Women's Volleyball Opens Season on Friday

Aug. 29, 2005

The 2005 UCLA women's volleyball team opens its season this Friday afternoon in Reno, Nev., as the Bruins take on Eastern Kentucky at the Sands/SBC Tournament hosted by Nevada. All three of UCLA's scheduled opponents at this tournament opened their seasons last weekend, with Nevada falling in five games to BYU, while Eastern Kentucky and San Diego both travel to Reno with 2-0 records. This marks the first of four consecutive road weekends to open the season for UCLA, which completed two-a-day practice sessions with no significant injuries.

Eastern Kentucky (2-0)
The Colonels, picked first in the Ohio Valley Conference pre-season poll, hosted the comfort Suites Challenge last weekend, winning the tournament with sweeps of Duquesne and Georgia State. EKU is coached by Lori Duncan, had a record of 27-5 and won the OVC title last season. Friday's match will be the first meeting between the Bruins and Colonels.

San Diego (2-0)
The Toreros advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals last season after putting together a 24-5 record and a perfect 14-0 record in West Coast Conference play to win the league title. Coached by Jennifer Petrie, USD opened its 2005 schedule with a 3-0 win over UC Irvine and a 3-1 win over Sacramento State. UCLA holds a 2-0 edge in the all-time series, including a 3-0 win in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion.

Nevada (0-1)
Following a 21-10 season last year, the head coach Devin Scruggs and the Wolfpack opened the 2005 season with a five-game loss to BYU on Saturday. This Saturday's Sands/SBC Tournament match will mark the first meeting between the Wolfpack and Bruins.

Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Entering the 2005 campaign with a career record of 984-255, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just 16 wins to become the first Collegiate Women's Volleyball head coach with 1,000 career wins. In his 39th season on the Bruin bench, Banachowski trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates, for whom Banachowski was a setter during his collegiate career, in career victories in college volleyball coaching. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski enters the season with a career record of 984-255 (.794), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

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