August 16, 2011

Menzel, Team USA Improve to 3-1 at World University Games

UC Santa Barbara's Jeff Menzel continued to standout as the U.S. National Team split its most recent two pool play matches at the World University Games.

Menzel led the way with 28 points on 23 kills and five blocks as Team USA dropped a thrilling 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 15-13 decision to the Czech Republic on Monday.  It was the first loss of the tournament for the Americans.  

On Tuesday, Menzel had eight points on five kills, one block and a pair of service aces as the U.S. Team bounced back with a comfortable 25-21, 25-13, 25-20 victory over the United Arab Emirates in Shenzhen, China.

To advance out of pool play, the U.S. must defeat Thailand on Wednesday.  Head coach Gordon Mayforth says that his team knows the importance of that match.

"Tomorrow against Thailand, it is winner take all," he said. "The team knows for us, playoffs start tomorrow. Thailand has their whole national team here, and it will be a good test for our guy. But I am sure we are up to the task."

Season tickets to UCSB men's soccer remain on sale.  The Gauchos open the season with an exhibition game against traditional rival Westmont College on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.  There are numerous ticket packages available, including Family Packs at "V-Packs," which are exclusively for residents of the Santa Ynez Valley and Ventura County.  For more information, click here or call 805-893-UCSB.