Sept. 15, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - A career-high 31 kills from senior outside hitter Jamie Garbisch led the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over 11th-ranked Wisconsin Friday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego. The match was the second of four that the Gauchos will play as part of the USD Invitational.
Scores of the match went 30-24, 24-30, 22-30, 30-24 and 15-11. The win evened up the Gauchos' overall record at 4-4, while the Badgers dropped to 7-2 and had their seven-match win streak snapped.
Garbisch, who earned all-tourney honors at UNLV last week, drilled the 31 kills on 83 attempts. She had just six hitting errors, good for a .301 attack percentage and picked up a double-double with 15 digs in the match. The 31 kills and 83 attempts both rank second in school history since rally scoring was instituted in 2001. Garbisch's 31 put-downs shattered her previous career-high, 14 against St. Mary's last season.
The Gauchos, who hit .256 in the first game, held Wisconsin to a .170 attack percentage in the opener. In game two, UCSB had a 16-13 lead, but the Badgers went on two solid runs and the Gauchos had nine attack errors to hit just .104. In the third game, Wisconsin had four blocks as UCSB posted a .135 hitting percentage.
UCSB completely turned things around in the fourth game, hitting .326 as Garbisch had nine kills and sophomore Lauren McLaughlin chipped in with six. The momentum carried into the final game as the Gauchos took an early lead and hit .355 with a pair of errors in 31 attempts. Garbisch recorded the final kill of the match to seal the victory.
Aside from Garbisch, three other Gauchos had over 10 kills. McLaughlin finished with 15, while Olivia Waldowski had 14 and Brett Quirarte had 13. Emily Hendrickson notched a match-high 28 digs and McLaughlin had 13 digs for the double-double. Freshman setter Stephanie Brandt ran her assist total to a career-high 65.
The Badgers, who led in almost every statistical category, were paced by Maria Carlini, who amassed 20 kills and 19 digs. Three other players notched 10 or more kills as Brittney Dolgner had 18, Audra Jeffers totaled 14 and Taylor Reineke added 13. Reineke also had five blocks as Wisconsin finished with 12 blocks to UCSB's five. Wisconsin struggled from the service line with nine errors.
The Gauchos take on the Ivy League's Brown later this afternoon before closing out tournament play Saturday against #16 Ohio (4 p.m.).