2014 UCSB Women's Volleyball News

December 1, 2014
Ali Barbeau, Chanel Hoffman, Ali Spindt Honored by Big West
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Ali Barbeau, Chanel Hoffman, and Ali Spindt were all named to the All-Big West Team, it was announced Monday.

December 1, 2014
Kristen Berlo Named Big West Freshman, Defensive Player of the Week
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With a career night at Cal Poly, Kristen Berlo earned two weekly accolades as both the Big West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week.

November 26, 2014
UCSB Defense Shines in 3-1 Win at Cal Poly, Records Season Sweep
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – In producing a season-high 80 digs, UCSB pulled off the season sweep of Cal Poly with a 3-1 victory at Mott Athletic Center on Wednesday night.

November 24, 2014
UCSB Closes Out Regular Season with Hawai’i, Cal Poly
Last weekend, UCSB took Hawai’i to five sets in the Thunderdome, as it nearly pulled off a comeback after being down 2-0. The two opening sets went to the Rainbow Wahine, but the Gauchos kept the score close with both ending in 25-23 decisions. After the break, Hawai’i seemed to be on its way to a road sweep, but UCSB made its midway through the third set on a 9-2 run that garnered the team then their largest lead of the game at 22-19. While Hawai’i forced extra points, UCSB thwarted two Rainbow Wahine match-points and took the set to stay alive. The fourth set was taken convincingly by the Gauchos at 25-19, but the fifth set would end in a narrow 15-12 finish in favor of Hawai’i. It was the third time in the past four matches that the Gaucchos and the Rainbow Wahine competed to five-set decisions.

November 22, 2014
Barbeau Finishes with Match-High 22 kills, Gauchos Fall Just Short in 3-2 Decision to Hawai'i
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Behind Ali Barbeau’s career-high 22 kills and a comeback in the third set, the Gauchos forced Hawai’i into five sets, but the Rainbow Wahine did just enough to escape the Thunderdome with a 3-2 victory on Friday night.

November 20, 2014
UCSB Closes Out Regular Season with Hawai’i, Cal Poly
UCSB saw its three-match winning streak end this weekend with back-to-back 3-0 losses to Cal State Northridge and No. 20 Long Beach State. The Gauchos could not pick up the season sweep of the Matadors, as they previously dominated CSUN in the teams’ previous matchup in the Thunderdome on Oct. 18. The first set had a tight 26-24 finish, but the Matadors would complete the match in straight sets thanks to its .319 hitting percentage. The 49ers protected their undefeated conference record (12-0) and are now 22-4 overall.

November 16, 2014
UCSB Falls to No. 20 Long Beach State 3-0
LONG BEACH, Calif. – UCSB was led by Jaylen Villanueva’s 12 kills, but fell to No. 20 Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid 3-0 on Saturday night.

November 15, 2014
Gauchos Drop 3-0 Match at CSUN
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – UCSB’s three-match winning streak came to an end on Friday night with a 3-0 loss at Cal State Northridge.

November 13, 2014
UCSB Faces Challenging Road Swing at CSUN, Long Beach State
The Gauchos went a perfect 2-0 last weekend with a pair of four set victories over Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. UCSB completed its season sweep of the Titans with the win, while it evened the score with the Anteaters who won the previous match-up 3-2 in Irvine. Ali Barbeau continued to be the team’s primary offensive threat, as she finished with 24 combined kills. Defensively, Kristen Berlo had a breakout weekend in setting her career-high in block assists in back-to-back matches.

November 9, 2014
Gauchos Complete Perfect Weekend With 3-1 Victory over UC Irvine

November 8, 2014
UCSB Defense, Service Game Carries Team to 3-1 Win Over Cal State Fullerton
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Gauchos started the weekend off strong with a 3-1 win against CSU Fullerton, bringing their overall record to an even 11-11 and their conference record to 6-5. With the loss, Cal State Fullerton slides to 7-16 and 1-9 in Big West play.

