Oct. 7, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team captured a 30-17, 30-21, 30-18, win over Big West Conference opponent UC Riverside Saturday evening in front of a home crowd in the Thunderdome. For the second consecutive day, senior Olivia Waldowski led the Gauchos as she put away 15 kills and hit .429 overall.
With the win, the Gaucho season record is lifted to 10-7 overall and UCSB now sports a three-game win streak, the longest this season. UC Riverside drops to 2-15 on the season and 0-5 in conference; UCSB now holds a Big West record of 3-2. The Gauchos extend their series record over the Highlanders to 17-0.
Second to Waldowski, who helped UCSB to Friday's 3-0 home win over Cal State Fullerton, sophomore Lauren McLaughlin posted 13 kills with one error on 27 attempts for a .444 hitting percentage, her highest this season.
Setter Stephanie Brandt put up 50 assists in the win and Emily Hendrickson, the conference leader in digs per game for six consecutive weeks, tallied 23 scoops for the Gauchos. Freshman Rebecca Saraceno added four service aces in the win.
For the Highlanders, Ashley Halperin tallied a team-leading 14 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Brittney Murrey handed off 21 assists and Amanda Nisson led with 12 digs.
Game one saw only one tie early on at 2-2, after which the Gauchos went on a 3-0 run to command the lead. With the score at 29-13, UCSB had troubles putting away the final point as the Highlanders tallied four consecutive points, but a kill from Jamie Garbisch finally sealed the Gauchos' win at 30-17. UCSB saw its most efficient hitting in the first frame as they outhit UC Riverside .450 to .067 with McLaughlin and Waldowski each posting six kills.
The Gauchos shortly struggled to break away from the Highlanders at the beginning of game two, but with the game tied at 8-8, UCSB went on a 6-1 run fueled by three kills from Waldowski to grab a 14-9 lead. UCSB maintained the advantage and took the game at 30-21.
Game three would prove to be the final of the match as UCSB outhit the Highlanders .372 to .147. Garbisch led the team with five kills and a service ace in the final frame while Lindsay Fletcher provided the final point with her third kill of the match to give UCSB the game at 30-18.
UCSB will conclude its three-match home stand on Tuesday evening when they face non-conference opponent No. 23 Pepperdine in the Thunderdome. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.