UCLA Prepares For Showdown With Stanford

LOS ANGELES - The Pac-10 title is on the line on Friday night, when UCLA travels to Stanford for a 7 p.m. matchup in Maples Pavilion. The Bruins have not won at Maples or swept the Cardinal since the 1993 season, the last time UCLA won the title. Friday's match will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.

UCLA Quick Facts

1999 Overall Record: 21-1
1999 Pac-10 Record:
7th, AVCA/USA Today
4th, Volleyball Magazine
Head Coach:
Andy Banachowski
Career Record:
866-201 (33rd season)

The rematch happens Friday.
The last time the Bruins faced off with Stanford (19-2, 11-1 Pac-10), UCLA came away with an impressive 15-8, 15-9, 9-15, 15-3 victory, their first over the Cardinal since 1994. Now the challenge is for the Bruins to remain in sole posession of first place in the Pac-10, but to do so, UCLA will need a win in Maples Pavilion and a series sweep over Stanford for the first time since the 1993 season.

Despite the fact that UCLA is 1-1/2 games ahead of Stanford in the Pac-10 standings, the Cardinal is ranked second in both polls, while the Bruins are rated No. 4 by Volleyball Magazine and No. 7 in the AVCA poll.

The Bruins downed Cal (10-11, 5-7) by a 3-0 margin when the Bears came to Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 8. The Bears are one of two schools which have never defeated the UCLA women's volleyball program. The Bruins hold a 35-0 all-time record against Cal. Saturday's match will take place in the Bears' renovated Haas Pavilion.

Fri. Nov. 5   Stanford (#2/2)   Palo Alto, Calif.   7:30 p.m. PT
Sat. Nov. 6   Cal               Berkeley, Calif.    7:00 p.m. PT

This Week's Ticket

Current Ranking:
No. 2/No. 2
Stanford, Calif.
Head Coach:
Don Shaw, 16th year
1999 Record:
19-2 (11-1 Pac-10)
UCLA leads 32-22
Last Meeting:
UCLA won, 3-1, Oct. 7 in Pauley

Current Ranking:
not ranked
Berkeley, Calif.
Head Coach:
Rich Feller, 15th season
1999 Record:
10-11 (5-7 Pac-10)
UCLA leads 35-0
Last Year:
UCLA won 3-0, Oct. 8 in Pauley

Bruins Post Record-Setting Week vs. Washington Schools
It started on Thursday night with a UCLA-record .938 hitting percentage (15K-0E-16TA) by Elisabeth Bachman against Washington, and finished with Kristee Porter swatting her 1,000th career kill in the 50th match of her career, becoming the second-fastest player in NCAA history to reach that milestone.

In between, the Bruins remained perfect in the Pac-10, downing Washington and Washington State with both matches finishing in three-game sweeps.

Bachman Named Pac-10, MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week
For the second time this season, Bruin middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week. The 6-3 junior middle blocker's .938 hitting percentage against Washington was a school-record, second-best in Pac-10 history and the third-best in NCAA history (15-19 attempts). For the week against the two Washington schools, Bachman hit .767 with 24 kills (4.00 per game), along with two assists, four digs and six total blocks (2 BS/4 BA) and also earned recognition as UCLA's MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week.

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 Oct. 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 (866-201, 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.

Five-Game Match Notes
There are several similarities between UCLA's five game victories over Minnesota (Sept. 5) and Arizona (Oct. 22). The most interesting coincidence is probably that the Bruins faced a match point in both matches at 14-10. On Sept. 5, the key moment was in game three, when the Gophers had apparently won the match before an overturned call gave UCLA new life. They eventually won game three 16-14, and posted victories in games four and five to win the match. On Friday at Arizona, the Bruins were again down 14-10, facing match point to the Wildcats. Arizona served for the match three times before UCLA rallied to a 16-14 game four win, eventually winning the fifth and deciding game, 15-13.

Career Updates
Many Bruins are busy moving up on the school's career lists this season. Kristee Porter became the second-fastest person in NCAA history and 16th Bruin to record 1,000 career kills, doing so in her 50th career match. Her 1,000 kills (as of 11/1) is 16th in Bruin history and is third among the Pac-10's active players. Junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is now ranked in all three career block categories with 79 block solos (6th), 402 total blocks (7th) and 323 block assists (9th). Among active Pac-10 players, she ranks second behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh (439 TB). With 2,525 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor ranks second on the Pac-10 list of active setters. Among all Bruins, Selsor ranks fifth.

