Women's Volleyball Hosts Washington Schools For Home Openers This Weekend

Sept. 25, 2002

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After a rough start to the Pac-10 season last weekend, the Bruins returnto Pauley Pavilion this weekend for their home openers againstWashington and Washington State. Last season, UCLA posted a 7-2 recordin Pauley Pavilion and holds a 271-56 all-time record in Pauley sincethe 1970-71 season, good for a .829 winning percentage. UCLA has had 11seasons with a perfect record in Pauley, most recently in 1999 when theteam went 11-0 in Pauley, including two NCAA Tournament wins overEastern Washington and Ohio State.

Bruins Drop Two in Desert

UCLA lost two closely fought matches, losing 3-1 at Arizona on Fridayand 3-1 at Arizona State on Saturday last weekend, the team's firstPac-10 matches of the season. In Friday's opener at Arizona, sophomoreoutside hitter Brittany Ringel had an outstanding match, downing acareer-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage, scoring 23 points inthe match. Heather Cullen and Cira Wright also finished withdouble-figure kills, downing 15 and 13 apiece. On Saturday night, seniorLauren Fendrick led the Bruins with 19 kills and 16 digs, hitting .340and recording three blocks on the evening. Four of Fendrick's teammateshad 10 kills in the match, including Ringel, Wright, Cullen and BrynnMurphy.

UCLA vs. Washington

The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Huskies by a 35-5margin, and swept the season series in 2001. UCLA won the first meeting3-1 (30-23, 30-20, 28-30, 30-27) in Seattle on Oct. 4 before winning afive-game match 27-30, 30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12 on Nov. 2 in PauleyPavilion. UCLA holds a current eight-match winning streak over theHuskies dating back to the 1997 season. Friday will be Beach Night atPauley Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts in keepingwith the beach theme. Leis and team posters will be given away at thedoor, and an autograph session with current and former Bruins will takeplace after the match.

UCLA vs. Washington State

UCLA swept the season series from the Cougars in 2001, and hold a 26-6all-time advantage in the series against WSU. Last year, UCLA won 30-24,30-21, 30-22 in Pullman on Oct. 5, and earned a 27-30, 30-25, 29-31,30-28, 15-9 win on Nov. 2 in Pauley Pavilion. Saturday is Sports CampersReunion night, with campers from this past summer admitted free with acoupon.

Head Coach Andy Banachowski

In his 36th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowskiremains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, inHawaii, 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 in February, 2000. The firstwomen's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National VolleyballHall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career recordof 926-226 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.

Next Week for the Bruins

The Bruins return to the road for Pac-10 conference matches at Stanfordand California. The Stanford match will be broadcast live on theinternet at www.uclabruins.com.

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