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UCSB Hosts ESPNU Game and Volleyball Invitational


TOP SPORTING EVENTS: JANUARY 5-17

Santa Barbara High and San Marcos tangle in a pair of double-headers this week, as the prep winter sports enter league play. There’s basketball tonight (Tue., Jan. 5) at the City College Sports Pavilion the girls’ game between the Dons and Royals at 5 p.m., followed by the boys’ game.

On Thursday, the schools’ soccer teams will play back-to-back evening games at San Marcos. Santa Barbara’s boys bring a perfect 17-0 record into the Channel League opener.

On the college front, Westmont’s nationally ranked basketball teams play at California Baptist in Riverside tonight. The Warrior women (ranked No. 14) and men (No. 22) will return home Saturday against The Master’s.

UCSB’s men rallied to defeat UC Riverside 57-53 on Monday night, earning a split of their first two Big West games on the road. The Gauchos will host UC Davis at 8 p.m. Friday in a game to be televised on ESPNU.

The Gaucho women opened their conference slate with a 54-48 victory over UC Irvine. Junior center Mekia Valentine blocked 11 shots, shattering the school record of eight in a game. They are on the road this week.

Gaucho coaches Bob Williams and Lindsay Gottlieb will discuss their teams tonight on Talk’n Gauchos, UCSB’s weekly radio show. It is broadcast from State and A Bar & Grill will air live on AM 1490 KIST from 6-7 p.m.

Also on the show will be men’s volleyball player Cullen Irons. UCSB and seven other volleyball teams will compete in this week’s 46th annual Santa Barbara Invitational. The Gauchos will open against Cal State Northridge at 11 a.m. Thursday at Robertson Gym. Other teams include UCLA, BYU and UC Irvine, the defending national champion. The second round Thursday night will determine the pairings for Friday’s finals.

Tickets for the volleyball tournament and other Gaucho events can be purchased online (ucsbgauchos.com), by phone (893-UCSB) or at the ticket office in the UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics Building. There are free parking spaces outside the building next to Robertson Gym.

Tuesday, January 5

High school girls water polo Thousand Oaks at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer Dos Pueblos at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball Santa Barbara vs. San Marcos at SBCC, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball Santa Barbara vs. San Marcos at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball Westmont at Cal Baptist, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball Westmont at Cal Baptist, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6

College women’s basketball Moorpark at SBCC, 5 p.m.

College men’s basketball Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 7

High school girls water polo San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

College men’s volleyball Santa Barbara Invitational at UCSB’s Thunderdome and Robertson Gym: UCSB vs. Cal State Northridge at Rob Gym, 11 a.m. Second-round matches at 7:30 p.m.

High school girls soccer Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 5 p.m.; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school boys soccer Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball UCSB at UC Davis, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball Fillmore at Carpinteria, 6:30 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

High school wrestling San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 8

College men’s volleyball Santa Barbara Invitational at UCSB’s Robertson Gym, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (championship).

High school boys soccer Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls soccer Vasquez at Cate, 3:30 p.m.; La Reina at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball Besant Hill at Laguna Blanca, 5:30 p.m.; Dunn at Cate, 6:30 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.; Nordhoff at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

College men’s basketball UC Davis at UCSB, Thunderdome, 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 9

High school boys soccer Villanova Prep at Bishop Diego, 11 a.m.

High school girls soccer Midland at Laguna Blanca, 11 a.m.

College swimming USC at UCSB, 12 p.m.

High school girls basketball Bishop Diego at Laguna Blanca, 5 p.m.; Cate at Carpinteria, 5:30 p.m.

College women’s basketball UCSB at Pacific, 4 p.m.; The Master’s at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball The Master’s at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 10

College men’s basketball Pacific at UCSB, Thunderdome, 3 p.m.

Monday, January 11

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Cafe, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, January 12

High school girls water polo Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls soccer Santa Paula at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball Ventura at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Malibu at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball Biola at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball Biola at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13

High school girls water polo Cate at Carpinteria, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer Dunn at Laguna Blanca, 3:30 p.m.

High school girls soccer Fillmore at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball Ventura at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Malibu at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.; Santa Paula at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

College men’s volleyball Long Beach State at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 14

High school girls soccer Villanova Prep at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer Ventura at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.; Buena at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls water polo Mater Dei at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Long Beach Wilson at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.

College women’s basketball Long Beach State at UCSB, Thunderdome, 7 p.m.

College men’s basketball UCSB at Long Beach State, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball Santa Paula at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 15

High school girls water polo Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara.

High school boys soccer Oak Park at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball Cate at Laguna Blanca, 6:30 p.m.

High school girls basketball Laguna Blanca at Cate, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 16

High school girls water polo Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara, championship at 4:35 p.m.

High school boys soccer Laguna Blanca at Cate, 2 p.m.

College women’s basketball UCSB at UC Riverside, 5 p.m.; Westmont at Point Loma Nazarene, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball UC Riverside at UCSB, Thunderdome, 7 p.m.; Westmont at Point Loma Nazarene, 7:30 p.m.

College men’s volleyball UC San Diego at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball Oxnard Pacifica at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 17

International soccer Mexico vs. Denmark U-23 teams, UCSB’s Harder Stadium, 2 p.m.



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