UCSB Closes Out Home Season vs. UC Davis on Friday; Pacific on Saturday

UCSB Closes Out Home Season vs. UC Davis on Friday; Pacific on Saturday

Nov. 11, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, November 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis (16-10, 7-6)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Aggies - 13-2
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Aggies - L, 3-2 (10/16/10)
Live stats available via Gametracker
Match broadcast online at kcsb.org
Match streaming online at BigWest.TV

Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific (16-10, 7-6)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Tigers - 41-23
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Tigers - W, 3-0 (10/15/10)
Live stats available via Gametracker
Match broadcast online at kcsb.org
Match streaming online at BigWest.TV

• Senior Salute
Three Gauchos will be playing their final home matches in the blue and gold this weekend - Charlene DeHoog, Kasey Kipp and Dana Vargas. The trio are certainly leaving their marks in their final years, too. DeHoog has set career-bests in kills and attempts while Kipp is enjoying career-highs in hitting percentage and kills. Vargas, meanwhile ranks third all-time in assists in school history.

• RPI Report
UCSB is No. 58 in the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index, down five spots from last week. UCSB is the third-highest Big West team behind Long Beach State at No. 20 and Cal State Fullerton at No. 24. Both of those teams are receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25 poll.

• Hey, I Know That Dude
We are proudly quoting Jeff Spicoli for the reason that former UCSB Associate Head Coach Greg Gibbons will return to the Thunderdome, this time as head coach at Pacific. In the first meeting between Gibbons and the Gauchos, UCSB won, 29-27, 25-22, 26-24 on Oct. 15.

• Dana's Point
Senior setter Dana Vargas ranks 46th nationally - and third in the Big West - with her average of 10.69 assists per game and the 2009 All-American keeps climbing the school's all-time assists charts. With 4,572 career assists, Vargas ranks third all-time at UCSB. Against Cal Poly on Saturday, the Seal Beach, Calif. native passed 1,000 assists for the third time in four seasons (with 1,048). In conference play Vargas has been even sharper, handing out 11.16 assists per set, which is fourth among conference players. The Seal Beach, Calif. native has posted 11 double-doubles this season and is fifth on the Gauchos with a 2.37 digs per set average, which would be a career-high. Her previous best was a 2.15 dig per set average she tallied during her freshman season.

• Stacebook
Junior opposite/middle blocker Stacey Schmidt has been the team's best attacker in conference play, averaging 3.28 kills per set, which is sixth in the conference, while her 3.07 kills per set overall lead the team and place eighth in the Big West. Schmidt is swinging at a robust .322 clip, placing her seventh in the conference - one spot below teammate Kasey Kipp. Schmidt has reached career-highs this season in kills and attempts. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native has also been a force at the net, leading the Gauchos with her 81 total blocks - an average of 0.83 per set.

• A Sherr Thing
Kara Sherrard has been a very pleasant surprise for the Gauchos this season. Taking the place of Leah Sully, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the first match of the season, Sherrard is third on the team in both kills (2.39 per set) and digs (2.76 per set). The Lancaster, Calif. native has recorded double-digit kills in six of her past eight matches and nine or more digs in nine straight. The redshirt freshman has tallied eight double-doubles after recording 16 kills - tying a career-high - and 13 digs on Saturday vs. Cal Poly.

• Char Broiler
Senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog enjoyed her 15th match this season in which she recorded double-digit kills and she has led the team in putaways 13 times this season. DeHoog ranks ninth in the conference with her 3.06 kills per set average while her 2.78 digs per set are second on the team. The senior has a team-high 1,027 attacks this season, which are already a career high and could place her in the single-season top-10 by season's end. Currently Maria Reyes occupies the No. 10 spot with 1,303 attempts in 1990.

• Need a Pick-Me-Up?
As a team UCSB is averaging 16.06 digs per set, which is third in the conference while the team's 17.48 dig per set average in conference play puts them on top of all the other Big West teams, by nearly +1.00. UCSB has five players averaging over 2.35 digs per set this season.

• She Can Dig It
Freshman Kelly Heenan has recorded double-digit digs in 16 straight matches and 19 of her past 21 matches overall. The Gauchos' libero set a new career-best on Saturday with 28 digs vs. Cal Poly and is averaging 3.86 digs per set overall this season, which is seventh in the Big West. However, in conference play, the Costa Mesa, Calif. native has been even more impressive with 4.46 digs per set in conference play, placing her sixth in the Big West. Heenan has led UCSB in digs in 18 of 26 matches this season.

• Win One for the Kipper
Senior Kasey Kipp is enjoying her most effective season for her career. Kipp is hitting at a .325 clip (up 22 points from last week), ranking her sixth in the Big West. That is easily her best in a season after hitting a previous-high .260 last year. The middle blocker from Newport Beach, Calif. is averaging 1.81 kills per set - fourth on the team - which would also be a career-high while tallying a UCSB-high 0.91 blocks per set and 15 solo blocks.

• First to Fourth
Two weekends ago UCSB was first in the Big West with a 7-2 conference mark. The Gauchos have dropped three of their past four matches, though, and have fallen into fourth place, three games behind conference-leading Cal State Fullerton and two back of Long Beach State.

• Pleading the Fifth
After starting the season 5-0 in five-set matches, UCSB has dropped its past two five-set matches.

• Third is Not The Word
The Gauchos have a losing mark (5-8) in three-set matches and are only 10-16 in the third set this season.

• 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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