Women's Volleyball Opens 2009 Campaign With Victory

Aug. 28, 2009

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In its first match of the 2009 season, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team opened the year in style with a convincing three games to one victory over Portland State, an NCAA Tournament team a season ago.

UCSB won by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-18 in the opener of the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, held at the University of New Mexico's Johnson Center. It was the second year in a row that the Gauchos opened their season with a win. UCSB improves to 6-0 all-time vs. Portland State.

The Gauchos had three players with double-digit kills, led by senior Rebecca Saraceno's 17 while Charlene DeHoog added 13 and Stacey Schmidt had 10. Setter Dana Vargas had 46 assists as UCSB while also adding four block assists.

UCSB dominated throughout, winning the first two games behind Schmidt and DeHoog's five kills apiece in game one and DeHoog's three kills in the second game.

Schmidt, who was forced to redshirt last season due to a knee injury, hit at a .500 clip, tallying 10 kills in 20 swings.

As a team the Gauchos hit at a .289 clip while the Vikings hit a mere .124. UCSB tallied 19 total blocks as Lily Lopez, an All-Big West Freshman Team member a season ago, had two solo blocks and four block assists. Lopez also added five kills.

UCSB had glowing marks all around as sophomore transfer Chelsey Lowe had 17 digs in her first action as the team's libero. Saraceno and freshman Leah Sully had eight digs apiece. Sully, playing in her first collegiate match, also put away seven kills.

Vargas, meanwhile, filled up the entire stat line, totaling eight kills and four digs on the night.

Saraceno, one of only two seniors on the team, had two service aces and added three block assists. DeHoog had a service ace to go along with her six digs and one block assist.

The Gauchos will play two matches on Saturday with the first one slated for 10:30 a.m. vs. Delaware in the first-ever meeting between the schools. UCSB closes out the tournament with a match against host New Mexico at 7 p.m.

Both matches are available on Gametracker and fans can watch live video by clicking here.

Schmidt writes a blog for UCSBgauchos.com, titled "Stacebook." Check out her latest entry by clicking here.

Volleyball fans, new this year, donations to The Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the "One Donation is Gold" system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

If you donate to women's volleyball, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Gold Zone (priority/premium seats) at Harder Stadium for men's soccer, which includes complimentary priority parking and cushioned chair-backed seating. No longer will separate donations need to be made to secure priority seating to different UCSB sports. One donation, one fund: The Gaucho Fund.

Season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season are on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here..

About the Gaucho Fund (G-Fund for short): The program was launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan and is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign. For more information on Dare to Be Great, please click here.

UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.