Kristee Porter Ties Career High with 38 Kills in Second Round NCAA Tourney Win over Michigan State
Dec. 3, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Kristee Porter tied a career high with 38 kills and Elisabeth Bachman became the fifth player in Pac-10 history to record 1,200 career kills and 600 career blocks as 11th-ranked UCLA rallied for a five-game win against Michigan State in round two of the NCAA tournament, 15-7, 13-15, 14-16, 15-6, 15-9.
The Bruins advance to next weekend's Mideast Regional in Madison, WI, where UCLA will face No. 7 Pacific on Fri., Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. PST. Fourth-ranked and host school Wisconsin faces No. 24 Kansas State in the other Regional semifinal, with the two winners facing off Sat., Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. PST in the Regional final.
UCLA opened the match slowly, allowing MSU to notch a 5-0 lead before rallying to score 15 of the next 17 points to take game one by a 15-7 count. Porter hit .727 in the opening game (8-0-11) while Bachman recorded her 600th career block late in the game.
MSU opened game two much like game one, jumping out to a quick lead. This time, it was 10-3 before UCLA rallied back to close to within one point at 14-13. After three sideouts, Michigan State earned the game two win on a UCLA hitting error.
More of the same welcomed the teams in game three, as MSU again opened with a 5-1 lead before UCLA rattled off six-straight points for a 7-5 lead. The Bruins held a 13-7 advantage, and seemed to be in control, but MSU used timely sideouts to crawl back into the match. The Spartans took the lead at 14-13 and eventually won game three, 16-14, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
UCLA opened game four motivated, scoring the first four points and not letting up. Game four featured a number of sideouts, including a stretch of 28 sideouts in 32 serves midway through the game. The Bruins finally wrapped up a 15-6 decision, sending the match to a deciding fifth game.
The two offenses went toe-to-toe in game five. MSU would eventually hit .429 for game five (7-1-14) while the Bruins would go for .556 (12-2-18). The game swung to UCLA's side at the midway point. Leading 7-6, the Bruins got a kill and an ace from Ashley Bowles en route to three-straight points and a 10-6 margin. MSU never recovered as UCLA won the game, 15-9.
The match, which lasted nearly three hours, was filled with individual milestones and accomplishments.
Porter tied her career-high with 38 kills and was just five shy of the UCLA school record. She now has 684 kills for the season, good for second-best in Pac-10 history. Oregon's Teri Kramer holds the conference standard with 703 kills in 1986. Porter also added 18 digs and three blocks, hitting .365 (38-11-74) in the victory.
Bachman posted 21 kills and eight blocks (1 BS/7 BA). In the process, she became the first Bruin and the fifth Pac-10 player ever to record 1,200 career kills and 600 career blocks. She currently owns 1,273 career kills (14th in UCLA history) and 605 total blocks (second in UCLA history).
Bruin senior defensive specialist Michelle Quon posted 10 digs for the match, making her the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000 career dig plateau. Quon will enter the NCAA Regionals with 1,002 career digs.
Junior setter Erika Selsor dished a career-best 89 assists, the third-best mark in school history, in addition to a career-best 19 digs. Junior outside hitter Ashley Bowles fell just one assist shy of a triple-double with 25 kills, 21 digs and nine assists. Bowles also added four block assists and two aces for the match.
MSU had four players in double-figure kills, led by Erin Hartley with team-highs of 21 kills and 18 digs. Sarah Gustin tallied 16 kills, eight digs and a team-high seven blocks. Jenny Rood notched 16 kills and 13 digs for the Spartans.
UCLA's Regional semifinal matchup against Pacific will be its first against the Tigers since a 3-1 Bruin victory at the 1994 USA Cup in La Grange, IL. The series currently stands tied 12-12, with UCLA having won six of the last seven meetings.
The last time UCLA and Pacific met in the NCAA Tournament was the 1990 NCAA Championship match, a 15-9, 15-12, 15-7 Bruin victory, giving UCLA its second of three NCAA titles (1984, 1990, 1991).
NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament
Mideast Region, Round Two
UCLA vs. Michigan State, December 3, 2000
Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski'We're pretty excited after that. I'm very pleased with our strong finish. This must rank as the most exciting finish of the year. The team responded to a little talk by assistant coach Kim Jagd before the fourth game. We started to play with a lot more life, energy and excitement. It got a lot more fun out there.'
UCLA junior outside hitter Kristee Porter'The crowd definitely picked us up. When you hear the crowd and you know they support us, it definitely helps. There were a couple of times (during the match) when we were a little nervous, but we just calmed down and played our game.'
UCLA junior outside hitter Ashley Bowles'Most of the problems we had during the match were mental and in communication. When we're communicating on the floor, things usually go pretty well for us.'
Michigan State head coach Chuck Erbe'I want to congratulate UCLA on a great win on their court. I'm very proud of our players and I thought they played very hard. I give a great deal of credit to our upperclassmen. This was a very tough match to lose. When you put out this much effort, you want to come out with a win. It's very hard to lose a match like this.'
Michigan State senior outside hitter Sarah Gustin'I think some of our younger players were affected by the UCLA crowd. UCLA fed off their fans, which was good for them and bad for us. I felt like we gave everything we had tonight, which is better than giving up. We just came up short.'
Michigan State junior outside hitter Erin Hartley'A player like Porter is going to get her kills. She's obviously going to be a big part of their success, but you have to play the whole team.'