Bowles, the UCLA women's volleyball team could not manage an upset of No. 8 USC Friday night at USC's North Gym. Bowles registered her seventh consecutive double-figure kill outing Friday and third 20-plus outing as she led the Bruins with a .472 attack percentage. She was followed closely in kills by fellow freshman Kristee Porter, who recorded her seventh double-digit kill outing of the season, but saw her streak of 20-plus matches come to an end as she finished with 19. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman totaled 10 kills for her fifth double-digit match of the season. Defensively sophomore Michelle Quon continues to shine as she improved her career-high with a team-best 11 digs. Rookie setter Erika Selsor registered her sixth 50-plus assist outing of the season, finishing with 51. USC was led by Jennifer Kessey who hit .511 with match-highs in both kills (27) and digs (15). The Women of Troy hit .421 as a team as Jasmina Marinkovic led the way with a .609 attack percentage and 15 kills. Jennifer Pahl hit .467 and provided six blocks.

This Week's Opponents .
Arizona "Wildcats"
Current Ranking: No. 18 AVCA/USA Today, No. 14 Volleyball mag
1998 Record: 13-1 Overall; 5-1 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 36-6.
Most Recent: The Bruins and Wildcats split the series in 1997. Arizona defeated UCLA 3-2 at Pauley Pavilion in the first meeting, while the Bruins returned the favor in Tucson, winning 3-1.
Notable: UCLA owns a 14-4 record when playing in Tucson.

Arizona State "Sun Devils"
Current Ranking: Unranked
1998 Record: 7-6 Overall; 4-2 Pac-10
Series History: UCLA leads the series 39-5
Most Recent: UCLA won both meetings last season, sweeping the Sun Devils 3-0 in Tempe and at Pauley Pavilion.
Notable: The Bruins haven't dropped a match to the Sun Devils since an 0-3 loss in Tempe during the 1995 season. Since then, UCLA has taken four straight, including 3-0 decisions in the last three.

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.

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 12.54 assists per game. Porter leads the team with 178 kills and ranks fourth in the conference with a 4.34 per game average. Bowles is right behind Porter with 165 total kills and a 4.02 per game average (seventh in the Pac-10) and leads the team with 97 digs and a 2.37 per game average.

Angela Eckmier has seen considerable action (23 of 41 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 four of the last five matches and totaled 19 in the last one at USC. She has reached double-figures in seven consecutive outings. 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 seven matches, including 20-plus outings at Stanford and USC, and has a total of eight double-dips thus far. Bowles added her third double-double (kills and digs) against Oregon State, and also came close to the 20-20 club with 20 kills and 18 digs at Stanford. Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has reached double figures in kills in five of the last six matches, bringing her career total in this category to 16. She fell just shy of a triple-double vs. Oregon when she registered nines in kills, digs and blocks.

Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson reached double-figures in digs for the first two times in her Bruin career this season when she notched 11 at Santa Clara and later 12 at Stanford. Fellow specialist, sophomore Michelle Quon improved her career-high with 11 digs at USC and has reached double figures in digs on six 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.

Power Surge For Pac-10 .
Rookie outside hitter Kristee Porter owns a .280 hitting percentage during Pac- 10 matches (the last five matches played). Porter has drilled 121 of her total 178 kills during conference play. Her average is also higher in digs during league action as she boasts a 1.85 Pac-10 digs per game average, compared to a 1.27 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.

Building Blocks .
Sophomore Elisabeth Bachman has had a hand on at least seven kills in five of the last sox matches, including a new career-high nine (two solo, seven assisted) vs. Oregon. Bachman is currently ranked fifth in the Pac-10 Conference with an overall blocking average of 1.34. She is averaging 1.60 blocks per game in Pac-10 matches. Seven of her team-high 11 solo blocks have come during conference matches.

Bruin Sidelines .
Sophomore outside hitter Celeste Peterson underwent knee surgery during the spring and has not made sufficient progress to be cleared to participate yet this season.

Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg has not traveled or played due to injuries.

Rookie Taylor Rodger missed the Chicago and Bay Area trips due to a strained muscle, but is cleared to return to action. Senior defensive specialist Mandi Lawson missed the Bruins' home opener due to a pulled muscle, and is expected to be ready for action this week. Senior outside hitter Chaska Potter continues to see limited action due to injuries.

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.

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.

Pac-10 Conference Standings
                 Pac-10 Overall
Stanford         6-0    10-2
Arizona          5-1    13-1
USC              4-1    9-3
Arizona State    4-2    7-6
UCLA             3-2    3-8
Washington State 2-3    5-6
Washington       2-3    3-6
Oregon           1-4    6-9
Oregon State     0-5    10-6
California       0-6    3-11

Bruins In The Pac-10 Stats Hittting Pct. Bachman 7th .305 Assists Selsor 5th 12.54 Blocks Bachman 5th 1.34 Kills Porter 4th 4.34 Kills Bowles 7th 4.02

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

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