Bruins Back For Homestand

Oct. 28, 2003

The Bruins will remain in Southern Californiathis week, playing a Tuesday night match at CalState Northridge prior to the start of a two-matchhomestand against Washington Stateand Washington at Pauley Pavilion on Fridayand Saturday nights. UCLA pulled out dramaticfive-game victories over both Washingtonschools earlier this season in its first Pac-10road series of the 2003 season. Brynn Murphyhad career-high nights in both of thosematches.


UCLA has pulled into a tie for third place in the Pac-10 standings after a weekend sweep of theOregon schools. The Bruins started in Eugene, OR, with a four-game win over Oregon on Thursdaynight, a 30-23, 30-20, 29-31, 30-22 win. Four players had double-figure kills, led by Cira Wrightwho had career-high numbers of 15 kills and 19 digs and was joined in double-figure kills byteammates Brittany Ringel (17), Becky Green (13) and Brynn Murphy (11). On Friday night at OregonState, the Beavers were out-blocked 14-6 and hit .022 as a team for the evening. Heather Cullenled the Bruins with 12 kills, while Murphy had a match-high 15 points in the three-game win.


The Bruins hold a 28-5 advantage in the all-time series against the Matadors, but the two teamshave not met since the 1997 season. Cal State Northridge is coached by Jeff Stork, who is in hissecond season as head coach of the Matadors. Stat Leaders: Kills- Jennifer Fopma (5.16/game);Attack %- Nadine Nickel (.368); Assists- Nickel (12.23); Aces- Nickel (0.41/game); Digs- Nickel(3.06); Blocks- Fopma (1.42).


UCLA holds a 28-7 all-time record against the Cougars, who are coached by Cindy Fredrick.Fredrick is in her 15th season as the head coach at WSU with a record of 276-189 (.594) with theCougars. Last Time (Oct. 2, 2003): Brynn Murphy posted a then-career high 21 kills as UCLA lostthe first two games of the match then rallied for a dramatic 23-30, 27-30, 30-25, 30-27, 15-10victory in Bohler Gym earlier this season. The match was televised by FOX Sports Net.

UCLA VS. WASHINGTON (15-5, 6-5 PAC-10)

UCLA leads Washington by a 37-6 margin in the all-time series. The Huskies are coached by JimMcLaughlin who is in his third year as head coach at UW with a record of 46-32. He is in his 14thseason as a collegiate head coach with a record of 270-150. Last Time (Oct. 3, 2003): BrynnMurphy had a career-high 22 kills as the Bruins defeated Washington 30-27, 30-26, 26-30, 21-30, 24-22 in a dramatic five-game match in Seattle. The Bruins trailed game five by five points aslate as 9-4 before storming back to tie the game. A long back-and-forth battle ensued with UWserving for the match five times before UCLA converted its fourth match point for the win.

HEAD COACH Andy Banachowski

In his 37th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of thetop coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, in Hawaii, 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 whomBanachowski 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 Famein Holyoke, MA, Banachowski currently has a career record of 955-239 (.800), and has coachedthe Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.


Junior Brynn Murphy is leading the Bruins with 278 kills and 3.81 kills per game, and is secondon the team (among non-setters) with a .322 attack percentage and 1.03 blocks per game.Murphy was named the Pac-10 Player of the week on Oct. 6 after posting career-high matchesagainst Washington and Washington State. For the week, she hit .268 with 43 kills (4.30 kpg) on112 attack attempts with just 13 errors. She also had 16 digs, seven blocks and two service acesas the Bruins won two five-game matches in Washington. Murphy has played primarily in the frontrow, as she is generally replaced by a libero while in the back row. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at all three of UCLA's pre-conference tournaments, the Hawaiian AirlinesClassic 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. InMontana, Murphy's numbers were again impressive, as she averaged team-highs of 4.00 killsper game, a .509 attack percentage and eight blocks for a 1.00 per-game average. Murphy wasnamed the Student-Athlete of the Week after her MVP performance at the TimeWarner Cable Texas Invitational, where she had 4.22 kills per game and a .479 attack percentagein UCLA's three victories.


Heather Cullen earned MVP honors at the Ruby's Montana Invitational Sept. 5-6, downing 32 killsin nine games with a .397 attack percentage and 12 digs. Cullen led all players with a career-high17 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 196 kills for a 3.06 per-game average, has 11 service aces and46 blocks for a 0.72 per-game average. Cullen also stepped out in a big way against theWashington schools in UCLA's pair of dramatic five-game victories, hitting a team-high .306 forthe weekend with 34 kills, 22 digs and 10 blocks. In UCLA's five-game win over Washington onOct. 3, Cullen turned in four career-high numbers with 18 kills, 15 digs, seven blocks (1BS/6BA) and22 points.


Redshirt junior Krystal McFarland is one of UCLA's tri-captains for the 2003 season (withclassmates Heather Cullen and Chrissie Zartman), and has been UCLA's primary setter thisseason. McFarland leads the Bruins in assists, averaging 10.41 per game, and has also averaged2.22 digs and 0.56 blocks per game. McFarland set the Bruins through the Hawaiian AirlinesClassic, but stepped aside through parts of the Montana and Texas Invitationals as sophomoreHaley Jorgensborg took over setting duties.McFarland was one of several Bruins to post impressive numbers at Washington State andWashington in early October, turning in then-season-high numbers of 56 assists, five kills (ties careerhigh)and 20 digs (one shy of career-high) against UW on Oct. 3. She posted a career-high 65 assistsin UCLA's five-game loss to Stanford on Oct. 16. She ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in assists/game.


