Oct. 29, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - In a key conference match, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team fell in consecutive sets to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night, 26-24, 25-17, 25-18, dropping the Gauchos from first place into a tie for second place.
UCSB falls to 13-10 overall and 7-3 in the Big West. The Titans improve to 18-5 on the year and 7-2 in Big West action and also jump to 12-1 in Titan Gym. With the win on Friday night, the Titans tie their school record for wins in a season and also sweep UC Santa Barbara in the season series for the first time in program history.
The good news for the Gauchos in the Big West race was that their Saturday opponent, Long Beach State, lost to Cal Poly in the Pyramid. The standings now look like this: Fullerton (7-2, .778), Cal Poly (8-3, .727), UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis (7-3, .700), and Long Beach State (6-3, .667).
CSUF's Erin Saddler was key to the victory Friday night, blasting six kills in the first set, seven in the second set and four in the third to lift the Titans to their 16th sweep of the season. The senior hit .273 on the match and also added three blocks, five digs and an ace to the cause.
"We had a great defensive effort but offensively we just weren't strong enough tonight," said UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory.
After hitting .279 as a team the Gauchos hit just .139 and .118 in the next two sets. Dana Vargas had 31 assists for the Gauchos. Stacey Schmidt had nine kills while Kasey Kipp had four kills and four block assists.
The Gauchos finish their road trip with a match on Saturday at Long Beach State at 7 p.m. UCSB returns home for its longest homestand of the season with four matches, beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 2 vs. UC Riverside.
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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.
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.
GKids is the official kids club of UCSB Athletics. Members receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.