Sports  Fall 2011

Women’s Volleyball

UCSB Wins Tournament After Knocking Off San Jose State

Behind double-doubles from Leah Sully and Kara Sherrard, the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team won the Santa Clara Tournament on Sept. 10 by defeating San Jose State 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18. The win capped off a three-match sweep of the weekend's foes for a tournament victory and the Gauchos are now riding a four-match winning streak. UC Santa Barbara improves to 5-4 on the season. UC Santa Barbara continued its stellar defensive play, tallying 9.0 total team blocks and had 71 digs against the Spartans (2-6). The Gauchos held San Jose State to just a .165 hitting percentage.


Coach Gregory Wins No. 850 as Gauchos Sweep North Dakota

UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball coach Kathy Gregory added to her already legendary status on Sept. 9 as she coached the Gauchos to a sweep of North Dakota and her 850th career win.

The Queen, as she’s affectionately known, becomes just the 10th coach in NCAA history to achieve the milestone and Gregory holds the third-most victories of any active coach. She ranks sixth in Division I history in wins.

Men and Women’s Swimming

Gauchos Make Olympic Trial Cuts

It was a successful summer in the pool for UC Santa Barbara swimming as nine Gauchos qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials.

While competing at Senior Nationals at Stanford University, Garrett Thompson (50 freestyle), Ryan Hanni (50 and 100 free), Kevin Kuhn (50 and 100 free), Andrea Ward (100 butterfly) and Katie Tomkinson (100 free) became the latest group of UC Santa Barbara swimmers to make cuts for the trials, which will be held in Omaha, Nebraska next June. Incoming freshman, Bob Hwang, also made his cut in the 200 butterfly.

Tim Freeman, Sophia Yamauchi and Chris Peterson each qualified in June at the Santa Clara Grand Prix. Peterson made his 100 free cut, adding a second event to his trials’ program, which will also include the 50 free. In alumni news, former UC Santa Barbara swimmer Katy Freeman ’09 finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke at Senior Nationals with a time of 2:27.87, which was almost two seconds faster than her prelims time.

Men’s Soccer

Gauchos vs. Cal Poly to Air on FOX Soccer Nov. 4

The Gauchos’ Nov. 4 game against Blue-Green rival, Cal Poly, will be televised live from Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. This marks the third time in the last four years that the rivalry with Cal Poly will be played out in front of a national audience. The Gauchos have shown the propensity to shine while on camera, collecting a 7-2-3 record in TV games and they own a 5-2 record in FOX Soccer contests. Of UCSB’s seven televised wins, six have been shutouts.

Pontius Added to U.S. Roster

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Chris Pontius ’08 to the roster for the match against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Pontius made his second appearance in a U.S. national team camp after participating in the January camp in 2010.

Men’s Water Polo

Wigo Captures Win No. 100, as Gauchos Set New Scoring Record

Wsoccer Head men’s water polo coach Wolf Wigo captured his 100th win at UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 11 as the Gauchos posted a pair of wins at the Inland Empire Classic, which was hosted by Redlands. UC Santa Barbara toppled host Redlands, 20-6, before grabbing Wigo’s 100th win and concurrently setting a school record for goals in a game with a 32-6 victory over Chapman.

Wigo now holds a 100-85 record as the Gaucho men’s water polo coach. UC Santa Barbara capped off the weekend with a huge offensive onslaught against Chapman. In Wigo’s 100th win, 15 different Gauchos scored as UC Santa Barbara posted 32 goals, which breaks the previous school record of 30 goals in a game. That record was set in a 30-8 win over St. Mary’s in 1967.

Wsoccer Women’s Soccer

Gauchos Dominate Nevada in 1-0 Victory at Harder

Erin Ortega’s goal in the 78th minute broke a scoreless tie as UC Santa Barbara blanked the University of Nevada at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Sept. 18, 1-0. The Gauchos (4-5-1) dominated the Wolf Pack (1-8-0) but until Ortega’s tally they had nothing to show for it. Overall, UCSB had 28 shots, 10 of which were on goal, while Nevada had just one.

Ortega’s second goal of the season came after freshman Kelly McGrath’s header off of an Erica Shelton corner kick was blocked by Wolf Pack goalkeeper Jenna Riddle. Ortega collected the ball and pushed a shot into the left side of the goal. While it was Ortega who scored the Gauchos goal, it was junior Katy Roby who had her way with the opponent’s defense on Sunday. Roby had nine of her team’s 28 shots, five on goal. Ortega had five shots while Erica Shelton and Indiana Mead had four apiece

Men’s Volleyball

Menzel Leads Team USA to Wins at World University Games

UC Santa Barbara volleyball All-American Jeff Menzel has played a key part in each of Team USA’s first two wins at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. After pacing the U.S. squad with 15 kills and a .407 hitting percentage in a 3-0 tournament-opening win over Mexico, Menzel was at it again in a 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 domination of Turkey. For the second straight match, Menzel led Team USA with nine kills and a hitting percentage of .533. He also had one block and a service ace and his 11 total points were second on the team. Menzel had eight points on five kills, one block and a pair of service aces as the U.S. Team bounced back with a comfortable 25-21, 25-13, 25-20 victory over the United Arab Emirates in Shenzhen, China.

WsoccerMen’s Basketball

Orlando Johnson Selected U.S. Flag Bearer at 2011 World University Games

UC Santa Barbara rising senior Orlando Johnson was selected to represent the United States of America as the USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 World University Games. “It’s unbelievable,” said Johnson. “I was proud to make the USA Basketball team and to play for my country, and now to carry the flag and lead the U.S. delegation feels very special. I feel very honored.” Team USA finished in fifth place at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Team USA finished 7-1 in the tournament and suffered its only loss 76-74 to Lithuania in the quarterfinals that eliminated its chances to medal. Johnson became the first Gaucho since Brian Shaw ’88 in 1986 to play for the US men’s basketball team.