SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In its 28th NCAA Tournament appearance, the UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team could not continue their season as No. 9 San Diego completed the first round sweep in front of a home crowd. After a gritty 26-24 first set, USD went on to take the remaining games 25-18, 25-14.
Last weekend, UCSB clinched a share of the Big West title for the first time since 2005. The Gauchos (13-3) tied with Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge to give the conference its first ever tri-champions. Santa Barbara owned the tie breaker among the teams and earned the Big West’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
IRVINE, Calif. – For the 28th time in program history, the UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team will compete in the NCAA Tournament after clinching the Big West Championship on Saturday night. The team downed UC Irvine in four sets to conclude the regular season (26-24, 22-25, 29-27, 25-12).
UCSB finished their 2013 home schedule with consecutive sweeps against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. Katey Thompson led the Gauchos to the dominant weekend with 21 kills and 10 digs. Efficient on offense, Thompson’s weekend hit percentage was .415. The two wins gave UCSB11 sweeps on the year, eight coming in conference play.
Three UCSB attackers finished with double digit kills and the Gauchos defense held visiting UC Riverside to an anemic .022 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep of the Highlanders on Senior Night at the Thunderdome, giving the team its fourth straight win to pull even with Cal State Northridge at the top of the Big West standings.
Riding a 17.5 point performance from senior opposite Katey Thompson, the Gauchos handily swept visiting Cal State Fullerton 3-0 on Friday night, giving the team 11 wins in their last 12 matches and putting them even closer to the top of the conference standings.
The Gauchos took control of their playoff destiny last weekend after picking up two wins on the road at UC Davis (3-0) and at No. 21 Cal State Northridge (3-2). In Davis, UCSB faced one of the toughest defensive teams in the conference and battled hard in every set to complete the sweep 25-21, 25-23, 25-23.With the victory at CSUN; UCSB now owns the tiebreaker between the two teams.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Ali Spindt was named the Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to back-to-back road wins, including a five-set victory over No. 21 Cal State Northridge, the conference announced on Monday.
The outside hitter is just one of two freshmen to earn the accolade as she averaged 4.00 kills and 3.38 digs per set over the weekend.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – In a match that may ultimately decide the Big West title, UCSB downed No. 21 Cal State Northridge in a thrilling five setter. With final scores of 25-18, 27-29, 25-20, 21-25, and 15-12, the match with heavy postseason implications had both teams playing with playoff mentalities.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With first place on the line, UC Santa Barbara will be featured on ESPN3 when they visit Cal State Northridge this Saturday. The second place Gauchos (8-2) will challenge the conference leading Matadors (11-1) as the regular season approaches its final two weeks.
DAVIS, Calif. – Behind Ali Spindt’s 14 kills and 17 digs, UCSB pulled off the road sweep over UC Davis on Thursday night. Though the Gauchos came away with the 3-0 final, the Aggies did not go down easy with final sets scores of 25-21, 25-23, and 25-23.
After the Gauchos won a five-set thriller in Honolulu last month, the Rainbow Wahine pulled off a road win of their own in Santa Barbara in another five setter. UCSB tallied a total of 20 team blocks, paced by Phoebe Grunt’s 10 block assists. The loss ended the Gauchos’ eight match winning streak UCSB is entering this week with just two losses on its Big West record, both of which ended in five sets.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Playing a revenge minded team, UCSB fell to No. 12 Hawai’i in a five-set finish, as the Rainbow Wahine evened the season series in the Thunderdome on Saturday night. With final scores of 22-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, and 15-12, the match was reminiscent of how competitive the teams were in the previous time they faced off in Honolulu a month ago.
The Gauchos pulled off the season sweep over rival Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo last Saturday in a dominant 3-0 shutout. The match started UCSB on their second round through the Big West after the Gauchos went 7-1 in their first eight matchups with conference opponents. The road sweep extended UCSB’s winning streak to eight matches - the program’s longest since 2005- and also places the team just a 1/2 game shy of first place in the conference standings, as Cal State Northridge currently stands at 9-1. As a team, the Gauchos held Cal Poly’s offense to just a .056 kill percentage. UCSB also had its way at the net, as it edged the Mustangs in total blocks 13 to five.
The Gauchos will be both seeking and honoring history this Saturday when they host no. 12 Hawai’i in the Thunderdome. With a win over the Rainbow Wahine, it would mark the first time in program history that UCSB defeated Hawai’i at home since 1993.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara swept its rival Cal Poly with scores of 25-20, 25-12, 26-24 to earn its eighth straight victory. The winning streak is the program’s longest since 2005. The Gauchos dominant play follows two other sweeps the team garnered against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton last week.
The Gauchos swept their competition last weekend as they blanked both UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton 3-0. Those victories also extend the team’s winning streak to seven matches, marking its longest winning streak over Big West opponents since 2005. At 7-1 in conference, UCSB is now in a tie for first-place with Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos currently hold the tie breaker between the two as they handed the Matadors their only loss in Big West play on Oct. 18.
FULLERTON, Calif.– For the first time this season, UCSB is tied for first place in the Big West after sweeping Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night. The Gauchos had a complete game in the victory as they held the Titans’ kill percentage to just .296, compared to their .341 mark.
RIVERSIDE, Calif.— In their most dominant match this season, the Gauchos swept UC Riverisde in convincing fashion on Friday night. Leading UCSB to the 25-17, 25-15, 25-16 was Katey Thompson who swung for a match-high 14 kills. The senior oppositee checked in with her most efficient night on offense this season as she hit for an overwhelming .619. Also checking in with double digit kills were Ali Spindt and Ali Barbeau with 12 and 11, respectively.
The Gauchos pushed their winning streak to five matches as they defeated Cal State Northridge (3-0) and UC Davis (3-2) at the Thunderdome this past weekend. UCSB’s victory over the Matadors not only gave CSUN its first loss of conference play, but it also marked the third-straight time the Gauchos defeated the top-team in the Big West. Against the Aggies, UCSB overcame a 2-1 deficit by taking the fourth (25-20) and fifth sets (15-11). After hitting .000 as a team in the third set, UCSB sparked its comeback with a collective. 438 kill percentage in the fourth set.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Gauchos proved they could play through adversity in their 3-2 comeback victory over UC Davis on Saturday night. After trailing 2-1 entering the fourth set, Leah Sully made the switch from libero to outside hitter and led UCSB’s offense to the exciting five-set finish.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The good times continue to roll for the UCSB women’s volleyball team, as the Gauchos swept first place Cal State Northridge in the Thunderdome on Friday night. The 3-0 victory was a result from the impressive match scores of 25-22, 25-19, and 25-15.