UCLA Bruins women's volleyball
|UCLA Bruins women's volleyball|
|Head coach||Michael Sealy (2nd season)|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|Home arena||Pauley Pavilion (Capacity: 12,829)|
|Colors||True Blue and Gold
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament champions|
|1971–72, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1990, 1991, 2011|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament runner up|
|1976, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1992, 1994|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1972–73, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2011|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament appearances|
|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 champions|
|1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1999|
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.
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 1965–1969) 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.
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.
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.
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
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 9th in the NCAA championship tournament. Enrouting 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.
Note: No records were kept until the 1970–71 season.
All seasons are under Andy Banachowski.
- Conference History
- 1974–1975: Southern California Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- 1976–1984: Western Collegiate Athletic Association
- 1985: PacWest Conference
- 1986–present: Pac-12 Conference
|1972–73||23–9||AIAW 3rd Place|
|1973||26–8||AIAW 4th Place|
|1977||32–8||6–2||2nd||AIAW 3rd Place|
|1979||27–12||9–3||2nd||AIAW 3rd Place|
|1980||38–14||10–2||2nd||AIAW 4th Place|
|1982||28–14||6–8||5th||NCAA Regional Final|
|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|
|1993||30–2||17–1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1995||23–9||12–6||2rd[clarification needed]||NCAA Regional Final|
|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|
|2012||22–7||14–6||NCAA Second Round|
|2014||22–12||11–9||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2015||25–8||14–6||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
- 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)
- Jeanne (Beauprey) Reeves – 1996 (Assistant Coach)
- Liz Masakayan – 2004 & 2008 (Coach of McPeak/Youngs beach volleyball team)
- "UCLA Athletics Brand Guidelines" (PDF). June 29, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
- UCLA Bruin women's volleyball history
- After trailing 12–4, UCLA women rally to win NCAA volleyball title
- "UCLA NCAA Women's Victor; Hatchett, Williams Key Win Over Pacific". The Washington Post. 1990-12-16. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "UCLA wins NCAA volleyball title". Austin American Statesman. 1991-12-22. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "UCLA featured in Pac-12 Networks promo". Retrieved 21 August 2012.