Women's Volleyball Looks for Lexus Gauntlet Points at USC

Oct. 13, 2004

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With both UCLA and USC smarting from their second Pac-10 loss of the 2004 season, the cross-town rivals will initiate competition for the 2004-05 Lexus Gauntlet Trophy on Friday night at USC's Lyon Center. It will be the 94th meeting between the two schools with the Bruins holding a 50-43 advantage in the all-time series. UCLA aims to end a six-match losing streak to the Women of Troy, dating back to a 3-0 UCLA win on Nov. 3, 2000, in Pauley Pavilion.

Bruins Defeat Cal, Fall to Stanford
UCLA extended its all-time record against California to 45-0 on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion with a 30-20, 30-27, 30-28 victory over the Golden Bears. Nana Meriwether led the Bruins with 11 kills and 14.0 points in the match, while Colby Lyman was the team's leading digger with 12. Brynn Murphy topped UCLA's individual block total, assisting on six of UCLA's 10 blocks in the match.

The Bruins were not as fortunate on Saturday evening, falling 30-24, 24-30, 30-25, 30-28 to Stanford. UCLA nearly extended the match to a fifth game with a strong late-game rally during which the Bruins went on a 9-0 run to take a 25-23 lead. Unfortunately, the Cardinal roared back to take the lead and the match, behind a 36-kill effort by Ogonna Nnamani. UCLA had four players with double-figure kills in the match, led by Heather Cullen, who had season-high totals with 16 kills, seven block assists and 19.5 points in the match.

UCLA vs. No. 6 USC (9-3, 4-2 Pac-10)
On Saturday night at the Lyon Center, two-time defending NCAA Champion USC was swept by California, the first time the Women of Troy had been swept since the 2001 season and the first time they had been swept at home since 1999. The Women of Troy have won the last six meetings with UCLA, dating back to the 2000 season, although UCLA does lead the all-time series by a 50-43 margin. Last season, USC won all three meetings with the Bruins, including a 3-1 win in the NCAA Regional Final at Nebraska, ending UCLA's season. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Keao Burdine (168 kills, 3.73/game); ASSISTS- Allison Dillon (306, 6.95/game); ACES- Burdine (16, 0.36/game); DIGS- Deborah Seilhamer (198, 4.50/game); BLOCKS- Emily Adams (69, 1.53/game).

The Lexus Gauntlet: UCLA vs. USC
Friday's match will assign the first five points for the 2004-05 athletic year. The Bruins won the award for the 2002-03 year, while USC was presented with the inaugural award following the 2001-02 athletic year and won the trophy following the 2003-04 season. Women's Volleyball accounts for 10 points in the Gauntlet standings. There are a total of 110 points available, distributed over 18 sports. For more information on the Lexus Gauntlet, visit www.gauntlettrophy.com

Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 38th season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Sept. 1, 2001, 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 974-248 (.797), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

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