TOP SPORTING EVENTS: SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 10
SBCC will stage a women’s volleyball match in unfamiliar surroundings – its own Sports Pavilion – when the Vaqueros take the floor against Bakersfield College at 6 p.m. today (Tue., Sept. 28). The Vaqueros played their first 13 matches on the road, winning nine of them. They are ranked No. 18 in the state. Sophomore setter Kelsey Soos was named all-tournament at L.A. Pierce last weekend.
UCSB will celebrate the return of the Gaucho women’s volleyball team to the Thunderdome on Friday night with the unveiling of a new “Legend of the Dome.” Former Gaucho All-American Roberta Gehlke was the volleyball legend honored last year. The Gauchos (8-6), who played their last 11 matches on the road, will face Long Beach State in a Big West match. They got off to a 2-0 start in conference play last week, winning matches at Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. Junior middle blocker Stacey Schmidt, who had a career-best 23 kills at Northridge, was named the Big West Player of the Week.
Westmont College (8-7), ranked No. 24 in the NAIA volleyball coaches’ poll, also will playing on the home court this week. The Warriors face Biola tonight.
UCSB begins its quest for another Big West men’s soccer championship this week, playing at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday night and hosting UC Davis on Saturday night. The Gauchos won their last three matches, including a 2-0 victory over UCLA last Friday before a record Harder Stadium crowd of 15,896. It was the third largest regular-season attendance in NCAA soccer history, topped only by St. Louis University in two games played at Busch Stadium in 1973 and 1980. The Big West honored UCSB’s David Opoku, who scored the first goal against UCLA, and goalkeeper Sam Hayden with Player of the Week awards.
Westmont will celebrate its homecoming with a soccer double-header against San Diego Christian on Saturday afternoon.
Santa Barbara High’s homecoming is built around a football game Friday night between the Dons and the Nordhoff Rangers. The Dos Pueblos Chargers will shoot for their third consecutive victory Friday night against visiting Rio Mesa.
Tuesday, September 28
High school girls tennis – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 2:30 p.m.
High school girls golf – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, Birnam Wood CC, 2:30 p.m.
High school girls volleyball – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.
College women’s volleyball – Bakersfield at SBCC, 6 p.m.; Biola at Westmont, 7 p.m.
College men’s soccer – L.A. Mission at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 29
College men’s soccer – UCSB at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 30
High school girls volleyball – Laguna Blanca at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Oaks Christian at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.
Friday, October 1
High school cross country – Dos Pueblos Invitational, Shoreline Park, 2:45 p.m.
High school girls volleyball – Cornerstone Christian at Laguna Blanca, 5 p.m.
High school football – Nordhoff at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Rio Mesa at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; San Marcos at Oxnard, 7 p.m.; Carpinteria at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Fillmore, 7:30 p.m.
College women’s volleyball – Long Beach State at UCSB, Thunderdome, 7 p.m.
College women’s soccer – Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 2
College men’s soccer – San Diego Christian at Westmont, 1 p.m.; UC Davis at UCSB, 7 p.m.
College women’s soccer – San Diego Christian at Westmont, 3:30 p.m.
High school football (8-man) – Dunn at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.; Christian Life Academy at Cate, 2 p.m.
Roller derby – Mission City Brawlin’ Betties vs. Bakersfield Diamond Divas, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 5 p.m.
College football – L.A. Southwest at SBCC, La Playa Stadium, 6 p.m.
College women’s volleyball – Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, Thunderdome, 7 p.m.; Vanguard at Westmont, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 3
Polo – President’s Cup at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club: Exhibition, 1 p.m. Final, 3 p.m.
College women’s soccer – UCSB at Long Beach State, 1 p.m.
Monday, October 4
Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.
Tuesday, October 5
High school girls tennis – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 2:30 p.m.
High school girls golf – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, S.B. Golf Club, 2:30 p.m.
High school boys water polo – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.
High school girls volleyball – Ventura at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Buena at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.; La Reina at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.
College men’s soccer – Citrus at SBCC, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 6
College men’s soccer – Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 7
High school girls golf – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, S.B. Golf Club, 2:30 p.m.
High school boys water polo – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.
High school girls volleyball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Santa Paula at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.
Friday, October 8
High school girls volleyball – Viewpoint at Laguna Blanca, 6 p.m.
High school football – Nordhoff at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Oxnard Pacifica, 7 p.m.; Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.; St. Genevieve at Bishop Diego, SBCC La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Canyon, 7:30 p.m.
College women’s soccer – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 9
High school football (8-man) – East Valley at Cate, 2 p.m.; Laguna Blanca at Santa Clarita Christian, 7 p.m.
College football – SBCC at Santa Monica, 6 p.m.
Semipro football – Compton Panthers at Central Coast Seminoles, Santa Ynez High, 6 p.m.
College women’s volleyball – UCSB at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 10
College women’s soccer – UC Irvine at UCSB, 1 p.m.
Thursday, September 30 – Montecito YMCA Golf Tournament, Montecito Country Club, 12 p.m. ciymca.org.
Saturday, October 2 – Pacific Pride Foundation 10K AIDS Walk, Leadbetter Beach, 10 a.m. pacificpridefoundation.org.
Saturday, October 9 – Santa Barbara 5K Heart Walk, Chase Palm Park, 10 a.m. sbheartwalk.com.
Sunday, October 10 – Goleta Valley Cycling Club People Powered Ride (century, metric century and 30-miler), Hans Christian Andersen Park, Solvang, 6:30 a.m. active.com.
Saturday, October 16 – Environmental Defense Center “Ride on the Wild Side,’ 10-mile or 39-mile bike rides, EDC office (906 Garden Street), 7 a.m. EnvironmentalDefenseCenter.org.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2.4 miles, East Beach, 8 a.m. walknowforautismspeaks.org.
Alzheimers’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 10 a.m. alz.org.
Saturday, October 23 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders. santabarbaracentury.org.
Saturday, November 6 – Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. Half Marathon, Tuckers Grove to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. sbimarathon.com.