Nov. 21, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Jamie Garbisch recorded a match-high 13 kills and six service aces to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 30-19, 30-21, 30-20 sweep of UC Davis in a non-conference collegiate women's volleyball match at the Pavilion Sunday.
The Aggies drop to 2-21 on the year. The Gauchos, ranked 18th in last week's USA Today/College Sports TV national coaches' poll, improve to 23-3 overall.
Senior libero Mary McClelland led UC Davis with 24 digs. In doing so, she surpassed Candy Lench as the school's all-time career leader in the category. McClelland entered the match with 1,386, needing just 10 to surpass Lench for the Aggie standard. Offensively, senior middle blocker Kim Vincent had eight kills on 16 attempts for a .375 hitting average.
Sophomore Janine Sandell hit 10-1-29 for a .310 success rate to bolster the Gaucho offense, which combined for a team .339 hitting average. Sandell also led her team with 19 digs while Kristin Nelson added 16. Yet another UCSB sophomore, Olivia Waldowski recorded nine kills and a .368 average. Junior Megan Blackshire provded seven kills and a .500 clip.
After a 9-9 tie to start the first game, Sandell knocked down a kill then served up four straight points to help the Gauchos pull away to a 14-9 lead. UCSB never trailed after that point. Garbisch served back-to-back aces to extend the UCSB lead to 20-13, but UC Davis earned back the points with some help by a free-ball kill by Jenny Pierce. McClelland posted her 10th and record-breaking dig in the 24-16 point of Game 1, amassing 13 in all for that stanza.
UC Davis took an early 7-4 lead in Game 2 when Mary Gaber deftly covered a Gaucho block and Kate Wilton was there for the kill. Waldowski had two aces during the middle stretch of the frame to push UCSB ahead by 15-11. However, the Aggies managed to whittle back to one-point deficits at 15-14 then again at 17-16, the latter of which forced UCSB coach Kathy Gregory to gather her team for a timeout. After the break, Garbisch served up three more aces in a span of four points to pull her team ahead to a 22-16 advantage. Garbisch, Sandell and Blackshire each had four kils in the Game 2 win.
Garbisch had a block assist and kill during the early going of Game 3 to help UCSB take an early 7-4 lead. She finished with six kills on nine attempts in the final frame, leading the Gauchos to the sweep.
The Aggies finish their season at home, hosting Cal Poly on November 27.