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UCSB Picks Up 20th Win of the Season

Photo by Jeff Liang
Photo by Jeff Liang

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The 20th win of the 2021 season came Tuesday night for the UCSB Women's Volleyball team as the Gauchos swept CSUN on the road. UCSB has now won three straight and has posted 20 or more wins in back-to-back seasons.

ON THE STAT SHEET

  • Briana McKnight led all players with a career-high 11 kills on a .348 hitting percentage
  • UCSB outhit CSUN .326 to .188 and posted 44 kills
  • Michelle Ohwobete saw her sixth straight double-digit kill performance posting 10 ti go with six digs and a pair of blocks

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set (25-17 UCSB)

  • UCSB hit a match-high .438 clip and converted on 82% of its sideout opportunities in the opening set that saw just two ties and zero lead changes
  • An early 6-1 run saw the Gauchos take a comfortable 13-7 lead and hold off the Matadors from there
  • Deni Wilson clinched it with one of her three kills in the set

Second Set (25-23 UCSB)

  • The second frame was the closest contest of the night with six ties and each team posting similar numbers
  • Trading punches through the middle points, the two teams met at 17-17 where the Gauchos caught a 3-0 run to force a Matador timeout
  • CSUN refused to go away notching it at 22 apiece and once again Wilson sealed it from the middle sending down another kill

Third Set (25-15 UCSB)

  • UCSB held CSUN to just eight kills and a .114 hitting percentage in the final set, and did a great job of holding serve with the Matadors going just 10-for-25 on sideout opportunities
  • The Gauchos found their largest lead of the set and the night with their final point as Macall Peed notched an ace to end the match up 10 points 

UP NEXT
UCSB now has its sights set on the final match of the regular season this Saturday at Hawai'i. The Gauchos will need a little help from these same Matadors, who match up with UH on Friday. Should CSUN win that match, UCSB will be battling Hawai'i for the Big West title.aHaH