Bruins Off To Albuturkey Tournament For Three Matches

Nov. 26, 2002

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The Bruins finished Pac-10 play with a 9-9 record and a tie for fifthplace in the conference standings. UCLA has three matches remaining inits regular season, which will take place this weekend at the AlbuturkeyTournament in Albuquerque, NM. UCLA will face Rice and Butler on Friday,with a match against host New Mexico on Saturday evening. The Bruinswill return to Westwood on Sunday, and will learn their postseason fatethat evening, as the NCAA selection show will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.

Bruins Split With Arizonas to Finish Pac-10 Play at .500

With a five-game win over Arizona State on Thursday and a four-game lossto Arizona on Friday, the 21st-ranked UCLA women's volleyball teamcompleted Pac-10 play in a tie for fifth (with Washington) and a 9-9conference record in 2002. Friday's match provided many dramatics,highlighted by UCLA overcoming a 13-10 deficit in game five to win15-13. Three Bruins had double-figure kills in the match, led byBrittany Ringel with 17, Lauren Fendrick with 16 and Brynn Murphy with10. Four Bruins had double-figure digs with Krystal McFarland andChrissie Zartman posting 17 apiece, Ringel with 15 and Fendrick with 11.The Bruins came out strong on senior night against Arizona, and allthree seniors started the match. UCLA won the first game 34-32, but lostthe following three games 30-21, 30-21, 30-28. Four Bruins haddouble-figure kills, led by Ringel with 16, while Zartman contributed 26digs.

Chrissie Zartman Named First-Team All-Pac-10

Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman was named First-Team All-Pac-10 onTuesday, and was the only libero on the conference first team. SeniorLauren Fendrick earned Hon. Mention All-Pac-10 honors, while setterHaley Jorgensborg was named to the Hon. Mention All-Freshman team.

UCLA vs. Rice

Friday will mark the first meeting between UCLA and Rice on thevolleyball floor. The Owls are lead by Rebeca Pazo (4.83 kpg, 3.33 dpg,550 points) and Rebecca Kainz (1.26 bpg).

UCLA vs. Butler

Friday will also mark the first meeting between UCLA and Butler. TheBulldogs are led by Kali Carter (3.12 kpg), Megan Knightly (2.97 dpg)and Kealy Norris (0.93 bpg).

UCLA vs. New Mexico

The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Lobos by a 5-0 margin,including a 1-0 record when playing in Albuquerque. The last meetingbetween these two teams was on Sept. 2, 1993. The Bruins won 15-8, 15-3,15-6 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos are led byAnna Reines (3.82 kpg), Blaire Burns (3.30 dpg) and Chelsea Sondrup(1.18 bpg).

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 935-234 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six nationalchampionships, including three NCAA titles.

Next Week for the Bruins

UCLA's schedule for next week will be determined on Sunday, December 1at 6 pm Pacific Time, when the NCAA Tournament bracket will be announcedon ESPNEWS. Information will be updated on and on theUCLA FanPhone at 310-825-8575 as soon as possible.

Fendrick Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

The only senior in uniform for the Bruins at the conclusion of thisseason, outside hitter Lauren Fendrick was named to her third careerHonorable Mention All-Pac-10 team on Nov. 26. Fendrick recorded her1,000th carer kill earlier this season on Sat., Sept. 7 in Minneapolisand went on to notch her 1,000th career dig on Nov. 1 in PauleyPavilion. Currently, Fendrick ranks ninth in Bruin history with 117career service aces, 10th with 1,090 digs and 15th with 1,301 careerkills. Fendrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at theHawaiian Airlines Classic, leads the Bruins with 3.62 kills per game,and is one of just two players (with Chrissie Zartman) to have played inevery game of every match this season.

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 five 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 2.59kills per game with 256 total kills, and ranks third on the team inblocks, averaging 0.89 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 in 13matches, including 10 in Pac-10 play and 12 of the Bruins 20 matches.Ringel, who played both volleyball and basketball last year, currentlyranks second on the team with a 3.38 kills per-game average and hasplayed in 97 of the team's 102 games.

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 8.70 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, an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10 All-Freshmanteam, practically played her high school volleyball on the UCLA campus,as she attended nearby Marymount High School. She has set successfullyduring her 91 games on the court, and has averaged 5.58 assists per gameto this point in the season.

Barba Solid in Return to Lineup

True freshman middle blocker Nancy Barba played in one game each of theOhio State and Hawai'i matches in September before being sidelined witha stress fracture. Barba was on track for a medical redshirt seasonbefore Angela Eckmier's injury put her back in the lineup. In her firsttwo career Pac-10 matches, Barba responded, posting identical offensivelines against both Oregon schools (7K-0E-12TA, .583 ATK%). For theseason, Barba is now averaging 1.17 kills and 0.79 blocks per game.

Zartman Digs Role as Bruin Libero; All-Pac-10 Selection

With the introduction of the libero position to the women's collegiategame in 2002, sophomore Chrissie Zartman has taken the opportunity toshine. On Nov. 26, she became the first defensive player in conferencehistory to be named First-Team All-Pac-10, and was the only Bruin namedto the conference first team. Zartman leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 indigs (465), digs per game (4.56), and digs per-game in conferencematches only (5.08, leading WSU's Kortney Jamtaas by 0.56 digs pergame). With three matches remaining in UCLA's regular season, Zartmancurrently ranks third on UCLA's single-season list, needing five digs tomove into second place and 35 digs to surpass Samantha Shaver's Bruinsingle-season record (499 in 1993) and become the first player in UCLAhistory with a 500-dig season. She is on pace to become the first Bruinin history to lead the Pac-10 in digs per game.

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.

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 1.19 blocks per game average, and stands fifth on the team with a2.53 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 the Bruins.

Cullen Continues to Serve Aces

Sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen continues to lead the Bruins atthe service line with 24 aces on the season. She has been playing in allrotations, and is one of five players averaging at least 2.5 kills pergame this season for the well-balanced Bruin attack. She is averaging2.63 kills and 1.77 digs per game, and has recorded 48 block assists andtwo solo blocks during her 97 games on the floor this season.

Eckmier Concludes Career with ACL Injury

Senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier's UCLA carer came to a close onTue., Nov. 5, when she ruptured the ACL in her right knee duringpractice. Eckmier stuffed her 200th career block at the Nike PortlandInvitational, and finishes her career with 253 career blocks to her credit.Eckmier had played in 78 of a possible 80 games for the Bruins thisseason, recording 146 kills (1.87 per game), 11 service aces, 49 digsand team-highs of 16 solo blocks, 75 block assists and 91 total blocksfor a 1.17 per-game average. Eckmier was ranked seventh in the Pac-10with her 1.17 blocks per-game average at the time of her injury.

'We are all saddened for Angela,' said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski.'She is an ideal player who always gives maximum effort, and it'sunfortunate that her senior season is ending this way.' Eckmier sufferedthe injury while participating in a defensive drill during practice onTuesday, November 5, when she collided with a teammate.

Eckmier did start a final game for the Bruins on senior night (Nov. 22),when injured teammate Lauren Hogan served the first point of the match,then recorded a dig on the second rally. Hogan has missed the majorityof her collegiate career due to continuing shoulder problems. Eckmier,who was less than three weeks removed from surgery, started the matchwithout her knee brace, and was replaced by Bruin libero ChrissieZartman before the ball was put in play.

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