Elisabeth Bachman
Elisabeth Bachman

Player Profile

Lakeville, MN

High School:
Lakeville HS


Middle Blocker

Returning Starter

Overview - All-America Candidate...Team captain for a third consecutive season...Named to the All-Tournament Team at the U.S. Open Tournament in May, 2000 in Columbus Ohio...The Bruins were the runner-up at that tourney behind the Dominican National Team...Has developed as a potent attacker behind the setter, allowing the Bruins to spread out the offense...Has been the team’s leading blocker for two seasons, and looks to improve as both a hitter and a blocker in the upcoming year ...Two-time member of the U.S. World University Games team.

1999 Honors - First-team All-District VIII...First-team All-Pacific-10...First-team Pac-10 All-Academic...First-team District VIII GTE Academic All-America...Finished second in the NCAA in hitting percentage...Tied for the Pac-10 lead in blocks per game (1.33)...Was selected to represent UCLA at the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference, but was unable to attend because the dates conflicted with the U.S. Open Nationals.?

1999 - Hit .600 or better in eight matches...Hit .938 (15K-0E-16TA) against Washington on Oct. 28, a mark that is a UCLA record and third-best in NCAA history...Hit .706 (12K-0E-17TA) in UCLA’s NCAA first-round match against Eastern Washington, her fourth performance over .700 and her eighth error-free performance of the season...Set a new UCLA and Pac-10 record for single-season hitting percentage (.429), eclipsing Natalie Williams’ .416 performance from the 1992 campaign...That mark also ranked second in the NCAA for the year...Completed the 1999 season with a career hitting percentage of .361, tops in UCLA history... Has moved into UCLA’s career top-10 in all three blocking categories: block solos (90, 4th), block assists (354, t6th) and total blocks (444, 6th)...Did not hit lower than .450 between Oct. 22 and Dec. 5, a streak of 11 consecutive matches...10 of those 11 matches saw Bachman with double-figure total attacks...Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice: Oct. 18 and Nov. 1...For the Oct. 18 award, hit .818 (9-0-11) against Oregon State and totaled 11 blocks (4 BA/7 BS) and a .640 attack percentage on 25 total swings vs. the Oregon schools...To earn the Nov. 1 award, hit .800 for the week against the two Washington schools with four digs and six blocks...Season-high of 11 blocks (1 BS/10 BA) came in a three-game win at Washington State Oct. 1 ...Spent part of the summer of 1999 competing with Team USA at the World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

1998 Honors - First-team All-Pac-10 selection...First-team All-Pac-10 Academic honoree...GTE/CoSIDA All-District VIII Academic selection...Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 16 after helping UCLA to sweeps over Arizona State and Arizona.

1998 - In two matches against the Arizona schools, hit .509 with 29 kills and nine blocks...Ranked 19th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in blocks per game with a 1.52 average...Team leader with 39 solo blocks and 128 block assists for a total of 167...1998 co-captain along with then-senior Chaska Potter...One of five Bruins to play in all 110 games...Ranks seventh on the UCLA single-season hitting percentage chart after finishing the season with a .368 season average...Also finished the season ranked third on the team with 39 solo blocks… Set a career high and joined the UCLA 12 & Over Block Club after notching 12 (2/10) against Washington on Nov. 15...Registered 11 blocks (1/10) in a 3-2 win over Pepperdine in the regular-season finale on Nov. 24...Recorded double-figure blocks on two occasions and had five additional matches with nine total blocks...Notched nine blocks in three straight matches from Oct. 23-30, including four solo against Oregon State on Oct. 23...Registered the fourth-highest hitting percentage in UCLA history when she hit .654 against Arizona on Nov. 8...In that match, she put away 17 kills without an error in 26 attempts...Set a career high in kills with 24 in a win over No. 4 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14...Tied that career high two weeks later against No. 11 USC on Oct. 30.

1997 - Competed with USA Volleyball in the World University Games and was named MVP at the Canada Cup during summer...Suffered an injury to her right wrist during the semifinal match of the World University Games just days before the UCLA season began...Competed in six of the Bruins’ 10 games during three matches of the Wahine Classic while the extent of her injury was being determined...Underwent surgery on Sept. 9 to repair a burst tendon sheath and missed the remainder of the season. 1996 Honors - Pac-10 All-Freshman team. 1996 - True freshman who immediately earned a spot in the starting rotation...Led the Bruins with 132 total blocks, including 18 solo...Owned a team best 1.17 blocking average...Ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in hitting percentage for much of the season, finishing with a team-high .296...Named to the all-tournament team at the Florida Invitational hitting .365, tallying 32 kills and 18 blocks...Recorded double figure kills 11 times...Notched a career high and registered the team single-match high with eight blocks on four occasions...Registered two solo blocks in five matches, tying her for the team single-match high...Shared slot in rotation with defensive specialist Alison Zamora...Hit .500 or above in six matches, including two in the .600’s and one above .700...Joined a UCLA elite performance club by hitting .714 (10-0-14) against Michigan on Sept. 1.

