Bruins Open NCAA Tournament Against Long Beach St.
Dec. 3, 2002
UCLA was selected to its 21st NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening, andwill begin postseason play this Thursday at Pepperdine's Firestone FieldHouse against No. 9 Long Beach State. The sub-regional site in Malibualso includes No. 8 Pepperdine and Cal Poly. The host Waves are theeighth seed in the tournament, as only the top-16 teams in the 64-teambracket are seeded. UCLA has won six national championships in women'svolleyball, including three NCAA crowns (1984, 1990, 1991), all undercurrent head coach Andy Banachowski.
Bruins Win Albuturkey Tournament
UCLA concluded its regular season schedule over the Thanksgiving weekendat the Albuturkey Tournament in Albuquerque, NM. The Bruins won thetournament with 3-0 victories over Rice, Butler and host New Mexico.Sophomore outside hitter Brynn Murphy was named the Tournament MVP, withCira Wright and Chrissie Zartman. In the final match of the tournament,Zartman became UCLA's all-time record holder for single-season digs,topping the 499 recorded by Samantha Shaver in 1990. Zartman enterspostseason play with 504 digs.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State
UCLA holds a 52-18 all-time advantage in the series against The Beach,with an 11-3 record in postseason play. The Bruins and 49ers last met onDec. 7, 2001, when Long Beach State defeated UCLA 30-25, 30-28, 30-21 inthe NCAA Regional Final. Long Beach State was the NCAA Runner-Up a yearago, as the 49ers were swept by Stanford in the Championship match.
UCLA vs. Pepperdine
The Bruins hold a 44-8 all-time record against the Waves with a perfect9-0 mark in postseason play. Pepperdine won the regular season meetingbetween the two teams on Nov. 12 in Pauley Pavilion (3-0), but theBruins won the most recent postseason meeting in dramatic fashion. UCLAwas leading the match 2-0, but trailed 0-14 in game three beforemounting a stunning comeback to sweep the Waves in the NCAA RegionalSemifinal on Dec. 9, 2000 in State College, PA.
UCLA vs. Cal Poly
UCLA has a 12-1 all-time record against Cal Poly, and is 1-0 against theMustangs in postseason play. UCLA and Cal Poly have not met since theteams battled three times during the 1985 season with Cal Poly winningthe first matchup before falling in two subsequent matches.
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 938-234 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA's remaining schedule will be determined by its play in the NCAATournament. Should UCLA advance to next week's regional, it would playthe winner of the sub-regional hosted by eighth-seeded UC Santa Barbara(UCSB, Fresno State, California, Santa Clara). The regional will mostlikely be hosted by top-seeded USC.
Fendrick Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10
The only senior in uniform for the Bruins at the conclusion of thisseason, outside hitter Lauren Fendrick was named to her third careerHonorable Mention All-Pac-10 team on Nov. 26, and was named to theVerizon Academic All-District 8 team on Nov. 14. The Verizon AcademicAll-America teams will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 5. Fendrickrecorded her 1,000th carer kill earlier this season on Sat., Sept. 7 inMinneapolis and went on to notch her 1,000th career dig on Nov. 1 inPauley Pavilion. Currently, Fendrick ranks ninth in Bruin history with122 career service aces, ninth with 1,112 digs and 14th with 1,327career kills. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at theHawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.56 kills per game,and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played inevery game of every match this season.
Murphy Named Albuturkey MVP
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 three All-Tournament team honorsthis season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and NikePortland Invitational All-Tournament Teams prior to her selection as theMVP of the Albuturkey Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend. Murphy isaveraging 2.58 kills per game with 279 total kills, and ranks thirdamong active players in blocks, averaging 0.87 blocks per game.
Ringel Remains Among UCLA's Kill Leaders
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 with killson five of her first six swings on in the match. Since that time, shehas continued her solid play posting team-high kills in 13 matches,including 10 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 106 of the team's 111 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 and ranks eighth in the Pac-10with 8.59 assists per game. She generally starts matches, and has playedacross the front row on numerous occasions.
Jorgensborg, an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection,practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLA campus, as sheattended nearby Marymount High School. She has set successfully duringher 100 games on the court, and has averaged 5.57 assists per gamethrough the end of the regular 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 1.30 kills and 0.88 blocks per game.
Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero, All-Pac-10 Selection
With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiategame in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity toshine. On Nov. 26, she became the first defensive player in conferencehistory to be named First-Team All-Pac-10, and was the only Bruin namedto the conference first team. Zartman leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 indigs (504), digs per game (4.54), and digs per-game in conferencematches only (5.08, leading WSU's Kortney Jamtaas by 0.56 digs pergame). In UCLA's regular season finale, Zartman surpassed SamanthaShaver's Bruin single-season digs record (499 in 1990) and become thefirst player in UCLA history with a 500-dig season. She is on pace tobecome the first Bruin in history to lead 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 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 and followeda similar path to conclude the regular season, earning All-tournamentnotice at the Albuturkey Tournament. Wright is among the team leaders inkills and blocks, leading active players with a 1.13 blocks per gameaverage, and stands fifth on the team with a 2.55 kills per game average.
Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins atthe service line with 27 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 1.67 digs per game, and has recorded 53 block assists andtwo solo blocks during her 106 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.
Eckmier did start a final game for the Bruins on senior night (Nov. 22),when injured teammate Lauren Hogan served the first point of the match,then recorded a dig on the second rally. Hogan has missed the majorityof her collegiate career due to continuing shoulder problems. Eckmier,who was less than three weeks removed from surgery, started the matchwithout her knee brace, and was replaced by Bruin libero ChrissieZartman before the ball was put in play.