Bruins Prepare For Bay Area Road Swing

Oct. 13, 2003

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UCLA begins a five-match road swing thisweekend,opening with matches at Stanfordand California this Thursday and Friday.BothBay Area schools are at the top of the Pac-10standings,as Cal is undefeated after earningits first-ever victory over Stanford in a five-gamematch in Berkeley last weekend.That match isStanford 's only Pac-10 loss to date.Thursdaynight 's match will be broadcast live onwww.uclabruins.com from Stanford 's MaplesPavilion.

BRUINS SPLIT WITH ARIZONA SCHOOLS
UCLA dropped a four-game decision to Arizona on Friday night before rebounding with a three-game sweep of Arizona State on Saturday night.In Friday 's loss to the Wildcats,the Bruins hit aseason-low .133 as a team,and had just two players,Brynn Murphy and Colby Lyman, finishwith double-figure kills. Saturday 's contest with Arizona State showed significant improvement,as the Bruins hit .300 as a team for the match,including a third game with only one team attackerror for a .457 attack percentage in the game.Three Bruins posted a team-high 13.5 points in thevictory over the Sun Devils,led by Murphy with 11 kills and five block assists.Murphy was joinedby Cira Wright (7 kills,1 solo block,5 block assists,3 aces)and Heather Cullen (9 kills,1 ace,7block assists).Wright 's three aces tied her career high,and were recorded consecutively at thebeginning of the third game of the match.

UCLA VS.STANFORD (13-3,6-1 PAC-10)
The Bruins are 34-27 all-time against Stanford,although the Cardinal won both meetings lastseason.UCLA is 11-14 all-time in Palo Alto.Stanford is coached by John Dunning,who is in his thirdseason at Stanford.Stat Leaders: Kills-Ogonna Nnamani (5.24/game);Aces-Jennifer Hucke(0.39);Digs-Katie Goldham (2.38),Blocks-Jennifer Harvey (1.66);Points-Nnamani (320.5)

UCLA VS.CALIFORNIA (16-0,7-0 PAC-10)
UCLA leads the all-time series against California 42-0,and the Bruins are 17-0 in Berkeley.UCLAwon both meetings last season.The Golden Bears are coached by Rich Feller,who is in his fourthseason at Cal.Stat Leaders: Kills-Mia Jerkov (6.09/game);Aces-Jerkov,Gabrielle Abermathy(0.46);Digs-Jerkov (3.14),Blocks-Camille Leffall (1.32);Points-Jerkov (381.0).

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 952-238 (.800),and has coachedthe Bruins to six national championships,including three NCAA titles.

NEXT WEEK FOR THE BRUINS
The Bruins remain on the road next week with a pair of matches in Oregon.UCLA will be in Eugenefor a Thursday match against the Ducks,then will travel to Corvallis,OR,for a Friday contestagainst Oregon State.

MURPHY NAMED TEXAS MVP,PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 216 kills and 3.86 kills per game entering the firstArizona series,and is second on the team with a .340 attack percentage and 0.93 blocks pergame.Murphy was named the Pac-10 Player of the week on Oct.6 after posting career-highmatches against Washington and Washington State.For the week,she hit .268 with 43 kills (4.30kpg)on 112 attack attempts with just 13 errors.She also had 16 digs,seven blocks and two serviceaces as the Bruins won two five-game matches in Washington.Murphy has played primarily inthe front row,as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row.She was named tothe All-Tournament Team at all three of UCLA 's pre-conference tournaments,the HawaiianAirlines Classic and the Ruby 's Montana Invitational.At the HAL Classic,she led the Bruins with41 kills (3.73/game)while hitting .307 and recording 10 blocks for an 0.91 per-game average.InMontana,Murphy 's numbers were again impressive,as she averaged team-highs of 4.00 killsper game,a .509 attack percentage and eight blocks for a 1.00 per-game average.Murphy wasnamed the uclabruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week after her MVP performance at the TimeWarner Cable Texas Invitational,where she had 4.22 kills per game and a .479 attack percentagein UCLA 's three victories.

CULLEN NAMED MVP IN MONTANA,HITS HIGHS AT UW
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 171 kills for a 3.17 per-game average,has 11 service aces and43 blocks for a 0.80 per-game average.Cullen also stepped out in a big way against theWashington schools in UCLA 's pair of dramatic five-game victories,hitting a team-high .306 forthe weekend with 34 kills,22 digs and 10 blocks.In UCLA 's five-game win over Washington onOct.3,Cullen turned in four career-high numbers with 18 kills,15 digs,seven blocks (1BS/6BA)and22 points.

