AUSTIN, Tx. - Senior Lindsey Ruddins and redshirt freshman Tallulah Froley had 18 kills apiece as UCSB defeated Texas State 3-1 in a first round NCAA Tournament game.
It is the Gauchos first win in the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
No one on UCSB's roster had ever played on this stage as the Gauchos had not made the NCAA Tournament since 2013.
Froley was sharp throughout the match as she had six kills and no errors in the first set as the Gauchos won 25-21.
UCSB trailed the second set 19-13 but they closed the set on a 12-2 run to go up two sets to nothing.
Freshman middle blocker Deni Wilson had two big kills during that run.
After Texas State captured the third set 25-20, UCSB went on another big scoring run in the fourth set.
Leading 10-6, the Gauchos ripped off nine straight points to seize control.
Froley's kill ended the match as UCSB won the fourth set 25-14.
Santa Barbara will play host Texas, the second overall seed in the second round on Friday, December 6.
UCSB is 23-5 on the season.