SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming 2019 season.
Coming off a solid 17-12 year which saw them finish fourth in the Big West and reach the postseason for the first time since 2013, the Gauchos are slated to play 27 regular season games this fall, including 13 at the Thunderdome and 14 away from home.
The year's first serve will be tossed up in the final weekend of August at the Colorado Tournament in Boulder, Colo. UCSB opens against LIU Brooklyn on Friday, Aug. 30 in a 2:00 p.m. (PT) match. The following day, the Gauchos close the opening weekend out against Wyoming (11:00 AM) and Colorado (6:00 PM).
Santa Barbara concludes its non-conference road schedule the following weekend at the VCU Tournament (Sep. 6-7) with matches on Friday against NC State (11:30 AM) and on Saturday against Navy (8:00 AM) and VCU (3:00 PM).
The annual Thunderdome Classic will once again serve as the Gauchos' home-opening weekend, taking place on the weekend of Sep. 13-14 and kicking off a run of six straight at home. An early-season marquee matchup will take place in UCSB's home opener at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 13, when the Gauchos take on a San Diego team which advanced as far as the Sweet 16 in last year's NCAA Tournament. They will also host La Salle (12 PM) and Harvard (7 PM) on Saturday, Sep. 14.
Two more 6:00 p.m. home matches – and, potentially, two of the most challenging contests the Gauchos will play all year – will be played to close out non-conference. On Wednesday, Sep. 18, UCSB takes on UCLA out of the talented Pac-12 Conference. Two nights later, the Gauchos play Pepperdine, a team which received votes in the AVCA national rankings through the final weekend of 2018, finishing with an impressive 22-9 overall record.
In late September, Big West Conference play is set to begin with a Tuesday home opener against CSUN (Sep. 24 at 7 PM) and back-to-back road matches at UC Irvine (Fri, Sep. 27 at 7 PM) and Cal State Fullerton (Sat, Sep. 28 at 5 PM).
The month of October will begin with a four-match home stand. On Friday, Oct. 4, the Gauchos host UC Davis (7:00 PM). UCSB then takes the Thunderdome floor for three straight Saturdays, facing UC Riverside (Oct. 5 at 5:00 PM), Hawaii (Oct. 12) and Cal Poly (Oct. 19). The Oct. 5 meeting with Riverside will be the final home match that is not scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.
UCSB will play just three more at home after that, hosting Long Beach (Tues, Oct. 29), Cal State Fullerton (Fri, Nov. 22) and UC Irvine (Sat, Nov. 23) in the regular season finale on Senior Day.
The remaining road contests will be played at UC Davis (Thurs, Oct. 24), UC Riverside (Sat, Oct. 26), Hawaii (Fri, Nov. 1), Cal Poly (Sat, Nov. 9), Long Beach (Fri, Nov. 15) and CSUN (Sat, Nov. 16). All will be at 7:00 p.m., aside from the 5:00 p.m. match at Hawaii.
The Gauchos bring in another top-35 recruiting class heading into the 2019 season. Outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins will be playing in her final season with the team, as will fellow seniors Charlie Robinson and Torre Glasker. Ruddins is coming off yet another record-breaking campaign in which she set the program's rally scoring kill record en route to being named an AVCA All-American for the third consecutive year.
In all, eight matches will be played against teams coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance. Four will be played against non-conference foes Colorado, Navy, San Diego, and Pepperdine. The final four will come against fellow Big West schools Hawaii and Cal Poly.
Season tickets for the Gauchos' upcoming 2019 fall campaign are now available and can be purchased here.
2019 UCSB Women's Volleyball Schedule
Colorado Tournament (Boulder, Colo.)
8/30 - LIU Brooklyn - 2 PM
8/31 - Wyoming - 11 AM
8/31 - Colorado - 6 PM
VCU Tournament (Richmond, Va.)
9/6 - NC State - 11:30 AM
9/7 - Navy - 8 AM
9/7 - VCU - 3 PM
Thunderdome Classic (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
9/13 - San Diego - 6 PM
9/14 - La Salle - 12 PM
9/14 - Harvard - 7 PM
9/18 - UCLA - 6 PM
9/20 - Pepperdine - 6 PM
9/24 - CSUN* - 7 PM
9/27 - @UC Irvine* - 7 PM
9/28 - @CS Fullerton* - 5 PM
10/4 - UC Davis* - 7 PM
10/5 - UC Riverside* - 5 PM
10/12 - Hawaii* - 7 PM
10/19 - Cal Poly* - 7 PM
10/24 - @UC Davis* - 7 PM
10/26 - @UC Riverside* - 7 PM
10/29 - Long Beach* - 7 PM
11/1 - @Hawaii* - 4 PM
11/9 - @Cal Poly* - 7 PM
11/15 - @Long Beach* - 7 PM
11/16 - @CSUN* - 7 PM
11/22 - CS Fullerton* - 7 PM
11/23 - UC Irvine* - 7 PM
Home matches bolded
All times Pacific
* denotes Big West Conference match