Volleyball Travels to ASU and Arizona for Final Pac-10 Road Trip
Nov. 16, 2005
UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski earned his 1,000th career victory with a dramatic upset victory over then-No. 2 Washington on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion. Banachowski's Bruins will now look to extend their winning streak to a season-high six matches as the Bruins travel to Arizona State and Arizona for a pair of Pac-10 matches. The last time the Bruins took on the Arizona schools, UCLA defeated the Sun Devils in four games and lost to Arizona 3-1 in Pauley Pavilion.
Nellie Spicer Named Pac-10, National Player of the Week
UCLA freshman setter Nellie Spicer has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 7-13. Spicer, a freshman from Barrington, Ill., steered UCLA's offense to a five-game road win at Pepperdine, a sweep of Washington State, and a five-game win over previously undefeated Pac-10 leader and then No. 2 Washington. She tied her career-high with seven kills at Pepperdine on Tuesday and also set career-highs with seven blocks and 12 points. In the Bruins' upset over the Huskies, Spicer dished out a career-high 71 assists, the first 70+ assist performance by a UCLA setter since Krystal McFarland had a 76-assist performance in a five-game loss to Hawai'i on Sept. 11, 2004. McFarland and Spicer's 70+ assist performances are the only such performances in UCLA history since the start of rally scoring in 2001.
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-17, 2-12 Pac-10)
The Sun Devils have had a difficult 2005 campaign and enter Friday night's match having lost their last four contests and 12 of their last 13 matches. Earlier this season, UCLA defeated the Sun Devils 3-1 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins hold a 53-6 all-time advantage in the series including wins in the last six meetings. ASU is coached by Brad Saindon, who is in his third year with the Sun Devils. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Nicole Morton (3.23/game), ASSISTS- Giovana Melo (9.21/game), ACES- Staci Smith (0.33/game), DIGS- Sydney Donahue (6.25/game), BLOCKS- Staci Smith (0.90/game).
Arizona Wildcats (18-5, 10-4 Pac-10)
The Wildcats dropped a four-game match at California on Thursday night but rebounded with a dramatic five-game victory in Maples Pavilion on Friday, downing Stanford 18-16 in game five. The `Cats are led by head coach David Rubio, who is in his 15th season at Arizona. UCLA holds a 41-15 lead in the all-time series with Arizona winning the last two meetings. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Kim Glass (5.20/game), ASSISTS- Amy Dyck (11.85/game), ACES- Kim Glass (0.43/game), DIGS- Brittany Leonard (3.85/game), BLOCKS- Bre Ladd (1.20/game).
Banachowski Wins 1,000th Match with Upset of Washington
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-No. 2 and undefeated Washington on Nov. 12 in Pauley Pavilion made UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski the first women's collegiate volleyball coach to win 1,000 career matches. Banachowski, who holds a career record of 1,000-263 (.792), is in his 39th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach.
Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (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, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.