SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Looking to build off its 2013 Big West Championship season, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team will be starting its spring practice segment this Friday, April 4th.
Aside from practice, the Gauchos' schedule will include five spring competition dates (four vs. other colleges and one alumni match). The complete spring schedule is listed below.
This Saturday, the team will compete for the first time since the 2013 season by hosting an Alumnae Match at Rob Gym. Former UCSB greats, including All-Americans Stacey Schmidt and Dana Vargas, as well as UCSB's all-time digs leader Leah Sully will be participating in the match as they take on the current Gauchos.
The UCSB women's volleyball team returns fourteen letter winners and five starters from their Big West Championship team. In 2013, five Gauchos garnered postseason accolades and three of those return including the Big West Freshman of the Year and All-Big West first teamer Ali Spindt, All-Big West first teamer Ali Barbeau, and all-conference honorable mention honoree Phoebe Grunt.
Under first year head coach and Big West Coach of the Year Nicole Lantagne Welch, the 2013 Gauchos captured the conference crown and made the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009. The historic program has been to 28 NCAA Tournaments.
4/5/14 Alumni Match @ UCSB 2pm (Rob Gym)
4/11/14 Westmont College @ UCSB 3pm (Rob Gym)
4/19/14 Spring Tournament @ UC Irvine (multiple matches TBD)
4/26/14 Spring Tournament @ LMU (multiple matches TBD)
5/10/14 UCLA @ UCSB 10am (Rob Gym)