ASU, Arizona Up Next for Women's Volleyball

Nov. 1, 2006

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After suffering a second Pac-10 loss on Friday night at Washington, the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for six of their eight remaining matches on the regular season schedule. The home stretch opens this Friday night, Nov. 3, against Arizona State, followed by a Saturday match against Arizona. Both contests are scheduled for 7 pm starts. Following this weekend's slate, the Bruins take their final regular season road trip, going to the Bay Area Nov. 10-11, before returning to Pauley for the final four regular season matches of 2006.

UCLA vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (11-11, 3-8 Pac-10)
The Sun Devils come to Los Angeles having been swept by the Bay Area teams at home last weekend, a three-game loss to Stanford and a four-game loss to California. ASU's three Conference wins have come against Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State. The Bruins won in three games, 30-21, 30-26, 30-28, at Wells Fargo Arena on Oct. 7, earlier this season. UCLA leads the all-time series by a 55-6 margin and the Bruins have won the last eight meetings dating back to a 2002 loss in Tempe. ASU is coached by Brad Saindon, who is in his third year with the Sun Devils. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Nicole Morton (3.45/game), ASSISTS- Marina Mercer (9.69/game), ACES- Margie Giordano (0.28/game), DIGS- Sydney Donahue (6.70/game), BLOCKS- Staci Smith (0.95/game).

UCLA vs. Arizona Wildcats (10-13, 1-10 Pac-10)
The Wildcats have dropped 11 of their last 13 contests with the lone victory coming at Oregon State on Oct. 12. Arizona's first losing streak started with a Sept.16 loss at Northwestern and continued through the first five matches of Pac-10 play. Since the win at OSU, Arizona has dropped five straight entering Friday night's match at USC. UCLA won the first meeting against Arizona on Oct. 6, at the McKale Center, winning 30-24, 30-23, 20-30, 30-25. The Bruins now lead the all-time series by a 43-16 margin. The Wildcats are coached by Dave Rubio, who is in his 15th year at Arizona. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Brooke Buringrud (3.64/game), ASSISTS- Stephanie Butkus (11.19/game), ACES- Brooke Buringrud (0.40/game), DIGS- Brittany Leonard (3.81/game), BLOCKS- Dominique Lamb (1.59/game).

Banachowski Leads Bruins For 40th Season
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-undefeated Washington on Nov. 12, 2005, made UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski the first women's Division I volleyball coach to win 1,000 career matches. Banachowski, who holds a career record of 1,026-268 (.793), is in his 40th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates and Juniata (Div. III) head women's coach Larry Bock (1,069 entering 2006) 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 1135-212.) 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 (1984, `90, `91).

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