Third-Ranked Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play in Oregon

Sept. 20, 2006

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UCLA, which is 13-0 and riding its longest season-opening winning streak since 1993, closes out a five-week road swing at Oregon and Oregon State for the start of Pac-10 play. On this season-opening odyssey, the Bruins have made two trips to the eastern time zone, one to Hawaii, and will have accumulated more than 30,000 air miles before playing their home opener next week (Sept. 28) against defending NCAA Champion Washington in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has won all four of its tournaments this season with Nana Meriwether earning MVP honors at three of the four tourneys.

UCLA vs. Oregon Ducks (10-0)
One season-opening winning streak of double-figures will go down on Thursday night in Eugene, as the undefeated Bruins face off against the undefeated Ducks. Oregon most recently won the Boise State tournament with victories over the host Broncos and Gonzaga last weekend. UCLA holds a 47-1 all-time record against the Ducks and the Bruins have won the last 37 meetings dating back to the 1987 season. Oregon is coached by Jim Moore, who is in his second season at Oregon. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Mira Djuric (3.49/game), ASSISTS- Nevena Djordjevic (8.85/game), ACES- Mira Djuric (0.78/game), DIGS- Katie Swoboda (4.27/game), BLOCKS- Karen Waddington (1.83/game).

UCLA vs. Oregon State Beavers (3-6)
The Beavers took last weekend off after posting a pair of home victories over San Diego on Sept. 8 and Fresno State on Sept. 9. UCLA holds a 39-2 all-time record against Oregon State and has won the last eight meetings including sweeps in each of the last three contests. OSU is coached by Taras Liskevych, who is in his second year with the Beavers. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Rachel Rourke (4.58/game), ASSISTS- Camilla Ah-Hoy (6.94/game) and Ashley Evans (5.24/game), ACES- Ashley Evans (0.18/game), DIGS- Brittany Cahoon (2.46/game), BLOCKS- Brittany Cahoon (0.97/game).

Bruins Complete Tournament Schedule 13-0
UCLA polished off a 13-0 start to its 2006 season last weekend as the Bruins posted a three-game win at Towson before winning the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational hosted by Maryland. At the Hilton Garden Inn tournament, the Bruins posted three-game wins over Florida International, Long Island and the host Terrapins with Ali Daley and Nellie Spicer earning All-Tournament honors and Nana Meriwether taking home MVP honors for the third time in four weeks.

This was the second trip east of the Mississippi River for the Bruins during the 206 season and the team opened with a 3-0 win at Towson on Tuesday night. In that match, Daley and Meriwether led the Bruins with 13 kills apiece and finished with 15 and 14.5 points, respectively. Each player was involved in three blocks in the match with all of Meriwether's blocks counting as assists and one of Daley's a solo block.

Opening the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational on Friday afternoon, UCLA dispatched Florida International in three games, spreading the team's 44 kills among nine players. Meriwether and Daley shared the team lead with 10 kills apiece and Meriwether added seven blocks (2 BS-5 BA) to finish with 14.5 points in the match.

Saturday was a two-match day for the Bruins, The team started with a sweep of Long Island that saw 14 players participate in the match. UCLA's 52 kills were distributed among eight players with the team's 44 digs distributed among 13 different players. Meriwether and Katie Carter shared the team lead with 12 kills and Carter recorded a season-high four aces to lead the Bruins with 17 points in the match.

The final match of the tournament was a 3-0 sweep of host Maryland. Once again, UCLA ran a balanced offense, hitting .397 as a team with three players in double-figure kills and eight players recording at least one kill in the match. Daley had a match-high 19 kills with a .531 attack percentage en route to her All-Tournament selection.

Banachowski Enters 40th Season
A dramatic five-game upset win over then-undefeated Washington on Nov. 12, 2005, 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 1,017-266 (.793), is in his 40th 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 entering 2006) 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 1135-212.) 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 (1984, `90, `91).

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