WVB: Gauchos lose tight match with UCI

UCSB came up short in a contentious battle with UC Irvine in the Thunderdome on Saturday night. The scores were 25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23.

Jaylen Villanueva led UCSB (6-17, 2-10) in kills for the second night in a row with 11 and also dealt four service aces. Devin Joos was right behind her with nine kills, while she was also a four at the net with a match-high five blocks. Overall, UCSB won the block’s category 12 to three.

Villanueva completed a double-double with 10 digs, while Elizabeth Sheffield finished with a career-high 10 digs. Emilia Petrachi led UCSB in the dig category with 14.