Sept. 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - It took five games for the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball to defeat San Jose State in the Gauchos' opening match at the USF Powerade/Asics Classic Saturday evening at San Francisco's War Memorial Gym. Four Gauchos recorded career-best kills in the 30-27, 31-33, 24-30, 30-27, 15-11 victory while senior Emily Hendrickson tallied a career-best 40 digs.
With the win, the Gauchos now stand at 2-1 on the early season while San Jose State falls to 3-2. UCSB continues to lead the series against the Spartans 20-8.
Freshman Rebecca Saraceno led the UCSB offense with 25 kills in the match, an early career best, along with 10 digs. Four additional Gauchos posted double-digit kills including three career records. Senior Olivia Waldowski tallied 22 kills, surpassing her previous career record by 3 kills while also posting a service ace and five blocks.
Junior Brett Quirarte posted a career-best 17 kills along with a team-leading hitting percentage of .455 while also tallying five blocks. Jamie Garbish rounded out the career-best kill list with 15 kills accompanied by two service aces, 18 digs and three blocks. Sophomore Lauren McLaughlin was the third Gaucho to collect a double-double on the match with 13 kills and 14 digs.
Hendrickson led the way with 40 digs, surpassing her previous career record by six. Freshman Stephanie Brandt tallied 45 assists while junior Kayce Matthess had 32; both are best marks for the setters.
San Jose State's Jessie Shull set a Spartan dig record with 47 in the match while Jennifer Senftleben led with 17 kills. Senftleben, who posted 10 digs in the match, and Sarah Christensen, who had 11 kills and 11 digs, were the only two Spartans to post double-doubles.
The Gauchos took the lead early in the first game and outhit the Spartans .293 to .208 to take the 30-27 win. The second game saw 14 tied scores and five lead changes before the Spartans put away back-to-back kills to earn the 33-31 victory in game two.
The Spartans' momentum continued into game three as they outhit the Gauchos .378 to .174 to take the 30-24 victory. Game four saw improved UCSB hitting as the Gauchos posted a team percentage of .286 and only allowed three ties and three lead changes.
In the final game of the day, the Gauchos got an early lead with kills by Saraceno and Quirarte. Later, while trailing 11-10, UCSB tied the game via a Spartan service error and then took the lead with a kill by Waldowski. A San Jose State attack error sandwiched by two McLaughlin kills sealed the deal for UCSB. The final score of the fifth game was 15-11 giving the Gauchos the 3-2 overall win.
UCSB will continue tournament play on Sunday with a 2:00 p.m. match against host University of San Francisco. Saturday's match will be the first meeting ever between the Dons and the Gauchos.