Santa Barbara Athletics News
Nov 20, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After closing the year out strong with three straight wins to end the season, four UCSB women’s volleyball players have garnered 2018 Big West All-Conference accolades, it was announced on Tuesday.
First Team selections Lindsey Ruddins and Emilia Petrachi headlined the UCSB quartet, each taking home their third career All-Conference honor. Ruddins earned her third consecutive First Team nod, becoming just the sixth player in program history to achieve the feat.
UCSB also made a mark on the All-Freshman Team for the fourth year in a row, with setter Olivia Lovenberg and outside hitter Gigi Ruddins both representing the Gauchos following breakout freshman seasons.
Lindsey Ruddins – All-Big West First Team It should come as little surprise that the elder Ruddins earns her third straight All-Big West First Team selection – a quick look at the numbers is all you really need to know why.
One year after leading the nation in kill average, Ruddins topped herself in her junior season, setting career-highs in kills (575), attempts (1,564), aces (41), digs (297), blocks (59) and points (650). The 575 kills on 1,564 attempts were the fourth and fifth-most in UCSB history. It was also the program’s highest kill total during the rally scoring era (2001). Ruddins’ 5.37 kills per set ranked second in the nation this year and are second all-time at UCSB, trailing only herself.
Appearing in all 28 matches for the first time in her career, the Laguna Niguel, Calif. native was the only player in the conference to have at least 10 kills in every match she played in, something she had never done before. She ends the year with 16 20-kill efforts and a pair of incredible 30-kill performances.
While she consistently punished just about every defense she faced from the first serve of the year, Ruddins was at her best when she set a season-high with 33 kills in a 3-1 win over a talented Texas Tech team …