Bruins Conclude Pac-10 And Home Schedule This Week Against Wildcats, Sun Devils.
Nov. 18, 2002
UCLA concludes its Pac-10 schedule and a four-match homestand this week,with matches scheduled against Arizona State and Arizona in PauleyPavilion. The Bruins are currently tied with ASU for fifth place in theconference standings at 8-8, while the Wildcats are in third place witha 10-6 record. Friday night is senior night for UCLA's three seniors:Angela Eckmier, Lauren Fendrick and Lauren Hogan. Following thisweekend's matches, UCLA travels to the Albuturkey Tournament for threematches prior to NCAA Selection, which will take place at 6 pm PT onSunday, December 1.
Bruins Fall to Two Top-10 Teams
The Bruins dropped two home matches to highly ranked teams last week,falling to No. 9 Pepperdine on Tuesday night prior to dropping a 3-0decision to No. 2 USC on Friday. On Tuesday against the Waves, theBruins nearly pulled off the game one victory, having four game pointsbefore Pepperdine converted on its third game point en route to the37-35, 30-25, 30-25 win. Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 21 kills,and Cira Wright had five blocks in the match for the Bruins. On Fridaynight against the Women of Troy, the Bruins fell 30-24, 30-21, 30-23while Wright posted a match-high 12 kills to go along with hermatch-leading eight blocks and a .417 attack percentage (12K-2E-24TA).
UCLA vs. Arizona State
The Bruins hold a 47-6 all-time advantage over the Sun Devils, and a24-1 advantage while playing in Westwood. Sun Devil Per-Game StatLeaders: Kills- Juliana Escobar (4.39), Digs- Escobar (3.35), Assists:Cheryl Anglin (9.71), Aces- Escobar (0.56); Blocks- Jodi Smith (0.92)LAST TIME (Sept. 21): UCLA opened Pac-10 play with an 0-2 start as theBruins fell to the Sun Devils 30-26, 28-30, 30-23, 30-26 in front of1,165 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. UCLA was led by Lauren Fendrick who had19 kills and 16 digs in the match.
UCLA vs. Arizona
UCLA holds a 41-10 all-time record against the Wildcats, and holds a22-3 record when playing in Westwood. Wildcat Per-Game Stat Leaders:Kills- Kim Glass (4.87), Digs-Kelli Mulvany (2.73), Assists: LaurieGardner (12.30), Aces- Glass (0.44), Blocks- Bre Ladd (1.07). LAST TIME(Sept. 20): Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 22 kills and a .391attack percentage as UCLA lost its Pac-10 opener 32-30, 26-30, 31-29,30-23 in the McKale Center. Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins with 13 digsin the match.
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 934-233 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins will spend Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque, NM, at theAlbuturkey Tournament, hosted by New Mexico. UCLA will face Butler, Riceand New Mexico in the two-day tournament before returning home for NCAASelection on Sunday, December 1, at 6 pm PT.
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 1,060 digs torank 10th in Bruin history. Her current career kill total is 1,270,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 2.60kills per game with 234 total kills, and ranks fourth on the team inblocks, averaging 0.77 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 11matches, eight in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyball andbasketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.35kills per-game average and has played in 88 of the team's 93 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 8.85 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 82 games on the court, and has averaged 5.72assists 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%). For theseason, Barba is now averaging 1.47 kills and 0.87 blocks per game.
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 (422) and digs pergame (4.54), and leads the Pac-10 in digs per-game both overall (4.54per game) and in conference matches only (5.12, leading WSU's KortneyJamtaas by 0.60 kills per game). With five matches remaining in UCLA'sregular season, Zartman currently ranks fifth on UCLA's single-seasonlist and needs just 78 more digs to become the first player in UCLAhistory with a 500-dig season.
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 1.08 blocks per game average, and stands fourth on the team witha 2.62 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA'smost versatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her firstseason as a 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 24 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 averaging2.65 kills and 1.86 digs per game, and has recorded 43 block assists andtwo solo blocks during her 88 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.