Gauchos Host Cal Baptist Before Traveling to BYU
• The Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (4-7, 2-5) vs. No. 12 Cal Baptist (5-4, 2-2)
at Rob Gym
Series record vs. the Lancers – 6-5
Streak vs. the Lancers – Won 1
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 1
Cal Baptist Streak Overall – Won 1
Last time out vs. the Lancers – W, 3-0 (1/11/2012)
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (4-7, 2-5) vs. No. 1 BYU (6-2, 5-1)
at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah
Series record vs. the Cougars – 21-23
Streak vs. the Cougars – Won 1
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 1
BYU Streak Overall – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Cougars – W, 3-2 (2/25/2012)
• Gauchos Defeat UC San Diego to End Losing Streak
Earlier last week, UCSB fell to both Princeton and UC Irvine. In the midst of the longest
losing streak of the season, the Gauchos met UC San Diego at home in Rob Gym. UCSB
closed out a first tight set, winning by just two points. The Tritons would take the second
set in a similar manner. However, UCSB would not let up and regained the momentum
to win the final two sets of the night. Spectacular individual performaces came from Jake
Staahl, who recorded career highs in blocks and kills, and Dylan Davis, who set a season
high in hitting. Staahl shut down the Triton offense with eight total blocks, two of them
being solo blocks. Davis knocked down an incredible 14 kills.
• Personal Bests for Middle Blockers
Both Staahl and Davis had remarkable performances against UC San Diego last Friday
night. Sophmore middle blocker Staahl put up a career high, which included six block
assists, two solo blocks, and eight total blocks. Previously, Staahl's best was five block assists
(twice), two solo blocks (vs CSUN 1/6/12) and six total blocks (at Pacific 1/25/13).
He also had a career high of 11 kills, topping his prior seven (vs CSUN 2/15/12). Senior
middle blocker Dylan Davis set a season high of 14 kills, shattering his previous season
high of nine (twice). As his career-high line of 22 kills shows, Davis' potential has not been
fully tapped despite his impressive stat lines.
• Sophmores Killing It
Even with a losing record, UCSB has outkilled their opponents 525 to 509. Sophmore
Opposite Matt Marsh leads the team with 129 kills. On two occasions, Marsh has accumulated
17 kills in a match. Next in line, sophmore outside hitter Austin Kingi has 95
kills, with 15 of those against CSUN (1/11/13). The two are major forces in the Gaucho
offense, combining to have 42 percent of the team's kills.
• Evans Back in Business
Miles Evans has been working his way back to the court from a lingering
injury. Evans was happy to provide a hitting-error free game against UC
Irvine last Wednesday night. Additionally, Evans recorded a season best
6 digs against UC Irvine and matched his season best of 3 total blocks
against UC San Diego. He had his first two service aces against UC San
Diego last Friday night. The senior outside hitter has racked up 54 kills this
season, a promising start to his return to the court.
• UCSB's Stellar Defense
The Gauchos were hustling all over the floor last week to pick up over
30 digs in each match. Libero Chad Kingi continues to lead the defense,
contributing 13 digs against Princeton, nine against UC Irvine, and 11
against UC San Diego. The team has accumulated 405 digs this season,
averaging 9.42 digs per set.
• UCSB Faces Cal Baptist for the First Time in Conference
This is the first season the Lancers are in the Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation Conference. However, the Gauchos have met the Lancers
outside of conference. Last year, UCSB swept a win in three sets. On
Tuesday, the Gauchos need to watch out for Guilherme Koepp and Levi
Cabral, who average 4.41 and 4.47 kills per set respectively. In the MPSF
conference, the Lancers have compiled a 2-2 record with a 5-4 record
• Back on the Road
Thursday's game against BYU will mark the first of six straight away games
for the Gauchos. This will take them into March, until the team returns
home on March 8 to play Stanford. UCSB needs to take their intensity
on the road with them, as they have not been successful on the road
yet. . UCSB will try to break this streak against the No. 1 Cougars. BYU
has only fallen to Long Beach State this season in conference. However,
UCSB swept Long Beach State in three sets in the opening of the season,
and has recorded a win in Provo in both 2011 and 2012.