2011 Women's Volleyball News

  • Stacey Schmidt Selected as Big West's Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Honor
    May 16, 2012
    Stacey Schmidt Selected as Big West's Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Honor UC Santa Barbara’s Stacey Schmidt, a two-time All-American volleyball player and two-time Big West Scholar Athlete, has been selected as the Big West Conference’s candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
  • Women's Volleyball Team Takes Time Out for Others
    February 08, 2012
    Women's Volleyball Team Takes Time Out for Others UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball coach Kathy Gregory and two Gaucho players – Erica Lau and Katey Thompson – discussed UCSB, the volleyball program and playing at Division 1 to a group of high school students earlier this week.
  • Kathy Gregory and Women's Volleyball Team Signs Two Standouts
    January 11, 2012
    Kathy Gregory and Women's Volleyball Team Signs Two Standouts SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team has signed two standout players to official National Letters of Intent, head coach Kathy Gregory announced on Wednesday.
  • Schmidt, Lowe Honored as All-Americans
    December 15, 2011
    Schmidt, Lowe Honored as All-Americans SANTA BARBARA,Calif. – For the third straight season two UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball players were named All-Americans, it was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
  • Schmidt, Lowe Named First Team All-West Region Selections
    December 06, 2011
    Schmidt, Lowe Named First Team All-West Region Selections SANTA BARBARA,Calif. – For the second straight season Stacey Schmidt was honored as a First Team All-West Region selection and she wasn't the lone UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball player honored. Fellow senior Chelsey Lowe was also named a First Team All-West Region selecton as UCSB placed two players on the First Team for the third consecutive season.
  • Gauchos Fall to TCU; Await Tournament Fate
    November 26, 2011
    Gauchos Fall to TCU; Await Tournament Fate SAN DIEGO - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team ended its season with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 defeat to TCU on Saturday night to end the Turkey Time Tournament, yet still finishes the season with a terrific chance to get into the NCAA Tournament.
  • Gauchos Win Seventh in a Row, Defeat Aztecs
    November 25, 2011
    Gauchos Win Seventh in a Row, Defeat Aztecs SAN DIEGO - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team continued its push for a postseason berth, winning its seventh straight match with a 25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19 victory over San Diego State on Friday night in the Turkey Time Tournament.
  • UCSB Hopes Turkey Time Turns into Tourney Time
    November 23, 2011
    UCSB Hopes Turkey Time Turns into Tourney Time Five UC Santa Barbara players were honored by the Big West on Tuesday when the league announced its all-conference picks. Libero Chelsey Lowe, middle blocker Lily Lopez and opposite Stacey Schmidt were all named to the All-Big West First Team – the third straight time for Schmidt to be named a First Teamer. Outside hitter Leah Sully was an Honorable Mention selection and setter Hanna Nielson was named to the All-Big West Freshman Team.
  • Five Gauchos Honored as All-Big West Picks
    November 22, 2011
    Five Gauchos Honored as All-Big West Picks SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Thre UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball players were honored as All-Big West First Team selections and the Gauchos, who finished second in the conference, placed five players on all-conference teams, the league announced on Tuesday.
  • Gauchos Continue Their Winning Ways, Defeat UCR
    November 19, 2011
    Gauchos Continue Their Winning Ways, Defeat UCR RIVERSIDE, Calif. - It's official. The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team is on a roll.
  • Gauchos Lead Early, Rally Late for Important Big West Win
    November 18, 2011
    Gauchos Lead Early, Rally Late for Important Big West Win NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara needed just one lead in the final set. The Gauchos got it at the most opportune time.
  • Gauchos Hit the Road for Final 2 Big West Games
    November 17, 2011
    Gauchos Hit the Road for Final 2 Big West Games With an impressive 51 digs in just six sets last week – an astounding 8.50 digs per set – senior libero Chelsey Lowe has tallied 586 digs this season, ranking her fourth all-time in single-season UCSB history. Lowe needs just six to pass Maria Reyes’ 1989 total, which is third, and could catch her predecessor, Leigh Stephenson, who had 650 digs in 2007 for the school’s all-time mark. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is averaging 5.43 digs per set, ranking her first in the Big West and 21st in the nation.
  • Seniors Help the Gauchos Stampede Over the Mustangs
    November 12, 2011
    Seniors Help the Gauchos Stampede Over the Mustangs Schmidt, Lopez, and Lowe all have nights to remember in their last match at the Thunderdome.
  • UCSB Hosts Cal Poly on Saturday Night; Will Say Farewell to Seniors
    November 10, 2011
    UCSB Hosts Cal Poly on Saturday Night; Will Say Farewell to Seniors SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team will bid adieu to three seniors prior to its match against rival Cal Poly on Saturday night in the Thunderdome. First serve is slated for 7:30 p.m.
  • Gauchos Put Away Northridge With Ease
    November 09, 2011
    Gauchos Put Away Northridge With Ease SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Right now, the Gauchos have a sweeping sensation.
