Bruins Head To Oregon For Last Pac-10 Road Games
Nov. 6, 2002
The Bruins embark on their final road trip of the 2002 Pac-10 seasonthis weekend, traveling to Corvallis and Eugene, OR, for matchups withthe Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks. UCLA has one non-conferenceroad trip remaining on its schedule, the Albuturkey tournament inAlbuquerque, NM, which will take place over Thanksgiving weekend. Inbetween these two remaining road trips will be a four-match homestand,all against teams ranked in this week's AVCA/USA Today top-25.
Bruins Split with Bay Area Teams
UCLA dropped its first home match of the 2002 season on Friday night inPauley Pavilion, falling to sixth-ranked Stanford 30-25, 30-27, 30-22.Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 12 kills, and was joined in doublefigures by Heather Cullen, who posted a very impressive .500 attackpercentage with 10 kills and one error on 18 total attacks. LaurenFendrick recorded her 1,000th career dig, posting a match-high 17 digsin the match. On Saturday night, UCLA swept the Cal Golden Bears withgame scores of 30-23, 32-30, 30-24. Three Bruins had double-figurekills, led by Fendrick with 14, followed by Ringel with 13 and BrynnMurphy with 11. Murphy hit .526 for the match, with 11 kills and oneerror on 19 total attacks. Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman recorded amatch-high 22 digs, one shy of her three-game best this season.
UCLA vs. Oregon State
The Bruins hold a 32-2 all-time advantage over the Beavers, including a35-33, 30-22, 30-18 win in Pauley Pavilion last month. UCLA holds a 15-1advantage while playing in Corvallis, although the Bruins lost in GilColiseum last year. LAST TIME (Oct. 10): Brynn Murphy and LaurenFendrick downed 13 kills apiece when the Beavers and Bruins met inPauley Pavilion on Oct. 10. Murphy had an impressive .522 attackpercentage in the match with 13 kills and one error on 23 attempts.Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins with 10 digs on the night. Oregon Statehit .000 as a team in the final game of the match. (9K-9E-38TA)
UCLA vs. Oregon
UCLA holds a 36-1 all-time record against the Ducks, and holds a 15-0record when playing in Eugene. The Bruins swept the Ducks in PauleyPavilion earlier this season, 30-28, 30-24, 30-20. LAST TIME (Oct. 11):Two Bruins, Brynn Murphy and Lauren Fendrick recorded double-figurekills as the Bruins downed Oregon 3-0. Murphy hit .444 for the nightwith 11 kills, three errors and 18 total attacks, while Zartman onceagain led all players with 17 digs in the match. Oregon had a teamattack percentage of .109 for the contest, with a .000 percentage ingame three (6K, 6E, 37TA).
Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 36th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowskiremains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, inHawaii, he became the first collegiate women's volleyball coach inhistory to record 900 career wins, and is just the second collegiatevolleyball coach for either gender to reach that milestone. UCLA men'scoach Al Scates, for whom Banachowski was a setter during his collegiatecareer, posted his 1,000th career win in February, 2000. The firstwomen's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National VolleyballHall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career recordof 932-231 (.801), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.
Next Week for the Bruins
The Bruins return home to begin a four-game homestand to conclude thePac-10 season. The homestand opens on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with anon-conference match against Pepperdine, followed by matchups with theWomen of Troy (Nov. 15) and the Arizona Schools (Nov. 21-22).
Fendrick Records 1,000th Kill, Dig
On Saturday, Sept. 7 in Minneapolis, senior outside hitter LaurenFendrick became the 19th player in UCLA women's volleyball history torecord her 1,000th career kill. On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, sherecorded her 1,000th career dig, and enters the Oregon series with 1,016digs to rank 12th in Bruin history. Her current career kill total is1,217, ranking 16th in UCLA history and has recorded 113 career serviceaces, ranking 11th. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Teamat the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.56 kills pergame, and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to haveplayed in every game of every match this season.
