September 25, 2009

UCSB Pushes Win Streak to 5 with Win over UC Riverside

Sept. 25, 2009

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Rebecca Saraceno notched a double-double for the second consecutive match - and her seventh this season - as the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team rolled to a 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 victory over UC Riverside on Friday night at the Thunderdome. It was the Gauchos' fifth straight win, their longest winning streak since Nov. 10-24, 2006.

UCSB is now 10-2 (1-0 in the Big West) and off to its best start since 2004 when it also began that year 10-2. The last team to start better was the 2002 squad, which opened the year with 23 straight victories.

Saraceno had 12 kills and 11 digs, leading UCSB to the win, the second straight year UCSB has opened conference play with a victory. The Gauchos have now won all 23 matches it has played against UC Riverside.

Leah Sully led the Gauchos with 14 digs while freshman Olivia Ruff added 10. Setter Dana Vargas had 28 assists in the quick, one-hour, 20-minute match. Vargas also had five kills.

Middle blockers Kasey Kipp and Lily Lopez each put down six kills as the Gauchos swung at a .305 clip.

UCSB concludes its homestand on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a match vs. No. 21 UC Irvine, a 3-0 winner over Cal Poly on Friday.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This season two UCSB players will be frequently updating Gaucho fans about the women's volleyball team through the school's official website - UCSBgauchos.com. Middle blocker Stacey Schmidt writes a blog titled "Stacebook" and outside hitter Charlene DeHoog has jumped into the social networking by providing constant Twitter updates. Read "Stacebook" by clicking here. Follow DeHoog's thoughts at twitter.com/ucsbvolleyball. Both can also be found on the women's volleyball page of UCSBgauchos.com.

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