Bruins Take On USC In Pac-10 Opener
Sept. 20, 2001
Last week's tragedy in New York City and Washington, DC, forced thecancellation of UCLA's first Pac-10 series of the 2001 season, which wasto take place in Oregon. It is not yet known if those matches will berescheduled.
Therefore, the Bruins will return to the court this Friday, againstcross-town rival USC at the Lyon Center in the Pac-10 opener for bothteams. The Bruins and Women of Troy split the season series in 2000,with USC winning in four games at North Gym early in the season beforeUCLA downed the Women of Troy 3-0 in just under two hours on Nov. 3 atPauley Pavilion. UCLA leads the all-time series against USC by a50-36 margin.
US Bank/Arby's Classic Recap
Two Bruins recorded career statistical milestones last weekend, as UCLAposted a 2-1 record and runner-up finish at the US Bank/Arby's Classicin Lincoln, NE. On Friday against Notre Dame, Kristee Porter recordedher 1,000th career dig, a milestone also reached the following afternoonby Ashley Bowles in UCLA's 3-0 win over Pepperdine. Against the Waves,UCLA hit .398 for the match, headlined by a 20 kill, .741 attackpercentage performance by Porter, the first error-free match of herstellar Bruin career. For the second consecutive weekend, Porter, Bowlesand Lauren Fendrick were all named to the All-Tournament Team.
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
Now in his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach AndyBanachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept.1 in Hawaii, he became the first collegiate women's volleyball coach inhistory to record 900 career wins, and is just the second collegiatevolleyball coach for either gender to reach that milestone. UCLA men'scoach Al Scates, for whom Banachowski was a setter during his collegiatecareer, posted his 1,000th career win last March. The first women'svolleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall ofFame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career record of903-213 (.809), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
UCLA's senior class of Ashley Bowles, Kristee Porter and Erika Selsor iscomprised completely of four-year starters, none of whom have missed amatch in their Bruin career. Despite the humble beginnings of an 0-6start to their freshman campaign in 1998, this trio has gone on to playin two NCAA Regional Finals (1999, losing to eventual NCAA Champion PennState, and 2000, losing to NCAA Runner-Up Wisconsin), and will rewritenearly every statistical category in Pac-10 and UCLA history. Selsor hasalready recorded her 5,000th career set assist, and is closing in onboth the UCLA and Pac-10 career assist records. Bowles has alreadyjoined an elite group of players that compiled 1,000 kills, 1,000 digsand 100 service aces during their careers, while Porter is on pace todestroy the Pac-10 and UCLA kill record of 2,115, set by Pac-10 Playerof the Decade Natalie Williams.
In addition, on Sept. 7, Porter became the first 2,000 kill/1,000 digperformer in Pac-10 history, when she recorded, her 1,000th dig. LizMasakayan is the only other Bruin to achieve that tandem (2,044kills/1,142 digs from 1982-85), but she completed her career before theinception of Pac-10 women's sports.
The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porterrecorded her 2,000th career kill on Sept. 2 in UCLA's 3-0 victory overthen-No. 5 Hawai'i while averaging 6.22 kills per game for thetournament ...At the US Bank/Arby's Classic, she became the first Pac-10player and second Bruin to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000career digs ...The 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year,Porter already holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matches with 17...That nearly triples the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set byUCLA's Natalie Williams (1989-92) ...Williams currently holds a differentUCLA and Pac-10 record that Porter is closing in on, with a conferencerecord of 2,115 career kills ...Porter needs just 65 kills to take overthe UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record from Williams ...Last season,Porter downed 741 kills, a new UCLA and Pac-10 record en route toearning first-team AVCA All-American honors ...A three-sport athlete atUCLA, Porter also played basketball and triple jumped for the Pac-10champion Bruin track and field team ...In the cage, Porter was second inthe Pac-10 in rebounding with an 8.1 per-game average, and ranked thirdin the Pac-10 and 28th in the NCAA standings with 1.8 blocked shots pergame ...On the track, Porter was third in the triple jump at the Pac-10Championship, with a mark of 40-11.75 as UCLA won its fifth-straightPac-10 title.
