No. 19 K-State Falls to No. 7 UCLA, 3-1
Sept. 1, 2001
Honolulu, Hawaii - Led by the impressive performances of outside hitters Lauren Fendrick and Kristee Porter, seventh-ranked UCLA continued 19th-ranked Kansas State's frustration at the 14th annual Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic with a 30-25, 25-30, 30-25, 30-16 victory on day two of the tournament held at the Stan Sheriff Center.
With the win, UCLA improves to 2-0 on the season and in the tournament, while Kansas State falls to 0-2. The victory was memorable in more than one way for the Bruins, as head coach Andy Banachowski became the first women's volleyball coach and just the second coach overall in NCAA history to tally 900 victories in a career.
The Bruins controlled the stats across the board, compiling more kills (79-58), digs (82-68) and blocks (10-4.5) in addition to tallying a .328 hitting percentage in the match compared to the Wildcats' .205 average.
"Like last night, we had opportunities to win the match that we didn't take advantage of," head coach Suzie Fritz said. "UCLA is a very good team and you can't make too many mistakes and still expect to win. We are moving in the right direction. We just need to focus on getting better with each day and with each match. We have played two pretty good teams and challenged them, so I'm proud of that."
In the opening set, the two teams battled through nine ties and nine lead changes before UCLA finally broke through with six straight points to break an 18-all tie. Kansas State responded with four points in a row to close to within two at 24-22, but the Bruins closed the game out on its third game point opportunity. Seniors Lisa Mimick and Liz Wegner, along with junior Jenny Pollard, each tallied four kills in the game, while Wegner added five digs.
Like the first game, the competition remained fierce in game two as the teams battled to eight ties, the last one at 22-all, before Kansas State took the lead for good with back-to-back points for a 24-22 advantage. The Wildcats, who compiled a .415 hitting percentage, knotted the match at 1-all on its second game point opportunity for a 30-25 victory.
UCLA broke open a tight third game with four straight points to take a commanding 16-11 lead. After Kansas State rallied from six points down to close within 26-25, the Bruins rolled off four straight points to again take the lead in the match at 2-1 with a 30-25 win. UCLA made just three errors in the game en route to a .386 hitting percentage.
In the fourth game, UCLA took control early, running to a 12-2 lead behind a .386 hitting percentage. Kansas State was able to cut the lead to 13-6, but the deficit was too large to overcome as the Bruins claimed a 30-16 victory. The Wildcats managed just seven kills in the game on a paltry .027 hitting.
For the second consecutive night, Mimick, Pollard and Wegner each tallied double-doubles for Kansas State, led by Wegner's 18-kill, 16-dig performance. Pollard posted 13 kills and 15 digs for the Wildcats, while Mimick added 12 kills and 11 digs. In relief of starter Laura Downey, freshman Gabby Guerre performed well in her first career action at setter, as she turned in 35 assists, six digs and three kills.
Junior Lauren Fendrick and senior Kristee Porter recorded 24 and 23 kills, respectively, to pace the UCLA effort, while each completed the double-double with 13 digs apiece. Senior Erika Selsor collected 67 assists in running the Bruin offense, while freshman Chrissie Zartman led six UCLA players in double-digit digs with 16 digs.
Kansas State concludes play at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic on Sunday, as the Wildcats play Michigan beginning at 5 p.m. HST at the Stan Sheriff Center. One of the teams will earn their first win of the season in the match, as the Wolverines fell to 0-2 on the year with a 3-1 loss to fifth-ranked Hawaii on Saturday.