The only senior remaining on the 2003 Bruins active roster, Cira Wright earned All-Tournamenthonors at the season-opening Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Wright leads the team averaging 1.27blocks per game, and is third in the Pac-10's statistical rankings for blocks. Playing all the wayaround for the first time in her career, Wright has already posted a career-high digging matchthree this season, recording eight digs in UCLA's five-game loss to then-No. 2 Hawai'i on Sept. 1and topping that mark with a 10-dig performance at Washington on Oct. 3 before recording a newcareer-high of 11 digs at Cal on Oct. 17. She set a new career-high with three aces against Oregonon Sept. 26 in a 20-point performance, and has posted her season-high of 14 kills on threeoccasions, including both matches against the Washington schools. On Oct. 11 against ArizonaState, Wright matched her career-high for aces with three consecutive aces in the early stages ofgame three. She has had three three-ace matches this season.


A heavy hitter, Brittany Ringel continues to pound down kills with a 2.55 per-game average,including a season-high 17 kills and 19 points at Oregon on Oct. 23. Replaced by a libero in the backrow, Ringel has served nine aces this season. She had three aces on Sept. 6 at Montana, settinga new career-high mark. She is averaging just under one dig per game, and has scored 149.0points. She had 10 kills, including five in game five, of UCLA's five-game win over Washington on Oct. 3. Ringel sat out the previous weekend's matches with an ankle sprain, an injury that has slowedher production for much of the season.


UCLA's home opener against USC featured freshman Rachell Johnson singing the 'Star SpangledBanner' prior to the start of the match. Johnson has yet to see game action for the Bruins due toa broken bone in her right hand (see Injury Update). When the scheduled anthem singer forUCLA's Oct. 11 match at Pauley Pavilion faltered twice early in the song, Johnson stepped out tothe edge of the court and helped her through the remainder of the anthem.

Brynne Murphy and UCLA are ranked third in the Pac-10.


Named the 'Top Libero' at the Ruby's Montana Invitational despite playing the position for justseven of UCLA's nine tournament games, junior Chrissie Zartman continues to shine as the Bruinlibero, leading the Bruins with 4.04 digs per game. On Oct. 3 at Washington, Zartman becamethe 14th player in UCLA women's volleyball history to record her 1,000th career dig, a mark sherecorded with her final dig of game four in UCLA's five-game win over the Huskies.

She enters the Bay Area series with 1,104 career digs, good for 11th on UCLA's all-time list. She needs seven moredigs to pass Ann Boyer (1,110) for 10th on UCLA's all-time list. Zartman opened the season witha 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'sfinal tournament of the regular season. Zartman is the only Bruin to have played in all of UCLA's74 games thus far. In UCLA's Pac-10 opener against No. 1 USC, Zartman led the Bruins with 19 digsand she holds a 4.13 per-game average in conference play, tops in the Pac-10. She posted aseason-high 25 digs in UCLA's four-game win at Oregon.

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

FRESHMAN FIREPOWERFour of UCLA's five freshmen have seen game action this season. Colby Lyman had animpressive collegiate debut match against Louisville, posting 14 kills, 14 digs, four blocks and 16total points with a .478 attack percentage. She started all three matches in Honolulu. She did notparticipate at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational due to injury, but was cleared to return tothe lineup in time for conference play. She started against USC on Sept. 19, assisting on two ofUCLA's 16 blocks in the match. Against OSU, Lyman had a 12-kill, 16-dig, six-block, two-aceperformance for a career-high 18.5 points. She has played in 34 of a possible 45 Pac-10 games.

Becky Green came off the bench in UCLA's five-game loss to Hawai'i on Sept. 1, turning in animpressive performance, particularly during the last two games of the match. Green then setcareer highs in nearly every category in the Sept. 5 match against Idaho at the Ruby's MontanaInvitational, turning in nine kills, four digs, three block assists and 11.5 points with a .467 attackpercentage. She has continued to improve, and career-high marks of 13 kills, 10 digs and fourblocks against the Oregon schools in late October. She had a carer-high four aces on Oct. 17 atCal and continues to lead the Bruins with 23 aces on the season for an 0.38 per-game average.

Katie Carter saw limited action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, then earned her first career startagainst Boise State on Sept. 6 at the Ruby's Montana Invitational. Carter posted several careerhighs in that match against the Broncos, recording 11 kills, two service aces, four digs and 13 pointsin the match. She is averaging 1.90 kills per game this season. In Texas, Carter was second on theteam with a 3.33 kills per-game average, while contributing 2.00 digs/game and two block assistsfor 22 points on the weekend.

Laura Kroneberger played libero in game three against Boise State on Sept. 5, recording herfirst career dig in the match. Kroneberger was unable to play at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic dueto a pulled abdominal muscle, but is once again capable of playing. She played in six games inTexas, recording nine digs and an assist. Against Oregon State on Sept. 25, she had a career-higheight digs. She has played in 33 Pac-10 games, primarily as a back-row substitute to serve andplay defense.

INJURY UPDATE* Freshman Colby Lyman did not play in Oregon due to conjunctivitis (pink eye). She may be ableto return to the lineup this week.* Senior Natalie Ray was sidelined on Oct. 6 when blood clots were discovered in her rightshoulder. Ray has had the blood clots removed, and had surgery to remove the top rib on her rightside. She is currently at home recovering from surgery. She is not expected to return to the lineup.* Freshman Rachell Johnson is out of the lineup with a broken finger in her right hand. The injuryoccurred in practice on Aug. 24, and she has been cleared to practice.

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