Gauchos Drop Heartbreaker to Big West Rival Long Beach State

Sept. 29, 2006

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State outlasted the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team Friday night as the 49ers defeated their 2005 Big West Co-Champions 19-30, 30-26, 30-27, 23-30, 15-12, in front of a crowd of 2,266 fans in the Walter Pyramid.

With the loss, the Gauchos fall to 7-7 on the season and 0-2 in Big West Conference play. The 49er record is lifted to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in conference. The series with the 49ers now stands at 51-33 with Long Beach holding the advantage.

Senior Jamie Garbisch led the Gauchos on Friday night as she tallied 21 kills and 12 digs on the game to mark her seventh double-double of the season. Junior Brett Quirarte was second on the team for kills with 14; she also had only four errors in 26 attempts for a team-leading hitting percentage of .385 on the match.

Senior Olivia Waldowski and freshman Rebecca Saraceno were the only other Gauchos to produce double-digit kills as they posted 13 and 10 respectively. Freshman Stephanie Brandt had 60 assists in the loss along with a career-high 15 digs. Libero Emily Hendrickson led all Gauchos with 19 digs on the game.

The Gauchos out-blocked the 49ers 15.5 to 14 in the five games and Waldowski led the way with eight block assists. Quirarte had five block assists and one block solo while Garbisch and Lauren McLaughlin each contributed five block assists.

Michaela Hasalikova and Alexis Crimes each had 21 kills in the win for Long Beach State while Robin Miramontes posted a double-double for the 49ers with 13 kills and 16 digs. Nicole Vargas had 61 assists and Iris Murray had 24 scoops for the 49ers.

The first frame of the evening saw the best single-game hitting of the season for UCSB as the Gauchos outhit Long Beach State .630-162. The Gauchos held a 10-8 lead in game one before Long Beach tied things up with two straight points, the last coming on a Miramontes kill, to put the game at 10-10. With the score still tied at 13-13, UCSB went on a 6-1 run, which was capped off by a Garbisch kill, to take a 19-14 lead. The Gauchos held the advantage for the rest of the game to capture the 30-19 win.

Game two and three saw an improved 49er offense as Long Beach outhit UCSB .383 to .195 and .340 to .151 respectively. The Gauchos were not far behind Long Beach in either game, but the 49ers gained a 2-1 advantage heading into game four with a 30-26 win in frame two and a 30-27 victory in game three.

UCSB took game four, forcing a fifth game, after hitting .133 versus the 49ers' .000 in the frame. The Gauchos posted a decisive 30-23 victory, but would not be so lucky in the final game. Long Beach State grabbed a 15-12 win in game five to take the match in a 3-2 decision.

UC Santa Barbara continues Big West Conference play on the road when they travel to UC Irvine on Saturday where they will take on the Anteaters in a 7:30 p.m. match-up.