Pixel Tracker

Monday, November 19 , 2018, 12:43 pm | Partly Cloudy with Haze 65º

Sports: A Noozhawk Partnership with Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, The Lab, and American Riviera Bank
Santa Barbara Athletic Round TableThe LabAmerican Riviera Bank
College Volleyball

UCSB Volleyball Falls in 5 to Cincinnati in Season Opener

OXFORD, Ohio – The UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team was resilient in its season-opening match against Cincinnati on Friday afternoon at the Miami Invitational, but the Gauchos couldn't get the final two points to go their way in a 15-13 fifth set defeat. The first four sets went 21-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-20.

Reigning NCAA kills leader Lindsey Ruddins picked up right where she left off last season, leading the Gaucho attack with 21 kills and three aces. She has now surpassed the 20-kill mark in 11 of her last 12 matches dating back to last season.

Ruddins' final kill of the day capped a well-timed 3-0 run for UCSB to tie the fifth set at 13-13. Unfortunately for the Gauchos, attacking errors on the next two points would end the match in the Bearcats' favor.

Providing support to the UCSB attack were junior outside hitter Torre Glasker and freshman setter Olivia Lovenberg. Both players finished with double-doubles in their Gaucho debuts, with Glasker tallying 13 kills and 12 digs and Lovenberg going for 37 assists and 10 scoops.

Providing the first punch early on was freshman Tallulah Froley, whose season-opening kill started a 4-0 run out of the gates. Glasker followed Froley's point with back-to-back aces, and Ruddins capped the run with her first kill of the year.

Glasker would finish with five of her team's 11 aces, equaling the entire Cincinnati team. The 11 aces were the most for the Gauchos since they had 14 against Hawai'i in October of 2017, the only time last season that they had more than 10.

UCSB led 13-4 midway through the opening game, but Cincinnati answered back by scoring 21 of the next 29 points, including four straight to end the inning at 25-21.

While it was Cincinnati winning the odd-numbered sets, the Gauchos were at their best in the second and fourth, when they hit at .424 and .484 clips as a team, respectively. The second set saw them drop the first point before scoring six unanswered. UCSB's lead would not drop below four points the rest of the game. Sophomore Nicole Omwanghe provided the finishing touches with her second kill to win the set 25-16, tying the match at 1-1.

The Gauchos kept things close until midway through the third set. After a Bearcat attacking error brought UCSB level at 12-12, Cincinnati closed it out on a 13-4 run to retake the lead.

UCSB more than doubled the Bearcats' hitting percentage in game four, outhitting them .484 to .241 while registering six fewer attacking errors and four fewer service errors.

Senior libero Emilia Petrachi finished with a team-high 17 digs to go along with six assists. Senior Lexi Rottman added 13 assists and six digs.

Chipping in offensively were juniors Rowan Ennis and Charlie Robinson, with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Robinson led her team with an efficient .533 hitting percentage.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >