September 2, 2010

Starting Outside Hitter Leah Sully Lost for the Season

Sept. 2, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team will be without starting outside hitter Leah Sully for the rest of the season after learning that the sophomore tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the Gauchos' season opener last Friday at Cal.

Sully, who played in every one of UCSB's sets last season as a freshman, injured herself in the second game of the Gauchos' 2010 season. The Irvine, Calif. native led the 2009 squad in aces, finished second in digs and was third in kills. She was going to be relied upon this season to ease the loss of 2009 Big West Player of the Year Rebecca Saraceno, who graduated.

"We are so disappointed that Leah will be out for the season," UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory said. "She is one of the most important parts of this team. Her ball control and passing were going to help us run a faster attack. As a result, we'll try to regroup and it will just take us awhile to adjust to her loss."

Sully is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the Gauchos' 2011 season.

The Gauchos will play in the USF Powerade/Asics Challenge this weekend and will face San Francisco on Friday night and then Washington State and Tulsa on Saturday.

UCSB does not return home until Oct. 1 when it hosts Long Beach State. The latest Legend of the 'Dome will be unveiled at that match.

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