September 4, 2009

Gauchos Knock Out No. 15 San Diego, 3-1

Sept. 4, 2009

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SAN DIEGO - Kathy Gregory has been saying early this season that this year's UCSB women's volleyball team is much improved than the previous two seasons - the only two losing seasons in Gaucho history.

Thus far, her team is proving her predictions right.

Behind monster nights from Rebecca Saraceno and Stacey Schmidt, the Gauchos defeated No. 15 San Diego in convincing fashion, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-15, to improve to 3-1. USD falls to 1-2.

It was UCSB's first victory over a ranked school since defeating Santa Clara, ranked No. 22, on Sept. 15, 2007.

Saraceno had 24 kills, one off her career-high, and hit at an amazing .676 clip, making just one error in 34 swings. Schmidt, meanwhile, wouldn't be overshadowed, compiling a .714 hitting percentage, notching 10 kills in 14 attempts.

As a team the Gauchos hit .495, which is a school record in the rally-scoring format, and just 50 points shy of the UCSB overall record. Setter Dana Vargas made it happen with 42 assists.

Freshman Leah Sully continued to make her presence felt, compiling 11 kills. UCSB also tallied eight service aces as Chelsey Lowe had three and Vargas had two. Lowe also had a team-best 13 digs. Vargas and Lily Lopez each had four block assists.

The Gauchos will battle No. 15 San Diego again Saturday afternoon in San Diego at 2 p.m. The game is available online through Gametracker. UCSB officially opens its home schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 16 when they face Santa Clara at The Thunderdome.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

Schmidt writes a blog on the women's volleyball page, so be sure to follow here by clicking here. Charlene DeHoog keeps fans updated through her UCSB volleyball Twitter page. Be sure to get instant news by following her tweets here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

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