November 5, 2014
UCSB Returns Home to Face Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine
Last weekend, the Gauchos split their road trip with a 3-2 loss at UC Davis followed by an impressive 3-0 sweep over UC Riverside. Against the Aggies, the Gauchos dealt the first blow in winning the first set 25-19, but later had to win the fourth game to stave elimination. Ultimately, the team fell 15-10 in the decisive fifth set. UCSB bounced back in a big way, though, at Riverside where they convincingly downed the Highlanders with final scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-19. With that win, the Gauchos swept their season series with UC Riverside with a pair of sweeps for the second consecutive year.

November 2, 2014
UCSB Dominates in 3-0 Sweep at UC Riverside
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UCSB cruised past UC Riverside in a dominant 3-0 sweep on Saturday night.

November 1, 2014
UCSB Falls in Five at UC Davis
DAVIS, Calif. – UCSB played a gutsy game-four to force a fifth set, but ultimately fell to UC Davis 3-2 on Friday night.

October 30, 2014
Gauchos Continue on the Road at Davis, Riverside
Last weekend, UCSB traveled to Hawai’i where they were dealt a 3-1 loss after battling closely with the Rainbow Wahine in the first two sets. Ali Barbeau led the Gaucho offense with 16 kills, while Chanel Hoffman had 11 kills and 16 digs, which was her team-high fifth double-double of the season. In the match, the Gauchos held their own defensively, as they limited the Rainbow Wahine to a .216 hitting percentage, which was their lowest mark at home this season since Oregon limited them to a .178 clip on Sept. 5.

October 27, 2014
Gauchos Fall in Hawaii 3-1
HONOLULU, Hawaii – UCSB competed closely with Hawaii early on, but the Rainbow Wahine’s strong attack was too much for the Gauchos in taking a 3-1 loss.

October 23, 2014
UCSB Visits Hawai'i for Marquee Conference Match-Up
Last weekend, UCSB had a big sweep over Cal State Northridge after falling 3-0 to Long Beach State the night before. The teams battled into extra points in the first and third sets with UCSB pulling off a come-from-behind 28-26 victory in the third. The Gauchos’ win over CSUN was its seventh straight sweep of the Matadors in the Thunderdome. Northridge was receiving votes in the AVCA Poll and was ranked No.16 in the RPI - best of all the Big West teams - heading into last weekend’s play.

October 19, 2014
Gauchos Sweep CSUN, Win Two Sets in Extra Points
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With two sets decided in extra points, UCSB pulled off the gritty 3-0 sweep of Cal State Northridge with arguably its best performance in conference play.

October 18, 2014
Santa Barbara Drops 3-0 Match to Long Beach State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In its return home to the Thunderdome, UCSB fell to Long Beach State 3-0, as the 49ers remain undefeated in conference.

October 14, 2014
UCSB Returns Home to Host Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge
Last weekend, UCSB split its first road trip of the Big West season with a 3-2 loss at UC Irvine and a 3-1 victory at Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos made a comeback in the fourth set against the Anteaters to force a fifth set, but Irvine successfully defended their home floor with a 15-8 fifth set score. UCSB bounced back against Cal State Fullerton, as the team put together its best blocking performance of the year with 32 total blocks.

October 13, 2014
Hoffman Named Big West Freshman Player of the Week
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After her career-best performances on both sides of the net this weekend, Chanel Hoffman was named the Big West Freshman Player of the Week the conference announced on Monday.

October 12, 2014
Gauchos Topple Titans 3-1
Fullerton, Calif. – Behind its best blocking performance of the season, UCSB pulled off a decisive 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton in picking up its first road victory of the Big West season.

October 11, 2014
Gauchos Fall to UC Irvine in Tight 3-2 Decision
IRVINE, Calif. – After making a gutsy comeback in the fourth set, UCSB could not finish UC Irvine in the fifth, as the Anteaters defended their home floor in a 3-2 decision.

October 8, 2014
UCSB Make First Road Visits of Big West Season at Irvine, Fullerton
Last weekend, UCSB closed out a five-match home stand with a sweep of UC Riverside and a 3-0 loss to UC Davis. The Gauchos checked in with perhaps their most dominant match of the year so far by limiting the Highlanders to just a .040 hitting percentage, while also registering a team .303 hitting percentage. During Saturday’s match against UC Davis, UCSB held the Aggies to just a .188 kill percentage, but could not capitalize on the offensive side, as they finished with a season-low 23 kills.

