SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Looking ahead at a week with a postseason matchup and the 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, men’s volleyball head coach Rick McLaughlin, outside hitter Matt Hanley, baseball head coach Andrew Checketts, and men’s soccer assistant coach Greg Curry will be on this week's Talk'n Gauchos radio show, which will air live on AM 1290 KZSB from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
As always, the show will broadcast live from the Beachside Bar Café on beautiful Goleta Beach and will be hosted by The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall.
After downing No. 5 UCLA in a five-set thriller last weekend, McLaughlin and the No. 4 Gauchos continue their journey to the MPSF crown in Provo, Utah where they will face No. 1 BYU in the conference semifinals. The team previously beat the Cougars 3-1 at Rob Gym earlier this month, and it will be looking for its first victory at the Firestone Fieldhouse since 2012.
Senior transfer Matt Hanley played a big role in beating the Bruins, his former team, last weekend with 16 kills, many coming in pivotal moments. In the fourth set, the outside hitter gave UCSB its first lead of the game at 18-17 and went on to give the Gauchos set point at 24-19. Hanley also contributed with eight digs (second on the team), while also recording a career-high four total blocks.
Checketts and the No. 19 UCSB baseball team are coming off a series loss at Long Beach State, but will be looking to get back on track as they host UC Riverside this weekend. Now in his third season at the helm, Checketts has guided the Gauchos to the national rankings where they have been regulars through the majority of the season. Tickets for this weekend’s series against the Highlanders can be purchased here.
Greg Curry and the rest of the 2004 men’s soccer team will be inducted into UCSB’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. The 2004 Gaucho men’s soccer team finished with a 21-3-1 record and was ranked No. 1 for most of the season. UCSB blasted Virginia Commonwealth and Duke, its NCAA College Cup quarterfinal and semifinal opponents, by a combined score of 9-1 to advance to the program’s first-ever National Championship game.
Others in the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 include: UCSB women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer Lindsay Taylor (2000-04), men’s track and field All-American Andy Schaeffer (1988-91), the 1972-74 women’s volleyball teams, and longtime radio play-by-play voice Phil Patton.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner will be held as part of All Gaucho Reunion (AGR) this Saturday, April 26. Tickets for the Hall of Fame induction can be purchased online by clicking here.