Women's Volleyball Hosts NCAA First/Second Round This Weekend

Nov. 30, 2005

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For the third consecutive year, UCLA has been chosen to host a first and second round site for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, it was announced on Sunday. The Bruins are the 16th seed in the 64-team tournament and will open against Kansas on Friday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Long Beach State and San Diego will play in the day's first match. UCLA has played both of those teams recently, bouncing the 49ers in the second round of last year's tournament and eliminating USD in a first-round match at Pauley in 2003.

Tournament Information
All-session tickets will be available at Pauley Pavilion on the day of the event. All-sessions passes will sell for $12 for adults and $8 for students and youth. Single-session tickets, which will only be sold on game-days, are available for $8 for adults and $5 for students and youth. All tickets are general admission.

NCAA First Round Matches - Friday, December 2, 2005
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
5:30 pm San Diego vs. Long Beach State
8 pm Kansas at UCLA

NCAA Second Round Match - Saturday, December 3, 2005
7 pm San Diego/Long Beach State winner vs. Kansas/UCLA winner

Second-round winner advances to the Omaha, Neb., regional.

Five Bruins Earn Conference Honors; Meriwether and Spicer First-Team All-Pac-10
Junior Nana Meriwether and freshman Nellie Spicer led a group of five Bruins who earned All-Conference honors on Monday, as both were named to the All-Pac-10 team. Senior Nancy Barba was Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, while Spicer and Kaitlin Sather were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Libero Jordan Smith rounded out the group, earning Honorable Mention All-Freshman notice. Spicer was the only freshman other than Conference Freshman of the Year Foluke Akinradewo (STAN) to earn All-Pac-10 honors.

UCLA vs. Kansas Jayhawks (15-14; At-Large Bid, Big 12 Conference)
Friday will mark the second all-time meeting between the Bruins and Jayhawks with UCLA winning a match at the DGWS National Tournament in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 4, 1971. Game scores from that match are unavailable. Kansas is an at-large selection from the Big 12 Conference and is coached by Ray Bechard, who is in his eighth season with KU. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Josi Lima (3.44/game), ASSISTS- Andi Rozum (12-87/game), ACES- Emily Brown (0.40/game), DIGS- Jamie Mathewson (3.33/game), BLOCKS- Josi Lima (1.14/game).

UCLA vs. San Diego Toreros (22-5; At-Large Bid, West Coast Conference)
UCLA and USD have already played once this season, a 3-1 UCLA victory on Sept. 3 at the Sands/SBC Tournament in Reno, Nev. UCLA leads the all-time series with USD 3-0, including a 30-20, 30-17, 30-24 win by the Bruins in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion. USD is coached by Jennifer Petrie, who is in her seventh year with the Toreros. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Christie Dawson (4.26/game), ASSISTS- Lindsey Sherburne (13.57/game), ACES- Christie Dawson (0.32/game), DIGS- Jackie Bernardin (5.13/game), BLOCKS- Christie Dawson (0.78/game).

UCLA vs. Long Beach State 49ers (25-6; Automatic Bid, Big West Conference)
The Bruins and 49ers have a long-standing rivalry, with UCLA holding a 54-18 advantage in the all-time series, including a 13-3 mark against Long Beach State in postseason play. UCLA has won the last two postseason meetings, a 3-0 second-round win in Pauley Pavilion last year and a sweep of the 49ers in the first round of the 2002 tournament at Pepperdine. LBSU is coached by Brian Gimmillaro who is in his 21st season at The Beach. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Alexis Crimes (3.68/game), ASSISTS- Dyanne Lawlor (12.93/game), ACES- Heather Laudato (0.30/game), DIGS- Heather Laudato (4.11/game), BLOCKS- Alexis Crimes (1.45/game).

Banachowski Wins 1,000th Match with Upset of Washington
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-undefeated Washington on Nov. 12 made UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski the first women's Division I volleyball coach to win 1,000 career matches. Banachowski, who holds a career record of 1,002-265 (.791), is in his 39th season on the Bruin bench. He trails only UCLA men's coach Al Scates and Juniata (Div. III) head women's coach Larry Bock (1,069) 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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