Riverside, CA – The UC Riverside volleyball team concluded the 2010 season on
Saturday evening with a 3-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara at the Student Recreation Center on
Saturday night. Prior to the game, the Highlanders celebrated senior night by honoring
their three seniors, Shannon Moyneur, Savannah Thomas, and Kelly Simpson.
Simpson led UCR with 10 kills and added 10 digs, while Amanda Vialpando had 18 digs to
lead the Highlanders.
UC Riverside was down 3-1 early in the first set, but went on a 6-2 run to take a 7-5
lead capped off by a Simpson kill. The Gauchos held UCR scoreless over the next four
points as they retook the lead 9-7.
The Highlanders stayed within four points and even got to within one, 18-17, late in the
set, but UC Santa Barbara ended on a 7-2 run to win set one 25-19.
Tied at 11 in the second set, the Gauchos scored four straight and six of seven to open
up a 17-12 lead. The Highlanders then turned the tables as they went on a 5-1 run to get
within one, 18-17, on an Amanda Vialpando kill.
UCSB never let UCR closer than that, however, as they scored six points to the
Highlanders two, taking a 24-19 set-point advantage. UC Riverside didn’t give up though
as they ran off three straight points to close the gap to 24-22, but a Kara Sherrard kill
gave the Gauchos the 25-22 win.
UCR took a 3-0 lead early in the third set, and maintained it at 7-4, but the Gauchos
rallied for seven straight to take an 11-7 margin.
The Highlanders tied the set at 20 late in the frame, but couldn’t take a lead as UCSB
Congratulations ladies for always playing hard and never giving up. Best wishes to the seniors!
Press Release Credit:
Lauren J. Kane
Media Relations Assistant