UCLA Bruins women's volleyball

The UCLA women's volleyball program began its first year in 1965. Andy Banachowski had been the head coach each year since 1965 until his retirement after the 2010 season, with the exception of 1968–69 when he graduated from UCLA. In that season, Mardi Hardy was the head coach. Michael Sealy took over as head coach in 2011 and led the team to a national championship in his first season.

UCLA Bruins women's volleyball
UniversityUCLA
Head coachAlfredo Reft (1st season)
ConferencePac-12
LocationLos Angeles, California
Home arenaPauley Pavilion (capacity: 12,829)
NicknameBruins
ColorsBlue and gold[1]
   
AIAW/NCAA Tournament champion
1971–72, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1990, 1991, 2011
AIAW/NCAA Tournament runner-up
1976, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1992, 1994
AIAW/NCAA Tournament semifinal
1972–73, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2011
AIAW/NCAA Regional Final
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
AIAW/NCAA Tournament appearance
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Conference regular season champion
1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1999

Banachowski had more wins than any other NCAA Division I women's volleyball coach, with a record (since 1970, since no records were kept from 1965 to 1969) of 1,082–292. Banachowski had led UCLA to six national championships (3 NCAA-1984, 1990, 1991; 2 AIAW-1974, 1975; and 1 DGWS-1972). UCLA has made 27 of 28 NCAA tournaments and has made 11 NCAA Final Fours, which is tied with Nebraska as the second most Final Four appearances of all Division I programs.[2]

NCAA championships

1984

UCLA claimed the program's first national title after two previous runner-up finishes. In the deciding fifth game against Stanford, UCLA was down 12–4, but with heroics from Liz Masakayan, the Bruins continued to chip away at the lead before earning match point at 14–13. Masakayan had the final kill to give UCLA the 15–13 win.[3]

1990

UCLA won the NCAA title by defeating Pacific 15–9, 15–12, 15–7. UCLA was led by Natalie Williams and Marissa Hatchett who had 12 kills a piece. The Bruins finished the 1990 season 36–1.[4]

1991

Playing at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins repeated as NCAA champions by defeating Long Beach State in five games. After losing the first two games by the scores of 15–12, 15–13, UCLA completed off a huge comeback to take the next three games, 15–12, 15–6, 15–11.[5]

UCLA's comebacks was one of the biggest in NCAA history, since this match, no team has ever rallied from 2 games to 0 to win in five games in the NCAA national championship. UCLA finished their season 31–5

2011

After 20 years, the UCLA Bruins captured their fourth title in history by defeating Illinois 3–1 on December 17, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Bruins were seeded ninth in the NCAA championship tournament. On their way to the title game, they defeated 4-time defending champions Penn State and No. 1 seeded Texas to face No. 3 seeded Illinois. Rachael Kidder was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. Lauren Van Orden and Zoe Nightingale were also named to the all tournament team. Head coach Michael Sealy is now a champion both as a player and a head coach. The Women's Volleyball team is featured in the new Pac-12 Networks Promo for the 2012 season.[6]

Season-by-season results

UCLA vs. USC in volleyball, 2008

Note: No records were kept until the 1970–71 season.

All seasons are under Andy Banachowski.

  • Conference History[2]
    • 1974–1975: Southern California Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    • 1976–1984: Western Collegiate Athletic Association
    • 1985: PacWest Conference
    • 1986–present: Pac-12 Conference
Year Overall
record
Conference
record
Conference
standing
Postseason
1970–71 23–1
1971–72 28–1 DGWS Champions
1972–73 23–9 AIAW 3rd Place
1973 26–8 AIAW 4th Place
1974 28–2 2–2 3rd AIAW Champions
1975 32–2 4–0 1st AIAW Champions
1976 29–8 6–2 2nd AIAW Runners-Up
1977 32–8 6–2 2nd AIAW 3rd Place
1978 33–5 7–1 1st AIAW Runners-Up
1979 27–12 9–3 2nd AIAW 3rd Place
1980 38–14 10–2 2nd AIAW 4th Place
1981 34–11 10–2 2nd NCAA Runners-Up
1982 28–14 6–8 5th NCAA Regional Final
1983 44–6 13–1 1st NCAA Runners-Up
1984 33–6 11–3 2nd NCAA Champions
1985 29–8 5–3 2nd NCAA Final Four
1986 31–10 17–1 1st NCAA First round
1987 28–10 13–5 2nd NCAA Regional semifinal
1988 34–1 18–0 1st NCAA Final Four
1989 30–3 18–0 1st NCAA Final Four
1990 36–1 18–0 1st NCAA Champions
1991 31–5 16–2 2nd NCAA Champions
1992 33–1 18–0 1st NCAA Runners-Up
1993 30–2 17–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
1994 32–4 16–2 2nd NCAA Runners-Up
1995 23–9 12–6 2nd NCAA Regional Final
1996 17–14 9–9 6th
1997 17–13 9–9 6th NCAA Second round
1998 16–12 13–5 3rd NCAA Second round
1999 28–4 17–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
2000 25–8 14–4 4th NCAA Regional Final
2001 21–9 12–6 4th NCAA Regional Final
2002 20–14 9–9 5th NCAA Second round
2003 24–9 12–6 3rd NCAA Regional Final
2004 21–11 11–7 4th NCAA Regional Final
2005 20–11 10–8 5th NCAA Regional semifinal
2006 33–4 15–3 2nd NCAA Final Four
2007 23–11 9–9 5th NCAA Regional Final
2008 22–11 9–9 5th NCAA Regional semifinal
2009 24–9 13–5 2nd NCAA Second round
2010 22–9 11–7 4th NCAA Second round
2011 30–6 17–5 2nd NCAA Champions
2012 23–8 14–6 4th NCAA Second Round
2013 15–15 6–14 10th NCAA DNQ
2014 22–12 11–9 4th NCAA Regional semifinal
2015 25–8 14–6 4th NCAA Regional semifinal
2016 27–7 15–5 2nd NCAA Regional Final
2017 21–11 12–8 5th NCAA Regional semifinal
2018 13-14 8-12 9th NCAA DNQ
2019 19-12 13-7 4th NCAA Second Round
2020 15-7 14-6 5th NCAA Second Round
2021 25–6 16–4 2nd NCAA Regional semifinal
2022 9–8 3–5 Updated 10/16/22
Total 1,372–424 568–230

