Volleyball Hosts Lexus Gauntlet Match on Friday

Nov. 17, 2006

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Having completed their final regular season road trip, the UCLA women's volleyball team will play its four remaining regular season matches in the friendly environment of Pauley Pavilion. The four-match homestand, UCLA's longest of the year, begins this Friday with a Lexus Gauntlet match-up against the streaking USC Women of Troy, winners of their last five matches. The match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net with Jim Watson, Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak calling the action. The match will air in Southern California on FOX Sports West on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 pm and on FSN Prime Ticket six times with the first airing on Saturday at 10:30 am.

The Lexus Gauntlet: UCLA vs. USC
Friday's match will finalize the distribution of the 10 available women's volleyball points for the 2006-07 athletic year, assuming that the Bruins and Women of Troy do not meet in NCAA Tournament play. UCLA currently leads The Gauntlet standings by a 15-5 margin, as UCLA earned five points with a double-overtime women's soccer win on Oct. 15 and UCLA's four-game women's volleyball in at the Lyon Center on Oct. 20 gave the Bruins custody of all 10 available points in that sport. USC's men's water polo team has secured the five points available in that sport to date. USC won the award last year (2005-06). There are a total of 110 points available, distributed over 18 sports. For more information on the Lexus Gauntlet, visit www.gauntlettrophy.com

UCLA vs. USC Women of Troy (23-3, 12-3 Pac-10)
USC comes to Pauley Pavilion having won its last five matches. The Women of Troy jumped two spots to No. 4 in the CSTV/AVCA coaches poll on Monday after an impressive three-game sweep of then-No. 2 Stanford on Friday night followed by a Saturday sweep of California in the Bay Area. UCLA holds a 41-47 lead in the all-time series, including a 25-30, 30-20, 30-24, 30-22 win in the final match at USC's Lyon Center on October 20. USC is coached by Mick Haley, who is in his sixth year at USC. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Asia Kaczor (4.95/game), ASSISTS- Taylor Carico (12.90/game), ACES- Asia Kaczor (0.30/game), DIGS- Debora Seilhamer (6.16/game), BLOCKS- Bethany Johansen (1.18/game).

Banachowski Leads Bruins For 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 1,029-269 (.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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