UCSB Heads South for Challenging Tournament

Sept. 15, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
USD Invitational
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 12 Minnesota (8-1)
at San Diego State's Peterson Gym (3,668)
Series record vs. the Golden Gophers - 3-2
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Golden Gophers - W, 3-1 (12/7/00)

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
USD Invitational
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 23 San Diego (4-3)
at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
Series record vs. the Toreros - 14-4
Streak - Won 2
Last time out vs. the Toreros - W, 3-2 (9/5/09)

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
USD Invitational
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Diego State (5-4)
at San Diego State's Peterson Gym (3,668)
Series record vs. the Aztecs - 18-18
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Aztecs - W, 3-2 (11/24/09)

• Char Broiler
Senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog was named to the Comcast Lobo Challenge All-Tournament Team after recording 51 kills and 40 digs in UCSB's three matches last weekend. DeHoog, who tallied double-doubles in all three matches, secured her first all-tourney selection since 2008. She averaged 3.92 kills per set and 3.07 digs per set as she set a career-high with 16 digs vs. Sacramento State. DeHoog leads the Gauchos - and is seventh in the Big West - with 3.27 kills per set this season. The Bakersfield, Calif. native has 89 digs, an average of 2.70, which is third on the team.

• She's Changing Her Name to All-Tournament
Stacey Schmidt has been named to an all-tournament team in all three weekends of the 2010 season after being placed on the Comcast Lobo Challenge All-Tournament Team. The junior from Huntington Beach, Calif. set a career-high with 17 kills in the five-set win over New Mexico and averaged 2.85 kills per set over the weekend. Schmidt, who leads the Gauchos in hitting percentage with a .376 clip, also had four service aces, eight block assists and 14 digs on the weekend. She is seventh in the Big West in hitting percentage and second in the conference in aces (0.39 per set).

• It's Not In-N-Out, but These Double-Doubles Are Good
Along with DeHoog's four double-doubles this season, Dana Vargas has tallied four - including three straight - and Kara Sherrard has two.

• Dana's Point
Senior setter Dana Vargas set a season-best with 56 assists in the win over New Mexico, coming just six shy of matching her career mark. Vargas compiled 137 assists last weekend and is now just 23 away from tying Chrissy Boehle (1991-94) for third all-time in school annals with 3,897. The 2009 All-American is averaging 10.61 assists per set, which is slightly more than her 10.43 career average entering this season.Vargas has four double-doubles this season - all with assists and digs - and ranks fifth on the team with her 2.52 digs per set. 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.

• Legendary Matchup
Friday's match vs. Minnesota will feature two of women's volleyball's legendary head coaches as Kathy Gregory (No. 4 on the Division I active wins list with 836 career victories) and Mike Hebert (No. 3 with 874) will face off. The duo has combined for 1,710 victories. It is one of several national match-ups between Top-5 active wins leaders this season. Dave Shoji (No. 1 all-time with 1,024 wins) of Hawai'i and USC's Mick Haley (No. 5 with 755 wins) squared off earlier this year while Hebert's Golden Gophers will play Penn State's Russ Rose (No. 2 with 1,008) twice in 2010.

• Kipp, Kipp Hooray
Talk about grasping your opportunity. Senior middle blocker Kasey Kipp took Lily Lopez's spot in the final two matches last weekend after Lopez tweaked her ankle and Kipp was terrific. She had a career-high 15 kills in the win over Sacramento State while hitting .609 and followed it up with a nine-kill, six-block performance against New Mexico that included three solo blocks and a .438 hitting percentage. Kipp ranks third in the Big West with her .403 hitting percentage and she is averaging 2.12 kills per set, which is tied for third on the team.

• Smokin' Aces
With 45 total aces through the season's first nine matches, UCSB is second in total aces in the Big West. However, the Gauchos' average of 1.36 per set leads the conference.

• Getting Defensive
As a team UCSB is averaging 15.09 digs per set, which is third in the conference and helping lead the way have been junior Chelsey Lowe and freshman Kelly Heenan. The two are averaging 2.82 and 2.79 digs per set, respectively, and helped the Gauchos tally their three best digging matches last weekend. UCSB had 76 digs vs. SMU, 88 against Sacramento State and 62 over New Mexico. The 88 digs against Sacramento State were just 12 shy of the No. 10 overall spot in rally scoring history at UCSB.

• A Sherr Thing
How about this for first impressions? After redshirting last season, Kara Sherrard ranks among the top Gauchos in kills - 2.12 per set, tied for third - and digs - 2.75 per set, third. She posted consecutive double-doubles in the final two UCSB matches last weekend. The Lancaster, Calif. native is fourth on the team in service aces and her 11 total blocks also rank fourth on the squad.

• 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.

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

• 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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