Bruins Set To Take On No. 9 Pepperdine And No. 2 USC This Week At Home
Nov. 11, 2002
With three Pac-10 matches left to play, the Bruins stand in fourth placein the conference standings and will complete Pac-10 play in thefriendly environment of Pauley Pavilion. UCLA begins a four-matchhomestand on Tuesday night with a non-conference matchup withninth-ranked Pepperdine, then will return to the Pauley floor on Fridayagainst No. 2 USC in a Lexus Gauntlet match. Pac-10 play for the Bruinswill conclude next week, with matches against Arizona State and Arizonain Pauley Pavilion.
Bruins Move Up Three Spots with Sweep of Oregon Schools
With road victories over Oregon State (3-0) and Oregon (3-1) thisweekend, UCLA vaulted from seventh place into fourth place in the Pac-10standings. The Bruins turned in two of their better matches of theseason based on team attack percentage, with a .289 mark against theBeavers on Friday and a .340 clip at Oregon on Saturday. That .340percentage was the second best of the season for UCLA, behind only athree-game sweep of Ohio State on Sept. 1. In Friday's win over OregonState, three Bruins had double-figure kills, led by sophomore BrittanyRingel with 16. Senior Lauren Fendrick turned in a double-dobule againstthe Ducks on Saturday, with a match-high 21 kills to go along with 18digs. Chrissie Zartman led all players in both matches with 25 digs onFriday at OSU and 22 digs against the Ducks on Saturday.
Angela Eckmier Out for the Season with ACL Injury
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier suffered a rupture of the anteriorcruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during a defensive drill inpractice on Tue., Nov. 5, and will be lost to the Bruins for theremainder of the 2002 season. She had surgery on Nov. 7. Eckmierredshirted the 2000 season after suffering a similar injury to the sameknee during pre-season training. See page three of this release for moreinformation.
UCLA vs. Pepperdine
The Bruins hold a 44-7 all-time advantage over the Waves, and a 10-4advantage while playing in Pauley Pavilion The Waves are led offensivelyby Katie Wilkins, who is averaging 4.77 kills per game.. LAST TIME (Oct.30, 2001): Pepperdine defeated the Bruins 30-25, 30-25, 32-34 in Malibulast fall. Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick led the Bruins with 14kills apiece in the three-game loss.
UCLA vs. USC . Lexus Gauntlet Match
UCLA holds a 50-39 all-time record against the Women of Troy, and holdsa 23-15 record when playing in Pauley Pavilion. USC is led by AprilRoss, who has a 3.73 kills per-game average. LAST TIME (Oct. 18): TheBruins fell to USC 30-24, 30-22, 30-24 on Oct. 18 in the Lyon Center.Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with nine kills in the match, as theBruins were plagued by attack errors throughout the match. USC was ledby Keao Burdine and Emily Adams, who recorded 11 kills apiece.
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 934-231 (.802), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins will complete their Pac-10 schedule and four-match homestandnext week with matches against Arizona State and Arizona on Thursday andFriday, Nov. 21-22, at Pauley Pavilion. Both matches are scheduled for 7pm starts and will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com.
Fendrick Records 1,000th Kill, Dig
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. On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, sherecorded her 1,000th career dig, and enters this week with 1,042 digs torank 11th in Bruin history. Her current career kill total is 1,249,ranking 16th in UCLA history and has recorded 116 career service aces,ranking 10th. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at theHawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.64 kills per game,and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played inevery game of every match this season.
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 2.64kills per game with 222 total kills, and ranks third on the team inblocks, averaging 0.76 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 kills in 10matches, eight in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball andbasketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.26kills per-game average and has played in 82 of the team's 87 games.
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 8.87 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 76 games on the court, and has averaged 5.70assists per game to this point in the season.
Barba Solid in Return to Lineup
True freshman middle blocker Nancy Barba played in one game each of theOhio State and Hawai'i matches in September before being sidelined witha stress fracture. Barba was on track for a medical redshirt seasonbefore Angela Eckmier's injury put her back in the lineup. In her firsttwo career Pac-10 matches, Barba responded, posting identical offensivelines against both Oregon schools (7K-0E-12TA, .583 ATK%). She does notyet have an attack error on the season, and recorded two blocks(0BS-2BA) on Friday at OSU before leading the Bruins with five blocks(2BS-3BA) on Saturday at Oregon.
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 (385) and digs pergame (4.43), and leads the Pac-10 in digs per-game both overall (4.43per game) and in conference matches only (5.06, leading WSU's KortneyJamtaas by more than a full dig per game). With seven matches remainingin UCLA's regular season, Zartman currently ranks one dig behind JennyJohnson (1994) for seventh place on UCLA's single-season list.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 matched her 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 beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAAbeach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games thispast summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. Shealso partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 WorldChampionships last summer, finishing second.
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 1.00 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a2.56 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 the Bruins.
Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins atthe service line with 23 aces on the season. She has been playing in allrotations, and is one of five players averaging at least 2.5 kills pergame this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is averaging2.68 kills and 1.94 digs per game, and has recorded 37 block assists andtwo solo blocks during her 82 games on the floor this season.
Eckmier Concludes Career with ACL Injury
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier's UCLA carer came to a close onTue., Nov. 5, when she ruptured the ACL in her right knee duringpractice. Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike PortlandInvitational, and finishes her career with 253 career blocks to her credit.Eckmier had played in 78 of a possible 80 games for the Bruins thisseason, recording 146 kills (1.87 per game), 11 service aces, 49 digsand team-highs of 16 solo blocks, 75 block assists and 91 total blocksfor a 1.17 per-game average. Eckmier was ranked seventh in the Pac-10with her 1.17 blocks per-game average at the time of her injury.'We are all saddened for Angela,' said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski.'She is an ideal player who always gives maximum effort, and it'sunfortunate that her senior season is ending this way.' Eckmier sufferedthe injury while participating in a defensive drill during practice onTuesday, November 5, when she collided with a teammate.