Porter's Career Stats/Through matches of Sept. 9
2,051 kills (2nd in UCLA and Pac-10 history. Needs 65 kills to passNatalie Williams for both records), 1,022 digs (10th UCLA history), 48solo blocks, 193 block assists, 241 total blocks, 79 service aces. Formore information on Kristee Porter, please refer to pages 20-21 of theUCLA media guide.
Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense,senior Erika Selsor is closing in on a career milestone of her own,needing 525 more assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record(5667). On Sunday, Sept. 2, Selsor became the second player in Bruinhistory and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 careerassists. Selsor, who enters the Oregon series with 5,143 assists, iscurrently third in Pac-10 history behind Holly McPeak (Cal/UCLA, 5421assists) and Miya Malauua (OSU, 5368). Boyer's first season at UCLA wasprior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is4840. Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or moreassists with three matches in the 80s, including an 89-assistperformance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at Pauley Pavilionagainst Michigan State. That was the third-highest single-match assisttotal in school history.
Bowles Reaches 1,000 Career Digs
The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines ClassicAll-Tournament Team in history, senior opposite hitter Ashley Bowlesbecame the seventh player in UCLA history to record both 1,000 careerkills and digs, and the fifth Bruin to add 100 aces to that tandem.Additionally, Bowles has the highest career service aces total among the2001 Bruins, reaching the 100 career aces milestone in UCLA's seasonopener on Aug. 31 against Michigan. Last season, she became the 18thBruin to reach 1,000 career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29,2000, in Pauley Pavilion. She currently has 1,343 kills (13th UCLAhistory), 1,010 digs and 109 aces for her Bruin career. A 'jack of alltrades,' Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and canset for the Bruins if need be. This season, Bowles has set for UCLA forportions of each match, when Bruin setter Erika Selsor was subbed outfor a defensive replacement.
Redshirt junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier started her first careermatches last weekend at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic in Honolulu. Thethird match of the weekend, against then-No. 5 Hawai'i, featured a duelat the net between Angela and her younger sister Melody, a freshmanstarting middle blocker for the Rainbow Wahine. The Bruins swept to a3-0 win, as Angela recorded six kills (.308 attack percentage), one digand seven block assists while Melody notched one kill (.167 attackpercentage) and five block assists. For the weekend, UCLA's Eckmier ledher team in blocks with two solo blocks and 11 block assists for a 1.86per-game average.
Fresh Faces Find Time on Court
This season, head coach Andy Banachowski utilized several players thatwere either new to the team or new to UCLA's regular rotation. BothBruin starting middle blockers, Angela Eckmier (who redshirted the 2000season due to a knee injury) and freshman Brynn Murphy, are new to therotation, as are freshman DS Chrissie Zartman and middles Cira Wrightand freshman Heather Cullen. Wright played in just 36 of a possible 124games a year ago, but saw action in more than half of UCLA's games overthe weekend. Zartman and Murphy serve as a pair in the rotation, withZartman playing in the back row with a 3.10 per-game dig average whileMurphy plays in the front row and averages 0.67 blocks per game with 15kills in nine games played. Cullen and Wright both saw extended actionin the Michigan match and served as defensive subs for Bruin setterErika Selsor at other points during the weekend.
The three true freshmen that saw playing time at the Hawaiian AirlinesClassic over Labor Day weekend got their Bruin careers off to a veryquick start. On the first rally of their collegiate careers, ChrissieZartman served an ace to start the match against Michigan, Brynn Murphyrecorded a solo block, and Heather Cullen downed a kill. Brittany Ringelopened her Bruin career on Sept. 7 against Notre Dame, recording twokills on three swings with a dig. Currently, Zartman is eighth in thePac-10 with a 0.47 aces per game average, while Murphy is averaging 0.76blocks/game. Cullen has played in five games, while Ringel has seenaction in six games over three matches.
Zartman Participates in U-21 Beach World Championships
Freshman defensive specialist Chrissie Zartman missed most of the lastweek of UCLA's preseason training, as she was in LeLavondou, France, forthe Under-21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Zartman and herpartner Kristin Ursillo (a sophomore setter at Northeastern) finishedtied for ninth after advancing from pool play into the eliminationround, where they lost their first match.