Kristee Porter Named ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year
Feb. 2, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Bruin junior outside hitter Kristee Porter has been selected the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, as published in the March 2001 issue of Volleyball Magazine. Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman was also honored by the magazine, as she was chosen an ASICS/Volleyball Magazine honorable mention All-American.
These awards cap a successful season for the Bruin women's volleyball team, which included a second-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and a No. 7 ranking in the final AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bruins finished with a 24-7 overall record and finished third in the Pac-10 with a 14-4 conference record.
Porter set a Pac-10 and UCLA record with 741 kills in 2000, including nine 30-kill matches and two 30-kill/20-dig efforts. Porter led the Bruins in digs with 418, the fifth-best season in Bruin history, and was ranked fourth in the final NCAA statistics with 5.98 kills per game. She was also named to the AVCA All-America first team, and to her third consecutive AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 first teams. Porter now has 1,939 career kills and will enter her senior season needing just 177 kills to eclipse the 2,115 posted by Natalie Williams (1989-92) and set a new Pac-10 and UCLA record.
Bachman completed a highly successful Bruin career with 1,308 kills and 622 blocks, becoming the first Bruin and fifth Pac-10 player in history to record both 1,200 career kills and 600 career blocks. Her career attack percentage of .362 set a new UCLA and Pac-10 career record. Bachman, a second-team Verizon Academic All-American, was named to her third consecutive Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region first teams, and was named to three All-Tournament Teams, including the NCAA Central Regional in Madison, WI.
Other milestones and records set by the 2000 Bruins included:
* Junior Ashley Bowles recorded her 1,000th career kill on Sept. 20 in a 3-0 Bruin win over Oregon. Bowles was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and was named to All-Tournament Teams at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic and Baylor Thanksgiving Classic. She also put her name in the Bruin record books on Dec. 3 against Michigan State, joining the 20-kill/20-dig club with a 24-kill/21-dig effort against Michigan State.
* Sophomore Lauren Fendrick became the first Bruin since Elaine Youngs (51 in 1991) to record 50 service aces in a season, finishing the year with 54 aces. En route to that season total, Fendrick established a new UCLA record with seven aces in a four-game match on Sept. 22 at Cal. She earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during fall quarter 2000, and was named to the Verizon Academic All-District second team as well as the All-Academic Pac-10 second team.
* Senior Michelle Quon became the ninth player in UCLA history to record 1,000 career digs, reaching that milestone in UCLA's Dec. 3 victory over Michigan State in Pauley Pavilion. Despite playing only in the back row, Quon finished her Bruin career with 1,024 digs. When UCLA takes the floor on Fri., Aug. 31, for their first match of the 2001 campaign, it will mark the first time since Sept. 7, 1997, that the Bruins have played a game, let alone a match, without "Quono." During her four-year UCLA career, she played in 442 consecutive games and 120 consecutive matches. As a junior in 1999, Quon became the first defensive specialist in history to earn All-Pac-10 honors, as she earned honorable mention notice. She was named All-Academic Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2000.
* Redshirt freshman Ella Harley had to step into a critical role as UCLA's second middle blocker when junior Angela Eckmier suffered a torn ACL during preseason training. Harley made the best of her opportunity, finishing second on the team in all three blocking categories and earning Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention notice.
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