UC Santa Barbara
AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
AVCA First Team All-West Region
First Team All-Big West
An outstanding junior campaign made Dana one of the most decorated setters in UCSB history ... Was a Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, an All-West Region First Team choice and an All-Big West First Team pick ... She joined Rebecca Saraceno as the first UCSB duo since Danielle Bauer and Brooke Niles in 2002 to be named All-Americans ... Handed out 1,297 assists, tops in the Big West ... Had an average of 10.90 assists per set, ranking her second in the Big West and 40th in the nation ... Season-best 60 assists on Sept. 26 vs. UC Irvine were just two off her career best ... Had 21 matches with at least 40 assists and nine with at least 50 ... Helped team hit a collective .236, which was nearly 50 points higher than the Gauchos' opponents ... Tallied 236 digs - 1.98 per set - with a career-high coming on Sept. 26 vs. UC Irvine when she had 20 ... Was named Most Valuable Player of the Mission Inn of Pismo Beach Invitational at Cal Poly after tallying 92 assists and 13 digs in two victories over Seattle and Idaho ... Was an All-Tournament pick at the University of New Mexico Tournament after handing out 131 assists in three matches, 21 digs and 12 kills against Portland State, Delaware and New Mexico ... Had seven double-digit dig performances ... Served 23 aces, including a season-high four on Oct. 13 vs. Pepperdine ... Had five matches with more than one service ace ... Also managed 99 kills, an average of 0.83 per set ... Opened season with eight kills vs. Portland State (8k, 1e, 11a) ... Had a .442 hitting percentage ... Was adept at the net totaling 58.0 total blocks, including six solo stuffs ... Six blocks on Oct. 31 vs. Long Beach State were a season-high ... In conference matches, Vargas averaged 10.53 assists per set and 2.23 digs per set ... She also averaged 0.50 blocks per set in Big West action.
As a sophomore, Vargas led the team in assists for the second straight year by tallying 846 ... Averaged 8.66 assists per set during Big West matches and 8.55 assists per set overall ... Season-high of 53 assists came at Long Beach State on Oct. 11 ... Also broke 50-assist mark on Nov. 13 vs. Cal Poly with 51 in four-set defeat ... In four other matches she also had at least 40 assists ... Vargas had 190 digs, good for third on the team ... Averaged 1.92 digs per set ... Set a career-high with 26 service aces, which was second on the Gauchos ... Tied career-high with three aces in three separate matches - Oct. 25 vs. Cal State Northridge, Nov. 1 at Pacific and Nov. 15 vs. UC Irvine ... Played in every set of every match ... Had 15 digs, one off her career-high, on two separate occasions - Sept. 5 at San Francisco and Oct. 24 vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Recorded double-digit digs in seven matches ... Had season-best five kills on Nov. 1 at Pacific, doing so in six attempts for a .833 percentage ... Had 53 total kills in 99 attempts and finished with a .444 hitting percentage ... Recorded her second career solo block on Oct. 31 at UC Davis ... Had three total blocks on three occasions.
2007 Big West All-Freshman Team
Played in all 32 matches as a freshman...Led the team and ranked fifth in the Big West with her 11.51 assists per game...Tallied a total of 1,381 assists during the season, the ninth-best single season total in Gaucho history...In her first outing wearing the blue and gold, she tallied 61 assists and 12 digs against San Diego State (Aug. 24) marking the first of 10 double-double performances during the year...Tallied a season-best 16 digs against Northwestern (Sept. 1) and matched that total later in the season against Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 2)...Posted a season-best six kills on 10 attempts with no errors at San Diego (Sept. 7)...Had eight service aces during the year with her first three all coming in a Sept. 21 match with Cal State Northridge...Posted a career-best 62 assists in a five-game win over Yale (Nov. 24), which is tied for ninth as the most assists by a Gaucho during the rally-scoring era...Contributed 59 total blocks and was third on the team with 58 block assists...Notched a season-high six block assists in a win over Fairfield (Aug. 25)...Named to the 2007 Big West All-Freshman Team.
Played at St. Joseph High School under Mike Hinton...Led her team to the 2006 Del Rey League Championship for which she earned first team all-league...Capped off her senior year with Long Beach Press Telegram
First Team Dream Team honors...Was a First Team All-Sierra League selection in 2005 and earned second team honors in 2004...In 2004, she also helped the Jesters to the CIF Division 3-AA semi-finals and was named to the Press Telegram
Second Team Dream Team.
Has played club for Cal Jr's under Melissa Ohta...Won the Junior Olympics 16 national gold medal in 2005 while earning Most Valuable Player honors.
Dana Vargas was born in Long Beach, Calif. on Sept. 30, 1988...Daughter of Long Beach State assistant coach and Olympic silver medalist Debbie Green and Joseph Vargas, a two-time Olympian on the USA Water Polo Team...Older sister Nicole plays at Long Beach as a setter...Off the court she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her friends, watching movies and television, and singing with her radio on full blast...Names "Catcher in the Rye" as her favorite novel.
2008 99 27 53 0.54 9 99 .444 846 8.55 26 0.26
2009 119 30 99 0.83 19 181 .442 1,297 10.90 23 0.19
2008 190 1.92 2 1 25 26 0.26 3 8 92.5 0.93
2009 236 1.98 0 6 52 58 0.49 3 14 154.0 1.29
TOTAL6842.02481351430.421144 353.5 1.05
|Kills||8||vs. Portland State||8/28/09
|Digs||20||vs. UC Irvine||9/26/09
|Block Assists||6||vs. Long Beach State||10/31/09
|Block Solos||2||at UC Davis||11/13/09