Gauchos Get Ready For Big West Rivals CSUN and Hawai'i

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• The Schedule

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (8-10, 1-2) vs. Cal St. Northridge (12-5, 3-2)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Matadors – 29-5
Streak vs CSUN – Won 8
UCSB streak overall – Lost 1
CSUN streak overall – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Matadors – W, 3-2 (11/18/11)

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (8-10, 1-2) vs. No. 8 Hawai'i (12-2, 5-0)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Rainbow Wahine – 5-27
Streak vs Hawai'i – Lost 6
UCSB streak overall – Lost 1
Hawai'i streak overall – Won 5
Last time out vs. the Rainbow Wahine – L, 3-0 (11/5/01)

• The Week In Review
The Gauchos split a pair of matches, defeating Cal Poly away for the first conference win
of the season, and then suffering a disappointing home loss to No. 23 Pepperdine. Katey
Thompson led the way for the Gauchos against Cal Poly, topping all players with 15 kills
and three aces. Thompson had a strong match against Pepperdine as well, tallying 17 kills,
which tied Leah Sully for the match lead. UCSB dominated that match at times, including
a nine-point rally in the second game, but Perpperdine's dump play proved to be the
Gauchos demise, as Waves setter Kellie Woolever finished with 12 kills, the most UCSB
has surrendered to an opposing setter this season. Jenna Wilson had 12 blocks this last
week after only picking up two blocks total in her previous two matches.

• Legendary Coaches Meet Again
Though they haven't faced off since 2001, Kathy Gregory and Hawaii's Dave Shoji have
seen plenty of each other over the years. Both are in their 38th season at the helm of
their programs. Shoji, the winningest active coach (1,088 wins entering the week) was a
two-time All-American as a player for UCSB in 1968 and 1969. Gregory is the third winningest
active coach (874 wins) and is within striking distance of Elaine Michaelis's
Division-I Record of 886 wins by a female coach.

• "Formico Watch"
Freshman libero Taylor Formico is set to write her name all over the UCSB record book.
Currently at 400 digs on the season, Taylor is primed to overtake the UCSB rookie dig
record of 413, set by Kelly Heenan in 2010. After that, Taylor isn't far from cracking the
single-season top 10 dig list, as Heather Collins's 1993 campaign of 484 digs is the current
No. 10. Keeping at her current pace, Taylor will finish the season with 733 digs, which
would be both a UCSB and a Big West Conference record.

• Rank and File
The Gauchos have struggled against ranked opponents this season, going 0-4 and
losing each match 3-1. Hawai'i will be the second highest ranked team the Gauchos
have seen this season, No. 3 UCLA being the highest.

• Shorthanded Hawai'i
The Gauchos caught a bit of a break, as Hawai'i outside hitter Jane Croson will
not be in action this weekend. Croson was Hawaii's second-leading attacker (192
kills) and third-leading dig-getter (125 digs).

• Formico and Sully Dig the Big West Conference
Taylor Formico's outstanding play is not just limited to her ongoing assault on the
UCSB record book. Formico leads the Big West in both totals digs (400) and digs
per game (5.56). She has a comfortable lead over second-place Kristin Winkler of
UCI, who trails the Mountain View native by 101 digs. Outside hitter Leah Sully is
ninth in the conference with 3.57 digs per game. Sully and Formico are the only
teammates on the top-10.

• New Blood
For the second consecutive year, the Gauchos will be fielding a roster with seven
freshmen, tied with UC Riverside for the most first-year players in the Big West
Conference.

•Thompson Excels on the Right
Junior opposite Katey Thompson is picking up her game after dealing with nagging
injuries earlier in the year. Katey has led the Gauchos in attacking for the last four
matches, tallying 65 kills over that span. Over her last four matches, she has piled
up 4.64 kills per game, exactly two kills more per game than during her first 12
matches. Not just an attacker, Katey has shown to be adept all-around, leading the
squad in overall aces (22) and placing second in blocks (65).

• Double-Double City
Gauchos with double-doubles: Leah Sully (12), Ali Santi (10), Katey Thompson (6),
Jaylen Villanueva (2), Kara Sherrard (2).