  • Gauchos Host CSUN, Cal Poly in Final Home Matches of Season
    November 08, 2011
    Gauchos Host CSUN, Cal Poly in Final Home Matches of Season Senior libero Chelsey Lowe moved into 10th place all-time in UCSB history with her 40 digs last weekend. Lowe has accumulated 1,289 digs in her Gaucho career, passing Liz Towne (1985-88) for 10th in career digs. Next on the list is her predecessor, Leigh Stephenson (2005-08), who had 1,306 digs and Lowe could conceivably catch Brooke Niles (1999-2002), who is eighth with 1,323 career digs.. Lowe, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., is averaging 5.25 digs per set, which leads the Big West and ranks her 33rd in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in 16 of the Gauchos’ 25 matches and also leads the Big West in digs during conference play (5.38).
  • Gauchos Make Quick Work of Anteaters
    November 04, 2011
    Gauchos Make Quick Work of Anteaters SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Easy as 1-2-3.
  • UCSB Hosts UC Irvine on Friday Night
    November 03, 2011
    UCSB Hosts UC Irvine on Friday Night Senior libero Chelsey Lowe moved into 10th place all-time in UCSB history with her 40 digs last weekend. Lowe has accumulated 1,271 digs in her Gaucho career, passing Liz Towne (1985-88) for 10th in career digs. Next on the list is her predecessor, Leigh Stephenson (2005-08), who had 1,306 digs. Lowe, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., is averaging 5.22 digs per set, which leads the Big West and ranks her 29th in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in 16 of the Gauchos’ 24 matches and also leads the Big West in digs during conference play (5.35).
  • Gauchos Rally to Beat Pacific in Five
    October 29, 2011
    Gauchos Rally to Beat Pacific in Five STOCKTON, Calif. - Rebounding from a difficult defeat to UC Davis on Friday night, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team gutted out a big five-set victory over Pacific on Saturday at the Spanos Center.
  • UC Davis Narrowly Defeats UCSB
    October 28, 2011
    UC Davis Narrowly Defeats UCSB DAVIS, Calif. - Despite four players recording double figures in kills, including a career-high from All-American Stacey Schmidt, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team lost a close and hard-fought match on Friday night to UC Davis.
  • UCSB Heads North in Important Big West Weekend
    October 27, 2011
    UCSB Heads North in Important Big West Weekend Senior libero Chelsey Lowe is moving in the UCSB career top-10 in total digs. Lowe has accumulated 1,231 digs in her Gaucho career and is just 25 away from passing Liz Towne (1985-88) for 10th in career digs. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is averaging 5.30 digs per set, which leads the Big West and ranks her 28th in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in 15 of the Gauchos’ 22 matches and also leads the Big West in digs during conference play (5.55).
  • Gauchos Fall to Long Beach in Four
    October 22, 2011
    Gauchos Fall to Long Beach in Four SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Despite a balanced attack and a thrilling victory in the first set, the UC Santa Barbara women's team dropped a four-set match to Long Beach State on Saturday night in the Thunderdome.
  • Gauchos Wipe Away Titans
    October 21, 2011
    Gauchos Wipe Away Titans SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team got past its first hurdle in an important conference weekend, wiping the floor with Cal State Fullerton in a convincing four-set victory on Friday night at the Thunderdome.
  • Important Weekend Test Faces Gauchos
    October 20, 2011
    Important Weekend Test Faces Gauchos Over her last 11 matches, senior Lily Lopez has been a force offensively and defensively. The middle blocker is hitting .373 (115-22-249) with an average of 10.45 kills per match and 3.36 total blocks per match (nine solo, 28 assisted). On the season the Santa Ana, Calif. native is hitting a league-best .345 (72nd in the nation) with 2.16 kills per set and 0.84 blocks per set. In conference matches she is hitting .369 (second in the Big West) with 2.44 kills per set and 0.69 blocks per set.
  • Gauchos Squander Early Lead, Fall to UC Riverside in Five
    October 15, 2011
    Gauchos Squander Early Lead, Fall to UC Riverside in Five Coming off a taxing five-set loss to Cal Poly ealier in the week, the Gauchos looked to reassert themselves in the standings against last place UC Riverside at the Thunderdome on Saturday night.
  • Gauchos' Furious Rally Not Enough in Five-Game Loss to Cal Poly
    October 12, 2011
    Gauchos' Furious Rally Not Enough in Five-Game Loss to Cal Poly SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Brimming with hope following a thilling marathon fourth set victory and a furious comeback in the fifth set, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team ultimately lost to Cal Poly on Wednesday night.
  • UCSB Plays at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Hosts UCR on Saturday
    October 11, 2011
    UCSB Plays at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Hosts UCR on Saturday Over her last nine matches, senior Lily Lopez has been a force offensively and defensively. The middle blocker is hitting .360 (92-20-200) with an average of 10.22 kills per match and 4.00 total blocks per match (nine solo, 27 assisted). On the season the Santa Ana, Calif. native is hitting .331 (fourth in the Big West) with 2.14 kills per set and 0.97 blocks per set.
