No. 5 Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 3 USC Friday

Oct. 17, 2001

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It's rivalry weekend for the second and final time this women's volleyball season as No. 3 USC travels across town for a 7 pm match in Pauley Pavilion this Friday. The Women of Troy have not won in Pauley since winning an five-game marathon (18-16 in game 5) on Oct. 30, 1998.

Last season, UCLA dismantled USC quickly at Pauley, sweeping the Women of Troy 15-9, 15-3, 15-13 in a match televised live by FOX Sports Net. UCLA holds an all-time record of 50-37 against USC, including a 23-14 record in Westwood.

Senior setter Erika Selsor became the Pac-10's record holder for career assists on Friday night UCLA's 3-0 win over California at Pauley Pavilion. She recorded the 5,422nd assist of her Bruincareer early in game one of the match against Cal, surpassing the career total of 5,421 amassedby Holly McPeak, who played for Cal (1987-89) and UCLA (1990). Selsor currently has 5,466 careerkills and enters this Friday's match against USC needing 222 assists to break Ann Boyer for the UCLAcareer record. Boyer played one season at UCLA before the Pac-10 started to sponsor women sports, which is why she holds the UCLA record but is fourth in the Pac-10 standings (4,840).

UCLA suffered a disappointing loss on Thursday night against the Cardinal, falling in five games,27-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-24, 15-13. UCLA had its way with the Cardinal in the first two games the match, led in game one by a 13-kill effort by Kristee Porter. In game two, the Bruins jumpedout to an 8-0 lead and held a 10-point lead as late as 19-9. Game three was tied as late as 27-27 before a Logan Tom kill and two Bruin errors closed it out for the Cardinal, who also won gamefour 30-24, sending the match to a fifth and final game that was won by Stanford.

Despite a sluggish start against California, the Bruins hit .571 in game two, setting the definitivetone in a 31-29, 30-12, 30-21 sweep. Porter once again led the Bruins, this time with 20 kills, andPorter, Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick all hit .480 or higher with Fendrick at .481 and Bowlesand Porter both hitting .500 for the match.

The inaugural Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2001, Kristee Porter became the UCLA and Pac-10record holder for career kills when she downed her 2, 116th career kill on Oct. 4 at Washington game two of the match against the Huskies ... On Oct. 11, she posted the first 30-kill performancein the Pac-10 this season, reaching that milestone against No. 4 Stanford ... She recorded her2,000th career kill on Sept. 2 in UCLA's 3-0 victory over then-No. 5 Hawai'i while averaging 6.22kills per game for the tournament ... At the US Bank/Arby's Classic, she became the first Pac-10player and second Bruin to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs ... The 2000ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, Porter holds the Pac-10 record for 30-kill matcheswith 18 ... That TRIPLES the previous UCLA and Pac-10 record of six, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams1989-92) ... Last season, Porter downed 741 kills, a new UCLA and Pac-10 record en route earning first-team AVCA All-American honors ... A three-sport athlete at UCLA, Porter also playedbasketball and triple jumped for the Pac-10 champion Bruin track and field team ... In the cage,Porter was second in the Pac-10 in rebounding with an 8.1 per-game average, and ranked thirdin the Pac-10 and 28th in the NCAA standings with 1.8 blocked shots per game ... On the track,Porter was third in the triple jump at the Pac-10 Championship, with a mark of 40-11.75 as UCLAwon its fifth-straight Pac-10 title.

2,189 kills (Pac-10 and UCLA career record holder, 17th in NCAA history), 1,085 digs (8th UCLAhistory), 50 solo blocks, 205 block assists, 255 total blocks, 97 service aces. FOR MORE INFORMATION ONKRISTEE PORTER, PLEASE REFER TO PAGES 20-21 OF THE UCLA MEDIA GUIDE.

Entering her fourth season as the quarterback of the Bruin offense, senior Erika Selsor who entersthis Friday's USC match with 5,466 assists, has already set one record and is closing in on anotherone, needing 222 assists to eclipse Ann Boyer's UCLA career record (5,667). On Oct.12 againstCalifornia, Selsor surpassed Holly McPeak's 5,421 career assists (Cal 1987-89/UCLA 1990) to takeover the Pac-10 career record. On Sun., Sept. 2, against then-No. 5 Hawai'i, Selsor became thesecond player in Bruin history and the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 5,000 career assists,Boyer's first season at UCLA was prior to Pac-10 play, therefore her conference total for assists is4, 840. Selsor has recorded a UCLA record 14 matches with 70 or more assists with three matchesin the 80s, including an 89-assist performance in last year's NCAA Second Round match at PauleyPavilion against Michigan State. That was the third-highest single-match assist total in school history.

The first four-time selection to the Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team in history,senior opposite hitter Ashley Bowles became the seventh player in UCLA history to record both1,000 career kills and digs, and the fifth Bruin to add 100 aces to that tandem when she recordedthe milestone dig on Sept. 8 vs. Pepperdine. Additionally, Bowles has the highest career serviceaces total among the 2001 Bruins, reaching the 100 career aces milestone in UCLA's seasonopener on Aug. 31 against Michigan. Last season, she became the 18th Bruin to reach 1,000career kills, recording the milestone on Sept. 29, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion. She currently has 1,422kills (10th UCLA history), 1,084 digs (9th), 3,616 total attacks (6th) and 121 aces (8th) for her Bruincareer. A 'jack of all trades, ' Bowles is capable of playing on the outside, back row, and can setfor the Bruins if need be. This season, Bowles has set for UCLA for portions of every match, whenBruin setter Erika Selsor is subbed out for a defensive replacement.

The Bruins opened their Pac-10 schedule on Sept. 21 at USC's Lyon Center, falling to the Womenof Troy in three games. Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter led the way for UCLA with 13 kills in thematch, while fellow senior Ashley Bowles posted a team-best 11 digs on the evening. The Bruinsplayed well in game one, keeping the game tied as late as 24-24, and were within one point aslate as 27-26 before USC pulled out the 30-27 game one victory. The Bruins would not be that closeagain, as the Women of Troy took big early leads in both games two and three, winning by scoresof 30-21 and 30-12.

Now in his 35th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains oneof the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1 in Hawai'i, 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 whom Banachowski was a setter during his collegiate career, posted his 1,000th career win last March. The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame inHolyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career record of 908-215 (.809), and has coached theBruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

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