Women's Volleyball Ready For Conference Foes

Sept. 21, 1999

LOS ANGELES - The pre-conference schedule is over, and now it's time for the Bruins to take on Pac-10 foes Arizona (8-2, 2-0 Pac-10) and Arizona State (6-2, 2-0 Pac-10). Both games will take place in Pauley Pavilion, and Friday's match against the Wildcats will mark the team's 1999 home opener. The Arizona schools played host to and defeated Oregon and Oregon state this past weekend.

Friday's match will mark the first of three occasions this season that the Bruin women will appear on FOX Sports Net. To accommodate television, Friday's start time is 7:30 as opposed the team's usual 7 p.m. start. Saturday's match against Arizona State will begin at 7 p.m. UCLA's next appearance will be next Friday, Oct. 1, against Washington State in Pullman.

Last season, the Bruins split with Arizona, with each team winning its home match, and UCLA earned a season sweep of Arizona State. The Bruins lead both all-time series with a 37-7 advantage over Arizona and a 41-5 record against Arizona State.

Porter Named MVP, Three Others All-Tourney
In a tournament that was abbreviated because of Hurricane Floyd, the Bruins brought home victories over Cincinnati and Kent to earn the tournament title at the Kent Invitational. On her way to a second consecutive tourney MVP honor, sophomore outside hitter Kristee Porter totaled 24 kills, three service aces, 15 digs and seven total blocks (2 BS/5 BA) on the weekend.

Three additional Bruins, Ashley Bowles, Tamika Johnson and Erika Selsor were named to the All-Tournament Team. On the weekend, Bowles posted 19 kills, two aces, 17 digs and six blocks, Johnson added 19 kills and five blocks, and Selsor, UCLA's sophomore setter, averaging 13.33 assists/game with 13 digs for a 2.17 average. The remaining two All-Tournament team members were from Cincinnati.

Missing Match?
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).

With 3-0 victories over both Kent and Cincinnati, UCLA was named tourney champs as the only undefeated team.

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 (853-201, 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 33 blocks for a 1.22 per-game average, followed by Johnson (25, 1.09/game), Nihipali (18, 1.20) and Eckmier (6, 1.50/game). As a group, the four are hitting .387 (172K-38E-346TA), are without a service error, and have combined for 22 digs with limited back-row action.

Bachman is second on the Pac-10's list of active career leaders with 339 blocks, 41 behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh. Nihipali (263, 5th) and Johnson (190, 10th) also appear on the blocks list. Johnson continues to lead the league in hitting percentage, connecting at a .453 percentage, while Bachman's 1.22 blocks/game average ranks sixth in the Pac-10.

When the Bruins ran out of subs in the key third game against Minnesota, both Johnson and Bachman wound up with some rare playing time in the back row. Both responded with successful serving and passing, despite limited drills in those aspects of the game during the preseason.

Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
During play at the Kent Invitational, both UCLA opponents finished the match with a team hitting percentage below .100. In the tournament opener against Cincinnati, three Bearcats hit negative, and Cincinnati was out-blocked by a 14-4 margin as their final team hitting percentages closed out at .086. The tournament finale against the host Golden Flashes saw more of the same, with Kent finishing at .075 as opposed to UCLA's .478 team hitting percentage. For the 1999 season, UCLA's team hitting percentage has been significantly higher than their opponents, a .273-.133 difference.

Golden Gophers Give Bruins a Scare
Nobody who was present in the Stan Sheriff Center in Hawaii on Sept. 5 had ever seen anything like it. With Minnesota serving at match point, up 14-12 in game three, UCLA's Kristee Porter hit into a block that caromed off of the antenna and onto the floor, in-bounds. The play was originally called a legal block, and both officials signaled a point for Minnesota and match-over. After conferring with the linesman, however, the up-official overturned her call, giving the Bruins a sideout and new life.

Porter then served three straight points to give the Bruins a 15-14 advantage. Following a series of six sideouts, which included serves by middle blockers Bachman and Johnson, Porter's 25th kill of the match put the game away, giving UCLA a 16-14 win. From there, the Bruins took game four 15-5, and went out to a 9-3 lead in the rally-scored fifth game, eventually taking the game, 15-9, and the match.

Freshmen Fendrick and Millichap Continue to Shine
Two of UCLA's three freshman have consistently seen significant playing time through the first three weekends of 1999. 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 31 of the team's games. Fendrick has played consistently well, and had standout numbers last Saturday against Kent, coming off of the bench to record six kills on as many swings to go along with three digs and four of the team's nine service aces.

Porter Points

  • Kristee Porter has 147 kills through nine matches, 50 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles)
  • After three weekends of competition, Porter is still the only player in the Pac-10 to have recorded a 30-kill match (31 vs. Hawaii 9/7)
  • Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (756 kills), behind only Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1250) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1037)
  • Porter ranks third in the Pac-10 with a 4.90 kills/game average
  • She is also ninth in the conference averaging 3.07 digs/game.


