No. 14 UCSB Returns Home to Play Host to UCLA

(Photo by Tony Mastres)
(Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7 p.m.
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (3-6, 1-4)
vs. No. 1 UCLA (11-1, 6-0)
Series record vs. the Bruins- 32-117
Streak- Lost 1
2011 Series- UCSB 3-0
2012 Series- UCLA 1-0
Last time out vs. the Bruins- L, 3-0

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (3-6, 1-4)
vs. No 11 Cal State Northridge (3-6, 1-4)
Series record vs. the Matadors- 46-36
Streak- Won 3
2011 Series- UCSB 2-0
2011 Series- UCSB 1-0
Last time out vs. the Matadors- W, 3-1

• Can't Make it to the Court?
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"Primetime" app. For home matches, log on to, 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.

Scates to be Honored
UCLA Head Coach Al Scates, who will be retiring after this season, will be honored before
Friday night's match. Scates will retire having coached UCLA the past 50 years, winning a
remarkable 19 NCAA Championships in the process for the Bruins.

• The Week in Review
The Gauchos finished up their three-match road swing by splitting a pair of matches against
USC and Pepperdine. On Wednesday, UCSB's attacking was greatly frustrated by the USC
block, as they recorded a team hitting percentage of .000 or lower in two of the three sets.
The Gauchos recorded only one block as a team for the entire match, while USC's Robert
Feathers led all players with 10. UCSB picked up their first conference win of the season by
upsetting Pepperdine two nights later in a match that saw outstanding performances across
the board. Kevin Donohue set career highs in kills (17) and digs (9). Oliver Deutschman set
new career marks in digs (8) and blocks (4), while Dylan Davis had a strong all-around night,
finishing with seven kills and a match-high seven blocks.

• Scouting the Bruins
The Gauchos will surely have their work cut out against them against the top-ranked Bruins
side. They boast the two highest individual hitting percentages in Thomas Amberg (..558) and
Weston Dunlap (.541). Undefeated so far in conference play, they lead the MPSF in team
hitting percentage (.366), opponents' hitting percentage (.191), and blocks (3.18 per game).
Santa Barbara native Jeremy Casebeer leads the Bruins with 120 kills.

• Evans Getting It Done
Junior outside hitter Miles Evans has quickly become the team's go-to
attacking option, having led the squad in kills in seven of the first nine
matches of the season. 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. Miles recently picked up a
career-high in kills, going off for 20 on Jan. 21 against Stanford in just
four games. Miles ranks fifth in the MPSF in kills per game (3.81). Miles
has recorded 10 or more kills in eight of nine 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. Head
Coach Rick McLaughlin rarely strayed from his starting seven last year,
but 13 different players have started a match already this year for the
Gauchos. A season-high 11 Gauchos entered the match on Feb. 1
against USC.

• Brotherly Love
This year's squad has two pairs of brothers- Chad & Austin Kingi, and
Weston & Blaine Nielsen.

• Dependable Davis
Dylan Davis, one of two Gauchos to have appeared in all 33 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
33 thus far. Since the beginning of last season, he has failed to record
a block in just two matches. Dylan's current output of 1.00 blocks per
game places him tenth in the conference.

• Young Blood
Despite their relative inexperience, Chris Hartig and Kevin Donohue
are both finding success lined up on the opposite side of Miles Evans.
Hartig and Donohue rank second and third on the team in kills per
game at 2.94 and 2.77, respectively. Donohue's 17 kill performance
against Pepperdine catapulted him into second place on the team's
kill list at 47, only behind Evans' 122.

• 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.
Monday through Friday.