Bruins Head On Pac-10 Road Trip To Washington

Sept. 30, 2003

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The Bruins return to the road this week with a televised (tape-delayed, FOX Sports Net) match at Washington State on Thursday followed by a match in Seattle against Washington on Friday evening. These are the first road Pac-10 matches of the season for the Bruins, who will be away from Pauley Pavilion for seven of their nine scheduled matches in the month of October. UCLA's only home matches in the month occur next week, when the Bruins play host to the Arizona schools in Pauley Pavilion.

Bruins Down Oregon State, Oregon in Pauley
UCLA improved its Pac-10 record to 2-1 on the season with wins over Oregon State and Oregon last week in Pauley Pavilion. On Thursday night, the Bruins used an impressive blocking performance to defeat Oregon State 3-1, posting 17 team blocks to OSU's eight. Heather Cullen led three Bruins in double-figure kills with 14, followed by Brynn Murphy with 13 and Colby Lyman with 12. Lyman led all players with 18.5 points in the match as she added two service aces and six blocks in the contest. Oregon State became the ninth UCLA opponent to be held under a team attack percentage of .200, checking in at .159 for the match.

On Friday night, UCLA played host to Oregon and held the Ducks to a .197 team attack percentage. No team that has lost to UCLA this season has hit above .200 in the match. Cira Wright led all players with 20 points in the match as she had a career-high three service aces to go along with 14 kills and four blocks in the match. Murphy and Cullen also had double-figure kills with 15 apiece, while Krystal McFarland also had three aces in the contest.

UCLA vs. Washington State (5-8, 2-2 Pac-10)
The Bruins hold a 27-7 all-time record against the Cougars, and are 12-5 against WSU in Pullman. Last season, the teams played a pair of dramatic five-game matches with the home team winning both times. The Cougars are coached by Cindy Fredrick, who is in her 15th season with the Cougars. Stat Leaders: Kills- Zanda Bautre (3.49/game); Aces- Kristen Carlson (0.30); Digs- Carlson (3.36), Blocks- Jennifer Todd (1.40); Points- Carlson (173.0)

UCLA vs. #13 Washington (11-2, 2-2 Pac-10)
UCLA holds a 36-6 all-time advantage over the Huskies with an 18-4 record in Seattle. The teams split last year's season series with the home team winning 3-0 in both meetings. The Huskies are coached by Jim McLaughlin, who is in his third season with the Huskies. Stat Leaders: Kills- Sanja Tomasevic (5.65/game); Aces- Tomasevic (0.63); Digs- Candace Lee (3.75), Blocks- Darla Myhre (0.97); Points- Tomasevic (292.0).

Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 37th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, in Hawaii, he became the first collegiate women's volleyball coach in history to record 900 career wins, and is just the second collegiate volleyball coach 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 in February, 2000. The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career record of 949-237 (.800), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

Next Week for the Bruins
UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion next week with matches against Arizona and Arizona State. Both Friday's match against the Wildcats and Saturday's duel with the Sun Devils will begin at 7 pm.

Murphy Named MVP of Texas Invitational
Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 152 kills and 3.90 kills per game entering the first Washington series, and is second on the team with a .389 attack percentage and 1.00 blocks per game. She has already posted career-high numbers for kills, aces and points this season. Murphy has played primarily in the front row, as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row. Murphy was named to the All-Tournament Team at all three of UCLA's pre-conference tournaments, the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and the Ruby's Montana Invitational. At the HAL Classic, she led the Bruins with 41 kills (3.73/game) while hitting .307 and recording 10 blocks for an 0.91 per-game average. In Montana, Murphy's numbers were again impressive, as she averaged team-highs of 4.00 kills per game, a .509 attack percentage and eight blocks for a 1.00 per-game average. Murphy was named the Student-Athlete of the Week after her MVP performance at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, where she had 4.22 kills per game and a .479 attack percentage in UCLA's three victories.

Cullen Named MVP in Montana, Ties Career High vs. USC
Heather Cullen earned MVP honors at the Ruby's Montana Invitational Sept. 5-6, downing 32 kills in nine games with a .397 attack percentage and 12 digs. Cullen led all players with a career-high 17 kills against Idaho in UCLA's tournament opener, hitting .600 (17 K-2 E-25 TA). On the season, Cullen is second on the team with 119 kills for a 3.22 per-game average, has nine service aces and 23 blocks for a 0.62 per-game average. In the Sept. 19 match against USC, Cullen matched her career high with 17 kills and led the Bruins with a career-high 20 points in the match. She also added double-figure digs against the Women of Troy with 13. Cullen was UCLA's kill leader in both matches against the Oregon schools and is leading the team with a 4.18 kills per-game average in conference play.

McFarland Setting Bruins in 2003
Redshirt junior Krystal McFarland is one of UCLA's tri-captains for the 2003 season (with classmates Heather Cullen and Chrissie Zartman), and has been UCLA's primary setter through the early parts of the season. McFarland leads the Bruins in assists, averaging 10.06 per game, and has also averaged 2.00 digs and 0.50 blocks through the Oregon series. McFarland set the Bruins through the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, but stepped aside through parts of the Montana and Texas Invitationals as sophomore Haley Jorgensborg took over setting duties.

McFarland has already posted career-highs in blocks, aces and points, tying her career high with five kills against Oregon on Friday en route to a career-high 8.5 points.

The Wright Stuff on the Block
The only senior on the 2003 Bruins to see regular playing time, Cira Wright earned All-Tournament honors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Wright leads the team averaging 1.37 blocks per game entering the Washingtons series. Playing all the way around for the first time in her career, Wright has already posted a career-high digging match, recording eight digs in UCLA's five-game loss to then-No. 2 Hawai'i on Sept. 1. She set a new career-high with three aces against Oregon on Friday night in a 20-point performance.

Ringel Remains Among UCLA's Kill Leaders
A heavy hitter, Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.62 per-game average. Replaced by a libero in the back row, Ringel has served five aces this season. She had three aces on Sept. 6 at Montana, setting a new career-high mark. She is averaging 1.15 digs per game, and has scored 79.0 points this season and is expected to play against the Washington schools after missing the Oregon series with an ankle sprain.

Zartman Tops Pac-10 Digs List
Named the 'Top Libero' at the Ruby's Montana Invitational despite playing the position for just seven of UCLA's nine tournament games, junior Chrissie Zartman continues to shine as the Bruin libero, leading the Pac-10 with 4.05 digs per game. She opened the season with a 4.45 digs/game average at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and went on to average 4.33 digs/game as she earned All-Tournament honors at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, UCLA's final tournament of the regular season. Zartman is the only Bruin to have played in all of UCLA's 40 games entering the first Washingtons series. In UCLA's Pac-10 opener against No. 1 USC, Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digs and she holds a 4.45 per-game average in conference play.

An accomplished beach volleyball player, Zartman has earned her AAA beach rating, and won a gold medal at the World University Games in 2002 while playing with long-time partner Tracy Lindquist. She also finished second at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships with playing partner Keao Burdine.Freshman Firepower

Four of UCLA's five freshmen have seen game action this season. Colby Lyman had an impressive collegiate debut match against Louisville, posting 14 kills, 14 digs, four blocks and 16 total points with a .478 attack percentage. She started all three matches in Honolulu. She did not participate at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational due to injury, but she is cleared to return to the lineup for conference play. She started against USC on Sept. 19, assisting on two of UCLA's 16 blocks in the match. Against OSU, Lyman had a 12-kill, 16-dig, six-block, two-ace performance for a career-high 18.5 points.

Becky Green came off the bench in UCLA's five-game loss to Hawai'i on Sept. 1, turning in an impressive performance, particularly during the last two games of the match. Green then set career highs in nearly every category in the Sept. 5 match against Idaho at the Ruby's Montana Invitational, turning in nine kills, four digs, three block assists and 11.5 points with a .467 attack percentage. Her three aces in the tournament finale against host Montana are also a career best. Green continued her impressive play at the Texas Invitational, downing 25 kills in her eight games on the floor and serving seven aces for a 0.88 per-game average. Green leads the Bruins with 13 aces on the season for an 0.46 per-game average.

Katie Carter saw limited action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, then earned her first career start against Boise State on Sept. 6 at the Ruby's Montana Invitational. Carter posted several career highs in that match against the Broncos, recording 11 kills, two service aces, four digs and 13 points in the match. She is averaging 2.13 kills per game this season. In Texas, Carter was second on the team with a 3.33 kills per-game average, while contributing 2.00 digs/game and two block assists for 22 points on the weekend.

Laura Kroneberger played libero in game three against Boise State on Sept. 5, recording her first career dig in the match. Kroneberger was unable to play at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic due to a pulled abdominal muscle, but is once again capable of playing. She played in six games in Texas, recording nine digs and an assist. Against Oregon State, she had a career-high eight digs.

Need an Anthem Singer?
UCLA's home opener against USC featured freshman Rachell Johnson singing the 'Star Spangled Banner' prior to the start of the match. Johnson has yet to see game action for the Bruins due to a broken bone in her right hand (see Injury Update).

Injury Update

  • Junior outside hitter Brittany Ringel suffered a moderate sprain of her left ankle in practice this week. She missed the Oregon series but is cleared to play this week.

  • Freshman Becky Green left the Oregon State match on Thursday with a sprain in her right ankle. She did not play against Oregon on Friday night, but is cleared to play this week.

  • Sophomore Nancy Barba tore the webbing between two of her fingers in practice on Sept. 18. The injury required five stitches. She practiced on Tuesday and is expected to be cleared to play in Washington this week.

  • Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand. The injury occurred in practice on Aug. 24, and she has recently been cleared to practice.
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