October 19, 2006

UCSB Hands Northridge 3-0 Loss in Big West Action

Oct. 19, 2006

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team got this week's two match road trip started off on the right foot as they captured a 30-26, 30-19, 30-23, sweep over Big West Conference opponent Cal State Northridge on Thursday evening in the Matadome. Junior middle blocker Brett Quirarte posted an impressive career-high 11 block assists as the Gauchos won their first meeting with the Matadors this season.

With the win, the UCSB season record is lifted to 12-8 overall and 4-3 in Big West action. Northridge falls to 12-6 on the season and 5-2 in conference matches.

Freshman Rebecca Saraceno led the Gauchos with 11 kills on the night and posted a .375 hitting percentage in addition to six block assists. Seniors Olivia Waldowski and Jamie Garbisch were tied for second on the team with 10 kills apiece in the win. Waldowski's ten kills came on 16 attempts with only one error for a match-high .562 clip. Garbisch captured the only double-double of the night as she added 11 digs to her 10 kills.

Senior Emily Hendrickson and sophomore Lauren McLaughlin each added 11 digs for the Gauchos while freshman Stephanie Brandt led the team with 32 assists.

Northridge's Harmony Burdine had a match-high 12 kills for the Matadors while Kelley Hanson led both teams with 16 digs. Kayla Wright and Angela Donaldson pitched in 19 and 18 assists, respectively, in the Matadors' loss.

Overall UCSB outhit Northridge .233 to .096 on the match and outblocked its opponent 13 to 3. The Gauchos extend their series record against the Matadors to 20-3.

UCSB jumped out to an 8-2 lead in game one, but the Matadors tied the score up at 13-13 and then took a one-point lead following two Gaucho hitting errors. UCSB posted four unanswered points to regain the lead at 17-14. The Matadors tied the game up once more at 19-19 and took one more lead off of a kill from Donaldson before UCSB grabbed six of the following eight points to take a 25-22 advantage and finished the game with the 30-26 win.

Game two saw the Gauchos gain an early seven-point cushion at 16-9 topped off with a kill from Brandt. UCSB had its best hitting of the night as it outhit the Matadors .333 to .095 in the second frame to take a 30-19 victory.

The Matadors saw brief leads early in the third frame, but UCSB grabbed the lead for good on a Matador hitting error at 10-9. The Gauchos gained a lead as wide as six points at 20-14 following one of Hendrickson's two service aces in the match. Northridge made a run and came within three at 22-19, but UCSB answered back with the ensuing six points eventually taking the game at 30-23 and the 3-0 overall sweep.

The Gauchos will complete their two-match road swing in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 21 where they will take on Big West foe Pacific at 7 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. This will be the first meeting between UCSB and the Tigers this season.