Oct. 13, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific (10-7, 3-3)
at Pacific's Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150)
Series record vs. the Tigers - 25-48
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Tigers - W, 3-1 (11/14/09)
Match available on Gametracker
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis (12-6, 4-2)
at UC Davis' The Pavilion (8,000)
Series record vs. the Aggies - 13-1
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Aggies - W, 3-1 (11/13/09)
Match available on Gametracker
The Short and the Long of It
After winning in five games for the second time in as many weeks, the Gauchos continued upon their trend this season. When playing in three-game matches UCSB is just 2-6. However, when stretching things out to five games the Gauchos are a perfect 5-0.
In the latest official Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA on Monday, UCSB checks in at No. 46 in the nation, up five spots from last week. Santa Barbara is rated as the third-highest Big West team (behind Long Beach State at No. 26 and Cal State Fullerton at No. 28). The Gauchos play at Pacific (No. 85) and UC Davis (No. 77) this weekend.
Hello Old Friend
When UCSB visits the Spanos Center on Friday night, they will be facing a recognizable face. In his first season as Pacific's head coach, Greg Gibbons will lead the Tigers against UCSB. Gibbons was the Associate Head Coach at UCSB the previous four seasons.
V is For Vargas
Senior setter Dana Vargas, has had a magnificent career already at UCSB. An honorable mention All-America along with an All-West Region First Team pick and All-Big West First Team in 2009, she was also a member of the All-Big West Freshman Team in 2007. She added to her legacy with a career-high 63 assists on Saturday at Cal Poly, tying her for fifth-most in UCSB rally-scoring history with Mari Bell (at UC Irvine, Oct. 17, 2003) and Ashley Dutro (vs. South Dakota State, Nov. 26, 2005). Vargas is third all-time in UCSB history with 4,244 assists while ranking fourth in the Big West - and 55th in the nation - with her 10.43 assists per set average, while tallying 10.95 in Big West play. The Seal Beach, Calif. native has nine double-doubles this season - including three of the past four matches - and ranks fourth on the team with her 2.43 digs per set. Vargas is just one of three Gauchos to reach 4,000 career assists and there is a chance she could become just the third setter in UCSB history to reach 5,000 assists, joining Liz Towne (1985-88) and Brooke Rundle (1998-2001).
Doing It All
Junior opposite/middle blocker Stacey Schmidt leads the Gauchos in Big West play with her 3.48 kills per set average and is second overall with 3.04 kills per set. Schmidt is sixth in the conference in overall hitting percentage at .335 - and tops on the team with a .306 percentage in conference play - while also pacing the team in blocks (61 combined overall and 22 in Big West matches). On top of all that her 21 service aces this season top the squad and her average of 0.30 per set is third in the Big West.
A Sherr Thing
Kara Sherrard posted her fifth double-double of the season in Saturday's win at Cal Poly with a career-high 16 kills to go with 14 digs. She has been terrific in conference play, averaging 2.95 kills per set (second on the Gauchos) and 2.48 digs per set (fourth). The Lancaster, Calif. native ranks third on the team in overall kills per set (2.14) and digs (2.52). The redshirt freshman has six service aces in conference action, which is second on the team.
Senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog leads the team with her 3.06 kills per set and is second on the Gauchos with her 2.72 digs per set. The Bakersfield, Calif. native has recorded double-digit kills in 10 of the team's 18 matches this season and has 11 matches with double-digit digs. She recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 12 kills and 12 digs at Cal Poly. DeHoog ranks third on the team in conference play with 2.71 kills per set and her 3.14 digs per set are second.
Not Little in the Middle
Middle blockers Kasey Kipp and Lily Lopez combined for 22 kills in Saturday's win at Cal Poly, the most by the duo this season. Kipp, a senior from Newport Beach, Calif., is averaging 1.47 kills per set in conference play to go with 0.84 blocks per set. Lopez, a junior from Santa Ana, Calif., is averaging 1.82 kills per set and 0.73 blocks per set. Kipp and Lopez rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the Gauchos in total kills this season.
As a team UCSB is averaging 15.17 digs per set, which is third in the conference while the team's 16.52 dig per set average in conference play ranks second in the Big West. Leading the way has been freshman Kelly Heenan. The newcomer from Costa Mesa, Calif. is averaging 3.42 digs per set, which ranks eighth in the Big West and 3.86 in conference matches, also placing her eighth. Heenan has been impressive lately, recording double-digit digs in 12 of her past 13 matches.
Top Five After Five
Through five matches of Big West play, UCSB finds itself ranked no lower than fifth in any of the following team categories: kills, hitting percentage, assists, digs, blocks, aces and opponent hitting percentage.
By opening conference play 4-1, it marks UCSB's best start in the Big West since the team started 8-1 in 2005. That 2005 squad finished the year 21-9 overall and 12-2 in the Big West.
Ace in the Hole
With 83 total aces through its 18 matches and an average of 1.20 per set UCSB ranks fourth in the conference in both categories.
In Her Sights
UCSB's legendary head coach, Kathy Gregory, is fourth all-time amongst active Division I coaches with 841 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.
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.
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.