UCSB Hosts UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge This Weekend

UCSB Hosts UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge This Weekend

Oct. 21, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, October 22, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine (5-15, 1-6)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Anteaters - 63-9
Streak - Won 3
Last time out vs. the Anteaters - W, 3-0 (9/25/10)
Tickets available by clicking here
Match available via Gametracker
Match broadcast live on BigWest.TV

Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (9-13, 2-5)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Matadors - 26-5
Streak - Won 5
Last time out vs. the Matadors - W, 3-2 (9/24/10)
Tickets available by clicking here
Match available via Gametracker
Match broadcast live on BigWest.TV

• Char Broiler
Senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog leads the team with her 3.17 kills per set - which is seventh in the conference - while her 2.65 digs per set are second on the Gauchos and both are career-bests. The senior has a team-high 826 attacks this season, which are already a career high. DeHoog is averaging 3.10 kills per set and 2.83 digs per set in conference play, both of which are second on the Gauchos. The Bakersfield, Calif. native has double-digit kills in 12 of UCSB's 20 matches this season - and four straight - and a team-high eight double-doubles this season.

Stacey Schmidt Swings, Swats and Serves
Junior opposite/middle blocker Stacey Schmidt has been the team's best attacker in conference play, averaging 3.45 kills per set, which leads the squad and ranks her sixth in the Big West. Overall, Schmidt is averaging 3.08 kills per set while hitting .326, ranking her seventh in the conference. While the Huntington Beach, Calif. native has been shifted to opposite in recent matches, she has still been a force at the net, leading the Gauchos with her 64 total blocks - an average of 0.83 per set. Schmidt's 21 service aces also lead the team and her 0.27 per set rank seventh in the conference.

• A Sherr Thing
Kara Sherrard has posted three consecutive double-doubles - and seven on the season - after totaling 28 kills and 27 digs in the Gauchos' two matches last weekend. Sherrard, a freshman, has been superb in Big West action, tied for second on the team with a 3.10 kills per set average and third on the team with her 2.72 digs per set. Overall this season, the Lancaster, Calif. native is averaging 2.29 kills per set, 2.62 digs per set and 15 service aces, all of which are third on the team.

• RPI Report
In the latest official Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, UCSB checks in at No. 52 in the nation, down six spots from last week. UCSB is rated as the third-highest Big West team (behind Cal State Fullerton at No. 32 and Long Beach State at No. 36). The Gauchos host UC Irvine (No. 160) and Cal State Northridge (164) this week.

• V is For Vargas
Senior setter Dana Vargas, who boasts 10.68 assists per match, is third in UCSB history with 4,346 total assists and just the third UCSB setter to break the 4,000 assist plateau. Her average ranks Vargas fourth in the Big West and 39th in the nation and she's been even more philanthropic in Big West matches, dishing out 11.45 assists per set, which is third in conference play. The Seal Beach, Calif. native has also posted nine double-doubles this season and is fourth on the team with her 2.40 digs per set. That number, should it hold up through the season, would be Vargas' best average of her career. Her previous best was a 2.15 dig per set average she tallied during her freshman season.

• Getting Better and Better
Freshman Kelly Heenan has entrenched herself as the Gauchos' libero and has been getting better and better with each match. Example: Heenan is averaging 3.55 digs per set overall this season (eighth-best in the Big West), but that number jumps to 4.07 in Big West matches (placing her sixth in the conference). The Costa Mesa, Calif. native has double-digit digs in 14 of her past 15 matches - including 10 in a row - and is averaging 4.08 digs per set in that span. She has led UCSB in digs in 13 of 20 matches this season.

• Dig It
As a team UCSB is averaging 15.43 digs per set, which is third in the conference while the team's 16.83 dig per set average in conference play puts them on top of all the other Big West teams. UCSB has five players averaging over 2.00 digs per set this season.

• Not Little in the Middle
Senior Kasey Kipp sits right below Schmidt with her .309 hitting percentage and is eighth in the conference with that clip. The middle blocker from Newport Beach, Calif. is averaging 1.66 kills per set, ranking her fourth on the Gauchos, and she has been adept at the net, averaging 0.74 blocks per set, which is second on the team. Kipp has been even bigger at the net in conference play, averaging 0.85 blocks per set, second only to Schmidt's 0.86 per set.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
After finishing last season 11-1 in the friendly confines of the Thunderdome, UCSB plays six of its next eight matches at home. UCSB's all-time record in the Thunderdome is 222-67 (.768).

• Victory!
Johnny Drama would scream this headline often when UCSB plays UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge since the Gauchos have enjoyed great success against those two teams. UCSB has 89 victories vs. UCI and CSUN and UCSB's 63 wins over the Anteaters is the program's most vs. any opponent.

• The Short and the Long of It
Funny how all of a sudden trends can switch. UCSB hadn't been successful in three-set matches but had always won when faced with a five-set challenge. But last weekend the Gauchos swept Pacific and lost in five to UC Davis. When playing a three-game match, UCSB is now 3-6 while 5-1 in five games.

• Solid Start
Santa Barbara has opened Big West play at 5-2 for the second consecutive season. Last year UCSB finished in second place at 11-5 and 22-8 overall. The 5-2 mark this season also represents the Gauchos' best start - aside from last year - since opening 8-1 in conference play in 2005. That 2005 squad finished the year 21-9 overall and 12-2 in the Big West.

• In Her Sights
UCSB's legendary head coach, Kathy Gregory, is fourth all-time amongst active Division I coaches with 842 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.

• Stay in Touch With the Gauchos
UCSB players are frequently updating Gaucho fans about the team through the school's website - UCSBgauchos.com, 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 twitter.com/ucsbvolleyball.

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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