Gauchos Return Home For Busy Week at Rob Gym

Evan Licht (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Evan Licht (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (3-5, 1-4) vs. Princeton (0-0)
at Rob Gym
– This will be the first meeting in each school's history –

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (3-5, 1-4) vs. No. 2 UC Irvine (6-3, 3-3)
at Rob Gym
Series record vs. the Anteaters – 45-22
Streak vs. the Anteaters – Lost 4
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 4
UC Irvine Streak Overall – Won 2
Last time out vs. the Anteaters – L, 3-0 (3/30/2012)

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (3-5, 1-4) vs. No. 13 UC San Diego (3-6, 2-4)
at Rob Gym
Series record vs. the Tritons – 28-7
Streak vs. the Tritons – Lost 2
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 4
UC San Diego Streak Overall – Lost 3
Last time out vs. the Tritons – L, 3-0 (3/31/2012)

• Tight Loss Against Pacific Foreshadows Tough Loss to Stanford
UCSB traveled to Pacific last Friday night, with each set becoming a nail biter. Ultimately, the Tigers came out on top in five sets. With the high level of play from both teams, several UCSB players put up spectacular individual numbers. UCSB's Matt Marsh had a remarkable performance by putting down 17 kills. Jonah Seif contributed a triple-double with a career-high 54 assists throughout the night and Dylan Davis tied a career high with 14 blocks. Davis' 14 total blocks has him tied for the second-highest total blocks in the school's history. This heartbreaking loss against the Tigers gave way to a 3-0 sweep by Stanford the following night. The Gauchos were outswung and outdug and could not match the Cardinal authority. These two road losses drop the Gauchos to a season-worst four match losing streak.

• First Triple-Double in Gaucho Rally-Scoring History
Freshman setter Jonah Seif had a big night against Pacific, earning himself the honor of being the first Gaucho to achieve a triple-double in the rally-scoring era (since 2001). Adding an impressive 10 digs to his career-high 54 assists and 11 total blocks, Seif is the first one to reach this landmark since 1997. Rob Treahy hit this coveted feat on Apr. 12, 1997 against UCLA. This is Seif's third time hitting 50 assists and his first game with 11 blocks. Seif averages 10.56 assists per set. Even with this being the very beginning of his career, Seif has totalled 265 assists, 6 service aces, 50 digs, and 18 total blocks.

• History Against the Ivy League
While the upcoming game against Princeton will be the first time the two schools face each other in Men's Volleyball, UCSB is no stranger against the Ivy League. The Gauchos have a spotless 5-0 record against their other Ivy League opponents, Harvard and Yale. Granted, UCSB's last meeting with Yale was in 1979; however, the Gauchos faced Harvard last in 2010. UCSB hopes to maintain their flawless record against the Ivy League when as they play Princeton on Tuesday and Harvard later in the season (3/15).

• UCSB in Midst of Losing Streak
The Gauchos have found themselves with a low record in the last four of their five games, which marked the start of conference matches. Starting out strong with a win at home against Long Beach State, the Gauchos have since lost that momentum. Currently, UCSB is in a four-game losing streak, and yet to win a game on the road. 

Miles Evans Finding His Way Back to the Court
With a lingering injury slowing Miles Evans' start of the season, he is on his way back to his court dominance. UCSB had Evans starting in the game against Pacific, where he pounded a season-high 13 kills and picked up 3 blocks and 2 digs. Even in a tough match against Stanford, Evans gathered 2 digs and 4 kills. Miles is en route to a return to his amazing performance that the Gauchos saw last season.

• Davis Blocking the Opposition
Senior middle blocker Dylan Davis is now tied for the second-most single-match total blocks in UCSB's history. This amounts from his dominating performance against Pacfic where he accumulated 14 out of his team's 40 total blocks. Davis also leads the team in total blocks (46) this season. Blocking is not Davis' only strength, as he as also built up an impressive season resume with 51 kills, 8 serving aces, and 6 digs.