Gauchos Split on Second Day of USF Tournament
Sept. 4, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - For the second consecutive weekend tournament, UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball players Stacey Schmidt and Dana Vargas were named to the All-Tournament Team as the duo helped lead UCSB to second place in the USF Powerade/Asics Challenge.
The Gauchos split their two matches on Saturday, defeating Washington State (25-15, 25-22, 18-25, 25-21) in the morning before falling to tournament champ Tulsa (25-17, 25-22, 25-21) in the evening at USF's War Memorial Gym.
UCSB is now 3-3 overall this season.
Schmidt combined on Saturday for 19 kills while swinging at an impressive .425 clip in the two matches while Vargas handed out a combined 80 assists while piling up 20 digs. The duo was also named All-Tournament at last weekend's Cal Molten Classic.
In the first match vs. Washington State, Charlene DeHoog led the way with 17 kills and a team-best 15 digs, marking a season-high by any Gaucho. Stacey Schmidt had 12 kills and Mimi Cuttrell had 11. It was the first time this season that the Gauchos had three players post double-digit kills.
UCSB cruised in the first set, winning 25-15, after turning a small 9-7 advantage into a 19-10 lead.
In the second set, UCSB led 8-4 but WSU battled back to tie things at 12-apiece. The two teams were never more than two points apart the rest of the way until the Gauchos led 24-21 courtesy of a Cougar attack error.
After dropping the third set, the Gauchos jumped out to a 9-2 lead thanks to two kills each from DeHoog, Schmidt and Cuttrell. UCSB eventually led 20-13 and put the Cougars away with one of Lily Lopez's three kills.
Facing Tulsa (4-2), the Gauchos were not as fortuitous. The team hit just .154 and didn't have one player reach double digits in kills. DeHoog had nine while Sherrard added eight.
In the first game, Tulsa's Tyler Henderson, who finished with 22 kills, committed back-to-back errors to allow UCSB within two points at 12-10, but the Hurricane went on a 12-6 run to close out the first set.
The second set saw UCSB rally from a 6-1 deficit and eventually tie the game at 12-12 on one of Kara Sherrard's kills. However Henderson tallied six consecutive Tulsa points - all on kills ¬- and two Gaucho service errors allowed Tulsa to take a 2-0 advantage.
UCSB never led in the third set, but were as close as 20-17 before Tulsa closed out the match.
UCSB does not return home until Oct. 1 when it hosts Long Beach State. The latest Legend of the 'Dome will be unveiled at that match.
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