WVB: Villanueva’s potent hitting leads Gauchos

Led by Jaylen Villanueva’s match-high 15 kills, UCSB (6-12, 2-5) completed an undefeated weekend with a convincing 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton (0-18, 0-6) in the Thunderdome on Saturday night.

Villanueva’s kill total was one of her two season highs, as she also finished the match with a .306 hitting percentage. Phoebe Grunt continues to impress on offense with 13 kills from a .478 clip, while Britton Taylor also reached 13 kills, tying a season high. As a team, the Gauchos looked terrific on offense with a .302 hitting percentage compared to the Titans’ .104.

Emilia Petrachi paced the team match with 23 digs, as the Gauchos eclipsed Fullerton in the category 69-54.

Adding to her offensive effort, Grunt also led UCSB in the block categories with four total. Behind her was Annie Hasselmann who reached a career high with three block assists, adding to her match leading 30 assists.