Women's Volleyball Team Takes Time Out for OthersUC 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.
Schmidt, Lowe Honored as All-AmericansSANTA 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 SelectionsSANTA 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 FateSAN 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 AztecsSAN 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 TimeFive 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 PicksSANTA 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 Hit the Road for Final 2 Big West GamesWith 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.
Gauchos Host CSUN, Cal Poly in Final Home Matches of SeasonSenior 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).
UCSB Hosts UC Irvine on Friday NightSenior 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 FiveSTOCKTON, 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 UCSBDAVIS, 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 WeekendSenior 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 FourSANTA 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 TitansSANTA 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 GauchosOver 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.
UCSB Plays at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Hosts UCR on SaturdayOver 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 IrvineIRVINE, 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 FiveLOS 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 WeekendFor 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.
Leah Sully Lights it Up for UCSBChalk 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 FridaySenior 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 TitansFULLERTON, 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 2004LONG 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 RoadAll-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 WinsSAN 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 GauchosSAN 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 TournamentUCSB’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 StateSAN 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.