Oct. 28, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team was swept by rival and 2005 Big West Conference co-champion Long Beach State, 33-31, 30-17, 30-22, Saturday evening in front of the College Sports Television cameras and a boisterous costumed crowd in the Gauchos' Thunderdome.
The match, which will be aired on CSTV, Sunday, October 29 at 5 p.m. PT, marked the first time since 2001 that the Gauchos have been defeated by the 49ers at home and also dropped both conference matches of the season to Long Beach. With the loss, UCSB falls to 13-10 on the season and 5-5 in Big West play while Long Beach improves to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in conference.
Senior Olivia Waldowski led the Gauchos with 12 kills on 19 attempts with only one error for a match-high .579 clip on the night. The Irvine, Calif. native also had a team-leading four blocks on the night, with two solo and two assists. Outside hitters Jamie Garbisch and Lauren McLaughlin each tallied 10 kills in the loss.
Long Beach's Alexis Crimes was impressive as she put away 19 kills on 31 attempts with only three errors for a .516 hitting percentage and also collected a match-high three solo blocks. Michaela Hasalikova tallied 12 kills and a .417 clip in addition to seven blocks on the night (one solo, six assists). Overall the 49ers outhit the Gauchos .276 to .107 and outblocked them 12.0 to 5.0.
Nicole Vargas had a match-high 41 assists and Talaya Whitfield picked up 17 digs on the evening for Long Beach.
Game one saw several early ties and with the score at 13-13, two kills by Waldowski spurred a UCSB breakaway. The Gauchos followed with a 5-0 run gaining their first significant lead of the night. Trailing 26-21, the 49ers chipped away at the UCSB lead and posted an 8-4 run to tie things at 29-29. Both teams battled to put away the final point extending the tie to 31-31 after a Garbisch kill. Crimes, who led all players with seven kills in the first frame, proceeded to put away two back-to-back kills to seal the 49er win at 33-31.
The 49ers jumped out to an early lead in game two posting a 5-0 run fueled by two kills from Dyanne Lawlor. On the following play Rebecca Saraceno tipped one over the net to gain the first Gaucho point of the game. The Long Beach lead steadily climbed until the Gauchos went on a four-point run with two kills from McLaughlin to shorten the 49er lead to 12-7. Unfortunately, the Gauchos were unable to catch-up at any point during the game and Long Beach took the second frame at 30-17 to carry a 2-0 lead into the locker rooms.
The third frame was controlled by the 49ers as they outhit the Gauchos .289 to .091. Waldowski tallied five kills, but Crimes once again came up big for Long Beach putting away 6 kills in game three to lead her team to the 30-22 win and the 3-0 overall victory.
Santa Barbara will load the bus next week and travel to UC Riverside on Friday, Nov. 3 and Cal State Fullerton the following day for Big West Conference matches.