November 6, 2010

Cal Poly Tops Gauchos in Five

Nov. 6, 2010

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball, Saturday's defeat to Cal Poly was more than just a loss. It might have knocked the Gauchos out of the postseason.

Poly and the Gauchos entered Saturday tied for third place in the Big West, but the Mustangs' 19-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-17, 15-10 victory dropped UCSB to fourth place, three games behind first-place Cal State Fullerton and two games behind second-place Long Beach State with three matches left.

On the stat sheet, things appeared as even as they come - which is to be expected in any five-set match - however Cal Poly outplayed UCSB in the final two sets. After the Gauchos won the third set (and after narrowly falling in the second) the Mustangs stepped things up.

Led by Kristina Graven, Jennifer Keddy and Holly Franks, each of whom had 10 kills apiece in the final three frames, the Gauchos' couldn't stop Poly's blistering attack. Cal Poly hit .333 in the fourth set and .381 in the fifth. The Mustangs improved to 19-7 overall and 9-4 in the Big West.

"You know, it was a hard-fought match," UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory said, "but we just lost momentum in the fourth game and they took it."

UCSB had four players reach double-figures in kills, led by 17 from Stacey Schmidt. Kara Sherrard had 16 kills and 13 digs while Charlene DeHoog also had a double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs. Kasey Kipp added 12 kills and three solo blocks.

Setter Dana Vargas also chipped in a double-double with 52 assists and 11 digs. Kelly Heenan had a career-best 28 digs for the Gauchos, who matched their season-high with 88 total pick-ups.

While not mathematically eliminated, the Gauchos have three matches over the final two weeks of the season. UCSB plays its final two home matches on Friday, Nov. 12 vs. UC Davis and Saturday, Nov. 13 vs. Pacific.

Saturday's match was another battle in the Blue-Green Rivalry between Cal Poly and UCSB. Currently the Gauchos lead Cal Poly, 4-3 in 2010-11.

The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the Gauchos and Mustangs competing in 16 sports. Each winner will receive one point per victory with two points being awarded to the series winner in baseball and softball. The overall winner will be announced each spring.

As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly).

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.

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