Vargas, Schmidt Named First Team All-Big West

Nov. 23, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball players Stacey Schmidt and Dana Vargas were named to their second consecutive All-Big West First Team as the conference announced its year-end awards on Tuesday.

Joining the duo in being honored were senior Kasey Kipp, who was an Honorable Mention selection and Kara Sherrard, who was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.

Vargas' honor is another in a long list for the senior setter. Last season she was a First Team All-West Region pick and an All-American as well as a First Team conference choice. As a freshman, Vargas was named to the Big West's All-Freshman Team. She will leave Santa Barbara with the third-most assists in school history. This season the Seal Beach, Calif. native averaged 10.60 assists per set, ranking her 54th in the nation as well as setting a career-high with 2.41 digs per set.

Schmidt, a junior, was among the league leaders in kills (3.00 per set) and hitting percentage (.324) in earning her second First Team selection. She also led the team in total blocks and finished second on the Gauchos in service aces. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native started the season as a middle blocker and was later moved to the right side.

"It's a real testament to Dana and Stacey since they carried the team this year," UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory said. "Despite our team having a few major injuries and we were without the weapons we had last year, these two showed their ability to give us another winning season and put us in a position to go to the NCAA Tournament."

Kipp, a middle blocker from Newport Beach, Calif., started the season as a reserve, but responded by earning her way back into the starting lineup. She finished second on the team with her .300 hitting percentage and set career-highs in kills (1.79 per set) and led the Gauchos in blocks per set with 0.92.

Sherrard was not expected to be a major part of UCSB's success this season, but was thrust into the starting lineup when outside hitter Leah Sully tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the Gauchos' season-opener. Sherrard responded with a terrific freshman campaign as she finished third on the team in kills with 2.37 per set and fourth in digs with 2.65 per set. The Lancaster, Calif. tallied nine double-doubles on the season.

"I'm so proud of these four players," Gregory said. "They are all very deserving and they all worked so hard throughout the season."

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