Eckmier Leads Bruin Block
Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block atthe Nike Portland Invitational, and heads to Oregon with 253 careerblocks to her credit. In her second season as a full-time player for theBruins, Eckmier has 16 solo and 75 assisted blocks this season,contributing to career totals of 49 solo and 204 assisted blocksr.Eckmier missed the 2000 season after tearing the ACL in her right kneeduring preseason practice, but has rebuilt her strength and jumpingability to where it was prior to her injury. She was named to theAll-Tournament Team at UCLA's NCAA Regional last year, her third andfourth matches after being cleared to play without a knee brace. In2002, Eckmier leads the Bruins with 1.14 blocks per game, and hasrecorded 11 service aces. Her blocks average is seventh in the Pac-10standings.
Murphy Finds Success on the Outside
Sophomore Brynn Murphy played last season as a middle blocker for theBruins, but has made a successful transition to outside hitter for the2002 season. Murphy is one of four Bruins averaging more than 2.5 killsper game, and is the only Bruin to earn two All-Tournament team honorsthis season. She was chosen for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and NikePortland Invitational All-Tournament Teams. Murphy is averaging 2.65kills per game with 204 total kills, and ranks third on the team inblocks, averaging 0.70 blocks per game.
Ringel Continues to Lead Bruins Offensively
Brittany Ringel opened Pac-10 play with a bang at Arizona on Sept. 20,downing a career-high 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage. Ringel hadkills on five of her first six swings on in the match, and led theBruins both with 22 kills and 12 points on the evening. She hascontinued her solid play since that point, posting team-high kills innine matches, seven in Pac-10 play. Ringel, who played both volleyballand basketball last year, currently ranks second on the team with a 3.19kills per-game average and has played in 75 of the team's 80 games.
Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero
With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiategame in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity toshine. Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike PortlandInvitational, Zartman leads theBruins in both digs (338) and digs pergame (4.22), and leads the Pac-10 in digs per-game both overall (4.22per game) and in conference matches only (4.81, leading WSU's KortneyJamtaas by nearly a full dig per game). Zartman needs just 32 more digsto move into UCLA's single-season top-10 with nine matches remaining inthe regular season.
In the first half of the Pac-10 season, Zartman recorded career-highdigs in consecutive matches, posting a 27-dig effort in UCLA's 3-2 winover Washington State on Sept. 28 before coming back with a newcareer-best of 28 digs in UCLA's 3-1 win at Cal on Oct. 4. That 28-digeffort was just two digs shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-gamematch. Zartman matched her career-best mark as part of an outstandingindividual defensive effort in the state of Washington, posting 28 digsat Washington State on Oct. 25, and followed with 23 digs in UCLA'sthree-game loss to Washington on Oct. 26.
An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAAbeach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games thispast summer while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. Shealso partnered with Keao Burdine for the FIVB Under-21 WorldChampionships last summer, finishing second.
McFarland, Jorgensborg Set Bruins in 2002
Head coach Andy Banachowski has adopted a 6-2 offense for the 2002season, a system that utilizes two setters. The pair that isquarterbacking the Bruin offense includes redshirt sophomore co-captainKrystal McFarland and true freshman Haley Jorgensborg.McFarland redshirted the 2001 season while Erika Selsor completed herrecord-setting career, but McFarland was participating fully in teampractices. She currently leads the team with 8.82 assists per game,ranking eighth in the Pac-10 in that category. She generally startsmatches, and has played across the front row on numerous occasions.Jorgensborg practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLAcampus, as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has setsuccessfully during her 69 games on the court, and has averaged 5.70assists per game to this point in the season.
The Wright Stuff
Junior middle blocker Cira Wright completed her pre-conference season instyle, earning MVP honors at the Nike Portland Invitational. Wright isamong the team leaders in kills and blocks, ranking second on the teamwith a 0.95 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a2.48 kills per game average. An athletic player who is among UCLA's mostversatile attackers, Wright continues to improve in her first season asa full-time player for Banachowski's Bruins.
Cullen Continues to Serve Aces
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins atthe service line with 19 aces on the season. She has been playing in allrotations, and is one of four players averaging at least 2.50 kills pergame this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is alsoaveraging 2.05 digs per game, and has recorded 36 block assists and twosolo blocks during her 75 games on the floor this season.