Bruin Volleyball Prepares For Bay Area Road Trip
Oct. 1, 2002
After two impressive victories over Washington and Washington State lastweekend in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins now travel to the Bay Area formatches at Cal and Stanford on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Withthe two wins this past weekend, the Bruins moved up from a tie foreighth place at 0-2 Pac-10, into a tie for fifth place at 2-2. Back-rowplay was the difference for the Bruins in Saturday's come from behindvictory over Washington State, as 51 of the team's 90 digs in the matchcame in the final three games.
Two Home Wins Even Pac-10 Record
The Bruins opened their home season in style, defeating Washington inthree games and Washington State in five games. Brittany Ringel led theBruins in kills in both matches, as she was one of three players with 12kills on Friday against the Huskies, and downed 17 kills againstWashington State on Saturday. In the third and final game of theWashington match, UCLA hit .353, downing 16 kills on 34 attacks withjust four errors as a team. Ringel finished that match with a .571attack percentage, recording 12 kills on 21 swings with no errors. OnSaturday against the Cougars, the Bruins dropped the first two games ofthe match before an impressive defensive effort in games three, four andfive propelled UCLA to the 3-2 victory. Of the team's 90 digs in thematch, 51 were recorded in the final three games. Sophomore liberoChrissie Zartman turned in a match-high 27 digs, the second-best matchtotal for a Pac-10 player this season. UCLA had six players withdouble-figure kills in the match against WSU.
UCLA vs. California
UCLA leads the all-time series against the Golden Bears by a 40-0 marginin a series that dates back to the 1980 season. Last year, UCLA sweptthe season series with Cal, winning 3-0 on Oct. 12 in pauley Pavilion,and turning in a 3-0 win in Berkeley on Nov. 8.
UCLA vs. Stanford
The Bruins lead the all-time series against Stanford by a 34-25 margin,although UCLA holds an 11-13 record against the Cardinal while playingin Palo Alto. Last season, the Cardinal swept the season series againstUCLA, coming back to win 27-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-24, 15-13 on Nov. 11,and falling 3-0 to the Cardinal in Maples Pavilion on Nov. 9. UCLA'slast win in Maples was on Sept. 23, 2000 with the Bruins winning 15-11,15-2, 15-11 (rally scoring to 30 points began in the 2001 season). TheStanford match this Saturday will be broadcast live on the internet atwww.uclabruins.com.
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 928-226 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins to Pauley Pavilion for matches against Oregon State andOregon next weekend. UCLA hosts the Beavers on Thurs., Oct. 10 and theDucks on Fri., Oct. 11. Both matches will be broadcast live on theinternet at www.uclabruins.com and are scheduled for 7 pm starts.