Bruins Look To Remain Unbeaten At Pauley Pavilion
Oct. 30, 2002
After a tough start to the second half of the Pac-10 season lastweekend, the Bruins return to the familiar confines of Pauley Pavilionthis weekend to host Stanford and California. Thus far, UCLA holds aperfect 4-0 record while playing at Pauley Pavilion this season. Six ofUCLA's next eight matches are at home before the Bruins will travel toAlbuquerque, NM, for the Albuturkey tournament to conclude regularseason play for the 2002 season. *NOTE: At this time, the VolleyballMagazine poll for Oct. 28 has not yet been released.
Tough Trip to Washington Results in Two Losses
The Bruin women's volleyball team traveled to the Pacific Northwest lastweekend and opened the second half of the Pac-10 season by droppingmatches at Washington State and Washington. The weekend opened with atough 3-2 loss in Pullman to WSU. The Bruins dropped each of the firsttwo games by a 31-29 margin, a particularly tough loss in game two, asUCLA had led through the majority of the game. UCLA rebounded to takegames three and four, but the Cougars came out hot in the fifth anddeciding game to take the 3-2 victory. Chrissie Zartman tied acareer-high for digs with 28 in the match. UCLA then traveled to Seattlefor a Saturday night match at Washington, the Bruins hit a dismal .123as a team, despite the fact that Lauren Fendrick led all players with 18kills and Zartman led all players with 23 digs in the match. The Huskiesout-blocked UCLA by a 14.5-4 margin in the 30-28, 30-27, 30-32 win.
UCLA vs. Stanford
The Bruins hold a 34-26 all-time advantage over the Cardinal, despitefalling to Stanford 30-24, 25-30, 30-25, 30-22 in Maples Pavilion onOctober 5. UCLA holds a 16-10 all-time advantage while playing inWestwood. LAST TIME (Oct. 5): Three Bruins had double-figure killsagainst the Cardinal, led by Brittany Ringel with 15, while LaurenFendrick and Heather Cullen contributed 14 and 10, respectively.Fendrick double-doubled with a match-high 19 digs, while Cullen andChrissie Zartman recorded 12 apiece.
UCLA vs. California
UCLA holds a 41-0 all-time record against the Golden Bears, and holds a18-0 all-time record against Cal when playing in Westwood. UCLA downedthe Golden Bears 31-29, 26-30, 30-21, 30-23 when the teams met earlierthis season in Berkeley. LAST TIME (Oct. 4): In the opening game of thematch at Cal, the Bruins trailed 29-23 before scoring eight straightpoints to win the game 31-29, en route to the 3-1 victory over theGolden Bears. Zartman posted a career-high 28 digs, leading all players,in the match. Four Bruins had double-figure digs, with Cullen leadingthe way with 16, followed by Fendrick with 14, Ringel with 12 and CiraWright with 11. Angela Eckmier posted a match-high seven blocks, allassists, as one of five Bruins to score double-figure points.
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 931-230 (.802), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA will embark on its final Pac-10 road trip next weekend, travelingto Corvallis and Eugene, OR, to face Oregon State and Oregon,respectively. Both matches of the Friday/Saturday series are scheduledto begin at 7 pm.
Fendrick Needs 10 Digs for 1,000
On 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 1,195 career kills, ranking 17th in UCLA history. She is alsomoving up the Bruin all-time lists in service aces, ranking 11th with113, and she is on pace to record her 1,000th career dig this season, asshe enters the weekend with 990 career digs. Fendrick, who was named tothe All-Tournament Team at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads theBruins with 3.55 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 Block
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block atthe Nike Portland Invitational, and enters this weekend's Washingtonseries with 245 career blocks to her credit. In her second season as afull-time player for the Bruins, Eckmier currently has 49 solo and 196assisted 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 1.15blocks per game, and has recorded eight service aces. Her blocks averageis seventh in the Pac-10 standings.
Murphy Finds Success on the Outside
Sophomore 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 more than 2.5 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 2.68kills per game with 190 total kills, and ranks third on the team inblocks, averaging 0.70 blocks per game.
Ringel Continues to Lead Bruins Offensively
Brittany 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 eightmatches, six in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball andbasketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.10kills per-game average and has played in 69 of the team's 74 games.
Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero
With 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 (302) and digs pergame (4.08). She currently ranks second 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. Zartman tied that career-best mark as part of an outstandingindividual defensive effort in the state of Washington, posting 28 digsat Washington State on Oct. 25, and followed with 23 digs in UCLA'sthree-game loss to Washington on Oct. 26. An accomplished beachvolleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won agold medal at the World University Games this past summer while playingwith long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also partnered with KeaoBurdine for the FIVB Under-21 World Championships last summer, finishingsecond.
McFarland, Jorgensborg Set Bruins in 2002
Head 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 8.95 assists per game,ranking eighth 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 63 games on the court, and has averaged 5.56assists per game to this point in the season.
The Wright Stuff
Junior 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 0.96 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a2.54 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 Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen leads the Bruins at the serviceline with 19 aces on the season. She has been playing in all rotations,and is one of five players averaging at least 2.50 kills per game thisseason for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is also averaging 2.14digs per game, and has recorded 29 block assists and two solo blocksduring her 69 games on the floor this season.