  • Gauchos Sweep UC Irvine
    October 08, 2011
    Gauchos Sweep UC Irvine IRVINE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's women's volleyball team rebounded from a tough five-set loss at Loyola Marymount on Friday night with a straight set win over UC Irvine on Saturday night.
  • LMU Outlasts UCSB in Five
    October 07, 2011
    LMU Outlasts UCSB in Five LOS ANGELES - For the second straight match the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team needed extra time in the fifth and deciding set. Unfortunately for the Gauchos they were unable to replicate the magic from last weekend as UCSB fell to Loyola Marymount in a non-conference match on Friday night at Gersten Pavilion.
  • Gauchos Look to Extend Winning Streak This Weekend
    October 06, 2011
    Gauchos Look to Extend Winning Streak This Weekend For the first time this season and the first time since the August 31, 2010 AVCA poll, is UC Santa Barbara receiving votes in the weekly poll. Before getting knocked out of the poll last year the Gauchos had gone 15 straight weeks of receiving votes. The last time UCSB was ranked in the top-25 came on Sept. 12, 2005 when Santa Barbara was No. 24.
  • Down to Final Point in 5th Set, Gauchos Rally to Stun UC Davis
    October 01, 2011
    Down to Final Point in 5th Set, Gauchos Rally to Stun UC Davis SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – It was a bold move for a bold coach. But, legendary UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball head coach Kathy Gregory had no other choice.
  • Leah Sully Lights it Up for UCSB
    September 30, 2011
    Leah Sully Lights it Up for UCSB Chalk it up to new lights - and a new Leah Sully. The star outside hitter, exiled to the shadows last season after a serious knee injury, is shining for the Gauchos once again.
  • After a Month on the Road, Gauchos Open Home Schedule on Friday
    September 28, 2011
    After a Month on the Road, Gauchos Open Home Schedule on Friday Senior libero Chelsey Lowe reached the 1,000 dig mark over the last weekend with a career-high 33 pick-ups at Cal State Fullerton and now stands with 1,030 in her Gaucho career (she transferred from USF prior to the 2009 season). The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is averaging 5.02 digs per set, ranking her second in the Big West and 45th in the country. She has had at least 20 digs in eight of the Gauchos’ 14 matches. Lowe has a chance to break into UCSB’s career top-10 by season’s end. Currently, Liz Towne (1985-88) ranks 10th with 1,256 career digs.
  • Gauchos Rally Late But Cannot Overcome Titans
    September 24, 2011
    Gauchos Rally Late But Cannot Overcome Titans FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton outlasted UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, defeating the Gauchos in five sets despite more great games from Leah Sully, Stacey Schmidt and Lily Lopez.
  • UCSB Beats #21 49ers for First Win in Long Beach Since 2004
    September 23, 2011
    UCSB Beats #21 49ers for First Win in Long Beach Since 2004 LONG BEACH, Calif. – If there is anything that Long Beach State could claim in Friday’s Big West Conference opener vs. UC Santa Barbara, it would be that the 49ers were playing without two-time All-American Caitlin Ledoux, who was sidelined with injury.
  • Gauchos Open Big West Play on the Road
    September 21, 2011
    Gauchos Open Big West Play on the Road All-American Stacey Schmidt has been almost like a one-person wrecking crew for the Gauchos. She ranks in the top-10 in the Big West in: hitting percentage (.327, fifth), kills (3.16, 10th), service aces (0.29, fifth) and blocks (1.02, sixth). Schmidt is the lone player in the conference to be ranked in the top-10 in those categories.
  • Gauchos Finish Tournament With Two Wins
    September 17, 2011
    Gauchos Finish Tournament With Two Wins SAN DIEGO - After a minor speedbump in the form of No. 17 San Diego, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team got back into its normal winning form with a pair of victories on Saturday to finish the San Diego Invitational.
  • No. 17 San Diego Too Much for Gauchos
    September 16, 2011
    No. 17 San Diego Too Much for Gauchos SAN DIEGO – The No. 17 San Diego women's volleyball team had its way with UCSB in the opener of the San Diego Invitation on Friday night, sweeping the Gauchos.
  • Gauchos Stay on the Road, Head to San Diego for Tournament
    September 14, 2011
    Gauchos Stay on the Road, Head to San Diego for Tournament UCSB’s legendary coach, Kathy Gregory, reached her 850th career victory when UCSB defeated North Dakota on Friday. “The Queen” is one of just six coaches to accomplish the feat and her 852 career wins are sixth-most of any Division I coach and the third-most amongst active coaches. Gregory ranks 10th in all-time victories across all divisions, according to the NCAA.
  • UCSB Wins Tournament After Knocking Off San Jose State
    September 10, 2011
    UCSB Wins Tournament After Knocking Off San Jose State SAN JOSE, Calif. - Behind double-doubles from Leah Sully and Kara Sherrard, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team won the Santa Clara Tournament on Saturday night by defeating San Jose State 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.
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