Sports Highlights: April 14-19

San Marcos High’s top-ranked volleyball team has lost only one best-of-five match this season. On Tuesday night, April 15, the 19-1 Royals get a chance to avenge that defeat when they host Dos Pueblos in a Channel League match. On Friday and Saturday, the Royals and Chargers will join the Santa Barbara Dons at the SBHS Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions.

City rivalries will be played out this week in baseball and softball, as Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos play a pair of home-and-home games. Carpinteria and Bishop Diego will square off twice in baseball. On Saturday, April 19, Carpinteria will host the oldest high school track and field meet in Southern California, the 95th Russell Cup. It is a showcase for athletes from smaller schools.

UCSB scored some big-time victories last week. The Gaucho volleyball team, by virtue of upsetting BYU last Friday, will host a postseason playoff match for the first time since 2007. Fourth-seeded UCSB will face No. 5 UCLA in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinals on Saturday night at Robertson Gym.

In baseball, the Gauchos scored their first series victory over Cal State Fullerton since 2007. After losing the 11-inning opener, 11-9, UCSB edged the Titans by scores of 3-2 and 2-1 to improve to 22-8 overall and 4-5 in the Big West. BYU visits UCSB for a non-conference game today (Mon. Apr. 14).


Monday, 4/14: Baseball – BYU at UCSB, 1 pm.

Tuesday, 4/15: Golf – OGIO UCSB Intercollegiate Tournament, final round, Sandpiper Golf Course, 8 am.

Thursday, 4/17: Softball – Oxnard at SBCC, 2:30 pm. Baseball – UCSB at Long Beach State, 6 pm.

Friday, 4/18: Women’s water polo – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 4 pm. Baseball – UCSB at Long Beach State, 6 pm.

Saturday, 4/19: Baseball – UCSB at Long Beach State, 2 pm. Men’s volleyball – MPSF quarterfinal: UCLA at UCSB, Rob Gym, 7 pm.


Monday, 4/14: Softball – Mission Prep at Bishop Diego, 3:30 pm.

Tuesday, 4/15: Baseball – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 pm; Buena at San Marcos, 3:15 pm; Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, 3:30 pm. Softball – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:30 pm. Boys volleyball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 6 pm; Saugus at Santa Barbara, 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, 4/16: Track and field – Ventura at San Marcos, 3 pm; St. Bonaventure and La Reina at Carpinteria, 3 pm.

Thursday, 4/17: Swimming – Buena at Santa Barbara, 2 pm. Track and field – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 3 pm. Baseball – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 pm; Bishop Diego at Carpinteria, 3:30 pm. Softball – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 3:30 pm; Buena at San Marcos, 3:30 pm. Boys volleyball – Oak Park at Bishop Diego, 6:30 pm.

Friday, 4/18: Swimming – Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 2 pm. Boys volleyball – Karch Kiraly Tournament at Champions at Santa Barbara, 11 am.

Saturday, 4/19: Track and field – 95th Russell Cup at Carpinteria, 9:30 am. Boys volleyball – Karch Kiraly Tournament at Champions at Santa Barbara, 11 am; Finals, 6:15 pm.


Information for most events:

APRIL: 16 – Elings Park 5K Terrain Series. 19 – Chardonnay 10 Miler/5K, Leadbetter Beach. 23 – Elings Park 5K Terrain Series. 26 – Gaucho Gallop, 1K dog dash, 5K run/walk, 10K run, UCSB Harder Stadium. 30 – Start of weekly Nite Moves swim-run, Leadbetter Beach (through August 27).

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