Nov. 7, 2009
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - With a chance to move into a first-place tie in the Big West, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team saw that opportunity evaporate with a 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 loss to Cal Poly on Saturday night at Mott Gym.
The Gauchos' five-match winning streak was snapped and UCSB falls to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in the Big West. Cal Poly improves to 7-19, 3-10.
UCSB had a chance to move into a first-place tie in the Big West since UC Davis was swept at Long Beach State, which would have set up a nice showdown next week when the Gauchos and Aggies play each other in Davis. However, the Gauchos couldn't seize the opportunity as they hit just .188 as a team.
Rebecca Saraceno led UCSB with 12 kills while Stacey Schmidt and Lily Lopez each had 10. Leah Sully added nine more and Kasey Kipp had six. Chelsey Lowe led UCSB with 15 digs as Saraceno had nine. Dana Vargas handed out 46 assists.
However, four Mustangs reached double-digits in kills as Cal Poly hit .326 as a team.
After improving the team's blocking over the winning streak - which also saw the Gauchos win eight times in their past nine matches - the team managed just four blocks on Saturday. On the other hand, Cal Poly had four solo blocks and 17 block assists.
The victory gives Cal Poly a win in the two schools' Blue-Green Rivalry which was started earlier this year. The rivalry is tied 3-3.
UCSB doesn't return home until Nov. 21 when it faces Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The match will be Senior Night as the team will celebrate Rebecca Saraceno, who is 10th all-time in career kills in school history.
Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, coming to the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or by clicking 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.