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Gauchos Fall in Season Opener at Northern Colorado 3-1

Tasia Farmer (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Tasia Farmer (Photo by Jeff Liang)

GREELY, Colo. (Aug. 26 2022)— The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team fell in its season-opening to Northern Colorado 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23) Friday night as a part of the Northern Colorado/Colorado State Tournament.

 On the Stat Sheet

  • The Gauchos led the match in both points with 71 and kills with 50 compared to 63 and 49 for the host bears.
  • UCSB also led with 48 assists and 15 total blocks.
  • Tasia Farmer led the way on the offensive end tallying 12 kills swinging a .296 clip.
  • Macall Peed led all players with 17 digs and was perfect on the receiving end converting on all 21 serves sent her way.
  • Grace McIntosh and Megan Shimoda split the setter duties recording 20 assists and 19 assists, respectively.
  • Deni Wilson added nine kills to go along with nine blocks and Michelle Ohwobete had seven kills and 12 digs. 

How it Happened

First Set (25-17, UNC)

  • The Bears led the first set from 2-1 on as they outhit the Gauchos .440 to .138.
  • Wilson got started early recording five kills on a potent 5-1-6 (.667) line.
  • Shimoda found 15 of her 19 assists in the set.

Second Set (25-23, UNC)

  • The second set was a much close affair as the frame saw 13 ties and nine lead changes, the most in the match.
  • The two teams remained within three points of each other deep into the late points. Tied at 20 apiece, the Bears edged out the Gauchos thanks to a trio of kills by Rachel Hickman, including the clinching point to close it out at 25-23.
  • UCSB sent down seven blocks in the set to hold UNC to just a .029 hitting percentage 

Third Set (26-24, UCSB)

  • The first set win of the season came in the third and it did not come easy as the Gauchos grinded to take it in extra points.
  • After trailing by as much as six at 14-8, UCSB stormed back and used a series of big runs to knot things up at 22-22. A huge kill from Ohwobete tied things up and a block by Farmer and Wilson gave UCSB set point. After seeing the match tied again at 24-24, Farmer picked up a solo block and a kill to keep the match alive.
  • Farmer finished the set with six kills swinging a .455 clip.

Fourth Set (25-23, UNC)

  • The final set was led primarily by the Gauchos who parlayed the third-set momentum into the fourth and got to as much a five-point lead.
  • Up 21-17, UCSB saw three straight attacking errors that let the Bears back in as the host team tied it at 21-21.
  • The Gauchos got a kill from Tallulah Froley that made it a 23-22 game in their favor but Northern Colorado rattled off a 3-0 run to end it.

 

Up Next
UCSB will look to bounce back tomorrow with a pair of matches against Northern Carolina and other tourney host Colorado State.