  • The Bruins have the longest winning streak in the Pac-10, having won their last six matches
  • With an 8-1 start, UCLA is off to its best start since 1994, when the team won 15 of its first 16 matches
  • Setter Erika Selsor is the only Bruin with double figures for the season in aces, with 13 through nine matches. The soph setter needs just 84 more assists to reach 2,000 for her career
  • 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 400 or more career digs, ranking eighth among active Pac-10 players with 544
  • UCLA is averaging just over four kills/game more than their opponents (16.7-12.3) and are out-blocking (2.8-2.0) and out-digging (15.4-12.5) their opponents on average.

    1999 Bruin Women's Volleyball vs. Arizona/Arizona State
    September 24-25, 1999
    Pauley Pavilion

    This Week's Schedule - September 20-26
    The upcoming weekend marks the opening of Pac-10 play for UCLA, and is the team's first homestand of the 1999 season. Friday evening's home opener against Arizona will be televised live on FOX Sports Net, and an audio broadcast of the match will be available on broadcast.com

    Fri. Sept. 24 vs. Arizona (TV) Pauley Pavilion 7:30 p.m. PT
    Sat. Sept. 25 vs. Arizona State Pauley Pavilion 7:00 p.m. PT

    This Week's Ticket


    Nickname: Wildcats
    Current Ranking: 14 AVCA/14 VB Mag
    Location: Tucson, Ariz.
    Enrollment: 35,306
    Head Coach: David Rubio, 13th year
    1999 Record: 8-2 (2-0 Pac-10)
    Series: UCLA leads 37-7
    Last Year: Arizona won 3-2, 10/9 in Tucson
    UCLA won 3-0, 11/8 at Pauley Pav.

    Arizona State

    Nickname: Sun Devils
    Current Ranking: not ranked
    Location: Tempe, Ariz.
    Enrollment: 42,255
    Head Coach: Patti Snyder-Park, 11th year
    1999 Record: 6-2 (2-0 Pac-10)
    Series: UCLA leads 41-5
    Last Year: UCLA won 3-0, 10/9 in Tempe
    UCLA won 3-0 11/8 at Pauley Pav.

    UCLA Quick Facts

    1999 Overall Record: 8-1
    1998 Overall Record: 16-14
    1998 Pac-10 Record: 13-5 (3rd)
    Ranking: 11th, AVCA/USA Today
    Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
    Career Record: 853-201 (33rd season)
    Website: www.uclabruins.com

    AVCA/USA Today Poll (9/20/99)

    No.   School (1st place)   Points
     1.   Pacific (54)         1496
     2.   Penn State (2)       1419
     3.   Hawai'i (4)          1397
     4.   Nebraska             1283
     4.   Long Beach State     1256
     6.   Florida              1222
     7.   Stanford             1140
     8.   Texas                1057
     9.   UC Santa Barbara     1012
    10.   BYU                   941
    11.   UCLA                  923
    12.   Pepperdine            871
    13.   Clemson               680
    14.   Arizona               666
    15.   Wisconsin             659
    16.   Texas A&M             616
    17.   Colorado State        563
    18.   Ohio State            427
    tie   USC                   427
    20.   Michigan              339
    21.   Arkansas              292
    22.   Colorado              190
    23.   Loyola Marymount      152
    24.   Kansas State          141
    25.   Illinois              137

    Volleyball Magazine Poll (9/20/99)

    No.   School   
     1.   Pacific
     2.   Penn State
     3.   Hawai'i
     4.   Nebraska
     5.   Long Beach State
     6.   Florida
     7.   Stanford
     8.   Texas
     9.   BYU
    10.   UCLA
    11.   UC Santa Barbara
    12.   Pepperdine
    13.   Colorado State
    14.   Arizona
    15.   Ohio State
    16.   Wisconsin
    17.   Clemson
    18.   Michigan
    19.   Arkansas
    20.   Texas A&M 

    1999 UCLA Record:
    all matches 8-1
    vs. conference opponents 0-0
    vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 0-1
    vs. all district ranked teams 0-1
    home matches at Pauley Pavilion 0-0
    playing on a Friday 3-0
    playing on a Saturday 4-0
    playing on a Sunday 1-0
    playing Monday through Thursday 0-1

    The Bruins' Record When They:
    Won 1st game 7-1
    Won 2nd game 6-0
    Won 3rd game 8-0
    Won 4th game 2-0
    Lost 1st game 1-0
    Lost 2nd game 2-1
    Lost 3rd game 0-1
    Lost 4th game 0-1
    Played five games 1-0

    All-Tournament Bruins

    Wahine Classic   Pioneer Classic   Kent Inv.
    Porter           Porter (MVP)      Porter (MVP)
    Bowles           Johnson           Bowles
    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

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