October 6, 2010

Pepperdine Tops Gauchos in Four

Oct. 6, 2010

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MALIBU, Calif. - A lengthy third set defeat swung things against the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team on Wednesday night allowing Pepperdine to ride a wave of momentum to a four-game victory.

Match scores were 25-15, 20-25, 31-29, 25-11. UCSB falls to 9-8 overall while Pepperdine improves to 11-5.

Charlene DeHoog led the Gauchos with 12 kills and nine digs while Stacey Schmidt had 11 kills. Dana Vargas passed out 33 assists to go with 11 digs and Kelly Heenan picked up 18 digs.

After dropping the first set, UCSB rallied to win the second set, turning a quick 4-1 deficit into a 7-5 advantage. The Gauchos' lead swelled to 17-10 and UCSB pushed it to 22-16 on a Pepperdine service error. When the Waves cut the lead to 22-18, UCSB called a timeout and then saw Mimi Cuttrell pick up two kills in the final moments for the win.

Cuttrell, a sophomore from Santa Barbara High, had seven kills and three digs.

In the third set, the Gauchos jumped out to a 7-3 lead only to see Pepperdine tie things at 7-apiece. Santa Barbara then took a 15-9 advantage on a Schmidt putaway. The Gauchos kept Pepperdine at arm's length, taking a 24-21 lead on one of Kara Sherrard's four kills, but the Waves weren't done.

A service error and kills by Emily Cook (17 kills) and Brittney Clark (seven kills) tied things up at 24-24. The Gauchos then had leads at 25-24, 26-25 and 28-27 but Pepperdine kept tying the score. Kasey Kipp gave the Gauchos a 29-28 lead, but a service error and then a service ace from the waves set up Lilla Frederick's kill for the third game.

That game sunk the Gauchos as Pepperdine used the momentum to cruise to a victory.

The Gauchos will return to Big West play on Saturday night as they face Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo at 7 p.m. The match reignites the Blue-Green Rivalry Series which began between the two schools last season.

The athletics rivalry between UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly has grown in recent years, and now the schools are putting their competition to good use through the Blue-Green Rivalry.

As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green).

The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the results of the 16 common sports that the schools compete in and winner will be decided prior to the end of each school year.

The creative angle of using games to promote the campuses' sustainability and recycling efforts is the first of its kind in college athletics. To learn more about sustainability efforts at UCSB, click here.

• Stay in Touch With the Gauchos
UCSB players are frequently updating Gaucho fans about the team through the school's website - UCSBgauchos.com, or by clicking here. Defensive specialist Katie Ring will regularly write in her "Ring it On" blog and libero Chelsey Lowe provides constant Twitter updates. Follow her at twitter.com/ucsbvolleyball.

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