UCSB Heads to New Mexico for Tournament

Sept. 9, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, September 10, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
Comcast Lobo Challenge
UC Santa Barbara vs. SMU (5-1)
at Univ. of New Mexico's Johnson Center (4,000)
Series record vs. the Mustangs - First-ever meeting
Streak - N/A
Last time out vs. the Mustangs - N/A
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Friday, September 10, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.
Comcast Lobo Challenge
UC Santa Barbara vs. Sacramento State (4-3)
at Univ. of New Mexico's Johnson Center (4,000)
Series record vs. the Hornets - 1-0
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Hornets - W, 3-0 (9/13/85)
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Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.
Comcast Lobo Challenge
UC Santa Barbara vs. New Mexico (2-4)
at Univ. of New Mexico's Johnson Center (4,000)
Series record vs. the Lobos - 2-3
Streak - Lost 2
Last time out vs. the Lobos - L, 3-2 (8/29/09)
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• Sharp Swinging Stacey
For the second straight weekend Stacey Schmidt garnered All-Tournament Team honors, this time doing so at the USF Powerade/Asics Challenge. The junior had 33 kills and hit .444 in the Gauchos' three matches. Schmidt is averaging a team-best 3.00 kills per set, while also leading the Gauchos in service aces (nine) and blocks (1.05 per set). The Huntington Beach, Calif. native is third in the Big West with her .447 hitting percentage this season. Last year Schmidt hit .330 - third in the conference. She is swinging at a .299 clip for her UCSB career, which would be 10th all-time in school history.

• Valuable Vargas
Senior setter Dana Vargas received another plaque to add to her trophy collection as she picked up All-Tournament honors last weekend. It is the fourth all-tourney team Vargas has been named to - including an MVP honor last year - in her career. She has also been named an All-American, an All-West Region First Team, First Team All-Big West and Freshman Team Big West in her UCSB career. Vargas tallied 123 assists last weekend (11.18 per set) along with 26 digs. The Seal Beach, Calif. native is fourth all-time in Gaucho history with 3,737 career assists and is just 160 away from tying Chrissy Boehle (1991-94) for third all-time in school annals. There is a chance the senior could become just the third setter in UCSB history to reach 5,000 assists, joining Liz Towne (1985-88) and Brooke Rundle (1998-2001) as the only setters at UCSB to reach the mark.

• Knocked Out
UCSB's string of 15 consecutive weeks (dating back to last season) of receiving votes in the AVCA poll has ended. The last time UCSB was in the Top-25 was Sept. 12, 2005 when the team was No. 24.

• Sully Out For Year
Starting outside hitter Leah Sully tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in UC Santa Barbara's first match of the season, vs. No. 11 Cal. Sully, who played in every one of the Gauchos' sets in 2009, will be lost for the season. The Irvine, Calif. native led UCSB in service aces last season, including a school-record seven against UC Irvine. UCSB will likely rotate sophomore Mimi Cuttrell and freshmen Katey Thompson, Kara Sherrard and Jenna Wilson through Sully's spot.

• Smokin' Aces
With 31 total aces through the season's first six matches, UCSB is tied for the lead in the Big West. The Gauchos' average of 1.55 per set leads the conference.

• Char Broiler
Senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog had one of UCSB's best single-match performances this season when she recorded 17 kills and 15 digs in the victory over Washington State. Both numbers are the Gauchos' single-match highs through the first six matches. The native of Bakersfield, Calif. is second on the team with 2.85 kills per set while her 2.45 digs per set are also second on the team.

• Making the Cutt(rell)
Santa Barbara native Mimi Cuttrell has made the most of her opportunity due to Sully's injury. The sophomore tallied back-to-back double-digit kill performances vs. USF and Washington State with her 11 putaways vs. the Cougars ranking as a career-high. She is fourth on the team with her 2.00 kills per set.

• A Sherr Thing
After redshirting last season, Kara Sherrard has made an impression this year. The Lancaster, Calif. native is third on the team with her 2.11 kills per set average while her 2.26 digs per set is fourth. Sherrard also has five service aces, tied for third on the squad.

• Getting Defensive
Junior libero Chelsey Lowe and freshman defensive specialist Kelly Heenan have been two of the Gauchos' main figures in the back row. Lowe leads the team with her 3.15 digs per set while the freshman Heenan - coming off a 12-dig effort vs. Tulsa - is averaging 2.00 digs per set.

• In Her Sights
UCSB's legendary head coach, Kathy Gregory, is fourth all-time amongst active Division I coaches with 834 victories and by the end of the year could become just the sixth coach in NCAA Division I history to achieve 850 in a career. Gregory is also one of just five active coaches in women's volleyball history to coach at least 1,200 matches.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
UCSB finished last season 11-1 in the friendly confines of the Thunderdome, marking the most by a Gaucho team at home in seven seasons. UCSB's all-time record in the Thunderdome is 221-66 (.770).

• Third is the Word
In a preseason poll among Big West coaches, UCSB was tabbed to finish third in the conference behind Long Beach State and UC Irvine, respectively. The Gauchos received one first-place vote and 65 overall points, just three behind UCI. Long Beach State received seven first-place votes and 79 total points. UCSB went 3-1 against the 49ers and Anteaters last season.

• 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.

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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