Monday was a day of moves in the CIF-Southern Section spring polls, especially with county volleyball teams – some up, some down.
The big move upward came from Santa Barbara, which moved up two spots in the latest combined Division 1&2 poll to seventh, while Channel League rival San Marcos dropped out of the poll, into the “Others” category.
Elsewhere in volleyball, Laguna Blanca saw its stay atop the Division 4 poll end with a drop down to eighth.
In baseball, two county teams found their way into top-10 lists, both dropping down in the No. 6 positions in their respective divisions. Bishop Diego moved into the sixth spot in the Division 5 poll, dropping down one spot; Carpinteria dropped three spots in the Division 6 polle to No. 6. Joining Bishop Diego in the Div. 6 poll was Dunn, who was in the “Others” category.
The county’s lone ranked team in softball stayed put, as Santa Ynez retained the No. 7 ranking in the Division 5 poll.
Only one boys tennis team picked up a ranking, but moved a bunch in the process. Carpinteria moved out of the “Others” zone in Division 3, jumping into the No. 7 spot.
Santa Barbara got off to a strong start in the Phoenix-based tournament with a 14-9 Buck Division victory over Eagle (Idaho), racking up 11 hits in the victory.
Anthony Firestone went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Derek True had a double, two stolen bases and two RBI.
Moses Dokes reached base five times in the win, with two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Jordan Harris drove in three runs, while Nick Oakley drove in two runs.
Santa Barbara contines play in the tournament – featuring 119 schools from 17 states, ranging from Alaska to Hawaii to Florida – today against Moorpark at 12:30 p.m. at Mountain Pointe High, south of Tempe.
OXNARD 11, SBCC 4
The Condors’ Giselle Roldan hit a fifth-inning grand slam to break open a one-run game and send the Vaqueros to a Western State Conference North Division loss at Pershing Park.
Roldan went 3-for-4 with a double, the homer, four RBI and three runs scored.
Samantha Yanes went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the fourth inning that cut the gap to 5-4, before Roldan’s blast started a six-run Oxnard rally.
Hannah Weaver added two hits and an RBI in the loss for SBCC (6-17, 2-5), which travels to WSC-leading Bakersfield today, before hosting Hancock on Thursday.
WSC NO. 7
Trent Caraher shot a career-best 3-under 69 at Spring Valley League Country Club in Victorville for the Vaqueros, who finished second to Canyons for the sixth straight conference tournament.
Caraher tied for second in the individual standings, one shot behind medalist Matt Mansholt of Canyons (68) and even with the Cougars’ Nobuhiko Wakaari.
SBCC finished the team event with 370 strokes, nine behind Canyons (361) and a dozen ahead of third-place Ventura (382). Brant Schenk shot a career-best even-par 72 to place fifth for SBCC, while Zach Steinberger shot a 73 to tie for sixth.
SBCC returns to the links next Monday for the Rig City Invitational, hosted at the Bakersfield Country Club.
CAL POLY MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
UCSB claimed wins over Weber State and Sacramento State to reach the championship round of the tournament, hosted by Cal Poly at Cypress Ridge in Arroyo Grande.
The Gauchos opened with a 3.5-1.5 victory over Weber State, with Zach Smith, Brandon Jacobs and Brett Bennet claimed match wins.
It was followed with a 3.5-1.5 victory over the Hornets, with Bennett, Jacobs and Tyler See claiming match wins.
UCSB will face UC Irvine today for the championship.
NO. 1 UCLA 6, UCSB 0
The top-ranked Bruins (28-1) held the Gauchos to five hits in a non-league matchup in Los Angeles.
Bruins starting pitcher Holly Azevedo scattered five hits and struck out five in a complete-game shutout, walking one. No batter for UCSB (6-25) reached third base in the game.
Gauchos starter Felisha Noriega allowed six earned runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking three. Reliever Emily Schuttish did throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
UCSB returns to Big West play with a Saturday home twinbill against Cal State Fullerton, starting at 1 p.m.