2011 Women's Volleyball News

May 16, 2012
Stacey Schmidt Selected as Big West's Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Honor
UC Santa Barbara’s Stacey Schmidt, a two-time All-American volleyball player and two-time Big West Scholar Athlete, has been selected as the Big West Conference’s candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.

February 8, 2012
Women's Volleyball Team Takes Time Out for Others
UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball coach Kathy Gregory and two Gaucho players – Erica Lau and Katey Thompson – discussed UCSB, the volleyball program and playing at Division 1 to a group of high school students earlier this week.

January 11, 2012
Kathy Gregory and Women's Volleyball Team Signs Two Standouts
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team has signed two standout players to official National Letters of Intent, head coach Kathy Gregory announced on Wednesday.

December 15, 2011
Schmidt, Lowe Honored as All-Americans
SANTA BARBARA,Calif. – For the third straight season two UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball players were named All-Americans, it was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

December 6, 2011
Schmidt, Lowe Named First Team All-West Region Selections
SANTA BARBARA,Calif. – For the second straight season Stacey Schmidt was honored as a First Team All-West Region selection and she wasn't the lone UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball player honored. Fellow senior Chelsey Lowe was also named a First Team All-West Region selecton as UCSB placed two players on the First Team for the third consecutive season.

November 26, 2011
Gauchos Fall to TCU; Await Tournament Fate
SAN DIEGO - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team ended its season with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 defeat to TCU on Saturday night to end the Turkey Time Tournament, yet still finishes the season with a terrific chance to get into the NCAA Tournament.

November 25, 2011
Gauchos Win Seventh in a Row, Defeat Aztecs
SAN DIEGO - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team continued its push for a postseason berth, winning its seventh straight match with a 25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19 victory over San Diego State on Friday night in the Turkey Time Tournament.

November 23, 2011
UCSB Hopes Turkey Time Turns into Tourney Time
Five UC Santa Barbara players were honored by the Big West on Tuesday when the league announced its all-conference picks. Libero Chelsey Lowe, middle blocker Lily Lopez and opposite Stacey Schmidt were all named to the All-Big West First Team – the third straight time for Schmidt to be named a First Teamer. Outside hitter Leah Sully was an Honorable Mention selection and setter Hanna Nielson was named to the All-Big West Freshman Team.

November 22, 2011
Five Gauchos Honored as All-Big West Picks
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Thre UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball players were honored as All-Big West First Team selections and the Gauchos, who finished second in the conference, placed five players on all-conference teams, the league announced on Tuesday.

November 19, 2011
Gauchos Continue Their Winning Ways, Defeat UCR
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - It's official. The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team is on a roll.

November 18, 2011
Gauchos Lead Early, Rally Late for Important Big West Win
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara needed just one lead in the final set. The Gauchos got it at the most opportune time.

November 17, 2011
Gauchos Hit the Road for Final 2 Big West Games
With an impressive 51 digs in just six sets last week – an astounding 8.50 digs per set – senior libero Chelsey Lowe has tallied 586 digs this season, ranking her fourth all-time in single-season UCSB history. Lowe needs just six to pass Maria Reyes’ 1989 total, which is third, and could catch her predecessor, Leigh Stephenson, who had 650 digs in 2007 for the school’s all-time mark. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is averaging 5.43 digs per set, ranking her first in the Big West and 21st in the nation.

November 12, 2011
Seniors Help the Gauchos Stampede Over the Mustangs
Schmidt, Lopez, and Lowe all have nights to remember in their last match at the Thunderdome.

November 10, 2011
UCSB Hosts Cal Poly on Saturday Night; Will Say Farewell to Seniors
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team will bid adieu to three seniors prior to its match against rival Cal Poly on Saturday night in the Thunderdome. First serve is slated for 7:30 p.m.

November 9, 2011
Gauchos Put Away Northridge With Ease
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Right now, the Gauchos have a sweeping sensation.

