Bruins Host USC for Lexus Gauntlet Women's Volleyball Match

Nov. 9, 2004

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With a Friday night win over 11th-ranked California, the Bruins have snapped a two-match losing streak and look to continue their winning ways this Friday. The Bruins will play host to the two-time defending NCAA Champions and cross-town rivals USC in a Lexus Gauntlet match. The Women of Troy hold an eight-match winning streak over the Bruins dating back to the 2000 season. That streak includes a 3-0 win by USC at the Lyon Center on October 15. UCLA leads the 2004-05 Gauntlet race by a 12.5-5.0 margin with UCLA earning 2.5 points in men's water polo and five each in women's soccer and women's cross country. All of USC's five points come from the Oct. 15 win in women's volleyball.

Bruins Fall to Stanford, Remain Perfect vs. California
Five-game matches have come in pairs for the Bruins this season and last week was no exception. A Thursday night match at Stanford resulted in a five-game loss and was immediately followed by a five-game victory over California at Haas Pavilion. Junior MB Nancy Barba had a career weekend against the Bay Area schools, setting then-career high totals of 14 kills and 15 points against Stanford before topping both of those marks with 15 kills and 19 points against California on Friday. Barba added a career-high seven blocks (1 BS/6 BA) against the Golden Bears. Senior libero Chrissie Zartman also posted a career-high number on Friday night at California, recording 31 digs in the five-game match. Zartman now has 1,822 career digs, and her 31-dig performance ranks third in UCLA single-match history and is the seventh 30-dig performance in Bruin history. Zartman is the only Bruin with more than one 30-dig match in her career, having also accomplished the feat against Hawaii (30 digs) earlier this season.

UCLA vs. USC (15-4, 10-3 Pac-10)
The two-time defending NCAA Champion Women of Troy visit Pauley Pavilion this Friday for the final regular season match-up between the two teams. USC holds an eight-match winning streak over the Bruins including a 3-0 win at the Lyon Center on Oct. 15. For the second time this season, UCLA will face the Women of Troy immediately after USC lost via a sweep (swept by California on 10/9, swept by Stanford 11/5). USC is coached by Mick Haley. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Keao Burdine (265 kills, 3.90/game); ASSISTS- Allison Dillon (480, 7.27/game); ACES- Burdine (23, 0.34/game); DIGS- Debora Seilhamer (328, 4.90/game); BLOCKS- Emily Adams (105, 1.54/game).

The Lexus Gauntlet: UCLA vs. USC
Friday's match will assign the final five points for the 2004-05 athletic year, with USC having collected the first five women's volleyball points of this season with a 3-0 win on Oct. 15 at the Lyon Center. 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, CLICK HERE

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 978-252 (.796), and has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.