UCSB Opens Big West Play on Road at CSUN, UCI
Sept. 23, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge (6-7)
at the Matadome (1,600)
Series record vs. the Matadors - 25-5
Streak - Won 4
Last time out vs. the Matadors - W, 3-2 (11/21/09)
Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
at the Bren Center (5,000)
Series record vs. the Anteaters - 62-9
Streak - Won 2
Last time out vs. the Anteaters - W, 3-2 (10/23/09)
Gauchos on the Net
Both matches this week will be available as part of the Big West live streaming package. All matches will also feature live stats via Gametracker at UCSBgauchos.com. The Big West Conference and the CBS College Sports Network are partnering to bring fans exclusive coverage of Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features into your home via the Internet! Now in its sixth year, BigWest.TV covers every home and conference contest in women's volleyball. A monthly subscription of $9.95 or an annual subscription of $79.95 delivers exclusive coverage to you. If you can't make it to the gym, you can still catch all the action on BigWest.TV!
All-Tournament, All Month
Stacey Schmidt has been named to yet another all-tournament team after being placed on the USD Invitational all-tournament team. The junior from Huntington Beach, Calif. has now been named to an all-tournament team during all four weeks of the Gauchos' 2010 season. Schmidt was key in UCSB's five-set win over San Diego State in the third-place match of the USD Invite, hitting .429 with 15 kills and only three errors. She recorded 29 kills, hit .317, and averaged 2.64 kills per game on the weekend. A week earlier, she set a career-high with 17 kills in a five-set win over New Mexico and averaged 2.85 kills per set during the Comcast Lobo Challenge. She is seventh in the Big West in total hitting percentage (.362) and fifth in the conference in aces (0.32 per set).
Charlene DeHoog registered another double-double in the Gauchos' five-set win over the Aztecs, tallying 18 kills and 10 digs in the process. Her kill-total was just one off her season high. Her performance was her fourth double-double in her team's last six matches, a stretch in which she has recorded 85 kills, 64 digs, and hit .192. DeHoog leads the Gauchos - and is ninth in the Big West - with 3.23 kills per set this season. The Bakersfield, Calif. native has 113 digs, an average of 2.57, which is third on the team.
Kelly Heenan has been keeping the floor on the Gauchos' side of the net clean of late, leading the Gauchos in digs throughout the team's three matches during the USD Invitational. The freshman scooped a combined 19 digs in UCSB's two losses to start the competition, and followed with a career-high 26 digs in a five-set Gaucho win over San Diego State. She ranks eighth in the Big West with a 3.11 dig per set ratio and has logged the most digs amongst conference freshman with 137 total scoops. Along with libero Chelsey Lowe, Heenan has helped the Gauchos to rank third in the Big West with a 14.59 dig per set average.
Senior setter Dana Vargas has risen in the UCSB history books after her 107 assists during the USD Invitational. She now has 3,981 total assists for her career, moving her into third all-time in school annals. She surpassed Chrissy Boehle's (1991-94) mark of 3, 897 against No. 12 Minnesota (9/17), a match in which she dished out 26 passes for kills. The 2009 All-American is averaging 10.39 assists per set, which is slightly lower than her 10.43 career average entering this season.Vargas has five double-doubles this season after a 51 assist, 10 dig performance at San Diego State and ranks fifth on the team with her 2.36 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.
It's Raining, I Better Get My Re-Cap
UCSB went 1-2 at last weekend's USD Invitational, held on the campuses of the University of San Diego and San Diego State. The Gauchos failed to pick up a set against either No. 12 Minnesota or No. 23 San Diego, falling 12-25, 23-25, and 16-25 to the Golden Gophers before dropping a 26-28, 23-25, and 11-25 decision to the Toreros. UCSB recovered on Saturday night, taking down San Diego State, 3-2, at Peterson Gym by scores of 26-24, 20-25, 24-26, 25-18, and 15-12. Three Gauchos recorded double-digit kill totals and two of those players, Charlene DeHoog (18 kills, 10 digs) and Dana Vargas (51 assists, 10 digs), secured their fifth double-doubles of the year.
Ace of Base
UCSB ranks third in the Big West with a 1.30 ace per set average. However, the Gauchos' are fourth in total aces, with 57. Two Gauchos rank in the top-10 in aces in the Big West, with Stacey Schmidt averaging .32 aces/set (5th) and Chelsey Lowe averaging .27 (10th).
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.
Injuries Piling Up
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. Kara Sherrard also missed time for the Gauchos during the USD Invitiational, sitting out against USD after rolling her ankle against No. 12 Minnesota Friday night. She returned against San Diego State on Saturday night, and appeared in all five sets while totaling 10 digs.
Stay in Touch With the Gauchos
UCSB players are frequently updating Gaucho fans about the team through the school's website - UCSBgauchos.com. 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.