June 11, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara basketball player Alex Harris was chosen the 2006-07 Golden 1 Credit Union UCSBGauchos.com Male Athlete of the Year as voting wrapped up Monday on the official Web site of UCSB Athletics.
Harris, a junior guard, tallied 115 votes, 23.4% of the total. The Alameda native was the first Gaucho to be named First Team All-Big West Conference since the 2002-03 season. Harris led the league in scoring, racking up 611 points over 29 games for a 21.1 points per game average. His point total and average both rank third on UCSB's single season lists. Harris made 71 three-pointers, the fourth-most in a single season by any Gaucho. He scored 20 or more points in each of the first seven games of the season and totaled 20 or more in each of the final six. Overall, he scored in double-figures 28 times in 29 games and tallied 20 or more points 18 times. Harris dropped in a career-high 35 on Feb. 22 at Cal State Fullerton and finished the season with a game-high 22 points against UC Irvine in a Big West Tournament quarterfinal game.
Following Harris in the online voting were Evan Patak (volleyball) and Kyle Reynish (soccer), who tied for second, and Robbie Blauer (baseball), who finished fourth.
Patak, a senior opposite hitter from Pleasanton, was named an AVCA First Team All-American as well as First Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). He led the country in kills, service aces, and points and was tops in all three categories in MPSF matches as well. Patak set a new UCSB single season record with an unheard of 110 aces and recorded 30 or more kills seven times in 2007. He received 90 votes, 18.3% of the total.
Equaling Patak with 90 votes, Reynish helped lead the men's soccer team to an NCAA Division I National Championship. The senior was tabbed the Big West Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, playing every minute between the posts for the Gauchos. The Valencia native registered a 0.86 goals against average and made 102 saves in 2006. In April, Reynish signed a contract with Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake.
Blauer picked up 75 of the online votes, 15.2%. A senior first baseman, Blauer was a First Team All-Big West selection after putting up a .398 batting average, the second highest in the league. The Huntington Beach native also led the Gauchos in at-bats (211), hits (84), doubles (17), RBI (43), slugging percentage (.555), walks (37), on-base percentage (.480), and sacrifice flies (6). Blauer had a 24-game hit streak in the beginning of the season and finished his career by hitting in his last 22. Overall, he hit safely in 51 of 54 games played in 2007. Blauer was recently drafted by the San Diego Padres.
Also nominated for 2006-07 Golden 1 Credit Union UCSBGauchos.com Male Athlete of the Year were Eric Avila (soccer), Eugene Bradley (track and field), Bryan Byrne (soccer), Pat Cary (swimming), Anders Dalskov (tennis), John Delaney (track and field), Andy Iro (soccer), J.D. Krawczyk (cross country), and Ross Sinclair (water polo).
Voting for the 2006-07 Golden 1 Credit Union UCSBGauchos.com Female Athlete of the Year is currently underway at www.UCSBGauchos.com.