Lexus Gauntlet Features Women's Volleyball at USC on Friday

Oct. 25, 2005

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The Bruins open the second half of the Pac-10 schedule on Friday night at USC's Lyon Center. The match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net and will air four times in Southern California with a 6 pm Saturday debut on FOX Sports West 2. It will also air on Sunday at 1 pm on FOX Sports West and on Monday at 3 pm and 8 pm on FSW2. USC won the previous meeting between the two teams, a four-game match in Pauley Pavilion with the Bruins winning the opening game before USC won games two, three and four.

USC (10-7, 6-3 Pac-10) •Lexus Gauntlet Match
The Women of Troy swept Arizona State and Arizona last weekend at the Lyon Center, finishing the first half of Pac-10 play with a 6-3 record, good for a tie for fourth place in the conference standings. USC is coached by Mick Haley, who is in his fifth season at USC. The Bruins lead the all-time series by a 50-45 margin, including a four-game loss in Pauley Pavilion on Sept. 30. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Bibiana Candelas (4.42/game), ASSISTS- Nena Siljegovic (11.52/game), ACES- Katelyn Bishop (0.22/game), DIGS- Debora Seilhamer (6.37/game), BLOCKS- Bibiana Candelas (0.90/game).

The Lexus Gauntlet: UCLA vs. USC
Friday's match will assign the remaining five women's volleyball points for the 2005-06 athletic year. The Gauntlet standings are currently tied with USC winning the Sept. 30 volleyball match and UCLA earning five points on a Golden Goal overtime women's soccer victory on Oct. 7 at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Bruins won the award last year (2004-05) by the largest margin of victory in Gauntlet history, as well as bringing home the trophy for the 2002-03 year. Meanwhile, USC was presented with the inaugural award following the 2001-02 athletic year and won the trophy following the 2003-04 season. There are a total of 110 points available, distributed over 18 sports. For more information on the Lexus Gauntlet, visit

Banachowski Nears 1,000th Victory
Currently holding a career record of 995-262 (.792), UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski needs just seven more wins to become the first Collegiate Women's Volleyball head coach with 1,000 career wins. In his 39th season on the Bruin bench, Banachowski trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates for wins by a collegiate volleyball coach. Banachowski was an All-America setter for Scates during his collegiate career at UCLA. (Scates holds a career record of 1109-200.) The first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., Banachowski has coached the Bruins to six national championships, including three NCAA titles.

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