Sept. 26, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team ended non-conference opponent Loyola Marymount's 10-match win streak on Tuesday as they defeated the Lions, 30-27, 30-32, 30-28, 24-30, 15-11, at home in the Thunderdome. Five Gauchos posted double-digit kills with junior Brett Quirarte leading the way with 17 kills in a match that lasted just short of three hours.
With the win, UCSB is now 7-6 on the season and remains 0-1 in Big West Conference play. The Lion record falls to 12-3 with the loss.
Quirarte not only led the Gauchos with her 17 kills, which tie her career-best number, she also had a team-high .382 hitting percentage and an impressive season-high eight block assists. Senior Olivia Waldowski hit .317 on the evening with 16 kills and also had six block assists. Sophomore Lauren McLaughlin also had 16 kills while Jamie Garbisch had 14 kills and 10 digs for the only UCSB double-double of the night. Freshman Rebecca Saraceno rounded out the group with 11 kills and six block assists.
The Lions led the match in almost every statistical category with the exception of blocks; the Gauchos out-blocked LMU 15 to 8. Three Lions had double-digit kills including Heather Hughes who had a team-leading 25 kills along with 15 digs. Emily Day contributed 24 kills and 19 digs and Christianna Reneau tallied 19 kills with a team-leading 25 digs. Former Gaucho Ashley Dutro led the Lions with 62 assists.
The Lions gained the advantage in game one with an early six-point run, but the Gauchos chipped away and tied the game at 12-12. The game saw five more ties before UCSB went on a three-point run to gain a narrow advantage at 28-25. A final kill from Quirarte sealed the win at 30-27.
Game two was tight all the way through as the frame saw 24 ties and 13 lead changes. Another kill by Quirarte gave the Gauchos a 29-28 lead, but a service ace by Lauren Kirk followed by a kill by Day ended the game at 32-30 in favor of the Lions.
With the match tied at 1-1, the Gauchos came out of the locker rooms ready for game three. UCSB led for the majority of the frame in large part due to McLaughlin, who had seven kills, and Brandt who tallied 18 assists. The Lions staged a comeback while down eight points and tied the score at 27-27. McLaughlin delivered a kill to regain the Gaucho advantage, but the score was tied once again on a service error. Quirarte and Garbisch added back-to-back kills to take the third game at 30-28.
Game four belonged to the Lions as they outhit the Gauchos .237 to .045 and put-away 16 kills collectively, eight coming from Day alone. The final score of the frame was 30-24, forcing the match into a fifth game.
UCSB took the lead early in game five with a three-point run that put the Santa Barbara ahead at 5-3. The Gauchos held the lead with Quirarte and Saraceno each putting down three kills as UCSB took the final frame 15-11 for the 3-2 overall win.
The Gauchos hit the road this weekend as they head south for a conference match against co-defending Big West Champion Long Beach State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid.