UCSB to Take On Cal Poly Before Hosting First Homestand

UCSB to Take On Cal Poly Before Hosting First Homestand

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• The Schedule
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-9, 0-2) at Cal Poly (1-13, 0-2)
in San Luis Obispo at Mott Gym
Series record vs. the Mustangs – 42-25
Streak vs Cal Poly – Won 1
UCSB streak overall – Lost 4
Cal Poly streak overall – Lost 10
Last time out vs. the Mustangs – W, 3-0 (11/4/11)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-9, 0-2) vs. Pepperdine (10-4, 1-1)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Waves – 29-20
Streak vs Pepperdine – Lost 2
UCSB streak overall – Lost 4
Pepperdine streak overall – Won 2
Last time out vs. the Waves – L, 3-0 (9/3/11)

• The Week In Review
The Gauchos lost a pair of matches last weekend, falling to UC Irvine on Friday and Long
Beach State on Saturday, stretching their losing streak to a season-worst four matches.
Katey Thompson led the team in kills in both matches, posting 20 and 13, respectively.
Taylor Formico tallied a career-high 37 digs against Irvine, while Leah Sully (14) and Britton
Taylor (13) each reached double-digit kills against the Anteaters. The Gauchos had
arguably their worst performance as a team against Long Beach, hitting just .052 and
recording four blocks in a three-game sweep.

• "Taylor-Made" Libero
Each week, freshman libero Taylor Formico inches her way towards another UCSB milestone.
Last week, she tied the record for most 30+ dig matches in a single season. This
week, she stands alone after her career-high 37 dig performance against UCI- the fourth
most digs by a Gaucho in a single match in the rally scoring era and the most since
Chelsey Lowe had 33 a year ago against Cal State Fullerton. So far, she has five 30+ dig
matches this season. Formico is currently tied for the second most digs by a UCSB freshman
with 358, and is a near lock to overtake the current record held by Kelly Heenan,
who recorded 413 digs in 2010. Taylor, if she holds to her current pace, will finish the
season with 738 digs and the No. 1 single season dig record for UCSB and the Big West.

• Formico and Sully Dig the Big West Conference
Taylor Formico's outstanding play is not just limited to her ongoing assault on the UCSB
record book. Formico leads the Big West in both totals digs (358) and digs per game
(5.51). She has a comfortable lead over UCI's Kristin Winkler, who trails the Mountain
View native by 87 digs. Outside hitter Leah Sully is ninth in the conference with 3.63 digs
per game. Sully and Formico are the only teammates on the top-10.

• Great Britton
Freshman middle blocker Britton Taylor is quickly establishing herself as a player
to watch in the future. Britton is tops on the Gauchos and seventh in the conference
with her .277 hitting percentage. When tasked with heavy offensive responsibility,
Taylor has responded- she is third on the team with five 10+ kill matches.
She also ranks third on the squad with 0.88 blocks per game.

• 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

•Thompson Excels on the Right
Junior opposite Katey Thompson has rounded nicely into form recently. She
racked up 33 kills over last two matches -- including a career-high 20 against UC
Irvine -- which represents the highest two-match total of her career. Katey, who
has battled injuries, leads the team in aces with 18 and is second on the team with
152 kills and 1.10 blocks per game.

• Something's Gotta Give
With their 0-2 conference record, the Gauchos have a chance at making history,
but not in the way they would like. UCSB has not dropped three straight conference
matches since 2008, when they lost five consecutive Big West tilts from Oct.
1-21. Cal Poly, also 0-2 in conference, will be looking to stave off an 0-3 start as

• Solid Sully
Junior outside hitter Leah Sully has been a source of consistency for the Gauchos.
Sully has recorded 10 or more kills 14 times and a double-double 11 times, both
the most among the Gauchos. While her usual strong serving has been inconsistent
(no aces in seven straight matches earlier this month), she has found the ace
column in back-to-back matches. Sully leads the squad in kills with 249 and is
second in digs (236) and aces (10). Leah currently holds the fifth-best kill average
in the Big West Conference.