Bruins Lead Four Pac-10 Individual Statistical Categories
Four Bruins have accumulated season totals that are Pac-10 bests. Bachman now holds two of the conference's top spots, leading the way in hitting percentage (.397) and blocks (1.37 per game). Two other Bruins, Tamika Johnson (.395) and Kristee Porter (.318) rank second and ninth on that list, respectively. Among conference setters, UCLA's Erika Selsor is the best, averaging 13.77 assists/game. It should be no surprise that Kristee Porter leads the conference in kills per game with a 5.36 average. She is the only player in the conference averaging over 5.00 kills/game.

Opposing Hitting Percentage Bottoms Out
Since the team's first weekend of play, UCLA has held 19 opponents to a team hitting percentage under .200. Twice, against Idaho State at the Pioneer Classic and on Oct. 1 at Washington State, opposing teams have finished the match with a negative team hitting percentage. In all, the Bruins have held 19 of 22 opponents (including the opponents in 12 of 13 Pac-10 matches) under .200, and 10 teams have been held under .100. Only Minnesota (.237), Hawaii (.240) and Arizona (.220 on Oct. 22) have hit above .200 against the 1999 Bruins.

Setting Everyone Up
Sophomore setter Erika Selsor started the 1999 season ranked eighth in Bruin history with 1,506 career assists. Since then, she has added 1,019 to her total and currently ranks fifth on UCLA's all-time career list with 2,525 to her credit. With 72 assists at Arizona on Oct. 22, Selsor set a new UCLA standard with her seventh career match with 70 assists or more, breaking the previous record held by Ann Boyer (1985-88) and her predecessor, Kim Coleman (1994-97).

Bowles Playing Double Role
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent much of the season at opposite hitter, and has spent time setting at the end of numerous matches. Her experience setting both at the end of several recent matches, and at the high school and club level paid off for the Bruins in the key match on Oct. 22 at at Arizona. With regular setter Erika Selsor in the front row in game five, Banachowski was able to replace Selsor with middle blocker Angela Eckmier, giving UCLA a better blocking weapon in the front row. Bowles was the only setter on the floor for seven rallies in game five, and finished the match with eight assists.

Porter Points
Kristee Porter has 391 kills through 22 matches, 139 more than the next closest Bruin (Ashley Bowles) Porter's 36 kills at Arizona is the top total by a Pac-10 player this season She has two 30-kill matches this season (tops in Pac-10) and six for her career, tying Natalie Williams for the career lead in that category Porter leads the Pac-10 with a 5.36 kills/game average and is ninth in hitting percentage, connecting at a .318 clip She is also ranked sixth in the most recent available NCAA statistics (10/24) with a 5.43 kills per game average Despite being only a sophomore, Porter ranks third on the Pac-10's list of active career kill leaders (1,000 kills), behind Stanford senior Kerri Walsh (1,407) and Washington senior Kristina Laffling (1,199).

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).

UCLA holds the Pac-10's longest active winning streak, downing its last 19 opponents At 21-1, UCLA is off to its best start since 1993, when the team won its first 21 matches Setter Erika Selsor continues to lead the Bruins in aces with 21 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 600 or more career digs, ranking seventh among active Pac-10 players with 643 Either Bachman or Bowles will be the next Bruin to reach 1,000 kills. Both rank among Pac-10 top active players with 782 (7th) and 716 kills (10th), respectively UCLA is averaging five kills/game more than their opponents (17.5-12.4) and are out-blocking (2-9-2.0) and out-digging (15.4-13.1) their opponents on average.

AVCA/USA Today Poll (11/1/99)

No.  School (1st place)   Points
1.   Penn State (58)      1495
2.   Stanford (2)         1418
3.   Hawai'i              1350
4.   Florida              1294
5.   Pacific              1251
6.   Long Beach State     1216
7.   UCLA                 1209
8.   UC Santa Barbara     1049
9.   Pepperdine           997
10.  BYU                  931
11.  Colorado State       867
12.  Texas                850
13.  Nebraska             799
14.  Clemson              701
15.  Texas A&M            689
16.  USC                  581
17.  Kansas State         490
18.  Northern Iowa        476
19.  Minnesota            388
t19  Arizona              388
21.  Univ. of San Diego   237
22.  North Carolina       215
23.  Baylor               191
24.  Colorado             126
25.  Arkansas             81

