Gauchos Host CSUN, Cal Poly in Final Home Matches of Season

• The Schedule
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (13-11, 7-5)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Matadors – 27-5
Streak – Won 6
Last time out vs. the Matadors – W, 3-0 (10/23/10)
Live stats available here
Match broadcast live on KCSB.org

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly (10-15, 5-7)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Mustangs – 41-25
Streak – Lost 2
Last time out vs. the Mustangs – L, 3-2 (10/12/11)
Live stats available here
Match broadcast live on KCSB.org

• Top 10 Talent
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).

• More Lowe
Lowe has 535 digs this season, putting her sixth in single-season history after passing Emily Hendrickson (2005) who had 515. In front of Lowe in single-season digs are Maria Reyes (1990) with 552 and Kristin Nelson who had 560 in 2004.

• They Can Dig It
Speaking of digs, as a team UCSB is averaging 17.73 digs per set, which ranks the Gauchos first in the Big West and 22nd nationally in the stat. UCSB also leads the conference in digs per league matches with 18.90. Chelsey Lowe and Leah Sully each rank in the top-10 in the Big West in overall digs, one of just two sets of teammates to do so.

• RPI Report
In the third Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Monday, UCSB ranks 58th in the nation and is second in the conference behind Long Beach (No. 50).

• Double Dipper
In 18 of the Gauchos' 25 matches this season, Leah Sully has recorded a double-double, including in 13 of her last 16 matches. Sully had a career-high 18 kills (to go with 18 digs) in the win over UC Irvine. On the season the sophomore from Irvine, Calif. is averaging 2.89 kills and 3.77 digs per set – both ranking second on the team. Sully is also third in the conference with her 0.31 ace per set average.

Lily Lopez: Leading Lady
Senior middle blocker Lily Lopez paces the team with her .324 hitting percentage, ranking her sixth amongst her conference mates and 113th in the nation.  The native of Santa Ana, Calif. has had a terrific stretch – in her last 16 matches she is hitting .338 (165-41-367) with an average of 10.31 kills per match and 3.38 total blocks per match (nine solo, 45 assisted). In conference matches Lopez is hitting .325, which is fifth in the Big West. On the year she is averaging 2.46 kills and 0.75 blocks per set.

• About Schmidt
Two-time All-Big West First Team pick Stacey Schmidt leads the team with her 2.90 kills per set and is second behind Jenna Wilson with her 0.93 blocks per set. She is hitting .282, ninth in the Big West, and her 0.31 aces per set are tied with Leah Sully for third in the conference.

• Killin' Kara
In Big West play, sophomore Kara Sherrard leads UCSB with her 3.06 kills per set and has 3.52 digs per set, which is third on the team. Sherrard has posted 11 double-doubles this season – including nine in her last 11 matches – and has recorded double-digit kills in 14 matches this season.

• Helping Hands
Freshman setter Hanna Nielson has already cracked the 1,000-dig plateau this season with 1,058 and could crack into the single-season top-10 she she trails Stephanie Brandt, who had 1,348 in 2006. Her 10.81 assists per set are fourth in the conference and 70th in the nation.

• Low Blows
Despite having both Lily Lopez and Stacey Schmidt rank in the Big West's top-10 in hitting percentage, the Gauchos are swinging a collective .185, which ranks them sixth amongst the nine conference teams. UCSB is holding its opponents to a .180 hitting percentage, which is third-best in the Big West.