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    UC Santa Barbara Women’s Volleyball Grab First Road Win Over The Beach Since 2011

    Gauchos defeated Long Beach State in four sets.

    The UC Santa Barbara Women’s Volleyball team (12-2) rounded out the first weekend of Big West play as they took on Long Beach State. The Gauchos were looking for their first win in The Pyramid since Sept. 23, 2011, and they found it as they took down the Beach in just four sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20) to go to 12-2 on the season and 2-0 in Big West play.

    FROM HEAD COACH MATT JONES
    “I am so proud of the team’s ability to bounce back after a tough second set. Overall, we did a nice job defending in their 5-1 rotations. They pass very well, but we made it just tough enough. I’m excited to get back in the gym on Monday and figure out how we can continue to improve as our matches will get tougher and tougher as the season goes on.”

    HOW IT HAPPENED
    UC Santa Barbara started from behind in this set as Long Beach State came out hot, going up by four points early on. The Gauchos did not let that stop them. The visiting team rallied back, closing the gap and staying in contention. Neither the Beach nor the Gauchos could grab a lead until the score was tied at 20’s. Briana McKnight went on a four-point service run due to Long Beach State’s errors, putting the Gauchos within one of taking the set. The Beach tried to make a comeback, but it was too late as the Gauchos took the first set 25-23.

    The intensity from the first set carried over to the second as these two teams exchanged serve for the first few points. However, it didn’t take long for the Beach to get hot, going on a 7-1 run to pull ahead of the Gauchos. Even though Santa Barbara tried to rally, they couldn’t close the gap, resulting in a 17-25 loss in set two.

    From there, the Gauchos came out on fire. UC Santa Barbara went on a 6-1 run thanks to the efforts of McKnight and Grace McIntosh from the service line and three kills from Tasia Farmer. However, the Beach came back quickly, taking the lead at 13’s. The Gauchos weren’t able to make their push until the end of the set when they jumped ahead at the 22-21. Santa Barbara never let up from there, resulting in a 25-23 win in the third set.

    The Gauchos were not letting up from here. They didn’t allow Long Beach State to get within five while the Blue and Gold held their opponent to a .091 hitting percentage. With the help of Michelle Ohwobete’s six kills in this set alone, Santa Barbara rounded out the match with a score of 25-20 to give the Gauchos their first road win over the Beach in 12 years.

    LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS

    • The senior duo of Ohwobete and Farmer led the offense tonight for the Gauchos. Ohwobete finished the match with 16 kills while Farmer added on 15 kills, hitting at a .379 clip with only four errors on 29 swings. To top it all off, these two were instrumental on defense as well as Ohwobete put up a double-double with 12 digs while Farmer contributed seven blocks.
    • McIntosh had the most successful night setting for the Gauchos as part of the team’s 6-2 offense. She earned 26 assists while adding on 16 digs, giving her yet another double-double this season.
    • Macall Peed and McKnight were huge forces in defense. Peed led the team’s efforts with 19 digs while McKnight added on 14 digs. Not only that, but she also helped with the front row defense with six blocks, three of which were solo blocks.

    UP NEXT
    The Gauchos will return to The Thunderdome for the first time in a month as they take on Cal State Fullerton Friday, Sept. 29, and UC Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 30. The team will welcome back all of their alumni, including the 2003 and 2013 Big West Championship teams against the Anteaters. First serve for both matches will be at 7 p.m. with live streams available through ESPN+.

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