Volleyball Magazine Poll (11/1/99)

No.  School   
1.   Penn State
2.   Stanford
3.   Florida
4.   UCLA
5.   Long Beach State
6.   Hawai'i
7.   Pacific
8.   UCSB
9.   Colorado State
10.  Nebraska
11.  BYU
12.  Texas
13.  Pepperdine
14.  Texas A&M
15.  USC
16.  Clemson
17.  Kansas State
18.  Northern Iowa
19.  Baylor
20.  San Diego

1999 UCLA Record
all matches 21-1
vs. conference opponents 13-0
vs. ranked opponents(at match time) 4-1
home matches at Pauley Pavilion 7-0
playing on a Friday 9-0
playing on a Saturday 6-0
playing on a Sunday 1-0
playing Monday through Thursday 5-1

The Bruins' Record When They

Won 1st game   19-1   Lost 1st game   2-0
Won 2nd game   19-0   Lost 2nd game   2-1
Won 3rd game   18-0   Lost 3rd game   3-1
Won 4th game   5-0    Lost 4th game   0-1
Played five games   2-0

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
9/27/99       10                 8
10/4/99        9                 8
10/11/99       6                 5
10/18/99       6                 5
10/25/99       7                 4
11/1/99        7                 4

1999 UCLA Bruins - Inside the Numbers

Match Highs

#1 Bachman   Season                         Career
   Kills:   15 vs. Wright State 9/10        24, twice
            15 vs. Washington 10/28
   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: 10/18 Pac-10 POW, UCLA-record and NCAA's 3rd-best .938 hitting percentage (15K-0E-16TA) against Washington 10/28

#2 Bowles Season Career Kills: 23 vs. Minnesota 9/5 35 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 21 vs. Arizona State 9/25 same Blocks: 8 (1/7) @ Arizona 10/22 same Aces: 4 vs. USC 10/13 6 @Wash. State 11/13/98 Notable: 15 matches with double-figure kills, 13 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: Has traveled on Denver and Arizona trips.

#4 Porter Season Career Kills: 36 @Arizona 10/22 38 vs. UCSB 11/14/98 Digs: 19 @Denver 9/10, @Ariz. 10/22 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 5 (0/5) vs. Cal 10/8 Aces: 2 three times 3 v.Wash.St., v.Virginia Notable: Second-fastest in NCAA history to 1,000 kills (50 MP/183 GP) Tied Natalie Williams with sixth career 30-kill match on 10/22

#6 Millichap Season (Freshman) Kills: 1 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, vs. Arizona 9/24, vs. Wash.St. 10/29 Digs: 14 vs. USC 10/13 Aces: 3 @Denver 9/10 Notable: Defensive specialist, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game

#8 Selsor Season Career Assists: 72 @ Arizona 10/22 88 vs. UCSB 10/14/98 Kills: 5 v. Lamar 9/11, at WSU 10/1 5 @Washington 11/15/98 Digs: 11 vs. Cincinnati 9/18, @ Ariz. 10/22 17 vs. UCSB 10/30/98 Blocks: 3 (0/3) vs. Cal 10/8 5 (0/5) vs. Washington 11/15/98 Aces: 3 vs. Minnesota 9/5 3 vs. USC 10/30/98 Notable: 5th in UCLA history with 2,525 career assists

#10 Johnson Season Career Kills: 17, vs. USC 10/13 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 14th in the NCAA (10/24) with a .384 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 four times, last vs. Wash.St. 10/29 (career is same) Aces: 4 vs. Cal 10/8 4 vs. Oregon State 11/7/97 Notable: Returning from medical redshirt season in 1998

#14 Fendrick Season (Freshman) Kills: 15 @Washington 9/30 Digs: 19 @ Arizona 10/22 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, 1 of 3 to play in every possible game

#16 Eckmier Season Career Kills: 11 vs. Idaho State 9/11 same Digs: 2 @Arizona 10/22 12 at Santa Clara 9/16/98 Blocks: 6 (2/4) @Oregon 10/15 5 (0/5) @Cal 9/18/98 Aces: none 1 @Hawai'i 9/4/98, @Cal 9/18/98 Notable: Has played in 10 matches this season, incl. G5 at Arizona

#18 Ryba Season Career Kills: 3 v.Wright State 9/10, v.Lamar 9/11 (career same) Digs: 4 three times, last vs. Lamar 9/11 (career same) Blocks: 2 (0/2) twice, vs. 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

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