Prep - Listed among Volleyball magazine’s Fab 50 and as the top middle blocker of the 1996 recruiting class by Student Sports...First team All-American at the high school and club levels...Four year participant in USA Junior Olympic program earning first and second team All-American honors with the Northern Lights Club...Member of the USA Youth National Team which won the 1995 Slovakia Tournament Championship...Named Athlete of the Year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Female Prep), Minneapolis Star Tribune (Metro Volleyball) and Gatorade (USA Central Region and Minnesota State) as a senior...Twice named all-state, all-conference and team MVP...Three year high school team captain for coach Milan Mader...Averaged 12 kills and five digs per game as a senior...A three sport athlete at Lakeville High...Earned four letters each in volleyball, track and field, and cross country skiing...Three-time all-state and all-conference in high jump...Set the conference record in high jump (5-4) and discus (122-1)...Also qualified for state meet in cross country skiing...Honor student with a 4.0 GPA.

Personal - Communications Studies major...Co-Chair of the Bruin Athletic Council...Has twice attended the Pac-10 Leadership Conference as a BAC representative...Musically talented, sings in choir...Youngest of three daughters of Todd and Barbara Bachman...Enjoys swimming, rollerblading, cross-country skiing and spending time with family and friends...Hobbies include rubber stamping and baking...Nickname is Wiz...Born Elisabeth Anne Bachman on November 7, 1978, in Minneapolis, MN.

.450 Club Elisabeth Bachman did not hit lower than .450 for an 11-match stretch between Oct. 22, 1999 and Dec. 5, 1999. The following is a list of her performances of .450 or higher during the 1999 season. Matches during the streak are in italics.

9/3 v Pittsburgh8013.6152 BA
9/10 v Wright State15221.6191 BS/8 BA
9/18 @ Kent506.8334 BA
10/4 STANFORD9214.5002 BS/6 BA
10/8 CAL8114.5001 BS/3 BA
10/15 @ Oregon8114.5002 BS/1 BA
10/16 @ OSU9011.8182 BS/6 BA
10/22 @ Arizona10120.4501 BS/5 BA
10/28 WASHINGTON15016.9383rd best NCAA history
10/29 WSU9114.5714 digs
11/5 @ Stanford10118.5006 BA
11/6 @ Cal8012.6673 BA
11/11 OREGON607.8574 BA
11/12 OSU7211.4556 BA
11/19 @ USC11220.4505 BS/3 BA
11/23 @ Pepperdine14321.5242 BA
12/4 E. WASH.12017.7061 BS/3 BA
12/5 OHIO STATE12124.4582 BA

15 Career Error-Free Matches

Bachman has compiled 15 error-free matches in her UCLA career. With eight such matches as a junior, she more than doubled her previous career total. The list below includes all of Bachman’s error-free matches as a Bruin. Note: The 9/7/97 match was the last of the season for Bachman as she redshirted that year due to wrist surgery.

1996 MatchesGPKETAATK%Other
9/1 Michigan410014.7142 BS/6 BA
9/6 Utah38014.5715 BA
9/6 Pittsburgh27011.6362 BA
11/9 #14 Washington31010.1003 BA

1997 MatchesGPKETAATK%Other
9/7 at Hawai’i12021.0001 BS/1 BA

1998 MatchesGPKETAATK%Other
9/6 vs Ohio State56013.4621 BS/2 BA
11/8 ARIZONA317026.6542 BA

1999 MatchesGPKETAATK%Other
9/3 v Pittsburgh38013.6152 BA
9/18 @ Kent3506.8334 BA
9/30 at Washington34010.4003 BA
10/16 @ Oregon State39011.8182 BS/6 BA
10/28 WASHINGTON315016.9381/2
11/6 @ Cal38012.6673 BA
11/11 OREGON3607.8574 BA
12/4 E. WASH.312017.7061 BS/3 BA

Fewest Errors Among NCAA Attack Percentage Leaders

Compared to the other players among the 1999 NCAA top-25 in attack percentage, Bachman had far fewer errors than any other player on that list, making her possibly the most efficient offensive player in the country.

Name, School’99 YrRk*ATK%Errors
Elisabeth Bachman, UCLAJr.2.42943
Karla Gessler, James MadisonJr.11.38460
Taryn Kirk, James MadisonSr.16.37766
Angie Aschoff, SE Mo. StateSr.10.38467
Tracy Chambers, PacificSr.15.37772
Mary Leffers, Notre DameSr.20.36974
Tamika Johnson, UCLASr.17.37575
Heather Wright, FloridaJr.1.45176
Heather Wintermeyer, AmericanJr.4.39976
Traci Morin, Western Mich.Sr.3.40478
Laura Black, Weber StateSr.21.36579
Kristy Rhodes, Stephen F. AustinSo.19.37183
Shawn Medlock, Alabama A&MSr.24.36185
Tayyiba Haneef, Long Beach StateSo.8.38491
Stephanie Hagen, MinnesotaSo.23.36392
Kari DeSoto, Cal PolySr.7.39395
Amber Woolsey, Texas A&MSr.14.37999
Lauren Cacciamani, Penn StateSr.5.396101

*indicates ranking on the final 1999 NCAA Attack Percentage list.

Bachman's Career Statistics