Gauchos Fall to No. 21 Cal Poly in Conference Opener

Gauchos Fall to No. 21 Cal Poly in Conference Opener

Sept. 23, 2006

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - No. 21 ranked Cal Poly ended the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team's 16-match home win streak as they defeated the Gauchos, 30-15, 26-30, 32-30, 30-16, Saturday evening in the Thunderdome. Senior Olivia Waldowski led the Gauchos in the loss with 13 kills and a team-best .310 hitting percentage in the match.

With the loss, UCSB falls to 6-6 on the season and 0-1 in Big West Conference play. The Mustangs are now 9-4 overall and 1-0 in conference matches.

Besides Waldowski, freshman Rebecca Saraceno was the only other Gaucho to record double-digit kills in the match with 11 total and one service ace. Freshman Débora Leite had a game-high three service aces while Stephanie Brandt led with 40 assists and Emily Hendrickson tallied 17 digs.

Team kills leader Kylie Atherstone, who had a game-high 16 put-aways, led the Mustang offense. Setter Chelsea Hayes had a team-high 40 assists and Alicia Waller led Cal Poly with 17 digs in the win.

Jamie Garbisch opened with the first kill of the evening, but the first game saw six tied scores and four lead changes early on. With the score at 6-6, the Mustangs went on a four-point run, which was stifled by a Gaucho timeout. UCSB came out of the break and tried to play catch-up but Cal Poly continued to distance itself and with a kill by Waller sealed the game up at 30-15.

The second game was a much different story. UCSB took the early lead with three straight points earned off of Cal Poly attack errors. Game two only saw two ties and one lead change early on before the Gauchos distanced themselves from Cal Poly. With the score at 29-20 in favor of UCSB, it looked as if the win was a done deal, but the Mustangs capitalized on several Gaucho errors to come within three-points at 29-26. A Cal Poly attack error ended the game at 30-26.

With the first games being split 1-1, both teams came out of the locker rooms tough. Game three saw nine tied scores and seven lead changes, with the final tie of the game at 30-30. A Gaucho attack error combined with a service ace by Caitlin Suttich sealed the game for the Mustangs to give them a 2-1 advantage.

Cal Poly dominated game four as they outhit the Gauchos .176 to -.150 and came away with the 30-16 win.

With the loss, the UCSB's sixteen match home streak, which included a perfect 8-0 home performance in 2005, has come to end. UCSB will look to rebound against non-conference opponent Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The match will be played in the Thunderdome at 7:00 p.m.