Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 19 Hawai'i
at The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Rainbow Wahine: 7-39
Streak vs. UH: Won 1
2018 Series: Split 1-1
Live Stats: UCSBGauchos.com
High School & Middle School Night
This Saturday, Oct. 12 it is $1 admission to all high school and middle school students with a valid school I.D.
Last Week in Review
The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to 13 games after dominant sweeps against UC Davis and UC Riverside to improve to 5-0 in Big West play. The Gauchos took care of UC Davis 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-17) on Friday before turning around and dismantling the Highlanders 3-0 (25-8, 25-5, 25-15). The Gauchos hit an incredible .451 (48-7-91) against UCR, good for the fifth-best hitting percentage in rally scoring era program history, and the best since 2009.
The Week Ahead
Tied for first place in the Big West standings with Cal Poly at 5-0, the Gauchos will host No. 19 Hawai'i in a Big West showdown this Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
UCSB on BigWest.TV
Saturday's match will be available to stream on BigWest TV. Additionally, live stats will be available through UCSBGauchos.com.
UCSB has won 13 straight matches, currently tied for the fifth best streak in the nation, and its 15-1 start is the program's best since the 2002 Gauchos started 23-0. The 13 wins in-a-row is also the longest winning streak under head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch, and matches the longest streak since 2004 Gauchos also won 13 straight.
Fantastic Froley Named Freshman of the Week
Right side hitter Tallulah Froley earned her second Big West Freshman of the Week award after leading the Gauchos to a pair of conference wins last week. The Half Moon Bay, Calif. native hit .600 (24-3-35) with 24 kills as UCSB won its 12th and 13th straight wins with back-to-back sweeps over UC Davis and UC Riverside. Froley averaged 4.00 kills and 1.33 blocks per set on the week. Against UC Davis last Friday, Froley led the Gauchos with nine kills while hitting .438 and added three blocks. In another dominant sweep over UC Riverside on Saturday, the freshman recorded the 10th-best hitting percentage in rally scoring era program history after hitting .737 (15-1-19) with 15 kills. She also finished with five blocks.
Home Sweet Home
UCSB is 8-0 at home to start 2019, the best streak under head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. The Gauchos have won 10 straight in the Thunderdome dating back to last season, and are 15-4 at home the past two seasons. UCSB will look to keep its streak alive this Saturday against Hawai'i.
September to Remember
With one of the best months of volleyball in recent years, UCSB went a perfect 11-0 in the month of September. Now sporting a 15-1 record, the Gauchos have the seventh best winning percentage in the country at .938.
In the Polls
For the third straight week, UCSB finds itself receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll. The Gauchos made their first appearance two weeks ago with five votes, and jumped up to 27 votes last week. This week, UCSB is receiving 48 votes and sits just two teams away from the Top-25. The Gauchos are looking to crack the Top-25 for the first time since they were ranked as high as No. 15 in 2005.
No. 19 Hawai'i enters Saturday's match with a 13-2 overall record and a 3-1 conference record, after being upset by UC Irvine last week. The Rainbow Wahine took a 2-0 lead against the Anteaters only to fall in five sets, and edged Cal State Fullerton in five sets the next time out. Hawaii's only other loss on the year came to then-No. 5 and now No. 1 Baylor. Last year, UCSB split the season series with UH, falling in five sets at home before sweeping the Rainbow Wahine in Honolulu, the Gauchos first win over Hawai'i since 2013.
In the second game of the season, Lindsey Ruddins registered a game-high and season-best 21 kills to move into second all-time in UCSB history in career kills. Entering the day just one kill behind Kristie Ryan (1989-92), Ruddins' 21 also propelled her past Danielle Bauer (1999-2002). Ruddins, the all-time rally scoring leader with 1,778 career kills, is chasing only Roberta Gehlke (1996-99), who is the all-time leader with 2,153. Ruddins also recently tied the conference record with her 11th all-time Big West Player of the Week selection.
The Gauchos rank 27th in the nation and first in the Big West with 155 total blocks. UCSB has displayed a tough defensive presence at the net thus far, led by Rowan Ennis who ranks 29th in the country with 76 total blocks. Freshman Deni Wilson has also been a factor at the net, and is second on the team with 59 total blocks.
Set in Stone
The Gauchos' setting tandem has been solid with sophomore Olivia Lovenberg and freshman Romoni Vivao splitting time running the offense. An All-Big West Freshman Team selection last season, Lovenberg leads the team with 385 assists (6.31 a/s) while Vivao has impressed in her debut season with 304 assists (4.98 a/s).
UCSB was selected to finish third in the Big West Conference this season, as voted by the nine head coaches. Back-to-back conference champion Cal Poly was selected to three-peat with a total of 77 points, including five first-place votes, while Hawai'i was picked to finish second with 76 points, along with the remaining four first-place votes. UCSB followed with 59 points, while UC Irvine (52) and Long Beach State (46) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the poll was UC Davis with 39 points, CSUN with 27, UC Riverside with 18 and Cal State Fullerton with 11.
AVCA Academic Award Winners
The Gauchos earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the fifth consecutive year. The prestigious award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale UCSB was one of 189 Division I programs and a record 1,126 total AVCA Team Academic Award recipients this year.