UCLA: Volleyball

Monday Musings

January, 25, 2010
1/25/10
9:04
PM PT
Here are a few observations and links from the UCLA sports weekend:

- Freshman Tyler Honeycutt said he is, if not completely healthy, close to being so. The Sylmar native was limited by back problems in the summer and then suffered a stress reaction in his right tibia during the preseason. Honeycutt has bounced back well, though, starting the Bruins' last five games. The 6-foot, 7-inch Honeycutt gives coach Ben Howland length at the small forward position -- something he did not have in a lineup that featured senior Michael Roll (6-foot-5) at the three and sophomore Jerime Anderson (6-foot-2) playing the point. Honeycutt's six rebounds per game lead the Bruins.

- Meanwhile, Anderson was not in uniform for either of UCLA's games against the Washington schools over the weekend while nursing a hip injury. The sophomore guard from Anaheim has been sidelined a number of times this season with groin issues and was benched on Jan. 6 for missing a rehabilitation appointment, which led to a starting spot for Honeycutt. It will be interesting to see when Anderson -- a conventional point guard with average scoring skills -- is back to full-strength.

- For those of you who missed it, Diamond Leung of ESPN's College Basketball Nation Blog wrote a fine piece on Howland following the Bruins' win over Washington last Thursday. Click here for the link.

- Football coach Rick Neueheisel hosted another batch of recruits over the weekend. The Orange County Register has a compilation of players who have verbally committed to UCLA that is worth looking at. Through his official Twitter account (@CoachNeuheisel) Sunday, Neuheisel said, "65 degrees and sunny (in January), quality NFL playoffs on TV and enjoying it with my boys. And its recruiting season! What a great day!" National signing day is just over a week away (Wednesday, Feb. 3).

- The No. 10 UCLA men's volleyball team upset No. 2 Cal State Northridge at the Matadome on Friday night. Top-ranked women's gymnastics fell to Stanford on Sunday, while coach Nikki Caldwell's women's basketball team swept the Washington schools on the road.
UCLA women's volleyball coach Andy Banachowski announced plans to retire at the end of June. He coached the Bruins for 43 years, winning an NCAA-record 1,106 matches and six national championships.

"I am grateful to UCLA for allowing me to be the head coach of the women's volleyball team for all these years," Banachowski said in a press release. "I have always realized that there would come a time for this wonderful journey called coaching to come to an end, and I have decided to retire when my contract expires at the end of the school year."

In 1997, the 64-year-old became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach. Last month, Banachowski led UCLA to its 11th consecutive 20-win season and a tie for second place in the conference.

"There will never be another Andy Banachowski," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. "He has represented this university with class and dignity for over four decades. When we speak of 'image and substance,' Andy epitomizes that slogan. He has been instrumental in the growth of his sport during his tenure at UCLA and has left a legacy that will be hard to match. He will always be a Bruin."
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