Women's Volleyball Faces Oregon State, Oregon

Nov. 24, 2006

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UCLA closes out its 2006 regular season this week with a trio of home matches at Pauley Pavilion. The week opens with a rare Monday match-up with Pepperdine and concludes with a pair of Pac-10 matches following the Thanksgiving holiday vs. Oregon State and Oregon. Monday's match is scheduled for a 7 pm start while the weekend matches will both begin at 5 pm. Following these three matches, the Bruins will await the announcement of their postseason path as NCAA Division I women's volleyball selection will take place at 12:30 pm Pacific Time on ESPNEWS.

Three Bruins Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Awards
Three Bruins earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors for 2006, it was announced on Tuesday. Jade Machado, a sophomore defensive specialist, earned first team honors while Nana Meriwether and Kaitlin Sather were honorable mention honorees.

UCLA def. Pepperdine in Five Games
In a rare Monday match, UCLA took to the Pauley Pavilion floor for a match against Pepperdine, prevailing after five games and two hours and 20 minutes with game scores of 30-25, 26-30, 26-30, 30-24, 15-5. Four Bruins had double-figure kills in the match, and UCLa had an impressive 22.5 blocks as a team on the evening. That total was led by senior Nana Meriwether, who added 11 blocks (1 BS/10 BA) to her 18 kills for 24 points on the evening.

UCLA vs. Oregon State Beavers (3-22, 0-16 Pac-10)
The Beavers have struggled through the 2006 season, having not won a match since their last non conference weekend when they posted home wins over San Diego State and Fresno State Sept. 8-9. Only three of the Beavers Pac-10 matches have extended beyond three games, including a four-game loss at Oregon, a five-game, 15-13 loss at Washington State and a four-game loss at Arizona State. UCLA holds a 40-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 30-21, 30-18, 30-14 win in Corvallis on Sept. 22. The Beavers are coached by Taras Liskevych, who is in his second year at OSU. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Rachel Rourke (4.35/game), ASSISTS- Camilla Ah-Hoy (7.32/game), ACES- Rachel Rourke (0.28/game), DIGS- Kristin Murray (2.20/game), BLOCKS- Bethany Johansen (1.18/game).

UCLA vs. Oregon Ducks (17-9, 7-9 Pac-10)
Oregon has been receiving votes in recent AVCA polls and is looking for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament this season. However, the Ducks have dropped their last five matches heading into Friday's contest at USC. UCLA holds a 48-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 30-22, 30-13, 30-20 victory on Sept. 21 in Eugene earlier this season. Oregon is coached by Jim Moore, who is in his second year with the Ducks. Stat Leaders: KILLS- Sonja Newcombe (3.55/game), ASSISTS- Nevena Djordjevic (7.34/game), ACES- Mira Djuric (0.42/game), DIGS- Katie Swoboda (5.24/game), BLOCKS- Sonja Newcombe (0.90/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 1,031-269 (.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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