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No. 20 Women's Volleyball Heads to Chicago
By: UCLA Athletics

September 9, 1998

This Week's Schedule The No. 20 ranked UCLA women's volleyball team will travel to Chicago to take part in the 13th Annual Chicago Collegiate Volleyball Challenge hosted by Midwest Volleyball at Mother McAuley High School. Friday Sept. 11 No. 1 Penn State 6:30 (CT) Saturday Sept. 12 No. 7 Texas/Illinois 5:30/7:30 (CT)

Tournament Notes UCLA is making its third appearance in the Chicago Collegiate Volleyball Challenge. Illinois is making its seventh appearance, Texas is making its third showing and Penn State its fourth.

The Bruins won the tournament title in each of its previous two showings, 1994 and 1989. Illinois has won the title three times (1995, 1988, 1987), Penn State won it twice (1996 and 1990) and Texas has yet to claim the tournament crown.

MVP honors were claimed by Bruins in both tournament appearances as Annett Buckner claimed the honor in 1994 and Daiva Tomkus in 1989. Elaine Youngs was also named to the All-Tournament team in '89. Last year Long Beach State claimed the title, Illinois finished second, Duke third and Georgia Tech fourth.

Last Week

Young Bruins Make Strides A young UCLA women's volleyball team showed marked improvement despite posting a 0-3 record during its annual trip to Hawaii last week for the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. With three freshmen in the starting lineup and six seeing action in the first match, the Bruins' youthfulness was apparent and so was the potential for greatness as experience is gained. Most notable was the performance of rookie Ashley Bowles who was named to the all-tournament team.

Bowles Named All-Tournament 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.

Recapping The Week 9/4 Lost 0-3 (10-15, 9-15, 3-15) to No. 14 Hawaii A crowd of over 7,500 watched the season opener against host Hawaii. All- tournament selection Ashley Bowles and fellow freshman Kristee Porter registered nine kills each, while classmate Erika Selsor provided 28 assists in their UCLA debuts. Eventual tournament champion Hawaii was led by all-tournament selections Heather Bown, who registered 18 kills, and Veronica Lima, who added 15. 9/5 Lost 0-3 (2-15, 8-15, 9-15) to No. 6 Florida The Bruins were again led by Bowles and Porter with nine kills each while sophomore Elisabeth Bachman added seven kills and two blocks. Florida was led by tournament MVP Jenny Manz who hit .548 with 19 kills and went on to claim AVCA National Player of the Week honors and all-tournament pick Jennifer Sanchez who provided 46 assists and set her squad to a .457 attack percentage. 9/6- Lost 2-3 (15-1, 3-15, 15-11, 8-15, 11-15) to No. 13 Ohio State The Bruins made a solid showing despite the loss and Bowles hit .395 and added 21 kills. Also key in the strong showing were sophomore Michelle Quon with 10 digs and rookie Angela Eckmier with eight kills in her first start.

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 Sidelines Sophomore Celeste Peterson is recovering from knee surgery underwent during the spring and will miss the first few weeks of the season. Redshirt sophomore Jennifer Wittenburg missed the Hawaii trip due to injury and is doubtful for the trip to Chicago. Senior Chaska Potter and junior Tamika Johnson also continue to be hampered by injuries.

This Week's Opponents

Penn State "Nittany Lions"
Current Ranking: No. 1 AVCA / USA Today, No. 2 Volleyball mag. 1998 Record: 3-0

Series History: UCLA leads the series 4-1. Last Meeting: The Bruins and Nittany Lions last met during the 1994 season.

Penn State took the first meeting 3-1 at the Florida Invitational, while UCLA bounced back to register a 3-2 victory at the 1994 Final Four at the University of Texas.

Most Recent: Penn State is coming off three victories at the Penn State Invitational. The Nittany Lions did not drop a game in wins over Illinois- Chicago, Youngstown State and William & Mary. Player Notes: Middle blocker Lauren Cacciamani led the team in kills during all three victories at the Penn State Invitational. In addition to her team-high 30 kills, Cacciamani also leads the team in blocks with 19.

Texas "Longhorns"
Current Ranking: No. 7 AVCA / USA Today, No. 3 Volleyball mag. 1998 Record: 3-0

Series History: UCLA leads the series 14-5. Last Meeting: The Longhorns topped the Bruins, 3-1, last season in Austin. Most Recent: Texas is coming off two shutout victories over Southern Illinois and Northwestern at the Longhorn Invitational this past weekend in Austin. UT defeated Oral Roberts 3-0 in its opening match of the 1998 campaign earlier in the week.

Player Notes: All-American and Player of the Year Candidate Demetria Sance leads the team with 38 kills and an impressive .457 hitting percentage.

Illinois "Fighting Illini" Current Ranking: Received votes AVCA / USA Today 1998 Record: 4-0

Series History: UCLA leads the series 9-0 Last Meeting: UCLA swept Illinois 3-0 at the 1994 Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Classic.

Most Recent: Illinois is coming off three victories at the Illinois Invitational this past weekend in Champaign. The Fighting Illini defeated Southeast Missouri State, Akron and Oral Roberts. Prior to the tournament, Illinois opened the season with a victory over Ball State. Player Notes: Junior outside hitter Tracey Marshall has registered a team-high 90 kills over the Fighting Illini's first four contests. She owns a 6.0 kills per game average and a 4.39 hitting percentage.

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 (Santa Cruz, CA) and sophomore Elisabeth Bachman (Lakeville, MN).

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