21 Rebecca Saraceno
21 Rebecca Saraceno
Birth Date: 03/28/1988
Height: 6-2
Year: Senior
Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
High School: Redondo Union HS
Position: OH
UC Santa Barbara
2009
AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
AVCA First Team All-West Region
Big West Player of the Year

Saraceno put together one of the finest seasons in UCSB volleyball history as she was an All-American and an All-Region choice while becoming the fourth UCSB player to be named Big West Player of the Year ... Is one of only four players in school history to be a Player of the Year, All-Region and All-American ... Her average of 4.45 kills per set ranked her eighth in UCSB history and 16th in the nation ... Averaged 4.92 points per set, which was 17th in the country ... Led the Big West with 498 total kills ... Finished her UCSB career with the eighth-most kills all-time and the 10th-most kill attempts ... Had 131 career service aces, ranking her seventh in Gaucho history ... Her 31 as a senior was seventh-most in the conference ... Also was an adept digger, finishing third on the squad with a 2.66 per set average ... Holds five of UCSB's Top-10 kill totals in rally-scoring history, all of which came in 2009 ... Career-high of 29 kills came against nationally-ranked UC Irvine on Sept. 26 when the Gauchos rallied from a two-games-to-none deficit ...She had 28 kills on two occasions - at UC Irvine on Oct. 23 and against UC Davis on Oct. 17 ... Saraceno had 27 kills two times, as well, doing so vs. Pacific on Oct. 16 and again against Pepperdine on Oct. 13 ... Was a four-time Big West Player of the Week, the most a UCSB player has been awarded in any one season ... Was the AVCA National Player of the Week - the first time in five seasons a Gaucho was awarded - as she led UCSB to a 3-0 mark while hitting .328 with an average of 5.0 kills and 4.0 digs per set ... Recorded double-digit kills in all but one match. 2008
Finished third on the team with 211 kills in her junior season ... Averaged 2.24 kills per set as she appeared in 94 of the Gauchos' 99 sets and all 27 matches ... Had 12 matches with double-digit kills ... Also had six matches where she racked up double-digit digs ... Had season-best 16 kills twice - Oct. 11 at Long Beach State and Nov. 21 at UC Irvine ... Recorded season-high 22 digs at UC Irvine ... That match was one of five double-doubles for Saraceno ... Tallied a season-best four service aces on Sept. 11 vs. Santa Clara ... Led team with 27 aces ... In Big West play, Saraceno had 27 of her 41 total blocks ... Had five block assists on Oct. 3 vs. Pacific ... Averaged 1.98 digs per set and 2.76 points per set, each mark good for third on the Gauchos ... Compiled 24 assists on the year, with a high of five coming at Long Beach State on Oct. 11. 2007
Played in all 32 matches as a sophomore...Was second on the team with 402 kills on the season and a 3.27 kills per game average...Led the Gauchos and was tied for seventh in the Big West with her 0.33 service aces per game (41 total)...Was third on the squad with 2.59 digs per game...Opened the year with a season-best 22 kills against San Diego State (Aug. 24)...Was named the tournament MVP at the Santa Clara Invitational where she helped the Gauchos to a perfect 3-0 week with wins over Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, and then-ranked No. 22 Santa Clara (Sept. 13-15)...She had three consecutive double-double performances during the tourney and tallied eight service aces, including four against Notre Dame (Sept. 14), and notched a season-best six block assists in the upset over Santa Clara...She also earned Golden 1/UCSBGauchos.com Student-Athlete of the Week honors for that standout weekend...Posted a season-high .464 clip (16k, 3e, 28a) against Temple (Nov. 23) and surpassed the mark the next day in the season finale, hitting .524 (12k, 1e, 21a)...During the same tournament, she tallied a career-high 29 digs against Yale (Nov. 24)...Had 25 matches with double-digit kills and 15 with double-double performances. 2006
2006 Big West All-Freshman Team

Parlayed a solid first campaign in the blue and gold into All-Big West Freshman Team honors...Started all but one match with UCSB and averaged 2.28 kills per game...Opened her freshman campaign with four consecutive double-digit kill performances including a career-high 25 kills and 10 digs vs. San Jose State (Sept. 2)...Amassed 11 total double-digit kill performances during the season...Hit a season-best .625 (10k, 0e, 16a) vs. Ohio (Sept. 16)...Had 32 service aces (0.28 per game) and posted a career-best six aces against UC Davis (Sept. 20)...Was third on the team averaging 0.80 blocks per game and tallied a career-best seven block assists against Pepperdine (Oct. 10) and a career-best three solo blocks vs. UC Irvine (Oct. 27). High School
Enjoyed a standout four-year varsity career at Redondo Union High School...Ranked 68th nationally among PrepVolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" in 2005, when she was also a Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection...First Team All-Bay League honoree every season as well as First Team All-Area and First Team All-CIF acclaim in her final three campaigns...Pounded home 481 kills as a senior while leading the Sea Hawks to the CIF Division II State Semifinals...Deepest postseason run by RUHS since 1980...Tallied a school-record 35 put-aways in a 2003 playoff match against Brea Olinda en route to a second place finish in the Southern Section tournament...Coached by Tommy Chaffins...Named a Redondo Union Scholar-Athlete for her diligence in the classroom...Active in the Spirit Hawks. Club
Also starred for the TCA Volleyball Club, earning a spot on the 2005 Junior Olympic All-Tournament team in Salt Lake City....Helped TCA to the gold medal at the 2006 Junior Olympics in the Open Division. Personal
Rebecca Lynn Saraceno was born on March 28, 1988 in Redondo Beach, Calif. to Betsy and Pat Saraceno...Has an older sister Jayci and younger sister Megan, her high school and club teammate...Is a global studies major at UCSB...Loves to eat sushi, read, and listen to music while not on the court... "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Memoirs of a Geisha" are her favorite movie and book, respectively...Lists Bob Marley and The Doors as her favorite musicians. Career Stats
SeasonGPMPKK/GETAPctAA/GSASA/G
2006115312622.28130694.19090.08320.28
2007123324023.272271,245.141290.24410.33
2008    94      27      211     2.24    117     675     .139    24      0.26    27      0.29
2009    112     28      498     4.45    175     1,241   .260    26      0.23    31      0.28
TOTAL4441181,3733.096493,297.220880.201310.30

SeasonDIGD/GREBSBATBB/GBEBHEPointsPts/G
2006840.732983920.8083344.52.99
20073182.5923556610.50142476.03.87
2008    186     1.98    20      2       39      41      0.44    3       0       259.5   2.76
2009    298     2.66    25      4       37      41      0.37    1       0       551.5   4.92
TOTAL8862.0070202152350.532651,631.5 3.67