September 16, 2006

#16 Ohio Blanks Gauchos on Final Day of USD Invitational

Sept. 16, 2006

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San Diego, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team finished 2-2 at the USD Invitational as it was downed 3-0 by #16 Ohio Saturday at Jenny Craig Pavilion. The contest concluded a 10-match road swing for the Gauchos, who will open their 2006 home season Sept. 20 at The Thunderdome.

Match scores were 30-27, 30-25 and 30-21 in favor of the Bobcats.

Ohio (8-3) hit .300 or higher in all three games and swung at a .421 (20-4-38) clip in game two. Melissa Griffin had a match-high 19 kills with just one error in 26 attacks to hit .692 for the match. Stephanie Blackburn and Ellen Herman also hit double-figures in kills with 13 and 11, respectively.

UCSB (5-5) was again led by senior outside hitter Jamie Garbisch, who posted her fifth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs. Classmate Olivia Waldowski recorded 13 kills and was named to the all-tournament team along with Garbisch. Freshman Rebecca Saraceno had 10 kills with no errors to hit .625 and Emily Hendrickson had a team-best 14 digs.

After falling behind 12-6 in the opening game, UCSB came back to tie it at 17-17 following a pair of kills from Saraceno. The two squads were even again at 22-22, but a Gaucho attack error put Ohio up again. Waldowski had UCSB within two at 29-27, but Griffin put the game away with a kill. Ohio never trailed in the game.

Game two was close early before Ohio starting upping its lead midway through the stanza. A Griffin kill gave the Bobcats a four-point lead at 18-14 and UCSB could not recover from the deficit. Ohio pushed its advantage to as many as eight points and Griffin finished off the game with a kill.

The Gauchos led early in the third game until Ohio tied it 10-10 on a UCSB attack error. The Bobcats took the lead on a Herman kill and never trailed again. Ohio had its lead up to as many as eight points and several kills by Blackburn and Griffin wrapped up the game.

The Bobcats finished with a solid .367 attack percentage while the Gauchos hit .260. Both teams amassed 50 digs as Ohio had eight service errors but did put down five aces. The Bobcats had seven blocks to the Gauchos' four.

The Gauchos opened the tourney with a 3-0 loss to host San Diego Thursday. They rebounded to win a pair of matches Friday, including a 3-2 victory over #11 Wisconsin and a 3-0 win vs. Brown.

After posting a 4-1 record in neutral-site matches, the Gauchos open their home campaign Sept. 20 against UC Davis at 7 p.m. at The Thunderdome.

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