November 8, 2011
Gauchos Host CSUN, Cal Poly in Final Home Matches of Season
Senior libero Chelsey Lowe moved into 10th place all-time in UCSB history with her 40 digs last weekend. Lowe has accumulated 1,289 digs in her Gaucho career, passing Liz Towne (1985-88) for 10th in career digs. Next on the list is her predecessor, Leigh Stephenson (2005-08), who had 1,306 digs and Lowe could conceivably catch Brooke Niles (1999-2002), who is eighth with 1,323 career digs.. Lowe, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., is averaging 5.25 digs per set, which leads the Big West and ranks her 33rd in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in 16 of the Gauchos’ 25 matches and also leads the Big West in digs during conference play (5.38).

November 4, 2011
Gauchos Make Quick Work of Anteaters
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Easy as 1-2-3.

November 3, 2011
UCSB Hosts UC Irvine on Friday Night
Senior libero Chelsey Lowe moved into 10th place all-time in UCSB history with her 40 digs last weekend. Lowe has accumulated 1,271 digs in her Gaucho career, passing Liz Towne (1985-88) for 10th in career digs. Next on the list is her predecessor, Leigh Stephenson (2005-08), who had 1,306 digs. Lowe, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., is averaging 5.22 digs per set, which leads the Big West and ranks her 29th in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in 16 of the Gauchos’ 24 matches and also leads the Big West in digs during conference play (5.35).

October 29, 2011
Gauchos Rally to Beat Pacific in Five
STOCKTON, Calif. - Rebounding from a difficult defeat to UC Davis on Friday night, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team gutted out a big five-set victory over Pacific on Saturday at the Spanos Center.

October 28, 2011
UC Davis Narrowly Defeats UCSB
DAVIS, Calif. - Despite four players recording double figures in kills, including a career-high from All-American Stacey Schmidt, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team lost a close and hard-fought match on Friday night to UC Davis.

October 27, 2011
UCSB Heads North in Important Big West Weekend
Senior libero Chelsey Lowe is moving in the UCSB career top-10 in total digs. Lowe has accumulated 1,231 digs in her Gaucho career and is just 25 away from passing Liz Towne (1985-88) for 10th in career digs. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is averaging 5.30 digs per set, which leads the Big West and ranks her 28th in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in 15 of the Gauchos’ 22 matches and also leads the Big West in digs during conference play (5.55).

October 22, 2011
Gauchos Fall to Long Beach in Four
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Despite a balanced attack and a thrilling victory in the first set, the UC Santa Barbara women's team dropped a four-set match to Long Beach State on Saturday night in the Thunderdome.

October 21, 2011
Gauchos Wipe Away Titans
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team got past its first hurdle in an important conference weekend, wiping the floor with Cal State Fullerton in a convincing four-set victory on Friday night at the Thunderdome.

October 20, 2011
Important Weekend Test Faces Gauchos
Over her last 11 matches, senior Lily Lopez has been a force offensively and defensively. The middle blocker is hitting .373 (115-22-249) with an average of 10.45 kills per match and 3.36 total blocks per match (nine solo, 28 assisted). On the season the Santa Ana, Calif. native is hitting a league-best .345 (72nd in the nation) with 2.16 kills per set and 0.84 blocks per set. In conference matches she is hitting .369 (second in the Big West) with 2.44 kills per set and 0.69 blocks per set.

October 15, 2011
Gauchos Squander Early Lead, Fall to UC Riverside in Five
Coming off a taxing five-set loss to Cal Poly ealier in the week, the Gauchos looked to reassert themselves in the standings against last place UC Riverside at the Thunderdome on Saturday night.

October 12, 2011
Gauchos' Furious Rally Not Enough in Five-Game Loss to Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Brimming with hope following a thilling marathon fourth set victory and a furious comeback in the fifth set, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team ultimately lost to Cal Poly on Wednesday night.

