Gauchos Set to Host Penultimate Homestand

Gauchos Set to Host Penultimate Homestand

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• The Schedule

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (13-14, 6-6) vs. Pacific (18-8, 6-7)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Tigers – 29-49
Streak vs Pacific – Won 3
UCSB streak overall – Lost 2
Pacific streak overall – Won 1
2012 Series – UCSB 1-0
Last time out vs. the Tigers – W, 3-2 (10/13/12)

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (13-13, 6-5) vs. UC Davis (13-13, 7-6)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Aggies – 16-3
Streak vs UC Davis – Won 1
UCSB streak overall – Lost 2
UC Davis streak overall – Lost 1
2012 Series – UCSB 1-0
Last time out vs. the Aggies – W, 3-1 (10/12/12)

Gauchos on the Web
Fans hoping to follow the women's volleyball team have never had so many options when it comes to catching the action. UCSB and the Big West offer free video streaming of each match at KCSB – UCSB's student radio station – offer a free stream of their audio broadcast of the match at As always, UCSB offer free live stats of the match, accessible from

• The Week In Review
The Gauchos had a week to forget, falling to both Hawai'i and CSUN. Thursday's sweep at the hands of Hawai'i eliminated them from contention for the Big West title. Hawai'i would go on to clinch the Big West Conference later in the week. Leah Sully had seven kills and 11 digs, while Jaylen Villanueva hit .308, but otherwise the Gauchos set team lows in kills, swings, assists, and blocks. The Gauchos were able to win the first game against CSUN, but dropped the next three in a disappointing loss. An 11-5 run in the second game by CSUN permanently shifted the momentum in their favor and got their offense in a nearly unstoppable rhythm. Sully was again the standout, compiling 22 kills and 15 digs. Four other Gauchos reached double-digits in digs as well.

• Record Watch
Freshman libero Taylor Formico currently sits at 628 digs on the season. The UCSB and Big West record for single-season digs is 652, set last year by Chelsey Lowe. Needing just 25 digs to set the record – and averaging 23.5 digs per match – Taylor has an excellent chance to become the new record holder this weekend in a pair of matches that have five-game potential.

• Sully, The Double-Double Machine
Leah Sully has displayed strong all-around play the entire season, consistently ranking among the top 10 in the conference in kills and digs. Leah recently snapped a streak of eight straight double-doubles, but has now recorded nine in her last 10 matches and 20 overall. Other Gauchos with double-doubles: Ali Santi (12), Katey Thompson (9), Jaylen Villanueva (6), and Kara Sherrard (4).

• "Taylor-Made Libero"
Just a freshman, Taylor Formico is already making a case to be one of the top liberos in the country. Taylor ranks fifth in the nation in total digs (628) and sixth in dig average. Formico has nine 30+ dig performances this season – no other player has more than six. She recently recorded a career-high and UCSB record 41 digs vs. Cal State Fullerton. Also a strong server, Taylor averages the third most aces (0.33 per game) in Big West play.

• Last Time Out Against Pacific
The Gauchos completed a thrilling comeback in a five-game victory over Pacific on Oct. 13. Down 2-1, UCSB fought back in the fourth and fifth games to climb over .500 in conference play for the first time up to that point. Taylor Formico's 36 digs and two aces kept the Gauchos afloat, while Leah Sully's 22 kills put them over the top. Tied 11-11 in the fifth, a 4-0 run – two kills apiece from Jenna Wilson and Katey Thompson – clinched the victory for UCSB.

• Last Time Out Against UC Davis
UCSB played one of their strongest team matches against UC Davis, beating them 3-1 on the road. As a team, the Gauchos had a season-high 11 aces (Formico led the way with four, including one that ended the match). UCSB's middles – Jenna Wilson and Britton Taylor – both had 12 kills on 19 swings to spark the Gauchos victory. Setter Jaylen Villanueva set career highs in assists (40) and aces (2). Formico had a match-high 20 digs, and Leah Sully led the team with 13 kills.

• Serving Slump
After consistently ranking as one of the best serving teams in the conference, the Gauchos have hit a bit of a funk. They have recorded just one ace in back-to-back matches. In their first 25 matches, the Gauchos accomplished that dubious feat just once. Their serving was a key to victory in the past against UC Davis, so look for an emphasis on the performance at the service line.

• New Blood
This year's Gauchos roster features seven freshmen, which is tied with UC Riverside for the most first-year players among Big West teams.