UCLA Prepares For Oregon State, Oregon

Sept. 23, 2003

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UCLA continues its Pac-10 opening homestandon Thursday and Friday nights as it plays hostto Oregon State and Oregon, respectively. Lastweekend marked the first games of Pac-10play,and no team split its conference series,resulting in standings log-jams with four teamsat 2-0 and four teams at 0-2. UCLA and USCwere the travel partner pairing and played onlyone match last week.The Arizona schools playeach other this weekend with all other Pac-10schools having two-match weekends.

BRUINS SNAP USC GAME STREAK BUT FALL 3-1
Two Bruins downed double-figure kills as UCLA fell to top-ranked USC 30-21,22-30,30-19,30-22 on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion.UCLA out-blocked the Women of Troy by a 16-10 margin.UCLA was led on the blocks by Cira Wright who had nine blocks in the match (1 BS/8 BA).ThreeBruins,Chrissie Zartman (19),Krystal McFarland (14)and Heather Cullen (13)had double-figuredigs,while Cullen led the team in kills with 17 and in points with 20.Although UCLA was unable to win the match,they did accomplish something that none ofUSC 's previous nine opponents had been able to do when UCLA won the second game of thematch by a 30-22 margin.In that game,UCLA held the Women of Troy to a -.037 team attackpercentage,while Cullen and Wright hit .500 (5K-0E-10TA)and .677 (4-0-6),respectively,for theBruins.UCLA recorded six of its 16 blocks in that game two win.

UCLA VS.OREGON STATE ('03 RECORD:9-4,0-2 PAC-10)
The Bruins hold a 33-2 mark against the Beavers and swept both meetings last season.OSU is9-4 (0-2 Pac-10)this season and is coached by Nancy Somera.Stat Leaders: Allison Lawrence(3.72 kills/game,220 points and 3.34 digs/game),Anne Watts-Roberts (.369 ATK%),Laura Collins(9.92 assists/game),Amanda Eggert (1.00 blocks/game).

UCLA VS.OREGON (3-7,0-2 PAC-10)
UCLA holds a 37-1 all-time record against the Ducks,and UCLA won both meetings last season,including a 3-0 win on Oct.11 in Pauley Pavilion and a 3-1 win at McArthur Court in Eugene on Nov. 9. The Ducks are coached by Carl Ferreira,and have a 3-7 (0-2 Pac-10)record heading into aTuesday night match at Portland.Stat Leaders: Kelly Russell (2.21 kills/game,.346 ATK%,1.00blocks/game and 143 points),Jodi Bell (8.81 assists/game),Erin Little (1.97 digs/game).

HEAD COACH Andy Banachowski
In his 37th season on the Bruin bench,UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of thetop coaches in his profession.On Sept.1,2001,in Hawaii,he became the first collegiate women 'svolleyball coach in history to record 900 career wins,and is just the second collegiate volleyballcoach for either gender to reach that milestone.UCLA men 's coach Al Scates,for whomBanachowski was a setter during his collegiate career,posted his 1,000th career win in February,2000.The first women 's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Famein Holyoke,MA,Banachowski currently has a career record of 947-237 (.800),and has coachedthe Bruins to six national championships,including three NCAA titles.

NEXT WEEK FOR THE BRUINS
The Bruins return to the road next week for Pac-10 contests in Pullman and Seattle,WA.UCLA 'sThursday night match at Washington State will be broadcast tape-delayed on FOX Sports Net.Exact broadcast times have not yet been announced.

MURPHY NAMED MVP OF TEXAS INVITATIONAL
Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 124 kills and 3.88 kills per game entering the firstOregon series,and is second on the team with a .383 attack percentage and 1.03 blocks pergame.She has already posted career-high numbers for kills (17 at Hawai 'i),aces and points (20.5at Hawai 'i)this season.Murphy has played primarily in the front row,as she is generally replacedby a libero while in the back row.Murphy was named to the All-Tournament Team at all three ofUCLA 's pre-conference tournaments,the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and the Ruby 's MontanaInvitational.At the HAL Classic,she led the Bruins with 41 kills (3.73/game)while hitting .307 andrecording 10 blocks for an 0.91 per-game average.In Montana,Murphy 's numbers were againimpressive,as she averaged team-highs of 4.00 kills per game,a .509 attack percentage andeight blocks for a 1.00 per-game average.Murphy was named the uclabruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week after her MVP performance at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational,where she had 4.22 kills per game and a .479 attack percentage in UCLA 's three victories.

CULLEN NAMED MVP IN MONTANA,TIES CAREER HIGH VS.USC
Heather Cullen earned MVP honors at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational Sept.5-6,downing 32 killsin nine games with a .397 attack percentage and 12 digs.Cullen led all players with a career-high17 kills against Idaho in UCLA 's tournament opener,hitting .600 (17 K-2 E-25 TA).On the season,Cullen is second on the team with 90 kills for a 3.00 per-game average,has nine service aces0.35 average)and has 22 blocks for a 0.73 per-game average.In the Sept.19 match against USC,Cullen matched her career high with 17 kills and led the Bruins with a career-high 20 points in thematch.She also added double-figure kills against the Women of Troy with 13.For the season,Cullen trails only Brynn Murphy in points,as Cullen checks in with 111.5 on the season.Her thirdcareer-high mark set this season was a 15-dig performance in UCLA 's five-game loss at Hawai 'i.