October 11, 2011
UCSB Plays at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Hosts UCR on Saturday
Over her last nine matches, senior Lily Lopez has been a force offensively and defensively. The middle blocker is hitting .360 (92-20-200) with an average of 10.22 kills per match and 4.00 total blocks per match (nine solo, 27 assisted). On the season the Santa Ana, Calif. native is hitting .331 (fourth in the Big West) with 2.14 kills per set and 0.97 blocks per set.

October 8, 2011
Gauchos Sweep UC Irvine
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's women's volleyball team rebounded from a tough five-set loss at Loyola Marymount on Friday night with a straight set win over UC Irvine on Saturday night.

October 7, 2011
LMU Outlasts UCSB in Five
LOS ANGELES - For the second straight match the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team needed extra time in the fifth and deciding set. Unfortunately for the Gauchos they were unable to replicate the magic from last weekend as UCSB fell to Loyola Marymount in a non-conference match on Friday night at Gersten Pavilion.

October 6, 2011
Gauchos Look to Extend Winning Streak This Weekend
For the first time this season and the first time since the August 31, 2010 AVCA poll, is UC Santa Barbara receiving votes in the weekly poll. Before getting knocked out of the poll last year the Gauchos had gone 15 straight weeks of receiving votes. The last time UCSB was ranked in the top-25 came on Sept. 12, 2005 when Santa Barbara was No. 24.

October 1, 2011
Down to Final Point in 5th Set, Gauchos Rally to Stun UC Davis
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – It was a bold move for a bold coach. But, legendary UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball head coach Kathy Gregory had no other choice.

September 30, 2011
Leah Sully Lights it Up for UCSB
Chalk it up to new lights - and a new Leah Sully. The star outside hitter, exiled to the shadows last season after a serious knee injury, is shining for the Gauchos once again.

September 28, 2011
After a Month on the Road, Gauchos Open Home Schedule on Friday
Senior libero Chelsey Lowe reached the 1,000 dig mark over the last weekend with a career-high 33 pick-ups at Cal State Fullerton and now stands with 1,030 in her Gaucho career (she transferred from USF prior to the 2009 season). The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is averaging 5.02 digs per set, ranking her second in the Big West and 45th in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in eight of the Gauchos’ 14 matches. Lowe has a chance to break into UCSB’s career top-10 by season’s end. Currently, Liz Towne (1985-88) ranks 10th with 1,256 career digs.

September 24, 2011
Gauchos Rally Late But Cannot Overcome Titans
FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton outlasted UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, defeating the Gauchos in five sets despite more great games from Leah Sully, Stacey Schmidt and Lily Lopez.

September 23, 2011
UCSB Beats #21 49ers for First Win in Long Beach Since 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. – If there is anything that Long Beach State could claim in Friday’s Big West Conference opener vs. UC Santa Barbara, it would be that the 49ers were playing without two-time All-American Caitlin Ledoux, who was sidelined with injury.

September 21, 2011
Gauchos Open Big West Play on the Road
All-American Stacey Schmidt has been almost like a one-person wrecking crew for the Gauchos. She ranks in the top-10 in the Big West in: hitting percentage (.327, fifth), kills (3.16, 10th), service aces (0.29, fifth) and blocks (1.02, sixth). Schmidt is the lone player in the conference to be ranked in the top-10 in those categories.

September 17, 2011
Gauchos Finish Tournament With Two Wins
SAN DIEGO - After a minor speedbump in the form of No. 17 San Diego, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team got back into its normal winning form with a pair of victories on Saturday to finish the San Diego Invitational.

September 16, 2011
No. 17 San Diego Too Much for Gauchos
SAN DIEGO – The No. 17 San Diego women's volleyball team had its way with UCSB in the opener of the San Diego Invitation on Friday night, sweeping the Gauchos.

September 14, 2011
Gauchos Stay on the Road, Head to San Diego for Tournament
UCSB’s legendary coach, Kathy Gregory, reached her 850th career victory when UCSB defeated North Dakota on Friday. “The Queen” is one of just six coaches to accomplish the feat and her 852 career wins are sixth-most of any Division I coach and the third-most amongst active coaches. Gregory ranks 10th in all-time victories across all divisions, according to the NCAA.