Olympians

Former players who have gone to the Olympic Games to play or coach.[2]

  • Players
    • Laurie Lewis – 1968 (indoor)
    • Jeanne (Beauprey) Reeves – 1984 (indoor)
    • Liz Masakayan – 1988 (indoor)
    • Elaine Youngs – 1996 (indoor), 2004 & 2008 (beach)
    • Holly McPeak – 1996, 2000, & 2004 (beach)
    • Linda (Robertson) Handley – 1996 (beach)
    • Annett Davis – 2000 (beach)
    • Jenny Johnson Jordan – 2000 (beach)
    • Elisabeth Bachman – 2004 (indoor)
  • Coaches
    • Jeanne (Beauprey) Reeves – 1996 (Assistant Coach)
    • Liz Masakayan – 2004 & 2008 (Coach of McPeak/Youngs beach volleyball team)

Postseason

The UCLA Bruins have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 90–32 through thirty-five appearances.[7]

Year Round Opponent Result
1981Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Purdue
Stanford
San Diego State
USC
W 3–2
W 3–2
W 3–1
L 2–3
1982First round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Louisville
BYU
San Diego State
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 1–3
1983Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Penn State
Western Michigan
Pacific
Hawaii
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–2
L 0–3
1984Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Duke
Texas
San Jose State
Stanford
W 3–0
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–2
1985Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
Georgia
Texas
Pacific
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 1–3
1986First roundLoyola MarymountL 2–3
1987First round
Regional semifinals
California
BYU
W 3–1
L 1–3
1988First round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
California
BYU
Washington
Texas
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 0–3
1989First round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
Pepperdine
Arizona
Wyoming
Nebraska
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 0–3
1990First round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Gonzaga
New Mexico
Stanford
LSU
Pacific
W 3–0
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
1991First round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Pepperdine
New Mexico
Stanford
Ohio State
Long Beach State
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–2
1992First round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Ball State
Arizona State
BYU
Florida
Stanford
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 1–3
1993Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
New Mexico
Stanford
BYU
W 3–0
W 3–1
L 0–3
1994Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
Georgia Tech
Duke
Houston
Penn State
Stanford
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–2
L 1–3
1995Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Ball State
Ohio State
Nebraska
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 0–3
1997First round
Second round
Pepperdine
UC Santa Barbara
W 3–1
L 2–3
1998First round
Second round
Virginia
UC Santa Barbara
W 3–1
L 1–3
1999First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Eastern Washington
Ohio State
Pepperdine
Penn State
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 0–3
2000First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Morgan State
Michigan State
Pacific
Wisconsin
W 3–0
W 3–2
W 3–1
L 2–3
2001First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Penn
Penn State
Hawaii
Long Beach State
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–1
L 0–3
2002First round
Second round
Long Beach State
Pepperdine
W 3–0
L 1–3
2003First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
San Diego
UC Irvine
Nebraska
USC
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–1
L 1–3
2004First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Loyola Marymount
Long Beach State
Penn State
Washington
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–1
L 2–3
2005First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Kansas
San Diego
Nebraska
W 3–1
W 3–0
L 0–3
2006First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
UAB
Utah
Oklahoma
Hawaii
Nebraska
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 1–3
2007First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Alabama A&M
Clemson
Oregon
Stanford
W 3–0
W 3–1
W 3–1
L 1–3
2008First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
LSU
Duke
Texas
W 3–1
W 3–0
L 1–3
2009First round
Second round
Long Beach State
Baylor
W 3–0
L 1–3
2010First round
Second round
American
Texas
W 3–2
L 1–3
2011First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Semifinals
National Championship
UMES
San Diego
Penn State
Texas
Florida State
Illinois
W 3–0
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–1
2012First round
Second round
LIU Brooklyn
Michigan State
W 3–0
L 1–3
2014First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
LIU Brooklyn
Long Beach State
Penn State
W 3–0
W 3–0
L 0–3
2015First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Lipscomb
Michigan
Texas
W 3–0
W 3–2
L 1–3
2016First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Regional finals
Murray State
Baylor
North Carolina
Minnesota
W 3–1
W 3–0
W 3–1
L 0–3
2017First round
Second round
Regional semifinals
Austin Peay
Cal Poly
Florida
W 3–0
W 3–1
L 1–3

See also

  • List of NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs

References

  1. "Style Guide // UCLA Athletics for Print and Digital Applications" (PDF). UCLA Nike Jordan Style Guide. July 7, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. UCLA Bruin women's volleyball history
  3. After trailing 12–4, UCLA women rally to win NCAA volleyball title
  4. "UCLA NCAA Women's Victor; Hatchett, Williams Key Win Over Pacific". The Washington Post. December 16, 1990. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  5. "UCLA wins NCAA volleyball title". Austin American Statesman. December 22, 1991. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  6. "UCLA featured in Pac-12 Networks promo". Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  7. "Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
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