Volleyball Sweeps UC Riverside

Oct. 24, 2009

Box Score

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team carried its momentum from a thrilling 5-set victory over No. #19 UC Irvine into Saturday's match vs. UC Riverside, sweeping the Highlanders, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23.

The Gauchos improve to 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the Big West. UCR falls to 3-16, 1-8. UCSB has won five of its past six matches. The victory was also the 600th career win for UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory as a coach in the Big West. She has over 800 victories in her entire career as UCSB's coach.

Rebecca Saraceno led the Gauchos with 13 kills while also recording seven digs. Stacey Schmidt had 11 kills and Leah Sully added eight. Sully led UCSB with 12 digs while Chelsey Lowe had 11.

"We had great energy tonight and got off to a great start. We were able to win two close games for a 3-0 sweep," said UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory.

As a team the Gauchos hit .211 and setter Dana Vargas handed out 30 assists. Lily Lopez led the Gauchos with 1 solo block and 3 block assists. No UCR player had double-digit kills.

The Gauchos return home next Friday for a two-match homestand on Friday vs. Cal State Fullerton and Saturday against Long Beach State. Both matches are at 7 p.m. in the Thunderdome.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This season two UCSB players will be frequently updating Gaucho fans about the women's volleyball team through the school's official website - UCSBgauchos.com. Middle blocker Stacey Schmidt writes a blog titled "Stacebook" and outside hitter Charlene DeHoog has jumped into the social networking by providing constant Twitter updates. Read "Stacebook" by clicking here. Follow DeHoog's thoughts at twitter.com/ucsbvolleyball. Both can also be found on the women's volleyball page of UCSBgauchos.com.

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