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Women's Volleyball

UCSB Opens Season With Three-Set Sweep Over
St. Johnís
Head coach Kathy Gregory is now just one win shy
of her 800th career victory.

BERKELEY, Calif. Ė The UC Santa Barbara
womenís volleyball team opened the 2008 season
with a win over St. Johnís in three sets (25-20, 25-
20, 25-21) on Saturday afternoon at the Cal Molten
Classic hosted by Cal in Berkeley, Calif.

With the victory, the Gauchos get out to a 1-0 start
on the season and stretch their current win streak
(carried over from the 2007 season) to five
consecutive matches. St. Johnís, which opened the
season with a three-set loss to Cal on Friday
evening, falls to 0-2 on the year. The win brings
head coach Kathy Gregoryís career count to 799
victories, putting her one shy of her 800th at UCSB.

The Gauchos were led by junior outside hitter
Rebecca Saraceno, who logged 13 kills on 38
attacks (4e, .237). Sophomore setter Dana Vargas
pushed the pace for UCSB, picking up 25 assists
and adding a kill of her own and two aces. Senior
libero Leigh Stephenson tallied 12 digs and
sophomore middle blocker Kasey Kipp contributed
a match-high seven block assists. UCSB hit .185
and secured 38 kills on 108 attacks (18e).

The Red Storm battled the Gauchos in each set,
forcing nine ties throughout the course of the match,
but UCSB was able to pull away each time. Six
service errors and five service receiving errors
eventually did St. Johnís in. Sophomore middle
blocker Song Kun put down 10 kills to lead her
team.

UCSB will remain in Berkeley to face the No. 5-
ranked Golden Bears in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday,
Aug. 31 at Haas Pavilion.

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