After two wins last weekend, the No. 4 UCSB men’s water polo team was hoping to continue its win streak heading into its final home match of the season at Campus Pool.
Santa Barbara started its season 15-0 before losing five straight, four of which came by one point, dropping them to 15-5.
UCSB finally got back on the winning side of things last weekend with wins over No. 7 LBSU and No. 8 Cal.
The Gauchos then continued that trend on Saturday posting a 15-10 win over No. 14 UC Irvine to move to 18-5 on the season and 2-1 in Golden Coast Conference play.
With the win, UCSB stays tied for second place in the GCC.
UCSB started the day strong taking a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. In the second frame, both teams offenses showed their stuff, as each notched four goals giving Santa Barbara a 7-5 half time lead.
The Gauchos then scored five in the third and held the Anteaters to just three to take a comfortable 12-8 lead into the final quarter.
Senior utility Ivan Gvozdanovic played a great game in his final match at Campus Pool scoring a game-high four goals while adding one assist and four steals.
Sophomore driver Nathan Puentes scored three for UCSB while Sam Nangle, Mason McQuet and Adam Lott each added two goals on the scoreboard.
UCSB will travel to face No. 11 San Jose State next Saturday for a GCC match at noon.
HANCOCK 28, SBCC 13
Hancock ran on 86% of its plays on Saturday, most of them coming with great success as the Bulldogs rushed for 396 yards and four touchdowns in its 15-point win over SBCC in an American Pacific League game.
Hancock (6-2, 3-0) came into the game averaging more than 300 yards rushing and nearly four touchdowns. It was the state’s No. 1 rushing attack.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs got two 100-yard performances, one from Maurice Smith who took 17 carries for 121 yards and two TDs and the other was Terrance Raynor who averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored on a 12-yard run to make it 21-0 midway through the second period. He finished with 102 yards on 13 carries.
Smith’s final touchdown of the day came from 41 yards out with eight minutes left in the third quarter to put Hancock on top, 28-0.
The Vaqueros would finally get on the scoreboard in the early stages of the fourth when quarterback Scotty Forbes ran for 21 yards and then on the next play found a wide-open Cyrus Wallace for a 39-yard score. Wallace finished the game with six catches for 86 yards and the score.
SBCC would score one more in the fourth before ending the game with a loss. Hancock doubled up the Vaqueros in total offense, 442 to 214 yards.
SBCC’s next game is at Santa Monica for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.
MENLO 3, WESTMONT 2
The Westmont women’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to forth a fifth set, but would ultimately fall to Menlo University in five sets by scores of 25-21, 26-24, 16-25, 18-25, 16-14.
The Warriors’ (21-6, 12-4 GSAC) loss and the Oaks’ (16-9, 12-4 GSAC) win put both teams into a three-way tie with Hope International for the conference lead heading into the final week of the regular season.
Senior outside hitter Cassidy Rea led the way for Westmont with 15 kills while Brooklynn Cheney tallied 12 and Hali Galloway added nine.
Cheney also added 21 digs which was tied for a team-high along with Lauren Friis who also prouduced 21.
Keelyn Kistner dished out 28 assists and had a match-high four aces while Sydny Dunn had a double-double night of her own with 15 assists and 12 digs. Lexi Malone added five blocks.
Westmont will host Arizona Christian at 7 p.m. on Friday still eyeing a conference crown.
BUTTE 64, SBCC 49
Butte raced out to an early lead and never looked back, routing SBCC by 15 points on Day 2 of the Vaqueros’ MTXE Crossover at the Sports Pavilion.
The Roadrunners (2-0) got 15 points off the bench from Chardonnay Jones who led the team in scoring. Chloe Mayer hit 4-7 from 3-point country and added 14 points.
For the Vaqueros (1-1), Sophia Torres posted her second-straight double double with 13 points and 12 boards. Jordan Parkhurst scored a game-high 16 points thanks to 4-8 shooting from the three-point line. She also added four steals on defense.
Butte outshot the Vaqueros 44.2 to 26.8% and outrebounded them 46-29. The visitors also enjoyed a big 32-10 advantage in bench points.
SBCC never got into a rhythm from the jump, trailing 13-4 after the first period and 31-16 at the break.
SBCC will host Ohlone (1-1) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.