Gauchos Host LBSU on Friday, Unveil Legend of the 'Dome

Sept. 29, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Legend of the `Dome unveiling
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 21 Long Beach State (11-3, 1-0)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the 49ers - 34-57
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the 49ers - W, 3-0 (10/31/09)
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online via BigWest.TV

Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton (11-4, 0-1)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Titans - 55-4
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Titans - W, 3-0 (10/30/09)
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online via BigWest.TV

• Legendary Evening
Prior to Friday's match, UCSB will unveil its fifth Legend of the `Dome - and second women's volleyball addition - to forever hang in the rafters of the Thunderdome. The Legend will join Roberta Gehlke as the first two women's volleyball legends to be honored. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.

• All-Everything
How's this for the start of a season? Four tournaments, four all-tournament teams. First weekend of conference play, Big West Conference Player of the Week. Yup, Stacey Schmidt has set the bar for herself very high with her tremendous play in 2010 and was awarded with her first career conference Player of the Week award after leading the Gauchos to a 2-0 start in league play. She set a career-best with 23 kills last Friday at Cal State Nothridge and followed it with a team-best 12 kills in a win over UC Irvine. On the season, Schmidt is averaging 3.10 kills and 0.75 blocks per set - both second on the team - while hitting .378 which is third in the Big West. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native also leads UCSB with her 18 service aces and her average of 0.35 per set rank third in the conference.

• Dana's Point
Senior setter Dana Vargas, who is third all-time in UCSB history with 4,068 assists, ranks fourth in the Big West with her 10.46 assists per set average. The 2009 All-American has six double-doubles this season - all with assists and digs - and ranks fourth on the team with her 2.40 digs per set. The Seal Beach, Calif. native is just one of three Gauchos to reach 4,000 career assists and there is a chance Vargas could become just the third setter in UCSB history to reach 5,000 assists, joining Liz Towne (1985-88) and Brooke Rundle (1998-2001) as the only setters at UCSB to reach the mark.

• It's Not In-N-Out, but These Double-Doubles Are Good
Along with Vargas' six double-doubles this season, Charlene DeHoog also has tallied six and Kara Sherrard has three.

• Two and Oh!
By winning their first two matches in Big West competition, the Gauchos have started league play 2-0 for the third consecutive year. It is the first time UCSB has done that in consecutive seasons since doing it from 2002-04.

• Char Broiler
Senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog leads the team with her 3.12 kills per set and is second on the Gauchos with her 2.67 digs per set. The Bakersfield, Calif. native has recorded double-digit kills in seven of the team's 14 matches this season and has eight matches with double-digit digs.

• Getting Defensive
As a team UCSB is averaging 14.98 digs per set, which is third in the conference and helping lead the way has been newcomer Kelly Heenan. The freshman from Costa Mesa, Calif. is averaging 3.31 digs per set, which ranks eighth in the Big West. She's been even more impressive lately, recording double-digit digs in eight of her past nine matches. During that stretch Heenan is averaging 16.0 digs per match and a robust 4.11 digs per set - that number alone would rank her fourth in the conference. Heenan had a career-high 26 digs on Sept. 18 at San Diego State.

• A Sherr Thing
After redshirting last season, Kara Sherrard ranks among the top Gauchos in kills - 1.98 per set, fourth on the team - and digs - 2.60 per set, which is third. She has posted her three double-doubles in UCSB's last six matches. All four of her double-digit kill totals have also come during that time.

• In Her Sights
UCSB's legendary head coach, Kathy Gregory, is fourth all-time amongst active Division I coaches with 839 victories and by the end of the year could become just the sixth coach in NCAA Division I history to achieve 850 in a career. Gregory is also one of just five active coaches in women's volleyball history to coach at least 1,200 matches.

• Ace in the Hole
With 68 total aces through its 14 matches, UCSB is fourth among Big West schools in total aces. However, the Gauchos' average of 1.31 per set ranks third in the conference.

• Not Little in the Middle
The Gauchos' middle blocker duo of Lily Lopez and Kasey Kipp has been nearly interchangeable with both providing a great option alongside Schmidt. Lopez and Kipp are both averaging 1.71 kills per set while Lopez is averaging a team-high 0.79 blocks per set and Kipp is averaging 0.61, fourth on the team. Kipp, a senior, is also swinging at an impressive .357 clip.

• Making the Cutt(rell)
Santa Barbara native Mimi Cuttrell is averaging 2.07 kills in her 29 sets played, ranking her third on the team.

• Sully Out For Year
Starting outside hitter Leah Sully tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in UC Santa Barbara's first match of the season, vs. No. 11 Cal. Sully, who played in every one of the Gauchos' sets in 2009, will be lost for the season. The Irvine, Calif. native led UCSB in service aces last season, including a school-record seven against UC Irvine. UCSB will likely rotate sophomore Mimi Cuttrell and freshmen Katey Thompson, Kara Sherrard and Jenna Wilson through Sully's spot.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
UCSB finished last season 11-1 in the friendly confines of the Thunderdome, marking the most by a Gaucho team at home in seven seasons. UCSB's all-time record in the Thunderdome is 221-66 (.770).

• Stay in Touch With the Gauchos
UCSB players are frequently updating Gaucho fans about the team through the school's website -, or by clicking here. Defensive specialist Katie Ring will regularly write in her "Ring it On" blog and libero Chelsey Lowe provides constant Twitter updates. Follow her at

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