Oct. 22, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Powered by a career night from senior Dana Vargas, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team defeated UC Irvine, 25-20, 25-13, 23-25, 25-20 on Friday night at the Thunderdome.
Santa Barbara improves to 12-9 overall and 6-2 in the Big West while Irvine falls to 5-16, 1-7. UCSB is now in sole possession of second place in the Big West. Long Beach State, at 5-2, and Cal State Fullerton, at 6-1, play on Saturday night.
Behind the play of Vargas, Schmidt and Lily Lopez, the Gauchos took the first game. Lopez had five of her nine kills in the first set while Schmidt had four putaways and Vargas 13 assists. UCSB was down 12-10 in the first until Schmidt and Lopez tied it on consecutive kills as the teams then traded points. UCSB finally broke away on a pair of Lopez kills combined with two UCI errors to eventually claim the first set.
In the second game UCSB torched the Anteaters to the tune of a .378 team hitting percentage while UCI hit just .105 after a meager .070 clip in the first game. Schmidt had four more kills in the second set while Vargas had 13 more assists.
The third set, all season, has been a problem for the Gauchos and it proved to be so again on Friday. The Gauchos are now just 7-14 in the third set this season after dropping it to UCI on Friday. Santa Barbara trailed 9-4 early in the third before eventually pulling to 15-apiece on one of Charlene DeHoog's nine kills. However the Gauchos led 23-20 and a pair of attack errors, a UCI service ace and kills from Mary Carls and Larissa Nordyke ended the set.
Channeling the third set, UC Irvine went on a quick run to open the fourth game, jumping out to a 7-1 advantage. Yet, like UCI had done to the Gauchos the previous set, UCSB returned the favor.
Helped by five straight points, the Gauchos finally caught - and passed - Irvine for a 17-16 lead and eventually took a 21-18 lead on an Anteater attack error. Two straight attack errors and a Kara Sherrard kill (one of her 11) finally gave the Gauchos the victory.
UCSB continues its homestand with a match at 7 pm on Saturday vs. Cal State Northridge. Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB or click here.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Gaucho Fund, launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan, is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign.
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Gauchos Knock Off UC Irvine
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November 6, 2010 Cal Poly Tops Gauchos in Five
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November 2, 2010 UCSB Gets Back on Track With Sweep of UC Riverside
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October 30, 2010 Long Beach Sweeps Gauchos
October 29, 2010 Fullerton Sweeps Gauchos, Takes Over First Place
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September 24, 2010 Gauchos Open Big West Play by Defeating CSUN
September 23, 2010 Tim Vom Steeg, Sam Garza, Dana Vargas on Talk'n Gauchos
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September 17, 2010 Gauchos Fall in Opening Round of USD Invite
September 15, 2010 UCSB Heads South for Challenging Tournament
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September 11, 2010 Gauchos Top New Mexico in Five
September 10, 2010 UCSB Splits on First Day of Tournament
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September 4, 2010 Gauchos Split on Second Day of USF Tournament
September 3, 2010 UCSB Defeats USF in Four
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August 27, 2010 Gauchos Fall to No. 11 Cal in Season Opener
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August 26, 2010 Women's Volleyball Season Preview Day 4: Middle Blockers
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