October 4, 2014
Gauchos Fall 3-0 to UC Davis
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB suffered its first conference loss of the year and saw its winning streak end in a 3-0 loss to UC Davis in the Thunderdome on Saturday night.

October 4, 2014
UCSB Trounces Riverside in 3-0 Sweep
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB extended its winning streak to four matches with a dominant 3-0 sweep of UC Riverside (25-19, 25-13, 25-12) in the Thunderdome on Friday night.

September 28, 2014
UCSB Downs Cal Poly 3-2 After Thrilling Comeback
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Entering the third set down 2-0, UCSB took off on an inspiring comeback to down Cal Poly 3-2 in front of a rambunctious home crowd in the Thunderdome on Saturday night.

September 21, 2014
UCSB Downs NIU 3-1, Wins Tournament with 2-0 Weekend
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After totaling a season-high 68 kills, UCSB shrugged off a first set loss and downed Northern Illinois 3-1 in finishing their home tournament in the Thunderdome.

September 19, 2014
UCSB Pulls Off Thrilling Sweep Over Santa Clara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After overcoming a 24-21 deficit in the third game, UCSB completed the thrilling sweep over Santa Clara in the Thunderdome on Friday night.

September 14, 2014
UCSB Drops Final Two Matches in Cal Molten Classic
BERKELEY, Calif. – In the final day of the Cal Molten Classic, UCSB fell in matches against Pacific and Cal after struggling to find consistency on offense.

September 12, 2014
Gauchos Sweep Nevada in Cal Molten Classic Opener
BERKELEY, Calif. – Behind the solid attacking performances of Britton Taylor and Jaylen Villanueva, UCSB opened the Cal Molten Classic with a sweep over Nevada and have extended their winning streak to three matches.

September 7, 2014
UCSB Finishes Sac. State Invitational 2-1, Santi & Taylor Named All-Tournament
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In securing both its first win and first sweep of the season, UCSB bombarded Fresno State and Sacramento State with efficient attacking and strong play at the net. Opposite Britton Taylor and setter Ali Santi were named all-tournament, as those Gauchos led the team’s dominant offensive performances on day two of the Sacramento State Invitational.

September 5, 2014
UCSB Late Comebacks Not Enough in Sweep Against LMU
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UCSB put on a pair of comeback efforts in the first and third sets, but Loyola Marymount held on to win the match 3-0 at the Sacramento State Invitational.

August 31, 2014
UCSB Drops Two Matches in Day One of Rams Volleyball Classic
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After facing a pair of nationally recognized teams to start the 2014 season, UC Santa Barbara dropped both of its matches during the first day of the Rams Volleyball Classic.

August 31, 2014
UCSB Falls in Close Match with VCU
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After a grueling 35-33 first game victory, UCSB lost a close four-set match to Virginia Commonwealth in the teams’ Rams Volleyball Classic finale.

August 28, 2014
UCSB Opens Season at Rams Volleyball Classic
While UCSB has not faced Marquette or Virginia Commonwealth, it did play Colorado State in last year’s Pepperdine Invitational in the second week of the season. The Gauchos fell to the Rams 3-1 that weekend. Colorado State returns three of the four players who reached double kills figures against the Gauchos last year, while UCSB will have Barbeau and Spindt who recorded 12 and 11 kills in that match, respectively.

August 6, 2014
UCSB Women's Volleyball Prepares for 2014 Season
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara’s journey to defend its Big West women’s volleyball crown begins this weekend, as the Gauchos report to their first practice of the season Saturday.

August 6, 2014
UCSB Selected Third in Big West Preseason Poll
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Coming off a Big West Championship season, UCSB was selected third in the conference's 2014 preseason poll, as it collected the second-most first place votes. Hawai’i was voted as the preseason favorite with 77 total points and five first place votes, while Long Beach State was second with 68 points and one vote for first. The Gauchos received 63 total points and a pair of first place votes.

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