The UCSB women’s volleyball team picked up its fifth-straight sweep Friday night downing Cal State Fullerton in a Big West matchup at the Thunderdome, 25-14, 25-21, 25-15.
The Gauchos, 13-2 in conference play and 17-8 overall, remain a game behind conference-leading Hawai’i. Fullerton is 6-9 and 12-11.
Michelle Ohwobete led all players with 13 kills on an efficient 13-2-27 line for a .407 clip. She also had five blocks and a pair of aces and digs.
For the 13th time this season, UCSB had double-digit blocks, tallying 15, while holding the Titans to a .122 hitting percentage. The Gauchos, meanwhile, hit at a .405 clip with 39 assists.
The Gauchos settled the first set with a 19-6 run that saw them hit at a .414. clip while holding Fullerton to .000.
The second set saw the Titans pulling within two at 17-15 before the Gauchos responded with a kill from Briana McKnight, a Deni Wilson block, an ace from Macall Peed for a commanding lead and then a clinching block from Tasia Farmer.
UCSB had seven blocks in the 25-21 set, the closest of the night.
The Gauchos hit at a massive .542 clip in the third set, while holding the Titans to .192.
For the match, Farmer had a 9-2-14 line for a .500 mark, and Wilson was errorless the match going 6-0-9 with eight blocks. Peed had double-digit digs, paced the field with four aces as well.
Nia Correal had three kills and five blocks and McKnight totaled five kills and seven digs.
Mehana Ma’a tallied 18 assists and four digs and Grace McIntosh finished just behind her with 16 on just 27 attempts (.593).
The Gauchos return to the Thunderdome Saturday, hosting Long Beach State at 7 p.m. The Beach, tied for third place in the Big West at 11-4, is one of just two conference teams to beat UCSB this season, a 3-1 decision on Oct. 7.