Bruins Ready For Top-Ranked Trojans
Oct. 15, 2002
It's UCLA-USC week, and the Bruins will travel to the Lyon Center on theUSC campus this Friday to face the top-ranked team in both polls.Friday's match will be the first Lexus Gauntlet contest of the 2002women's volleyball season, and marks the end of the first half of thePac-10 schedule.
UCLA Downs Oregon Schools, Moves to Third in Pac-10
The Bruins swept the Oregon schools last weekend in Pauley Pavilion,turning in a 35-33, 30-22, 30-18 win over Oregon State on Thursday,followed by a 30-28, 30-24, 30-20 win over Oregon on Friday night. Boththe Beavers and the Ducks hit .000 as a team in the third and final gameof the match. Sophomore Brynn Murphy led the Bruins offensively for theweek, downing 24 kills and a 4.00 kills per-game average. She hit .488for the week to go along with eight blocks for a 1.33 per-game average.Murphy hit .522 against the Beavers on Thursday, downing a match-high 13kills on 23 attempts. She followed with a .444 attack percentage onFriday against the Ducks.
UCLA vs. USC
UCLA leads the all-time series against USC by a 50-38 margin, includinga 17-12 record on USC's campus. Last season, USC swept both meetingswith a 3-0 win in the Lyon Center on Sept. 21 and a 25-30, 28-30, 30-12,30-22, 15-11 win in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 19.
The Lexus Gauntlet
Friday's match will be the first women's volleyball contest in theyear-long Lexus Gauntlet Trophy competition. The Lexus Gauntlet Trophywill be awarded to the institution that wins the most head-to-headcompetitions in all sports between the schools. Currently the Bruinslead the Trojans in the Lexus Gauntlet standings, having won two ofthree meetings in men's water polo this season. For more information onthe Trophy, go to www.gauntlettrophy.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 931-227 (.804), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA travels to Washington and Washington State next week for a pair ofPac-10 matches. On Friday night, the Bruins will face Washington Stateat 7 pm for a match that will be televised on a tape-delayed basis onFOX Sports Net. UCLA will then travel to Seattle for a Saturday match atWashington.