Sept. 15, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team completed its season-opening 12-match road swing with a 30-28, 29-31, 21-30, 30-27, 15-12 victory over No. 22 ranked Santa Clara in its final game of the SCU Invitational Saturday evening at the Broncos' Leavey Center. The Gauchos, who prior to this week had been amidst a six-match losing skid, posted three consecutive wins this weekend in the Bay Area.
With the win UCSB improves to 5-7 on the season while Santa Clara drops to 7-5. The Gauchos' other wins this weekend were over Saint Mary's and Notre Dame.
Outside hitters Lauren McLaughlin and Rebecca Saraceno led the charge for UCSB with each player tallying 18 kills in the match. They also both posted double-doubles in the win with McLaughlin collecting 18 digs and Saraceno collecting 13. Saraceno also had all three of the Gauchos' service aces in the match and notched six block assists.
Freshman Stacey Schmidt, who prior to this weekend had only tallied one kill this season, posted 15 kills and six digs in the match. Senior Brett Quirarte rounded out the double-digit kill performances with 12 total and she also led the team with eight total blocks (two solo, six assisted).
Santa Clara's Brittany Lowe led all players with 24 kills in the match and also had seven digs and eight assists. Crystal Matich had a team-high 67 assists and 22 digs.
UCSB outhit the Broncos .236 to .211 in the match and outblocked its opponent 13-8.
In game one, the two teams battled through nine lead changes and four ties. Despite posting 19 kills to the Gauchos' 15 in the game, Santa Clara was plagued by errors and hit just .178 in the frame. UCSB took the game 30-28 to capture the early lead.
Game two once again was tight with each team fighting through nine ties and four lead changes. UCSB reached game-point first at 29-27, but the Broncos staged a late comeback, posting three-straight points to take the lead at 30-29. A block by Krista Kelley and Alex Scoffone captured the game for Santa Clara at 31-29.
Santa Clara captured the initial lead in the third game and never relinquished it, outhitting UCSB .200 to .105 in the frame. The Broncos captured the game with a 30-21 score to lead the match two games to one.
UCSB fought through eight ties and three lead changes in game four. With the game tied up at 27-27, Schmidt hammered a kill for the Gauchos, which was followed by a kill from McLaughlin to bringing UCSB to game point. A block by Quirarte earned the final point and gave UCSB the 30-27 win.
The Gauchos displayed their best hitting of the match in the final frame as they outhit the Broncos .333 to .219. UCSB broke free from a 3-3 tie early in game five with a 3-0 run, which included kills by both McLaughlin and Saraceno. The Gauchos commanded the lead for the remainder of the game and a final kill by McLaughlin captured the win for UCSB at 15-12.
The Gauchos will return to the Thunderdome next weekend for their home and conference opening weekend, which features a match versus Cal State Northridge on Friday, Sept. 21 and a match against Long Beach State the next day. Both pairings are slated for a 7 pm start.