November 2, 2010

UCSB Gets Back on Track With Sweep of UC Riverside

Nov. 2, 2010

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After dropping two matches last weekend the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team got back on track with a relatively simple three-game sweep of UC Riverside on Tuesday night at the Thunderdome. Match scores were 25-14, 25-15, 25-14.

UCSB hit .365 as a team compared to just .100 for the Highlanders and the Gauchos ran a balanced attack that saw four players get at least eight kills. The Gauchos improve to 14-11 overall and 8-4 in the Big West. UCR falls to 2-24, 0-10.

Stacey Schmidt and Kasey Kipp each had a team-best 10 kills for the Gauchos while Kara Sherrard and Charlene DeHoog added eight apiece.

Schmidt and Lily Lopez were equally strong at the net as Schmidt had five block assists and Lopez had a match-best six. As a team the Gauchos tallied 9.0 blocks while scooping 57 digs.

Sherrard had 16 digs while DeHoog and Kelly Heenan had 12 each. Dana Vargas passed out 34 assists.

"Kara Sherrard continues to play the all-around game for us," UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory said. "Sixteen digs, no hitting errors and our best server, she really was outstanding."

UCSB continued its dominance over the Highlanders. Since UCR joined the Big West in 2001, the Highlanders have only won three sets against UCSB and the Gauchos are a perfect 25-0 all-time vs. Riverside.

In fact, on Tuesday, UCR held just three leads, all by just one point and all coming early in the second set.

The Gauchos continue their four-match homestand with a 7 p.m. match vs. Blue-Green rival Cal Poly on Saturday at the Thunderdome. Tickets are available at (805) 893-UCSB or clicking here.

As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). For more information, please click here.

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

The Gaucho Fund, launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan, is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign.

GKids is the official kids club of UCSB Athletics. Members receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.

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