September 10, 2011
UCSB Wins Tournament After Knocking Off San Jose State
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Behind double-doubles from Leah Sully and Kara Sherrard, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team won the Santa Clara Tournament on Saturday night by defeating San Jose State 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.

September 9, 2011
Gregory Wins No. 850 As Gauchos Sweep North Dakota
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball coach Kathy Gregory added to her already legendary status on Friday morning as she coached the Gauchos to a sweep of North Dakota and her 850th career win.

September 9, 2011
UCSB Finishes Santa Clara in Four
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – With career win No. 850 in her back pocket after an early morning sweep, Kathy Gregory set about getting to win No. 900 in no time.

September 7, 2011
Gauchos Head North Seeking Kathy Gregory's 850th Career Win
• On the Cusp UCSB’s legendary coach, Kathy Gregory, is just one win away from her 850th career victory. “The Queen” has amassed the sixth-most victories of any Division I coach of all-time (and thr third-most among active coaches) and when she captures her 850th, she will be one of just six coaches to achieve the feat. Gregory ranks 10th in all-time victories across all divisions, according to the NCAA.

September 3, 2011
Gauchos Knock Off Georgia to Finish Tournament on High Note
MALIBU, Calif. – Stacey Schmidt had 20 kills and hit a whopping .581 to lead the Gauchos past Georgia in the finale of the Pepperdine Asics Challenge on Saturday evening.

September 2, 2011
The Lau Down
Women's volleyball player Erica Lau, a junior, will keep Gaucho fans updated all season long through her blog, The Lau Down.

September 2, 2011
UCSB Drops Decision to Miami
MALIBU, Calif. – Despite three players reaching double digits in kills, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team dropped a straight-set decision to Miami on Friday in the opener of the Pepperdine Asics Challenge.

August 31, 2011
UCSB Travels to Pepperdine for Tournament
• All-Tournament, All The Time Following UC Santa Barbara’s season-opening tournament in Provo, Utah, senior Stacey Schmidt was named to the All-Tournament Team. The middle blocker recorded 46 total kills – including 20 vs. No. 8 Illinois – and set a career-high with 11 block assists vs. St. Mary’s. Schmidt hit .356 for the weekend which is outstanding considering the team – including Schmidt’s percentage – batted .086 for the weekend. Schmidt has now been a part of five consecutive All-Tournament Teams, dating back to last season when she was honored in all four tournaments the Gauchos were a part of.

August 27, 2011
Gauchos Hang With No. 8 Illinois Before Falling
PROVO, Utah – If there is something to be taken from Saturday's doubleheader it would be this - the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team looks like it can play with some of the best teams in the country.

August 26, 2011
Down 2-0, Gauchos Rally to Beat St. Mary's
PROVO, Utah -- While it wasn't the same amount of pressure or elimination of a postseason match, there is certainly some satisfaction for the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team after their season-opener.

August 25, 2011
Gauchos Open Season at BYU Tournament
• Gauchos Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll In the annual Big West coaches preseason poll, UC Santa Barbara was picked to finish third in the conference. Chosen ahead of the Gauchos were Long Beach State and Cal Poly.

August 25, 2011
Stacey Schmidt Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Nominee
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara senior women's volleyball player Stacey Schmidt has been named one of 30 Lowe's Senior CLASS award nominees, the committee announced on Thursday.

August 11, 2011
Women's Volleyball Team Tabbed 3rd in Preseason Poll
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team, armed with returning All-American Stacey Schmidt, was chosen to finish third in the annual Big West coaches preseason poll released on Thursday.

July 25, 2011
Gauchos Add Leon Blazer to Volleyball Staff
UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball coach Kathy Gregory has added Leon Blazer, formerly of Western Oregon University, to her coaching staff for the upcoming season.

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