The UCSB women’s volleyball team is currently in its worst losing streak of the season after dropping its third straight contest, this one at Long Beach State with set scores of 25-22, 25-19, 25-18.
This is the Gauchos (19-5, 9-4) first Big West loss to a team not named Cal Poly or Hawaii. Even with the loss, Santa Barbara is still in complete control of third place in the Big West, but with three games remaining, another loss could hurt the team’s chances of attaining an NCAA at-large bid.
Senior outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins recorded a double-double on Friday, but had only 10 kills as UCSB shot just a .126 hitting percentage. It also didn’t help that the Beach had 20 total blocks on Friday.
Tallulah Froley finished with nine kills while Tasia Farmer added seven. Zoe Fleck had a team-high 15 digs while the tandem of Olivia Lovenberg and Romoni Vivao paced the offense with 16 and 14 assists, respectively.
UCSB will play at CSUN at 7 p.m. tonight with the match airing on ESPN3.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
CIF CROSS COUNTRY PRELIMS
Dos Pueblos High and San Marcos both ran at the CIF Division 3 Cross Country Prelims on Friday.
DP’s girls team came in sixth in their heat and 10th in total while San Marcos girls finished in 10th in their heat and 20th overall.
On the boys side, San Marcos was third in its heat and DP was fifth in its heat as the teams finished ninth and 11th overall, respectively.
Senior Joseph Pearlman of Dos Pueblos was the best Channel League runner, coming in third place in the heat after a personal best time of 15:28. Junior Foster Young (16:08) came in 29th and Logan Beckstrand (16:12) came in 31st.
San Marcos senior Will Snyder finished in 12th place with a course best of 15:48. Sophomore Jacob Snodgress finished in 19th with a course-best time of 16:02 while fellow sophomores Ethan & Arran Dwelley came in 36th and 50th respectively in times of 16:15 and 16:36.
On the girls’ side, freshman Phoebe Wolfe-Lyons ran the course in 19:11 in ninth in her heat. Other Charger runners include Ella Kenly (19:56) who came in 39th and Estelle Ye (20:05) who came in 44th.
Freshman, Shaina King, led the way for the royals finishing 25th in a personal best time of 19:41. Celina Zambrano was next in for the royals in 47th place with a personal record of 20:16.
Both San Marcos and Dos Pueblos girls and boys teams will advance to the CIF-SS Finals next Saturday at the Riverside Cross Country Course.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
SBCC 10, GOLDEN WEST 4
Taylor Brooks tossed in five goals to break the SBCC single-season scoring record on Friday night as the third-seeded Vaqueros knocked off No. 6 Golden West 10-4 in a Southern Cal Regional quarterfinal at Riverside City College.
Brooks added four steals and drew five ejections on Friday as she scored her 126th goal of the season. The previous record was 123, set last year by Emma Fraser.
The Vaqueros are now 29-4 on the season.
SBCC trailed 2-1 early but scored nine of the next 10 goals to take a 10-3 lead after the third frame and cruised from there.
Annie Ackert added two goals while Hana Wigzell had a goal, two assists, and three steals.
The Vaqueros will battle No. 2 Riverside in Saturday’s semifinals at 12:15 p.m. The winner will advance to Saturday’s championship game at 4:30 p.m.
SBCC 5, MOORPARK 0
Mekaylla White tallied her fourth hat trick on the season, scoring three goals in the first half alone to help SBCC rout Moorpark 5-0 on Friday at La Playa Stadium.
White scored in the 23rd minute, in the 40th and in the 43rd as the Vaqueros, who had already clinched their third straight WSC North title, improved to 12-6-3 overall and 9-1-2 in conference.
White has seven goals in her last three games, raising her season total to 18. She leads the WSC North in goals and is 13th in the state.
As for SBCC, the team closes out the regular season with four straight wins and 10 consecutive unbeaten matches (8-0-2).
Goalie Elizabeth Estrada and the defense posted their second straight shutout and third in four games.
The Vaqueros are currently No. 7 in the Southern Cal power points and the top eight teams will be at home in the first round of the So Cal Regional on Saturday, Nov. 23.
SBCC 2, SANTA MONICA 1
SBCC scored one goal in the first half and another late in the second half to help them win 2-1 at Santa Monica in the regular-season finale.
Roni Spektor scored in the 32nd minute while Fernando Ochoa scored in the 83rd to put the Vaqueros on top 2-0, eventually resulting in a 2-1 victory.
The Vaqueros improved to 10-4-5 overall and 3-3-4 in conference. SBCC is 10th in the Southern Cal power points and 16 teams make the playoffs.
The Vaqueros will most likely be on the road for their playoff opener on Saturday, Nov. 23.
VENTURA 3, SBCC 0
Gabi Brewer and Madi Mullins each tallied 11 kills on Friday but it would not be enough as Ventura swept SBCC in the regular-season finale. The set scores were 25-22, 25-18, 25-18.
The Vaqueros end the season at 8-14 overall and 4-6 in WSC play losing their final three matches. SBCC started the season 1-7 and went 7-7 the rest of the way.
Brewer added 12 digs while Mullins notched a career-high 13 digs.
The second-place Pirates (13-9, 8-2 WSC North) outhit the Vaqueros .310 to .167.