Oct. 27, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Behind Lauren McLaughlin's team-leading 14 kills, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team captured a 30-28, 30-24, 21-30, 30-23 win over Big West Conference opponent Pacific on Saturday evening in the Thunderdome.
With the win, UCSB improves to 9-14 overall and 4-7 in the Big West. Pacific falls to 13-7 overall and 6-5 in conference action. This weekend marked the first weekend since early September that the Gauchos have posted back-to-back victories.
In addition to her team-leading 14 kills, McLaughlin also posted 17 digs and three aces. Brett Quirarte hit .360 on the match (12k, 3e, 25a) and also had six total blocks. Charlene DeHoog provided 10 kills in the win with a .320 clip and Rebecca Saraceno also contributed 10 kills with two aces and three block assists.
Alexa Anderson led the Tigers with 17 kills and seven digs. Megan MimMack contributed 16 kills with a .481 clip. Setter Shannon Krug had 57 assists with 11 digs. Libero Julie Magud tallied 21 digs.
Pacific took the first lead of the game one on a Gaucho attack error. The Gauchos took control of the game after scoring four consecutive points bringing the score to 19-11 and forcing the Tigers into a timeout. Pacific attempted a comeback late into the first game tallying a 4-0 run to cut the UCSB lead to 27-23. The Tigers kept cutting away the point margin, but the Gauchos reached game point first on a Pacific error. A 4-0 run from the Tigers kept Pacific in the game, but UCSB was able to seal the win at 30-28 on a service error. DeHoog and McLaughlin led UCSB with four kills apiece.
UCSB opened the second game with a quick 5-0 run with Saraceno leading the way with two kills. Pacific was able to get a couple points on the board before the Gauchos went on another five point run bringing the game to 11-3. UCSB maintained its advantage and Pacific was only able to come within five points of the lead. A kill from Quirarte got the team to game point only to have the Tigers get the side out again. McLaughlin's kill ended the game in favor of the Gauchos at 30-24. Vargas paced the Gauchos with eight assists in the game and posted three block assists.
Attack errors by UCSB and a kill by Masha Vaysburg gave Pacific the first three points in the third game. Kasey Kipp got the Gauchos on the board with kill to make the score 3-1. The Tigers scored four consecutive points and were then awarded a point when UCSB was called out of rotation. Pacific kept the Gauchos at bay throughout the game, leaving room for the Gauchos to only come within five points. MimMack got the Tigers to match point only to have Kipp lay a kill on the Tigers' side. MimMack ended the third game with a kill to capture the 30-21 lead and cut the Gauchos advantage to just one game.
Vaysburg opened the fourth game with the first two points in favor of Pacific. UCSB tied the game at four apiece with a kill by Quirarte. Quirarte's ace ended a 4-0 Gaucho run to bring the score to 8-4 from which point, UCSB never looked back. Four seemed to be the magic number of the fourth game as the Gauchos scored another four consecutive points with kills by McLaughlin, Kipp, and DeHoog. McLaughlin got UCSB within one point of the win with a service ace and a Lauren Smith and Kipp block brought the match to an end at 30-23.
The Gauchos will resume action next Tuesday, Oct. 30 with a non-conference match-up at Pepperdine. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.