2009 UCLA Women's Volleyball Team Preview

Aug. 19, 2009

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    2009 Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Preview Series

    UCLA

    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 22-11
    2008 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 9-9/5th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2 + libero
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/10
    Newcomers: 9

    Head Coach: Andy Banachowski (43 years)
    Alma Mater: UCLA '68
    Record at UCLA: 1,082-292 (42 years)
    Assistant Head Coach: Kim Jagd
    Assistant Coach: Dan Conners

    2009 TEAM PREVIEW
    Andy Banachowski, the Pac-10’s longest reigning coach, will have to rely on 15 underclassmen to run the Bruins’ 20-win seasons streak to 11 years in 2009. The first order of business is to replace four time All-Pac-10 setter Nellie Spicer, ranked second on the Bruins all-time career assists list with 6,000. Sophomore Stephanie Nucci and incoming freshman Lauren Cook, the Andi Collins Award winner as the nation’s top senior setter, will help out at the net this season. Volleyball Magazine’s Pacific Region and Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year sophomore Amanda Gil returns for what should be a promising year for the middle blocker. Fellow Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree, middle blocker Katie Camp (2.15 kps, 1.46 bps, .327 hitting percentage), and Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention middle blocker Sara Sage (1.31 kps, 0.79 bps) will look to make their mark at this net this year. This season, the Bruins welcome four Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruits, the most of any Pac-10 team: outside hitter Rachael Kidder, utility player Bojana Todorovic, outside hitter Michelle Ketter and setter Cook. The one concern for a team with seven freshmen and eight sophomores will be playing its first 15 matches on the road or at neutral sites to kick off the campaign. It does not get any easier as the first three home matches are against national powers Stanford, California and USC.

    KEY MATCHUPS
    • Sept. 12 - UCLA at Nebraska, 12:00 p.m. PT
    • Oct. 2 - Stanford at UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT
    • Oct. 23 - Oregon at UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT (FSN)
    The young Bruins will be tested early when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to battle Nebraska in the Ameritas Players Challenge in Lincoln, Neb. The Cornhuskers are rated No. 3 in Volleyball Magazine’s 2009 preseason poll. In the series, matching two storied programs, the Cornhuskers hold a 9-3 advantage, winning the last three contests. The Bruins' first home match will be against Stanford, a team that has beaten the Bruins 17-matches in a row. The last time Bruins defeated the Cardinal was in 2000. Fox Sports Net will televise the Ducks at the Bruins. OU swept the regular-season series against UCLA last season, winning, 3-1, in Eugene, Ore. and, 3-2, at Pauley Pavilion.

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    BRUIN TO WATCH
    1 • Amanda Gil
    SO • MB/OH • San Jose, Calif.

    As a freshman, Gil led the Conference and ranked second nationally with 1.49 blocks per set. She also finished as the league’s top freshman in hitting percentage (.324), as well as ranking sixth in the Pac-10 among all players in the category and 88th in the country. Gil was one of two Bruins to start all 33 matches, playing in 120-of-122 sets. She was named Volleyball Magazine’s Pacific Region and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, as well as All-Pac-10 honorable mention. One of three Bruins to register at least 300 kills last season, she placed third on the team with 2.54 kills per set. She led the Bruins in blocks 21 times, posting a team and season-high 13 against Oregon on Nov. 1, 2008.

     

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