The UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team started the 2019 season on a strong note, sweeping LIU Brooklyn 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20) to kick off the Buffs Invitational hosted by Colorado on Friday afternoon.

Senior standout Lindsey Ruddins picked up where she left off last season, pacing the team with 15 kills on 30 attempts for an efficient .400 hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman Tallulah Froley added nine kills while hitting .533 and freshman Deni Wilson was sensational in her debut with seven kills on 10 attempts (.700).

As a team, the Gauchos hit .318 (40-12-88) while holding the Sharks to a .133 (34-21-98) percentage.

Olivia Lovenberg and Romoni Vivao shared the setting duties, tallying 21 and 15 assists, respectively, while Rowan Ennis led the way with four total blocks. Torre Glasker added a team-high eight digs. 

UCSB (1-0) will continue Buffs Invitational action Saturday, Aug. 31, with a pair of matches beginning with Wyoming at 11 a.m. PT. The final match of the tournament for UCSB will take place against host Colorado at 6 p.m. PT.