Bruins Head North To Take On Huskies, Cougars
Oct. 22, 2002
The Bruins return to the road this weekend, traveling to Pullman andSeattle, WA, to face Washington State and Washington. Friday night'smatch at WSU will be televised on a tape delayed basis on FOX Sports Net.This marks UCLA's next-to-last road weekend on the Pac-10 schedule, asUCLA travels only once more for the remainder of the Pac-10 schedule, tovisit the Oregon schools Nov. 8-9, before returning to Pauley Pavilionfor the final two conference weekends, hosting USC and the Arizona schools.
BRUINS FALL TO TOP-RANKED USCIn a Lexus Gauntlet matchup, the top-ranked and undefeated USC Women ofTroy extended their winning streak to 16 matches with a 30-24, 30-22,30-24 victory over UCLA at the Lyon Center last Friday night. BrittanyRingel led the Bruins with nine kills in the match, while sophomorelibero Chrissie Zartman led the team with 13 digs. Senior middle blockerAngela Eckmier contributed five of UCLA's six blocks with three solo andtwo assisted blocks in the match.
UCLA VS. WASHINGTON STATEUCLA swept the season series from the Cougars in 2001, and hold a 27-6all-time advantage in the series against WSU. LAST TIME (SEPT. 28): Anoutstanding defensive effort in the final three games of the matchpowered UCLA to a 25-30, 26-30, 30-25, 30-26, 15-12 win in PauleyPavilion. Of the team's 90 digs in the match, 51 were recorded in thefinal three games. Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman turned in amatch-high 27 digs, the second-best match total for a Pac-10 player thisseason. UCLA had six players with double-figure kills in the match, ledby Brittany Ringel with 17.
UCLA VS. WASHINGTONThe Bruins lead the all-time series against the Huskies by a 36-5margin, and swept the season series in 2001. UCLA holds a currentnine-match winning streak over the Huskies dating back to the 1997season. . LAST TIME (SEPT. 27): Brittany Ringel, Lauren Fendrick andHeather Cullen led the Bruins with 12 kills apiece as the Bruinsrecorded a 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 victory in UCLA's home opener. In thethird and final game of the match, UCLA hit .353, downing 16 kills on 34attacks with just four errors as a team. Ringel finished that match witha .571 attack percentage, recording 12 kills on 21 swings with no errors.
HEAD COACH ANDY BANACHOWSKIIn 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 931-228 (.803), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE BRUINSThe Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion next week to play host to Stanfordand California on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Both matcheswill be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com, and are scheduled to beginat 7 pm in Pauley Pavilion.
FENDRICK DOWNS MILESTONE KILLOn Saturday, Sept. 7 in Minneapolis, senior outside hitter LaurenFendrick became the 19th player in UCLA women's volleyball history torecord her 1,000th career kill. Fendrick enters the Washington serieswith 1,161 career kills, ranking 18th in UCLA history. She is alsomoving up the Bruin all-time lists in service aces, ranking 11th with109, and she is on pace to record her 1,000th career dig this season, asshe enters the weekend with 964 career digs. Fendrick, who was named tothe All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads theBruins with 3.47 kills per game, and is one of just two players (withChrissie Zartman) to have played in every game of every match this season.
ECKMIER LEADS BRUIN BLOCKSenior middle blocker Angela Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block atthe Nike Portland Invitational, and enters this weekend's Washingtonseries with 236 career blocks to her credit. In her second season as afull-time player for the Bruins, Eckmier currently has 46 solo and 190assisted blocks for her UCLA career. Eckmier missed the 2000 seasonafter tearing the ACL in her right knee during preseason practice, buthas rebuilt her strength and jumping ability to where it was prior toher injury. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at UCLA's NCAARegional last year, her third and fourth matches after being cleared toplay without a knee brace. In 2002, Eckmier leads the Bruins with 1.16blocks per game, and has recorded eight service aces. Her blocks averageis tied for fourth in the Pac-10 standings.
ZARTMAN DIGS CONSECUTIVE CAREER HIGHSWith the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiategame in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity toshine. Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike PortlandInvitational, Zartman leads the Bruins in both digs (251) and digs pergame (3.80). She currently ranks third in the Pac-10 in digs per game.In the first half of the Pac-10 season, Zartman recorded career-highdigs in consecutive matches, posting a 27-dig effort in UCLA's 3-2 winover Washington State on Sept. 28 before coming back with a newcareer-best of 28 digs in UCLA's 3-1 win at Cal on Oct. 4. That 28-digeffort was just two digs shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-gamematch. An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned herAAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Gamesthis past summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist.She also partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 WorldChampionships last summer, finishing second.
MURPHY FINDS SUCCESS ON THE OUTSIDESophomore Brynn Murphy played last season as a middle blocker for theBruins, but has made a successful transition to outside hitter for the2002 season. Murphy is one of five Bruins averaging two or more killsper game, and is the only Bruin to earn two All-Tournament team honorsthis season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and NikePortland Invitational All-Tournament Teams. Murphy is averaging 2.71kills per game with 171 total kills, and ranks third on the team inblocks, averaging 0.71 blocks per game.
RINGEL CONTINUES TO LEAD BRUINS OFFENSIVELYBrittany Ringel opened Pac-10 play with a bang at Arizona on Sept. 20,downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage. Ringel hadkills on five of her first six swings on in the match, and led theBruins both with 22 kills and 12 points on the evening. She hascontinued her solid play since that point, posting team-high killsagainst both Washington schools, hitting .571 with 12 kills against theHuskies on Sept. 27 and downing 17 kills in UCLA's five-game victoryover the Cougars on Sept. 28. She has been UCLA's kill leader in sevenmatches, five in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball andbasketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.15kills per-game average and has played in 62 of the team's 66 games.
MCFARLAND, JORGENSBORG SET BRUINS IN 2002Head coach Andy Banachowski has adopted a 6-2 offense for the 2002season, a system that utilizes two setters. The pair that isquarterbacking the Bruin offense includes redshirt sophomore co-captainKrystal McFarland and true freshman Haley Jorgensborg.McFarland redshirted the 2001 season while Erika Selsor completed herrecord-setting career, but McFarland was participating fully in teampractices. She currently leads the team with 8.54 assists per game,ranking 10th in the Pac-10 in that category. She generally startsmatches, and has played across the front row on numerous occasions.Jorgensborg practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLAcampus, as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has setsuccessfully during her 55 games on the court entering this weekend'sWashington series, and has averaged 6.04 assists per game to this pointin the season with a 6.33 average in conference matches.
THE WRIGHT STUFFJunior middle blocker Cira Wright completed her pre-conference season instyle, earning MVP honors at the Nike Portland Invitational. Wright isamong the team leaders in kills and blocks, ranking second on the teamwith a 0.94 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a2.57 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA's mostversatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her first season asa full-time player for Banachowski's Bruins.
CULLEN CONTINUES TO SERVE ACESSophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen enters this weekend's Washingtonseries leading the Bruins at the service line with 19 aces on theseason. She has been playing in all rotations, and is one of fiveplayers averaging at least 2.00 kills per game this season for thewell-balanced Bruin attack. She is also averaging 2.31 digs per game,and has recorded 26 block assists and two solo blocks during her 62games on the floor this season.