Gauchos Start New Campaign at LMU Tourney

Gauchos Start New Campaign at LMU Tourney

• The Schedule
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount Tournament
UC Santa Barbara vs. Iona
Series record vs. the Gaels – Never faced
Streak – N/A
Last time out vs. the Gaels – N/A

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Loyola Marymount Tournament
UC Santa Barbara vs. Connecticut
Series record vs. the Huskies – Never faced
Streak – N/A
Last time out vs. the Huskies – N/A

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Loyola Marymount Tournament
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount
Series record vs. the Lions– 28-9
Streak – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Lions – L, 3-2 (11/7/11)

• Gauchos Looking to Gain Momentum Early
UCSB was an around-.500 team for most of the 2011 season. Unhappy with that record,
the squad won seven of their last eight matches and 21 of their last 29 games to safely
secure second place in the Big West Conference. Kathy Gregory will be looking for that
red hot late-season form right off the bat in the 2012 season.

• New Blood
For the second consecutive year, the Gauchos will be fielding a roster with seven freshmen,
tied with UC Riverside for the most first-year players in the Big West Conference.
Many freshmen will be expected to assume key roles on the team, including setter/opposite
Jaylen Villanueva, libero Taylor Formico, and middle blocker Britton Taylor.

• Sorry To See Them Go
The 2012 squad will be without a number of players who were key contributors over
the last few seasons. Libero Chelsey Lowe set a school record last year with 652 digs
and was pegged as an All-American Honorable Mention. Lowe finished her UCSB career
eighth in career digs with 1,406. Fellow All-American Honorable Mention Stacey Schmidt
led the team in blocks in 2011 with 112 and was second in kills with 360. Schmidt was
a first team All-Big West selection each year from 2009-2011. Middle blocker Lily Lopez
was also an All-Big West selection after she compiled 91 blocks and 246 kills over 110
games. Big West Freshman of the Year Hanna Nielson declined to return to the team for
her sophomore season.

• Princess Leah
Redshirt junior Leah Sully will be asked to maintain her strong overall
play while increasing her offensive output. Sully did not disappoint in
her role last year- leading the team in attack attempts with 1,260, Leah
topped all other Gauchos in kills (370), kills per game (3.01), service aces
(38), aces per game (0.31), and points (432.5). Sully was also a key part
of the Gauchos passing, racking up 467 digs, good for second highest on
the squad.

• Sure-handed Sherrard
Junior outside hitter Kara Sherrard should continue to improve this season.
As a sophomore in 2011, Kara placed third on the team in kills
(323) and digs (339) and fourth in blocks (43). Kara accrued the fewest
receiving errors (32) among the Gauchos' primary serve receivers
despite leading in the team in receive attempts (769). Sherrard will have
an opportunity to combine her strong all-around game with her everincreasing
experience level as she is asked to help fill the void left by the
departing seniors.

• Wilson Quietly Effective
Though she was not as highly lauded as the other Gaucho middles, junior
middle blocker Jenna Wilson quietly put her stamp on the Gauchos'
2011 season. Despite playing in just 103 games, fewer than Lily Lopez and
Stacey Schmidt, Wilson's per-game block output was actually higher than
both of them. In fact, Wilson's 0.96 blocks per game paced the team. Not
just a blocking machine, Jenna also recorded 103 kills for an exact 1.00
kill per game ratio.

• Lau Ready to Step In
Defensive specialist Erica Lau, the Gauchos' team captain and sole senior
this year, is ready to contribute to the Gauchos' serving and passing. Lau
has previously filled the role of serving specialist- last year, she was fourth
on the squad in aces with 13 despite starting just three matches. Erica will
also spell serve receivers throughout the season.