UCSB Splits on Second Day of UNM Tourney

Aug. 29, 2009

Box Score, Game 1

Box Score, Game 2

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team split two matches on the final day of the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, defeating Delaware in three straight before falling to New Mexico in the finale, three games to two.

UCSB fell just shy of catching the tournament's victory, falling in game five 15-13. UCSB finished the two-day tournament with two victories as junior Dana Vargas and senior Rebecca Saraceno were named to the all-tournament team.

Facing Delaware for the first time in school history, the Gauchos defeated the Blue Hens 25-12, 25-16, 25-12 as Saraceno and Schmidt each tallied double-digit kills, notching 11 and 10, respectively. Charlene DeHoog had seven kills and freshman Leah Sully added eight kills. Saraceno added 11 digs while Sully had six others.

In Saturday's final against the Lobos, the Gauchos fell 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 13-15.

Sully and Saraceno each had a team-best 16 kills while Vargas passed out 48 assists. Chelsey Lowe had a team-best 14 digs while Saraceno had 13 and Sully added 10. Lily Lopez led the team with six block assists.

UCSB and New Mexico were tied 12-12 in the fifth game before Allison Buck, who was named to the All-Tournament team notched a kill and a service ace to make it 14-12.

In the first match, Vargas added 37 assists as UCSB rolled through the Blue Hens. In the first game DeHoog had four kills, Sully added three while Saraceno had two kills to go with her two aces.

Schmidt and Saraceno had four kills apiece in the second game while Saraceno had five kills and Kasey Kipp had three kills.

Against New Mexico, Saraceno led the way in the first two games, tallying nine kills before Lopez and Sully had four kills each in the fourth, tying game.

2009 MCM Elegante Lobo Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP - Anna Lehne, New Mexico
Allison Buck, New Mexico
Jade Michaelsen, New Mexico
Rebecca Saraceno, UC Santa Barbara
Dana Vargas, UC Santa Barbara
Stephanie Barry, Delaware
Whitney Phillips, Portland State

Schmidt writes a blog for UCSBgauchos.com, titled "Stacebook." Check out her latest entry by clicking here.

Volleyball fans, new this year, donations to The Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the "One Donation is Gold" system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

If you donate to women's volleyball, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Gold Zone (priority/premium seats) at Harder Stadium for men's soccer, which includes complimentary priority parking and cushioned chair-backed seating. No longer will separate donations need to be made to secure priority seating to different UCSB sports. One donation, one fund: The Gaucho Fund.

Season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season are on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here..

About the Gaucho Fund (G-Fund for short): The program was launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan and is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign. For more information on Dare to Be Great, please click here.

UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.