UCSB Women's Volleyball Announces Spring ScheduleSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Looking to build off its 2013 Big West Championship season, the UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team will be starting its spring practice segment this Friday, April 4th.
UCSB Falls to San Diego 3-0 in NCAA TournamentSAN 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.
UCSB to Open NCAA Tournament at No. 9 San DiegoLast 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.
Gauchos are Big West Champs After Defeating Irvine 3-1IRVINE, 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 Concludes Regular Season on the RoadUCSB 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.
UCSB Picks Up Another Sweep in Senior Night Win Over UC RiversideThree 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.
UCSB to Close Out Home Schedule with Fullerton, RiversideThe 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.
Ali Spindt Named Big West Player of the WeekSANTA 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.
UCSB Downs No. 21 CSUN in Pivotal MatchupNORTHRIDGE, 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.
UCSB to be Featured on ESPN3 in Saturday's Northridge MatchSANTA 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.
Gauchos Pull Out Tough 3-0 Sweep in DavisDAVIS, 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.
UCSB Continues Fight for First on the RoadAfter 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.
UCSB Falls to No. 12 Hawai'i 3-2SANTA 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.
UCSB Eyes Season Sweep Over No. 12 Hawai’iThe 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.
Women's Volleyball to Honor 1973, 1974 Teams at Hawai'i MatchThe 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.
UCSB Sweeps Cal Poly, Picks Up Eighth Straight WinSAN 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.
UCSB Hits the Road to Face Cal PolyThe 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.
UCSB Sweeps Fullerton, Now Tied for FirstFULLERTON, 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.
Gauchos Come Up Strong in Sweep Over RiversideRIVERSIDE, 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.
UCSB Takes Win Streak to Riverside, FullertonThe 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.
Sully leads Gauchos to Comeback Win Over UC DavisSANTA 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.
UCSB Deals CSUN Its First Conference Loss with 3-0 SweepSANTA 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.
UCSB to Host Undefeated CSUN, UC Davis in ThunderdomeLast weekend, UCSB captured easily its most impressive win of the season in a 3-2 upset over then-No. 5 Hawai’i. It was the Gauchos first victory over a top-5 ranked opponent in over a decade. The loss snapped the Rainbow Wahine’s 41-match win streak in conference play, which dated back to 2008. Katey Thompson led UCSB in Honolulu with 19 kills and a season-high 11 total blocks. Ali Spindt contributed 12 kills and was sound defensively, as she recorded a career-high 17 digs. As a team, UCSB outblocked Hawaii 17-11 and edged them in kill percentage .195 to .111.
Thompson Earns Player of the Week Honors After Hawaii UpsetSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After leading the Gauchos to an upset road victory over No. 5 Hawai’i on Friday, Katey Thompson received player of the week honors from the Big West and the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. Thompson had a career night in Honolulu for UCSB, as she tallied a career-best 26.0 points with her 19 kills and match-high 11 total blocks.
Gauchos Upset No. 5 Hawaii in Historic Five-Set VictoryHONOLULU, Hawaii – After taking the first two sets, the Gauchos held off Hawaii’s furious comeback and defeated the No. 5 Rainbow Wahine in five sets. It was a historic victory for UCSB as it snapped Hawaii’s 41 conference match win streak dating back to 2008. For the Gauchos, it was their first win over Hawaii since 1994.
Gauchos to Face No. 5 Hawai’i in HonoluluLast weekend, Ali Spindt captured a career high with 17 kills to lead the Gauchos to a 3-1 victory over their rival Cal Poly at the Thunderdome. After dropping the first set 27-25, UCSB took the next three, including a dominant 25-16 win in the third game. The freshman also added 14 digs to her statline for a double-double, her fourth in as many matches. Katey Thompson contributed 16 kills and also held her own at the net with five total blocks, two solo. Overall, the Gaucho offense swung for an efficient .310 hitting percentage on the night.
UCSB Downs Rival Cal Poly 3-1SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB inked another chapter in the Blue Green Rivalry with a 3-1 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday night. The Gauchos not only put up back-to-back wins, but they also extend their winning streak over their rival to four matches, dating back to the 2011 season.
The Gauchos Prepare to Host Cal Poly this WeekendLast weekend, the Gauchos started their Big West schedule with matches against Long Beach State and UC Irvine. In their conference opener agains the 49ers, the Gauchos played in a five-set thriller, and were just edged out by a 15-13 decision in the final game. UCSB bounced back from the heart breaking loss with a decisive 3-0 sweep over the Anteaters. The two matches marked the Gauchos' first home competition since their season opener against Stanford on Aug. 30.
Gauchos Sweep Anteaters for First Big West VictorySANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB shook off a 3-2 loss to Long Beach State with a convincing 3-0 sweep over UC Irvine in the Thunderdome on Saturday night. It was the first time Santa Barbara blanked the Irvine since the 2011 season.
Gauchos Fall Short to Long Beach State in Five Set ThrillerSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara opened up their conference schedule with a thrilling five set match against Long Beach State on Friday night in the Thunderdome. UCSB made a hard fought comeback to tie the fifth set at 13 all, but would fall just short in the 15-13 decision.
UCSB Sweeps Loyola, Battles Arizona to Five SetsTUCSON, Ariz. – The Gauchos made the most out of their final day of nonconference play, as they swept Loyola Maryland and battled Arizona to five sets. The sweep was UCSB’s second in the Wildcat Classic, while the Gauchos pushed Arizona to extra points in the fifth set.