Bruins Head North

Oct. 21, 2003

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UCLA continues its five-match road swing thisweek with two matches in the state of Oregon.The Bruins will head North on Wednesday for aThursday night match against the OregonDucks, who are 0-9 in Pac-10 play. UCLA willthen travel to Corvallis, OR, for a Friday match atOregon State. The Bruins will then play onemore road match, next Tuesday at Cal StateNorthridge, before returning to Pauley Pavilionon Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 for matches against theWashington schools.

UCLA STOPS CAL'S UNBEATEN SEASON, FALLS TO STANFORD

UCLA has played nothing but five-game matches on the road in Pac-10 play, a trend thatcontinued last Thursday and Friday in the Bay Area. On Thursday night at Stanford, the Bruinsstarted quickly, winning the first two games of the match and nearly winning the third beforedropping the final three games of the match to lose 3-2 to No. 7 Stanford. Brynn Murphy was oneof four Bruins with double-figure kills, as she led UCLA with 19 kills and 23.5 points in the match.It was more of the same on Friday night in Berkeley, as UCLA won the first game of the match,dropped games two and three, then came back to win games four and five to hand California itsfirst loss of the 2003 season. UCLA is 43-0 all-time against the Golden Bears. Murphy led theBruins once again, this time with 21 kills in the match, while freshman outside hitter Becky Greenrecorded a career-high four service aces in the match.

UCLA VS. OREGON (3-15, 0-9 PAC-10)

UCLA is 38-1 all-time against the Ducks, including a 3-0 UCLA victory in Pauley Pavilion earlier thisseason. The Ducks are coached by Carl Ferreira, who is in his fourth season with the Ducks (33-77 record) and 10th season as a collegiate head coach with an all-time record of 181-133. LastTime (Sept. 26, 2003): Cira Wright led the Bruins in their 30-20, 30-21, 36-34 win over the Ducksin Pauley Pavilion. Cira Wright led all players with 20 points in the match as she had a career-highthree service aces, which were recorded consecutively at the start of game three, to go along with14 kills and four blocks. Brynn Murphy and Heather Cullen both had double-figure kills in thematch, while Krystal McFarland had a season-high three service aces.

UCLA VS. OREGON STATE (12-9, 2-7 PAC-10)
The Bruins hold a 34-2 all-time record against Oregon State, including a 3-1 win earlier this seasonin Pauley Pavilion. The Beavers are coached by Nancy Somera, who is in her fifth season as acollegiate head coach, all at Oregon State, with a record of 61-75. Last Time (Sept. 25, 2003):UCLA out-blocked OSU by a 17-8 margin, while Heather Cullen led three Bruins in double-figurekills with 14. Freshman Colby Lyman led all players with 18.5 points as she added two service acesand six blocks to her 12 kills. OSU hit just .159 as a team in the match.

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 953-239 (.800), and has coachedthe Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

NEXT WEEK FOR THE BRUINS
UCLA finishes a five-match road swing next Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a 7 pm match at Cal StateNorthridge. The Bruins then return to Pauley Pavilion for a Halloween Night match againstWashington State, followed by a Nov. 1 contest against Washington. Both matches are scheduledfor 7 pm starts.

MURPHY NAMED TEXAS MVP, PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 256 kills and 3.88 kills per game, and is secondon the team (among non-setters) with a .337 attack percentage and 0.95 blocks per game.Murphy was named the Pac-10 Player of the week on Oct. 6 after posting career-high matchesagainst Washington and Washington State. For the week, she hit .268 with 43 kills (4.30 kpg) on112 attack attempts with just 13 errors. She also had 16 digs, seven blocks and two service acesas the Bruins won two five-game matches in Washington. Murphy has played primarily in the frontrow, as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at all three of UCLA's pre-conference tournaments, the Hawaiian AirlinesClassic and the Ruby's Montana Invitational. At the HAL Classic, she led the Bruins with 41 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 196 kills for a 3.06 per-game average, has 11 service aces and46 blocks for a 0.72 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 10.21 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 then-season-high numbers of 56 assists, five kills (tiescareer-high) and 20 digs (one shy of career-high) against UW on Oct. 3. She posted a career-high65 assists in UCLA's five-game loss to Stanford on Oct. 16.

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, and is the Pac-10's top blocker in conference games, averaging 1.47 blocks pergame in Pac-10 action. Playing all the way around for the first time in her career, Wright hasalready posted a career-high digging match three this season, recording eight digs in UCLA'sfive-game loss to then-No. 2 Hawai'i on Sept. 1 and topping that mark with a 10-dig performanceat Washington on Oct. 3 before recording a new career-high of 11 digs at Cal on Oct. 17. She seta new career-high with three aces against Oregon on Sept. 26 in a 20-point performance, andhas posted her season-high of 14 kills on three occasions, including both matches against theWashington schools. On Oct. 11 against Arizona State, Wright matched her career-high for aceswith three consecutive aces in the early stages of game three.

RINGEL REMAINS AMONG UCLA'S KILL LEADERS
A heavy hitter, Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.47 per-game average,including a season-high 13 kills and 14.5 points on Oct. 16 at Stanford. Replaced by a libero in theback row, Ringel has served seven aces this season. She had three aces on Sept. 6 at Montana,setting a new career-high mark. She is averaging just under one dig per game, and has scored127.0 points. She had 10 kills, including five in game five, of UCLA's five-game win over Washingtonon Oct. 3. Ringel sat out the previous weekend's matches with an ankle sprain, an injury that hasslowed her production for much of the 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). 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 WASHINGTON
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, leading the Bruins with 3.81 digs per game. On Oct. 3 at Washington, Zartman became the14th 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 1,060 career digs, good for 11th on UCLA's all-time list. She needs 51 moredigs to pass Ann Boyer (1,110) for 10th on UCLA's all-time list. Zartman opened the season witha 4.45 digs/game average at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and went on to average 4.33 digs/game as she earned All-Tournament honors at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, UCLA'sfinal tournament of the regular season. Zartman is the only Bruin to have played in all of UCLA's67 games thus far. In UCLA's Pac-10 opener against No. 1 USC, Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digsand she holds a 3.74 per-game average in conference play. She posted a season-high 23 digsin 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 34 of a possible 38 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. Green continued her impressive play at the Texas Invitational, downing 25 kills in hereight games on the floor and serving seven aces for a 0.88 per-game average. She had a carerhighfour aces on Oct. 17 at Cal and continues to lead the Bruins with 20 aces on the season foran 0.37 per-game average. She has played in 33 of 38 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 1.90 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 one third 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.She has played in 23 Pac-10 games, primarily as a back-row substitute to serve and play defense.

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 had surgery to remove the top rib on her rightside. She is currently at home recovering from surgery. 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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