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 thisseason.McFarland leads the Bruins in assists,averaging 10.08 per game,and has also averaged2.18 digs and 0.45 blocks through the first Arizona series.McFarland set the Bruins through theHawaiian Airlines Classic,but stepped aside through parts of the Montana and Texas Invitationalsas sophomore Haley Jorgensborg took over setting duties.

McFarland was one of several Bruins to post impressive numbers at Washington State andWashington in early October,turning in season-high numbers of 56 assists,five kills (ties career-high)and 20 digs (one shy of career-high)against UW on Oct.3.

THE WRIGHT STUFF ON THE BLOCK
The only senior remaining on the 2003 Bruins active roster,Cira Wright earned All-Tournamenthonors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic.Wright leads the team averaging 1.37blocks per game entering the Bay Area series.Playing all the way around for the first time in hercareer,Wright has already posted a career-high digging match twice this season,recording eightdigs in UCLA 's five-game loss to then-No.2 Hawai 'i on Sept.1 and topping that mark with a 10-dig performance at Washington on Oct.3.She set a new career-high with three aces againstOregon on Sept.26 in a 20-point performance,and has posted her season-high of 14 kills on threeoccasions,including both matches against the Washington schools.On Oct.11 against ArizonaState,Wright matched her career-high for aces with three consecutive aces in the early stages ofgame three.

RINGEL REMAINS AMONG UCLA 'S KILL LEADERS
A heavy hitter,Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.49 per-game average.Replaced by a libero in the back row,Ringel has served seven aces this season.She had three aceson Sept.6 at Montana,setting a new career-high mark.She is averaging just under one dig pergame,and has scored 106.0 points.She had 10 kills,including five in game five,of UCLA 's five-gamewin over Washington on Oct.3.Ringel sat out the previous weekend 's matches with an ankle sprain.

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).When the scheduled anthem singer forUCLA 's Oct.11 match at Pauley Pavilion faltered twice early in the song,Johnson stepped out tothe edge of the court and helped her through the remainder of the anthem.

ZARTMAN DIGS NO.1,000 IN WASHINGTONNamed 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,leading the Bruins with 4.02 digs per game.On Oct.3 at Washington,Zartman becamethe 14th player in UCLA women 's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career dig,a mark sherecorded with her final dig of game four in UCLA 's five-game win over the Huskies.She enters theBay Area series with 1,033 career digs,good for 12th on UCLA 's all-time list.She needs 15 moredigs to pass Annett Buckner (1,047)for 11th on UCLA 's all-time list.Zartman opened the seasonwith a 4.45 digs/game average at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,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 50 games entering the first Washingtons series.In UCLA 's Pac-10 opener against No.1USC,Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs and she holds a 4.45 per-game average in conferenceplay.She posted a season-high 23 digs in UCLA 's five-game win at Washington.

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.

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 was cleared to return tothe lineup in time for conference play.She started against USC on Sept.19,assisting on two ofUCLA 's 16 blocks in the match.Against OSU,Lyman had a 12-kill,16-dig,six-block,two-aceperformance for a career-high 18.5 points.She has played in 24 of a possible 28 Pac-10 games.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 with16 aces on the season for an 0.36 per-game average.She has played in 23 of 28 Pac-10 games.Katie Carter saw limited action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic,then earned her first career startagainst Boise State on Sept.6 at the Ruby 's Montana Invitational.Carter posted several careerhighs in that match against the Broncos,recording 11 kills,two service aces,four digs and 13 pointsin the match.She is averaging 2.13 kills per game this season.In Texas,Carter was second on theteam with a 3.33 kills per-game average,while contributing 2.00 digs/game and two block assistsfor 22 points on the weekend.She has played in just under half of UCLA 's Pac-10 games.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.Against Oregon State,she had a career-high eight digs.

INJURY UPDATE

  • Senior Natalie Ray was sidelined on Oct.6 when blood clots were discovered in her rightshoulder.Ray has had the blood clots removed,and is awaiting surgery to have a rib removedon her right side.She is not expected to return to the lineup.

  • Sophomore Nancy Barba tore the webbing between two of her fingers in practice on Sept.18.The injury required five stitches.She has played sparingly since returning to the lineup on Oct.2.

  • Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand..The injuryoccurred in practice on Aug.24,and she has been cleared to practice.
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