For the second time in as many nights, the UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team came away with a sweep on its home court, this time with a dominant 3-0 (25-8, 25-5, 25-15) showing over UC Riverside on Saturday.
The win marks the 13th in-a-row for Santa Barbara (15-1, 4-0 Big West), matching the longest winning streak since 2004. UC Riverside fell to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in conference with the loss.
UCSB was firing on all cylinders throughout the evening, and recorded an incredible hitting percentage of .451 (48-7-91), the fifth-best in program history in the rally scoring era (since 2001) and best in over 10 years.
“Our offensive performance was tremendous,” said head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. “It started with our passing and Torre, Lindsey, and Zoe all passed so well. And then Olivia and Moni could just distribute. The hitters came through with those openings and its really nice to be clean on your side and focus on what you are doing, and take care of business.”
The Gauchos took care of business indeed as they never trailed the entire match and only faced three ties, all in the third.
Tallulah Froley led the offense with 15 kills on .737 hitting (15-1-19), the 10th best mark all-time in UCSB rally scoring era history (min. nine kills). Lindsey Ruddins hit .423 (12-1-26) on her way to 12 kills and Gigi Ruddins added six kills.
UCSB was dominant once again at the net, out-blocking UC Riverside 15-2, as Rowan Ennis and Froley led the way with five blocks apiece. Deni Wilson added three and L. Ruddins chipped in two. Zoe Fleck was all over the court with a game-high 15 digs while Torre Glasker finished with nine.
Olivia Lovenberg and Romoni Vivao ran the fine-tuned offense with 23 and 12 assists, respectively.
The Gauchos only got better as the match went on, hitting .364 in the first, .462 in the second and .531 in the final frame as they controlled the Highlanders from start to finish. UCSB took a 12-2 lead in both of the first two sets, extended its second set lead to as many as 20 points, up 23-3. Froley tallied eight of her kills in the third frame to help the Gauchos cruise to the sweep.
UCSB will continue its home stand with a big match against No. 11 Hawai’i next Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
Article courtesy of UCSB Athletics.