SPORTSCOPE : UCLA Volleyball Standout Natalie Williams Is Honored

UCLA sophomore outside hitter Natalie Williams, who led the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA women’s volleyball championship, was named a first team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. UCLA junior outside hitter Jenny Evans was a second-team selection.

Williams, Evans and teammates Marissa Hatchett, a sophomore middle blocker, and Holly McPeak, a senior setter, were named to the NCAA all-tournament team.

Coach Andy Banachowski’s Bruins finished 36-1. It was the third consecutive season that UCLA had 30 or more victories. Banachowski’s career record is 646-140, an .822 percentage.

Hatchett set school season records with 60 solo blocks and 204 assists, and Samantha Shaver, a senior outside hitter, had a school-record 499 digs. Williams tied a school single-season record with 1,333 attacks.


Notre Dame Academy senior Chrissy Boehle was named the most valuable girl volleyball player in the CIF Southern Section 4-A Division, and Windward senior Jenny Johnson, the most valuable in the 1-A Division.

Those named to the All-4-A first team included Notre Dame Academy sophomore Kristen McMahon and Marymount junior Courtney Stanton. Second-team selections included Marlborough junior Leigh Marston and Marymount junior Tina Osterloh.

Players who made the 1-A first team included Brentwood senior Alex Galbraith and Windward senior Debra Hill. Those on the second team included Brentwood senior Stephanie Collins, Windward senior Tracy Meller and Brentwood junior Sara Simmons.

The Pepperdine women’s basketball team (3-5) will play at UC Irvine (2-5) at 7:30 tonight.


Last week the Waves won at home against UC Riverside, 84-67, but lost on the road to UC Santa Barbara, 90-80. Freshman point guard Aimee McDaniel is averaging a team-high 15.5 points. Junior forward Shannon Frowiss is averaging 15.4 points. McDaniel also leads the Waves with an average of 4.3 assists.

The West Los Angeles College men’s basketball team (7-6) will play next week in the College of the Canyons tournament, which ends Dec. 29. The Oilers will open at 2 p.m. Dec. 27 against College of the Sequoias.

In last week’s Riverside Community College tournament, WLAC beat Mount San Jacinto, 100-81, but lost overtime games to East Los Angeles, 103-100, and to Imperial Valley, 91-85.

Oiler freshman forward Reece Stovall averaged 21 points a game in the tournament and made 24 of 35 two-point field goals (68%). Sophomore guard Booker Waugh is averaging a team-high 23.6 points.


Venice High distance runner Brad Mesfen will compete in the high school mile run at the 32nd annual Sunkist Invitational indoor track meet Jan. 18 at the Sports Arena. The field includes prep cross-country national champion Louie Quintana of Arroyo Grande.

Crossroads School cross-country runner Bobby Fardin was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division IV boys’ second team, and Judy Lu of Brentwood was named to the Division IV girls’ third team.

Winners in the Southern California Tennis Assn.'s eighth annual Grand Prix Masters Tennis Championships included several Westside residents.

Singles winners included Alice Middleton of Santa Monica, women’s age 40; Dorothy (Dodo) Cheney of Santa Monica, women’s 65; Larry Barnett of Los Angeles, men’s 30, and Rollin Rhone of Culver City, men’s 35.