#13 UCSB Opens Conference Play by Hosting Two Northern Rivals

Oliver Deutschman (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Oliver Deutschman (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 7 p.m.. at Rob Gym
No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (2-2, 0-0)
vs. No. 4 Stanford (3-0, 1-0)
Series record vs. the Cardinal- 43-28
Streak- Won 1
2010 Series- UCSB 2-0
2011 Series- Tied 1-1
Last time out vs. the Cardinal- W, 3-1

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Rob Gym
No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (2-2, 0-0)
vs. No. 15 Pacific (2-2, 0-1)
Series record vs. the Tigers- 22-11
Streak- Lost 1
2010 Series- UCSB 2-0
2011 Series- Tied 1-1
Last time out vs. the Tigers- L, 3-1

• Can't Make it to the Court?
UCSB men's volleyball matches can be followed live online for no charge with Presto Sport's
"Primetime" app. Log on to UCSBgauchos.com, go to the men's volleyball schedule, and click
on the"live stats' link for the match you're interested in. You can follow each point and see
player statistics and bios.

• The Week in Review
After wrapping up their hosting duties for the UCSB/asics Invitational (in which the Gauchos
placed sixth with a 1-2 record), the team played host to California Baptist in their last nonconference
match of the season. If this was supposed to be a tune-up match, UCSB appeared
to already be in top condition, needing just over an hour to beat the Lancers in straight sets.
Miles Evans had a match-high 12 kills. Cal Baptist's Kristopher Johnson had an impressive nighthe
led all players with seven blocks while also turning in 10 kills and a .444 hitting percentage.
UCSB frustrated the Cal Baptist attack all night, holding them to just a .139 hitting percentage
for the night, including a .050 rate in the second game.

• Catch a Tiger By the Toe
Despite their one match losing streak against them, UCSB has dominated Pacific in the recent
past. The Gauchos have won 12 of their last 13 matches against Pacific, dating back to 2006.
The last time UCSB lost a match to Pacific was Mar. 11, 2006, when they were defeated in
straight sets at Pacific's Spanos Center.

• He Can Go for Miles
Junior outside hitter Miles Evans has quickly become the team's go-to attacking option, having
led the squad in kills in each of the first four matches of the season, racking up 13, 19, 11, and
12 kills, respectively. Miles, a transfer from Santa Barbara City College, follows in the footsteps
of last year's big hitter, Jeff Menzel, who was also raised in the Santa Barbara area. Also a strong
presence at the net, Evans has had 5 or more total blocks in two of his four matches.

• Fresh Faced Gauchos
In contrast to last year's senior-heavy and rarely changing lineup, this
year's lineup features just one senior and one starting returner. Blaine
Nielsen, the sole senior, is also the team's captain. Dylan Davis, the sole
starting returner, had a monster 2011 campaign, highlighted by careerhigh
15 kill performance against USC in the national semifinal match.
McLaughlin rarely strayed from his starting seven last year, but 11 different
players have started a match already this year for the Gauchos.
Even the coaches have been shaken up, as Aaron Mansfield and Tyson
Norton are now assisting McLaughlin in place of Lee Nelson.

• Brotherly Love
This year's squad has two pairs of brothers- Chad & Austin Kingi, and
Weston & Blaine Nielsen. All players have seen action except Austin,
a freshman outside hitter.

• Sensational Southpaw
Redshirt freshman Chris Hartig has done well in limited action so far
this season. The lefty leads the Gauchos with 3.71 kills per game (Miles
Evans is just behind at 3.67). He also joins Evans as the only Gaucho
hitters to record double-digit kills in each match he has appeared,
picking up 16 and 10 in his two appearances.

• Dependable Davis
Dylan Davis, one of three Gauchos to have appeared in all 15 of the
team's sets, is playing as solid as ever this year. Davis, who finished second
on last year's team with 101 blocks, leads this year's squad with
19 thus far. He is also hitting .349, which despite ranking third on the
team is actually a low figure for the middle blocker, who led the MPSF
in hitting percentage at .488 last year.

• Outhitting the Opponents
Thus far this season, the Gauchos have done an admirable job at attacking
and serving. They have outhit their opponents .224 to .202,
outkilled them 173-169, and out-aced them 19-14.

• Tickets For All Matches This Season Are Available
Tickets for all matches this season are available by calling 805.893.
UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics
Building on campus, or buy online and print at home. The Intercollegiate
Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent
to the building, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets.
The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office,
are available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday.