Gauchos Sweep Pepperdine to Extend Win Streak to Four Matches
Oct. 10, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team extended its current win streak to four matches Tuesday evening as they defeated non-conference foe Pepperdine 30-24, 30-24, 30-19, in front of a home crowd in the Thunderdome. Senior Jamie Garbisch was the match-leader with 14 kills on the night.
With the win, the Gaucho record is lifted to 11-7 while Pepperdine falls to 6-9 overall. The Gauchos extend their all-time series advantage against the Waves to 28-16 and currently hold a three-match win streak against Pepperdine.
While Garbisch led with 14 kills, Brett Quirarte was second for the Gauchos with nine kills and hit a team-high .500 on the night while also notching eight block assists, tying her career record for the second time this season.
Freshman Débora Leite had a career-high four service aces in the win while Stephanie Brandt added two in addition to her 36 assists. Libero Emily Hendrickson posted a match-high 13 digs with teammate Leigh Stephenson providing 10 of her own.
For the Waves, Rachel Lumsden posted a team-leading 11 kills and Lecca Roberts had ten kills on 15 attempts with one error for a match-high hitting percentage of .600. Setter Kiah Fiers dished out 30 assists and Kayla Walker led with nine digs and five blocks.
Freshman Rebecca Saraceno got the Gauchos rolling in game one with the first kill of the night, which was followed by three more unanswered points for UCSB before the Waves got on the board. Pepperdine battled back and landed the first tie of the game at 9-9. UCSB distanced itself slightly and following two aces from Leite, Pepperdine called a timeout. Leite came out of the break and served up her third straight ace of the game to bring the UCSB lead to 17-13. Though the Waves continued to fight, the Gauchos took the game with a kill by Quirarte at 30-24.
The Gauchos went on a 5-1 run early in the second frame and never looked back as they outhit Pepperdine .189 to .106. Game two was the most productive for Garbisch as she put away six kills while the Gaucho defense notched seven blocks to earn another 30-24 win.
Game three saw UCSB once again jump out to an early lead, but Pepperdine chipped away and tied things up at 9-9. The frame remained tight until, with the score tied at 14-14, the Gauchos went on a 6-0 run fueled by three kills from Quirarte to gain the advantage. Santa Barbara held on and came away with the set at 30-19 to earn the 3-0 sweep.
UCSB will continue action this week on the road with its second match of the season against Big West foe, No. 20 Cal Poly. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Mustangs' Mott Gymnasium.