RINGEL REMAINS AMONG UCLA 'S KILL LEADERS
A heavy hitter,Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.62 per-game averageentering the Oregon series.Replaced by a libero in the back row,Ringel has served five aces thisseason.She had three aces on Sept.6 at Montana,setting a new career-high mark.She isaveraging 1.15 digs per game,and has scored 79.0 points this season.

THE WRIGHT STUFF ON THE BLOCK
The only senior on the 2003 Bruins to see regular playing time,Cira Wright earned All-Tournament honors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic.Wright leads the teamaveraging 1.29 blocks per game entering the first Oregons series.Playing all the way around forthe first time in her career,Wright has already posted a career-high digging match,recordingeight digs in UCLA 's five-game loss to then-No.2 Hawai 'i on Sept.1.She has also tied her careerhigh for aces this season.

NEED AN ANTHEM SINGER?
UCLA 's home opener against USC featured freshman Rachell Johnson singing the 'Star SpangledBanner ' prior to the start of the match..Johnson has yet to see game action for the Bruins due toa broken bone in her right hand (see Injury Update).

ZARTMAN DIGS ROLE AS BRUIN LIBERO
Named the 'Top Libero ' at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational despite playing the position for justseven of UCLA 's nine tournament games,junior Chrissie Zartman continues to shine as the Bruinlibero.Zartman leads the team with 3.90 digs per game.She opened the season with a 4.45 digsper game at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend,and went on to average 4.33digs/game as she earned All-Tournament honors at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational,UCLA 's final tournament of the regular season.Zartman is the only Bruin to have played in all ofUCLA 's 33 games entering the first Oregons series.In UCLA 's Pac-10 opener against No.1 USC,Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs for a 4.75 per-game average in conference play.An accomplished beach volleyball player,Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating,and won a goldmedal at the World University Games in 2002 while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist.She alsofinished second at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships with playing partner Keao Burdine.

MCFARLAND SETTING BRUINS IN 2003
Redshirt junior Krystal McFarland is one of UCLA 's tri-captains for the 2003 season (withclassmates Heather Cullen and Chrissie Zartman),and has been UCLA 's primary setter throughthe early parts of the season.McFarland leads the Bruins in assists,averaging 10.22 per game,and has also averaged 2.04 digs and 0.48 blocks through UCLA 's home opener aginst USC.McFarland set the Bruins through the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,but stepped aside through partsof the Montana and Texas Invitationals as sophomore Haley Jorgensborg took over setting duties.McFarland has already posted a career-high blocking match,recording five block assists atHawai 'i on Sept.1, a match in which she also posted a career-high with 7.5 points.

FRESHMAN FIREPOWER
Four of UCLA 's five freshmen have seen game action this season.Colby Lyman had animpressive collegiate debut match against Louisville,posting 14 kills,14 digs,four blocks and 16total points with a .478 attack percentage.She started all three matches in Honolulu.She did notparticipate at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational due to injury,but she is cleared to returnto the lineup for conference play.She started against USC on Sept.19,assisting on two of UCLA 's16 blocks in the match.Becky Green came off the bench in UCLA 's five-game loss to Hawai 'i on Sept.1,turning in animpressive performance,particularly during the last two games of the match.Green then setcareer highs in nearly every category in the Sept.5 match against Idaho at the Ruby 's MontanaInvitational,turning in nine kills,four digs,three block assists and 11.5 points with a .467 attackpercentage.Her three aces in the tournament finale against host Montana are also a career best.Green continued her impressive play at the Texas Invitational,downing 25 kills in her eight gameson the floor and serving seven aces for a 0.88 per-game average.Green leads the Bruins with11 aces on the season for an 0.44 per-game average,and played in all four games against USC.Katie Carter saw limited action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,then earned her first careerstart against Boise State on Sept.6 at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational.Carter posted severalcareer highs in that match against the Broncos,recording 11 kills,two service aces,four digs and13 points in the match.She is averaging 2.39 kills per game this season.In Texas,Carter wassecond on the team with a 3.33 kills per-game average,while contributing 2.00 digs/game andtwo block assists for 22 points on the weekend.She played in two games against USC.Laura Kroneberger played libero in game three against Boise State on Sept.5,recording herfirst career dig in the match.Kroneberger was unable to play at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic dueto a pulled abdominal muscle,but is once again capable of playing.She played in six games inTexas,recording nine digs and an assist,and posted four digs against USC.

INJURY UPDATE

  • Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand..The injuryoccurred in practice on Aug.24,and will sideline Johnson for at least four weeks.
  • Sophomore Nancy Barba tore the webbing between two of her fingers in practice on Sept.18.The injury required five stitches
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